Three weeks: I’ve survived a restaurant, movie night with a friend, and a visit with another friend over coffee and pastries- thank god for the convenience of carrying fruits in a tote!
When I was a smoker, I’d wake up with gnarly morning breath, no matter how many flossings, brushings, or Listerine rinses I’d do before bed. I honestly just kind of learned to live with it. Obviously, after quitting, I wouldn’t wake up feeling like I’d just licked an ashtray, but I still had that common morning breath. Well… I DON’T ANYMORE. Only my cat can say for sure, but I wake up now with a neutral mouth. Even before brushing my teeth in the evening, my mouth tastes sweet. This is most unexpected, but pretty neat. I have also noticed that my underarms don’t ever smell like B.O.. I know that’s kind of TMI gross, but come on. Everyone smells a little gamey sometimes. I don’t anymore though!! Not after sleeping, not after exercising, not at the end of the day. That’s not to be confused with not perspiring; I do perspire, but it’s scentless. After a long powerwalk, my shirt might be damp, but it smells neutral. This is pleasant for me (and those around me, I’m sure). For the record, I use Tom’s of Maine Fluoride-Free toothpaste and Crystal deodorant (I like the original stick and the pomegranate roll-on). I tried Tom’s of Maine lavender deodorant, and while I loved the scent, it actually made my underarms feel wet :[ and I'd end up being sweaty and smelly even if I wasn't doing anything! I brush my teeth twice daily with my Dr. Tung's ionic toothbrush, and scrape my tongue with my Dr. Tung's tongue cleaner (both outstanding). I should floss more often. I apply my Crystal deodorant after showering. So usually just once per day.
Remember the banana ice cream? My friends have been experimenting, and one came up with the BRILLIANT idea of blending baby spinach with his frozen bananas, yielding creamy spinach ice cream! Yes, sounds scary, and is definitely green, but if you've made a banana/spinach green smoothie, you know that the flavor is both mild and delicious:
He froze 2 ripe bananas overnight, then put them into a food processor with about 2 cups of spinach.
It looks a little chunky as you blend, but persevere, because soon...
You will end up with a frozen dessert which is not only HEALTHY...
...but also DELICIOUS! You CAN have it all!
I have been getting really good feedback on the green smoothies! Everyone who is trying them loves them. My friend Erin just wrote to me:
I have been seeing all the smoothies you have been drinking and decided to put spinach and avocado into my own smoothie today...tastes awesome!
My cousin has been blending and experimenting with his banana ice cream. He tried it with sunflower seed butter, YUM. All this typing about it is making me hungry. Lastly, I gave my mom a taste of my OG banana ice cream, and she told me it was too sweet for her (she doesn't have a sweet tooth, she has a "savory" tooth)- all it was, you'll remember, was blended, ripe, frozen bananas. They were so sweet that she thought I had added a sweetener! I hope this will inspire you to experiment with your own fruit :]
I’m going to reduce my intake of milk thistle to a total of four capsules, so two in the AM and two in the PM. I feel like it’s working, and I’ll probably take that amount for two weeks. I hope you have a wonderful beginning to your week! If you make your own ice cream or smoothies, please post pics in the comment section… would love to see what you come up with.