Christmas is once again a thing of the past (yay!) and it’s that time of the year when hoards of wannabe healthy people begin working on undoing the damage (and weight gain) of the holidays. I got a jump on it this year, mainly by fantasizing about being healthier and skinnier while basking in the afterglow of chocolate chip cookies and Starbucks peppermint mochas. (It’s always easy to have the best intentions when you’re buzzing from sugar, isn’t it? It’s much harder the next day when those vegetables don’t look nearly as enticing as that bar of chocolate.)
But this year, I’m serious. I have baby weight to lose (errr, and post-baby weight), and a health baseline to dramatically improve. For inspiration, I asked for a Nutri Ninja for Christmas, and to my sparkly-eyed surprise, Santa came through.
I’m on Day 2 of halfway decent, albeit slightly gritty, vegetable “juicing”. Yesterday, the vegetable concoction included spinach, arugula (not recommended), lemon, ginger, carrots, apple, ice, and water. It was so-so. Good enough to drink.
Today’s mix was spinach, celery, lemon, ginger, apple, and water. Much better than yesterday. Somewhat refreshing, even. Actually, it was quite refreshing. Unfortunately, I ruined the vegetable afterglow with a bar of dark chocolate. *sigh* Baby steps.
While drinking my nutrient-extracted, juice-ish sorta thing, I extracted the seeds from a couple of pomegranates. The process took nearly thirty minutes, but those little red fruity jewels of goodness are always worth it. (Num. Num.)
Now I have a 16 ounce container of pomegranate seeds to snack on whenever the urge for Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate rears its grumpy little head. (If you have candy, chocolate, cake what-have-you in the house and you cannot stop thinking about it until you eat it, and you feel compelled to eat it even though you aren’t sure if you really want it, you *might* have a sugar problem.
Perhaps tomorrow I will throw pomegranate seeds into my Nutri Ninja.
You know what? I’m kind of looking forward to it.
Do you plan on ingesting something healthy tomorrow? If so, what is it? Let’s trade recipes.
Jessica E. Thomas graduated summa cum laude with Academic Honors in Writing from Ball State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in English and a Minor in Creative Writing. She began her professional career in marketing at a large Indianapolis law firm. Since transitioning to Information Technology in 2001, she has worked in the pharmaceutical, student loan, and finance industries as a computer programmer, systems analyst, Web developer, and technical writer. She has authored two novels, three novellas, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a children’s book.