An artists journey to better health
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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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.