‘Out with the old, in with the new,’ you all know the January drill. If I had a penny for every time someone had slipped this into conversation since January 1st, I would be wealthier than the Kardashian super-clan. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating. Still, I have noticed that this ‘new year, new you’ mentality is getting bigger every year.
Post-Christmas, we mere mortals unite at the base of Mount Olympus, armed with celery sticks and dumbbells in the fight against the evil love-handle gods. We substitute cosmopolitans for coconut water and strive to be the best friend, lover, student or employee that is humanly possible. We want to be better, we crave constant regeneration and renewal, and why shouldn’t we? Life is all about growth, change and adaptation. I’ll have to pass on the celery sticks though…
We are all a work in progress, sometimes we make mistakes and sometimes we surprise ourselves with moments of pure genius or kindness. As you shed your 2013 skin, take your memories and lessons from the past year but make new, positive goals for 2014. I know we are halfway through arguably the most depressing month of the year, but it’s never too late to make a resolution and give yourself a pick-me-up.
I’m not saying you should turn into Mother Theresa for January, before slipping back to Lindsay Lohan come February. No, don’t try to be a saint or commit to ten resolutions all at once. That will lead to a tobacco, booze or Asos binge. Nobody is perfect. Just make little steps to being the best you can be, whether that’s with your health, your fitness, your work, your relationship or your friendships. You might just want to commit to waking up after the second snooze alarm every day. Start small and let the force be with you!
I have committed to a dry January, which means no alcohol (gulp). I shall miss my loyal cosmopolitan companion. But I am feeling better for the detox already. In light of such a commitment I have been drinking lots more of my mum’s special ‘green smoothies’.
Here is the recipe and I encourage you all to have a go, it’s known in our household as the ‘superhuman’ potion. It looks like the contents of a swamp but I swear it tastes good!
This makes a whole blender of smoothie so enough for 2/3 people or just pop into a sealed cup and take to work or store in the fridge for a healthy snack later. It’s a fantastic breakfast which will keep you full for a really long time and it gives you your five a day before you’ve even walked out the front door.
Throw in all the goodies and pulse the blender a few times to get it all broken up. Blend for about 3 minutes and voila!
1 banana (source of fibre, folic acid, potassium and vitamin A. It also contains a mineral called chromium, which is important for energy, metabolism and keeping up your sex drive!)
1 orange (source of bioflavonoids, calcium, iron, limonene, potassium, thiamine, vitamin B-6 and C. Great for fighting the flu)
1 apple (contains high amounts of vitamin A, B and C, carotene, pectin, potassium, iron, magnesium. Helps fight infections and absorb toxins)
A handful of grapes – white or red (source of natural sugars, vitamin C and powerful antioxidants. Helps you build up after illness)
1 kiwi (source of beta-carotene, bioflavanoids, fibre, potassium and lots of vitamin C)
3 inches of a cucumber (a powerful cleanser and very good for the eyes, great for your skin and nails)
1 carrot (great source of carotenoids, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A,B,C,D,E,F and K)
Small amount of water
A teaspoon of wheat grass powder (too many benefits to list -you can buy this in almost any health food store or online)
A tablespoon of natural yoghurt (great source of calcium which is good for your bones, helps maintain weight loss and sustain your immune system)
A teaspoon of sunflower seeds (anti-inflammatory and helps lower cholesterol)