Is this an alien drink? Or a potent power packed life saver?
If you guessed the latter then you would be correct. On my continuing journey to better health I am discovering many new ways to juice the good stuff. My first week into it I was doing all the usual ugly stuff that had no really pleasant tastes, but as I move on down this road I am adding new things that amaze me!
This drink shown above is todays recipe.
one peeled sweet potato (raw, of course)
one full head of broccoli (stems removed)
One full bunch of spinach (Popeye was right!)
four celery sticks
and one cup of preprepared Chia Seeds
I did up the chia seeds last night by mixing two tsp of seeds into a cup of water in a mason jar. Then this morning when I juiced up my ingredients I then poured it all into a large jug as my portion for the day.
in short, I hate the taste of greens and I need to feel full all of the time, it's just the way i roll, so I added the pineapple and strawberries to give it some flavour and the chia seeds for the protein (full tummy feeling). Chia has a full tapioca texture and makes this drink, or any drink absolutely fun!
So what does all this have to do with Art? I am an artist, as artists go we typically have very bad habits. Many artists I know don't take care of themselves as their days priority leans heavily towards painting, eating quickly and then painting again, of course. But in that process fast food becomes the norm. I ask you, when is fast food NOT the norm these days? So artists are just like everyone else in that regard. I want to change. I don't want to make fast food my norm. So over a month ago I did just that. I embarked on a journey to better health, and why? So I can paint more, of course!
It is not lost on this artist how much fun can be had with the various colours of juicing. Green is very attractive, as is orange, turquoise, etc, etc. By mixing certain veggies and fruits I can come up with some pretty inspiring colour drinks, and that just sets my painting day off on a roll! :-)
I'm not on a weight loss program or have it as a goal. It is, rather, a side effect which is happening very rapidly. Approx a pound per day. Since I only weigh myself once per week and this post is happening on a Monday my latest scale result will not be known until Wednesday. Stay tuned.
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Friend or foe of my body
To many of you this bottle of green juice looks like a simple yucky nasty green drink. I would have thought so too just four months ago. But as of a month ago this yucky bottle of green juice packed with broccoli, spinach, kale, one apple, four strawberries and a half lemon has become the military grade attack on everything that is already nasty and yucky inside this body of mine.
I cannot say enough about how offensive the ingredients of bread, butter, cereal, burgers, fries, potatoes and the like are to my body and yours. I don't wish to expand on that here, but suffice to say that my body has undergone a dramatic change since I cut all that junk out and adopted a green/veggie/nuts/fruits intake. My skin is so much clearer. My weight has been dropping at a rate of about a pound a day and the best part is my energy level. Since the three days of caffein cleanse I have been liberated from it and now I thrive on the simple but powerful naturally occurring energy that my body gets from the whole foods I now consume.
I've said it before, here again: I'm not in this to loose weight. It's not a diet. There is not a diet known to man that doesn't deprive and make you just want more of what you are trying to get away from. I'm not on a diet. I'm on a journey to change.
I was one bacon and eggs meal away from a heart attack when I decided it had to change. Thank God it did.
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The Artists Journey
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This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.