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#MotivateMe Monday: Green Whole Juice Recipe

If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward.

Happy Monday everyone!

How are you doing on this fine (cold) February day? Did you know that there are only 39 more days until the first official day of Spring?!? Hang in there gang, we can get through this winter! If you’re like me you unfortunately did not get to escape winter to a sunny and warmer destination but we can make it through – there’s not much left now and we should be seeing longer days and the sun soon (I hope!).

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Last week my training was pretty much non-existent. On Monday after I posted, I bent over to pick up a rogue sticky note that was on the floor and threw out my SI joint (that’s what I get for bending at the waist instead of from my knees). For most of last week I was in that pain/spasm cycle typical of back injuries. For the record, Platinum Robaxacet is AMAZING!!! I went to my Chiropractor on Thursday for an assessment and my treatments start tomorrow… I can’t wait! I can sit, lay down, bend forward and even ride my bike on the trainer, but standing upwards and walking causes my back muscles to get really sore and tired because my low back is all shifted weird (one hip is higher than the other, putting my back into a scoliosis). I shared a picture in my Ultimate Coffee Date post. I hope that treatment is simple, though my Chiro gave me an initial goal of 80% better in 3 weeks (Which seems like 3 weeks too long – I want to run NOW!).

On Saturday I rode my bike on the trainer for 30 min, and Sunday I rode for an hour. I didn’t want to do much more than that in case it aggravated my back, but both rides were pain-free so that’s a good sign. Which brings me to this week’s “training” plan:

Monday: 45 min ride after I put the girls to bed
Tuesday: Chiro appointment
Wednesday: 60 min ride before the girls wake up
Thursday: Chiro?!?
Friday: 45 min ride before the girls wake up
Saturday: 90 min ride
Sunday: ???

 Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

During my ride on Saturday I watched the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” on Netflix which has really opened my eyes to the benefits of eating more plant based foods. I’m sure I would not have been drawn to this movie if I was feeling confident and healthy. When I’m injured and not working out I tend to really feel down on myself and I’m sure being lonely from solo parenting didn’t help. I found the movie REALLY inspiring, though I won’t say that I’d go as far as juicing every single one of my meals for 60 days like Joe Cross, but it certainly made me more aware of the benefits of fruits and vegetables. I did feel inspired to try blending up vegetables (I don’t have a juicer) and have learned that this is called “whole juice” because it doesn’t remove the pulp.

I admit that I totally made this whole juice recipe up using stuff that I just happened to have in my fridge, but it turned out tasting pretty good!

Here’s the recipe:

On Sunday I followed up and watched “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2” while pedalling away on my bike. I actually liked this one better because it goes into more of the psychology of how to successfully make a major lifestyle change and provides motivation to eat more plant based foods instead of ONLY juicing which is not a sustainable lifestyle change. At some point people need to chew food. There were some incredibly inspirational stories of people who have essentially cured their autoimmune diseases by following a mostly plant based, unprocessed diet. I like that Joe shares his journey towards a healthier life honestly – there are ups and downs with weight and motivation. The important take away is to realise that the occasional less healthy meal does not make you a failure, a cheat or dirty. It is important to accept it and just move on to your next healthy meal. I REALLY needed to hear that at that moment cause I gotta admit that last week was not my healthiest eating week ever.

This week my meal plan will definitely include much more produce and a green whole juice for breakfast. Admittedly today’s attempt at a green whole juice came out brown because of the colour combo of strawberries and blueberries with spinach. Ha ha!

Monday: Whole wheat pasta with meat sauce. I’ll be sneaking in some veggies that I’ll puree in the blender (spinach, kale, carrots, celery and parsley).
Tuesday: Our busy night so dinner will be eaten in the van on the way to hockey – Ham, bacon and cheese wraps with spinach and red onion (Cucumbers, celery and carrots on the side).
Wednesday: Spanish rice in lettuce wraps (Yes wraps two nights in a row but the kids LOVE wraps).
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Hubby is back home and we’ve been going out for a family dinner.
Saturday: Easy skillet chicken parmesan (perhaps with spiralized zucchini wich I have recently learned is called zoodles).
Sunday: ??? No idea – I haven’t planned that far ahead.

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Have an active and healthy week!

What’s on your fitness and meal plan for this week?
Do you drink fresh juice? If so, how do you make it?
What juicers do you like? What recipes are good?
How do you feel about juice cleanses?

 

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  • CathyV
    February 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    We must be on the same brain wave length–on Sunday I bought some stuff to start making smoothies too! I have a few friends that bought juicers a year ago after watching Joe’s documentary. I was reluctant as I prefer to eat my calories rather than drink them, don’t know if I could use it as a meal replacement and was concerned about the fiber loss in pure juice. All that said, I figured that given my morning snack is usually fruit, swapping it with a smoothie would be a good test. Looking forward to trying my first one tomorrow! Planning on spinach, carrot, a bit of fruit (either banana, apple or frozen blueberries, cherries or raspberries) and perhaps a real protein and water. Wish me luck.

    Keep on cycling! And good luck at the chiro.

  • Stephanie
    February 9, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Ouch! Feel better! At least you have an option for exercise with your bike. I love your menu options! I am lucky if I can plan breakfast, lunch and dinner for one day at a time.

  • Melanie
    February 9, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    So sorry to hear about your back!! That’s such a tough thing when your back hurts like that. You’ll be back at it soon enough!!

  • Kim
    February 9, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Hope your back is feeling a lot better!!!

  • Ange @ Cowgirl Runs
    February 9, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I have Fat Sick and Nearly Dead 2 on my PVR but I have yet to watch it. Knowing it goes into more detail, I’m interested to watch.
    My left hip is almost permanently rotated up and causes a lot of compensating issues. Thank goodness for chiropractors.

  • Lucie Palka
    February 9, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your back! That’s terrible! Although it seems that you are turning it into a opportunity by taking this time to reflect on your eating! I think I always struggle to add more vegetables in my diet! I could eat bread and cheese at every meal!

    I hope you recover quickly!

  • Launna
    February 9, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Janice, I hope you are feeling better soon… wow… I have really bad knees and I have to bend from the waist when I pick something up… it sounds like such an awful way to feel… :-/

    I have to agree, I rarely eat processed food, pretty well everything is natural and plant based, I really feel much better with my eating. I will never be perfect with it but I really think long and hard when I am shopping. I tell my youngest I don’t want to buy it if the shelf life is too long since I then have to worry what is keeping it fresh… good luck with your healthy eating xox

  • Jen @ pretty little grub
    February 9, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Robaxacet is amazing! I hurt my back once and that stuff is gold. I’m glad you figured out you could cycle. That’s exciting at least. My green smoothies often come out brown because of the mix of things I use. It doesn’t look good but it sure tastes yummy

  • Stacy @ Sweating Tulipz
    February 10, 2015 at 1:02 am

    Glad to hear that you can ride without pain during or afterwards! I understand the feeling of being down on yourself when you can’t work out…I experience it also! Hang in there…you’ll be better before you know it! Those movies sound awesome…I have pondered switching to a plant based lifestyle but it would truly just add madness and create more work for me because there is no way my husby would do it! Thanks for the juicing recipe!

  • Emma
    February 10, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Ugh, that back injury sounds miserable, especially with your husband away! Feel better soon!

  • CARLA
    February 11, 2015 at 5:53 am

    I neeed to watch FAT SICK AND NEARLY DEAD two soon.
    I loved the first one.

    xo

  • Felix Lee
    February 11, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I love the healthy and delicious green whole juice. I will try this at home. This article motivates me to be healthy and fit again. Thanks for sharing your inspiring post.

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