There's more than one kind of stiff drink, and you won't learn about this one from your local bartender. We like to pack our drinks full of dark, leafy green vegetables like kale, swiss chard, beet leaves and watercress. Those stiff greens turn into a smooth, delicious drink in the blender!
Healthy Stiff Drink Recipe
Chop and Blend (use water or almond milk to desired thickness):
Drink right away! The nutrients are at their peak immediately upon blending.
Drink up and enjoy!
We're excited about this year and a renewed focus on the 5 Key Elements!
This stiff drink is a fun reminder that any foods or habits that have been a part of your life can be replaced with something healthy, energy-boosting, and weight-busting!
Let us know in the comments what you're replacing this year! We want to support you in these changes! Woot!
Tell us what your favorite green drink is
Sweet Rewards: Cracking the Code of the Cupcake Culture
From an early age we are taught that sugar is related to good behavior and good times. Cake is held hostage until we finish our greens. Special occasions on the calendar dictate if we may indulge in candy. And suddenly the good behavior and the good times become so frequent that eating healthy is a punishment to be reserved only for a chaste time of cleansing and detox.
Our American culture is hooked on sugar. Not wanting to be alone in our addiction, we pass it on to our children, we share it with our co-workers, and we make sure our spouse is right there next to us with every slice of pie and every drink of soda. We make excuses and exceptions for our behaviors, and everyone nods in agreement.
We claim that we ate that way as kids, and it didn't hurt us--forgetting the United States suffers from an epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes.
Legislation has been passed, mandating that children eat better at school; and yet the federally subsidized breakfast and lunch program is still packed with empty carbs and high fructose corn syrup.
We are a society at risk.
Sugaraholics Take-A-Step Program
Admit there's a problem. On a piece of paper brainstorm with your family or co-workers about all the different opportunities you have each day or each week to partake in sugar.
This list should get you started!
Stage an intervention:
Start with yourself (that is the only person you can really change). What changes are you willing to make? Start small.
It's almost impossible to cut out habits or foods. Focus instead on replacing bad with good:
Start replacing feelings, too.
Notice the excitement that you have for a frappucino. Could you also have that excitement for a smoothie?
We are trained at Discover Optimal Wellness to work through the addiction with you! If the thought of eating vegetables makes you truly grumpy you will benefit greatly from our program. Your body quite possibly cannot process vegetables yet. We need to take careful steps to restore your organs so that you can enjoy these vitamin-packed treats. And your mind may need some work, too! Too many memories of being forced to eat terrible green beans? Ugh! We can help!
There has been some confusion about cholesterol. Rumor has it that cholesterol causes heart disease and that a variety of foods should be axed from your diet in order to keep your cholesterol levels down, and your heart healthy.
Well, the rumors aren't exactly right. Let's do some myth minding and fact finding!
Do I need cholesterol? Yes.
It’s the parent molecule for all the major sex hormones, including estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It’s needed for the immune system, and it’s needed for the brain.
Do I need to lower my cholesterol? You can if you want.
The best way to lower your cholesterol is by eating foods high in fiber (grains, beans and vegetables) and reducing animal protein consumption. I teach that one serving of animal protein is 3-5 oz. for women and 5-7 oz. for men.
Is my high cholesterol causing heart disease?
I'm worried about my heart. What should I focus on?
When you follow the 5 Key Elements, your heart will really start to love you. The best thing about eating well is that you no longer need to look at your body as a collection of ailments. When you reduce sugar and increase vegetables, your body will start to function and feel whole! Eating well, along with reducing stress and exercising regularly will reduce inflammation (the REAL cause of heart disease).
Can I get off my medication?
Most of my clients on cholesterol lowering medications are able to get off their medications, working with their doctors, by the end of the program.
One of the biggest challenges of Discovering Optimal Wellness is rethinking long-held beliefs. Many of the concepts that we dive into on the road to health are as crazy as saying the world is round! We've been given information by our parents, grandparents, siblings, doctors, teachers, friends, society--and it can be a real shocker to discover that this information is wrong or only partially true.
What we've been told:
Drink your milk! You need it to grow. It's the only way you're going to get enough calcium. You want strong bones, don't you?
What we've discovered:
Cow's milk is not a necessary, nor a contributing ingredient in the recipe for health.
What about Osteoporosis?
Osteoporotic bone fracture rates are highest in countries that consume the most dairy, calcium, and animal protein. --The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Dairy won't hurt me, though, right?
... evidence shows that consuming milk or dairy products may contribute to the risk of prostate and ovarian cancers, autoimmune diseases, and some childhood ailments. --The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
But I still need calcium, right?
Neither milk nor calcium intake >500 mg/day appears to have any beneficial effect on bones. However, achievable levels of exercise and fitness did have a favorable effect. --The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Many factors are taken into consideration when finding calcium balance. Diets high in animal protein and salt will need more calcium. For a diet that follows our program, 500 mg/day of calcium is sufficient--and that will be easy to achieve on our program!
How can I get 500 mg/day of calcium without dairy?
There's no way I can pour kale over my cereal. How much of this stuff do I need to eat?
Just one four-ounce serving of steamed kale is equal to the calcium in a cup of milk! And you'll be absorbing 50% of it, instead of just 32% of the calcium in milk. If you can only eat dark, green vegetables when they're hidden in your food, and barely visible, go ahead and have a glass of fortified, unsweetened almond milk!
It's not easy to step out and do things differently, especially when it comes to food. Please feel free to share your thoughts on overcoming dairy dependence. We would love to hear how you've Discovered Optimal Wellness!
It's a cultural belief that fruit juice is a necessary element in our diets. Children, before they can walk, are given a bottle of juice, in the hopes that the child will receive all the necessary vitamins needed to grow and be healthy. Unfortunately, drinking fruit juice is not a helpful habit to get into!
Key Element: Reduce Sugar Consumption
Breaking the juice habit is a fast and sure way to reduce sugar consumption, as well as get you back on track with your weight loss goals. Most fruit juices have a minimum of 20 grams of sugar per serving (and few drink just one serving at a time). Sodas range in the 20s, 30s and 40s, depending on how many artificial additives the drink contains. Regardless of the beverage, excessive sugars will not help in Discovering Optimal Wellness!
What can I drink besides fruit juice?
You're thirsty though, and plain water might not be satisfying your cravings! Here are a few ideas for making water more fun as your body is getting reacquainted with Health!
Be mindful of water infused with perishable items. Keep these jars refrigerated, or consume quickly!
The trick is to drink water before you get a serious craving. By making fun-infused water readily available, you won't hankering for a tall glass of orange juice.
Anything else I can drink, besides water?
Yes! There are a number of other drinks to get accustomed to:
Discover Optimal Wellness with this powerful Key Element: Reduce Sugar Consumption!
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