It’s been exactly a week since we’ve changed our clocks to Spring forward, and I don’t know about you, but it’s been really hard to adapt to it for everyone in my home.
Since the time change delays the sunset a bit, it felt unnatural to continue with normal bed time and routine. Our bodies were begging us to stay up longer, so we did.
And then we had to pay the price the next morning, since no matter how late we stayed up the night before, we still had to be up at the same time the following morning!
So yes, we’ve been dragging this week. Going to bed later, waking up tired. My morning yoga practice has been non-existent all week. And I’ve been having more caffeine than usual to compensate for how tired I feel.
First step for me was to recognize that things were shifting in a bad way, and I needed to take action fast. I felt disconnected from the “green mom” in me, and taking action to get things back in control was the next step. You know, the part of you that wants to eat healthy, exercise, practice nourishing self-care, and take your vitamins? I call her the green mom :-).
So I started making the effort of going to bed at my normal time, whether I was tired or not. By the time I finished my night time routine, my body was winding down, and to my surprise, ready for bed.
This helped me reduce caffeine intake, and I added a few more nourishing options, including the Glowing Green Smoothie (see below).
Next week I’ll be adding yoga again, and if I’m too tired to wake up early to do it, I’ll try to fit the practice during the day or at night. I feel the need to be gentle with myself, so I’ll make the effort to listen and take note. The green mom in me thanks me!
If you are looking for an energy boost, I highly recommend the Glowing Green Smoothie. The recipe is from Kimberly Snyder, she has it listed on her website and I’m sharing it below with you. If you haven’t read her books, I highly recommend them. Your green mom will feel truly inspired to make some healthful changes!
Remember to take time to nourish yourself from the inside out this week. And let me know how you like this recipe!
YIELD: about 60 ounces (3 to 4 servings)
NOTE: Mix and match your greens and fruits for nutritional variety, depending on what looks fresh and is seasonal. It’s best to avoid melons, which digest better on their own. Be sure to always include the lemon. Use organic produce as much as possible.
2 cups cool filtered water
7 cups chopped spinach
6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
11/2 cups chopped celery (about 2 stalks)
1 pear, cored and chopped
1 apple, cored and chopped
1 ripe banana, peeled
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
1/2 cup chopped parsley (optional)
Add water, spinach, and chopped romaine to the blender. Start the blender on a low speed and mix until smooth. Next add the celery, pear, apple, banana, and lemon juice, plus the cilantro and parsley, if desired. Blend on high until smooth.