If you don’t worship your own body, then who will? Treat your body with respect, compassion and be conscious of what is on the inside as well as the outside. If you are not feeling your absolute best with radiating skin, a happy heart, passion for life, loads of energy, looking lean and feeling light then you need to make a change RIGHT now. Life is way too short to not treat your body like a temple. Have respect for yourself, this Earth, your surroundings, your family and your community. All you need is some LOVE for yourself and the rest will come naturally. You will stop eating fast food. You will stop getting a donut with your latte at Starbucks in the morning. You will stop being insensible about quality of food. GROSS! You will start having a sense of the quality of food, where it came from, how many hands it has been passed through to get into your mouth. Maybe you will start having a smoothie in the morning instead of a latte. Maybe you will ride your bike to work instead of getting in your car. It’s the little things that you will start to notice that will make you smile.
Many people are looking for ways to be healthier, eat better, start juicing, cleanse, etc. but they just don’t know how or where to start. Here’s my tip for the day…. Start at your local farmers market. Walk around and just pick up what looks good to you that day. Then go home and ask our good friend Google for a raw vegan recipe using whatever you picked up at the market. You don’t have to go 100% raw vegan. Just start incorporating more raw fruits and veggies into your diet. Start with Watermelon!
One of my favorite things to get from the market each week is a massive Watermelon. They are not only delicious and extremely refreshing; they are loaded with vitamins and have the most nutrition per calorie of most foods with only about 45 calories in one cup. They are loaded with Vitamin A, B and C, which we all need more of. Not only do they serve as a major antioxidant and fight off various cancers, heart disease and reduce arthritis – they are also packed with potassium and magnesium which supports cardiovascular and brain health. Magnesium deficiency is a common among most people who are on the SAD Diet (Standard American Diet) and causes sleep disorders, tension, stress, irritability and muscle cramping. The lycopene is what makes the watermelon its vibrant red/pinkish color and helps protect from prostate cancer (so drink up guys!)
The best way to consume the melons is to juice them and drink in the morning. Watermelons are 90% water based; loaded with electrolytes therefore a great way to rehydrate and cool down on those hot summer days. I usually pay about $6-7 for a watermelon and get about 6-8 32 oz. jars of juice out of it. A buck a juice… that is a steal! I throw some mint and lime in the juicer too for added flavor. I made popsicles and melon heart cubes from the last batch I made. It’s so easy and just takes a little bit of time. If you don’t have a juicer then you can use your blender. This is one of my favorite summer remedies
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Until next time… keep it raw. keep it fresh. keep it alive. and worship your temple.