It’s nearing midnight and I sigh at the realization I’ve stayed up too late again. Stress can manifest in subtle ways.
This week has yielded successes with both maintaining my rawsomeness and in deepening a few of my relationships. I’m getting to experience life on a pretty honest and eager level, which is really lucky. Raw food or not, my paradigms keep shifting as I am constantly thinking critically. I feel a much greater appreciation and compassion for all that surrounds me, and also better clarity when it comes to interpreting it.
When I returned to a yoga class last year, I remember thinking that if everyone would just do yoga, the world would be a much more peaceful place. I could probably say the same for a vegan diet, but maybe it’s not just living cruelty-free. Maybe it’s me. I don’t want to act like I know what’s appropriate and right for everyone else; I’m simply exploring concepts which appeal to me, my values, and ethics. Taking the time to consider and honor my own critical thinking has opened the door to even more critical thinking, and with practice has come more skill and clarity. It’s really exciting to experience my days this way, feeling secure and peaceful and positive and hopeful.
That’s not to say that everything happening around me has been blissful; on the contrary, I have been surrounded by a lot of stress in the forms of interpersonal conflict, financial impositions, and family concerns. The difference, however, lies in determining what is within your control (which may be as simple as your perception, in many cases) and dealing with that. My growth, in this way, has been exponential.
I’ll be drinking green smoothies all week. School is ending for a couple of weeks, and I’m going to take advantage of the time to rest and rejuvenate. This afternoon (I usually wait until around noon to take my first meal) I made an outstanding green smoothie, which has become my standby recently:
Healing Protein Green Smoothie
- 1 cup water (or coconut water, for added electrolyte action)
- 1 ripe, organic apple (69 cents)
- 2 ripe bananas (19 cents/ea)
- 1-4 tbsp hemp protein (I love Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Pro 70 for its smooth and creamy texture, subtle nutty flavor, and easy absorption)
- as much greens as you’d like (I’ve been adding about 1/3-1/2 lb of mixed organic baby greens) (99 cents)
Hemp protein is a superior protein source for us. It is a complete plant-based protein (containing all 10 essential amino acids), which aids in recovery, hormonal regulation, lean muscle development and maintenance, and fat metabolism. In fact, hemp is the plant source closest to our own amino acid profiles.
Hemp also contains our ideal ratio of Omega 3s : Omega 6s (1:2), and is one of the easiest proteins for us to digest. This may be because it’s raw, and so has retained its enzymes. Manitoba’s hemp protein
might seem a little pricey, but it is well worth the money. I believe hemp has been seriously maligned, probably due to reefer madness. Hemp seed, hemp milk, and hemp protein will not get you stoned, but will provide an outstanding and sustainable alternative to soy, whey, and other protein sources which are usually allergens, and are poorly digested. Trader Joe’s and Nutiva
both offer affordable hemp powders (chocolate!).