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Fierce Self-Care Love and Green Smoothie Recipe

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Self-care, hmmmm.  If I have to define it, well, for me it means “let it flow.”

I’m all about living the “clean life” but sometimes it can be difficult and you can lose your way.  For instance, I’m just getting back to my self-care practices after realizing I have let things go due to traveling and really digging deep into how I want to create the best life possible.

Here’s my current self-care story…

Even though summer is just beginning and  I’m stoked about being outside, winding down a bit from life, and being more social, I’m feeling vulnerable.
I’m happy, then sad, then confused, then optimistic.

I haven’t been able to put a finger on what’s going on inside of me. Summer is supposed to be fun, laid back and easy, but I’m feeling vulnerable, sensitive (well, I’m always that), and emotional. Feeling kinda raw, actually.

I want to blame my moodiness on the end of the school year. My schedule is doing a big flip with the kids home for summer vacation.

How am I going to get all my work done each day?

What activities should I plan so they aren’t bored and hanging onto me while I work?

Am I going to be able to fit in exercise while my kids are in camp? Or should I go back to early morning workouts?

How do I take care of myself so I don’t let habits slide? Can I handle all this change? Where do I go from here?


I feel this way each year, but this time, dang, I’m really feeling it. Can you relate? Are you feeling emotions strongly too?

After talking with my coach, Cynthia, she sent me a letter from her favorite astrologer:


“The summer solstice is here. We might as well call this the Summer of Water. We’re going to be swimming in the ocean of our own feelings, intuitive impressions and nebulous longings over the next few weeks and months.


The emotional body finally has permission to let stuff come up and out. Now is the time for a great release…All the junk that got pushed down or brushed to the side is about to make itself known.


There’s a cleansing happening.

We’re here in these bodies in part to feel it all…The new can’t take root until the old is cleared. Let it all come up and out.


Nurturing is essential.
This is the key to weathering the storm. Find healthy ways to sooth frayed nerves. Implement radical self care in ways you never dared to before. Love yourself like no one has ever loved you. That’s another gift emerging from this process…the ability to love with renewed depth and willingness.

Fierce love never felt so right.”

Summer sun
 


Aha! I get it now. So I can blame it on the stars.

And I’m realizing that my self-care has gone out the window lately. Going on a trip, re-entering life at home, jet lag, not making it to the gym, skipping meals…

Getting back to routines, well, not happening much. So it makes sense about my mood.

Another aha moment!

The more I add in my healthy self-care habits, the better I will feel. Even though I know and preach this, it’s easy to forget when life changes gears.

One way to really get back in touch with my body is to feed it whole, real foods. Going back to the basics helps with the flow. 

Since it is so hot lately, I like to drink my food (and the air conditioner is broken at my house!).  Adding in some green goodness gives me an energy boost and helps balance things out inside.  I’m feeling better already. My cells, my body remembers how good it feels.

Here’s the smoothie I made with kale, hemp protein and fruit.  Try this and let me know if you dig it as much as I do.
 

Big Sun and Shine Smoothie
 
 

Sunshine Power Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 cups almond milk (unsweetened, original)
1 bunch kale leaves (1 cup) – use stems for an extra boost
1 orange, peeled
1 mango, peeled
1 Tbsp. ground flaxseeds

2 Tbsp. hemp protein powder (Nativas Naturals brand)

Blend all ingredients and serve.

Makes 16 oz. (appr.)
 

*This smoothie will give you TONS of energy. A fantastic way to show yourself some fierce love.

*A fun Pinterest find! You can get these straws for sippin’, too!

What is ONE self-care habit you can’t live without? Share with me.

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7 Responses to Fierce Self-Care Love and Green Smoothie Recipe

jean

Ooh,Lisa,this looks yummy! (Can’t wait to detox with you again, girl.) John looking forward to it also.

🙂
Jean

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    It IS so yummy, actually…tweaking the ingredients was fun. Very light. AND so happy you two will be going RAW with me! Yay!

ann

okay, a question on flax seeds. I’ve often seen flax seeds, ground flax seeds, flax seed oil. So let’s discuss the difference. I have golden flax seeds that I bought from the health food store. Honestly, I usually just toss them in. Should I be grinding them first? What’s the difference between all of these things? — ann

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    Ann, lovely darling, this is an excellent question. There is a difference. Flaxseed oil doesn’t have the fiber and protein found in the rest of the seed. While whole and ground flax have the same nutritional content, your body gets far more benefit from ground flax.It’s all a matter of choice and getting the flax in your body is the first step. The next one is to grind them before adding to smoothies,etc… Hope this helps, Ann! xx

Kerryn Hewson

I’m working to build back in my self-care habits after a couple weeks of working away from home, working late & work stress. I started with sleep last week, built on it with gym time this week and now I can feel the rest of my habits slipping back into place. It takes time to build things back up but when you know that magical feeling you’re working towards it’s totally worth it.

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    I LOVE how you are taking your self-care one step at a time; this is how habits form and our bodies remember. AND really feel sleep is everything (and water!). Thanks for sharing how you build in your self-care lovin’, Kerryn!

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