ensteinThe word diet usually goes hand in hand with deprivation. And deprivation is not a fun.

Today I wanted to enlighten you with a refreshing way to look at your diet.

Years ago I was one sad, sick human; depressed, overweight and uninspired. I was in need of a change BIG time, but I kept falling into my old habits, over and over and over again. Sound familiar?

Then, while studying at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I read this quote by Albert Einstein:

“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different results.”

Something clicked. It was finally time to revolutionize the way I was living. I promised myself I would stop self-loathing because I didn’t have enough willpower, stop excessive exercising to make up for poor food choices, and quit calorie counting like my life depended on it. These behaviors had me feeling stressed, defeated, and hungry.

Do you feel like you are working so hard but not seeing results?

I invite you to join the revolution. Switch your focus from deprivation to abundance.

There are some foods (sugar, white carbs, fried foods) that get kicked to the curb when you start eating to heal you body but there is an abundance of healthier alternatives and other choices.

Instead of focusing on all the foods you can’t have, commit to increasing foods that grow from the earth — starting with GREENS!

Any kind of green–kale, spinach, arugula, broccoli, cabbage, green beans–you name it, chances are I probably like it.

Within a few weeks of adding more greens to my diet, I noticed a difference and you will too. I felt lighter, my pants were fitting better, and my sweet cravings had decreased. Now, I can’t go a day (or even meal) without my dose of healing green veggies.

Here is how to get started:

  1. How many servings of greens do you eat each day? Slowly start to increase that number. The goal is to work up to 5 servings of veggies per day, 2 of those being from leafy greens.
  2. Search the Google for blogs, recipes or videos on how to prepare your greens to satisfy your taste buds.
  3. Try my delicious salad or green smoothie recipes.

Don’t worry if you only get a serving or less a day. Greens are the food most commonly missing in American’s diets.

The more greens you juice, blend, and chew; the more vibrant you’ll feel.

I want to hear from you. Share your favorite way to get in your daily dose of greens below. Or if your struggling fitting them in please comment as well. Together we will find a solution so you can begin to reap the benefits a greener lifestyle.

Take Action:

Try one of these two recipes to try over the next week.  Be mindful of how often you are eating greens and begin to increase your intake of these powerful veggies.

  1. Strawberry Summer Salad
  2. Berritastic Smoothie

Please share what is your biggest obstacle in adding greens to your diet in the comments below.  Or are you a pro at eating greens?  If so, tell us how you do it.

Love , laughter, and greens,