Are you familiar with this quote, “health is not valued, until sickness appears”. I am not sure who said it, but I value the advice. Here is the thing, many people believe that being healthy is expensive. I used to feel that way, but what I found was that being mindful and taking care of my body through nutrition has actually created cost savings for my family, and the 30 days to Healthy Living has created ease, simplicity and peace of mind that I am becoming the best, healthiest version of myself.
Now I will agree with you that food is an advanced
skill, and that cooking healthy takes time, advanced preparation, and in my case, learning some new skills. Because of the program, I have experience with different foods, especially vegetables, which as it turns out are pretty inexpensive, learned to shop and prepare in advance so that I am less likely to grab something or go out to eat, and used easy buttons to support my nutrition habits.
In terms of expense, let me ask you, do you grab a snack at the convenience store when you get gas, do you ever find yourself running to the drive through, grabbing a coke, or my goodness in the Starbucks
line, donʼt even get me started! This type of mindless eating not only raids our wallet, but also deprives us of feeling good. My goal in the 30 days to healthy living is to teach you how to gain energy and use food as fuel for about $8 dollars a day in addition to providing you with recipes and a grocery shopping list to help you prepare amazing meals for yourself and your family. Opinion: if $8 dollars a day is too much to spend on your health, then we should talk because there may be other things holding you back.
Let me give you a couple of examples of how your can incorporate 1-2 smoothies
and some healthy meals into your day and by doing so eliminate lots of unhealthy habits (including not eating) that you may harbor.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 scoops Arbonne vanilla Protein Shake Mix
1/4 to 1/2 scoop Arbonne Daily Fiber Boost
1/2 green apple· a slices cucumber
1 handful of spinach
1/2 cup mint
6-8 ice cubes
1-2 Tbsp hemp, chia or flax seeds
2 slices lemon
Dash of cinnamon
Blend all ingredients together adding more ice to increase thickness.
Power Protein Breakfast Bowl
2/3 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 green apple
1 tsp raw coconut
1 handful raw pecans
Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
Unsweetened almond milk to thin as needed
2 tsp hemp, pumpkin or sesame seeds
1/2 scoop Arbonne vanilla Protein Mix
Greek Veggie Stew
2/3 cup cooked quinoa
2 Tbsp oil· 2 onions, chopped
1 Tbsp dried oregano
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 tomatoes, quartered
4 cups vegie broth
1 lb green beans, broken in half
1 cup black kalamata
10 to 12 oz frozen or fresh spinach
6 zucchini, chunked
4 yellow squash, chunked
2 cups celery leaves
3 Tbsp fresh basil
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp lemon juice
8 lemon slices, to garnish
Add onions and oil to a hot
dry skillet. When onions are lightly browned, add oregano and garlic, cook 1 minute. Add water and tomatoes. Cook 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Cook covered for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to blender and blend for liquid days. Serve with a lemon slice in each bowl.
Before you say no, think about the long term costs of healthy care. In addition, think about how you want to live, and what your life can look like in a years, 10 years, 20 ~ a whole lot better when you take care of you! So in the words of Hippocrates, “let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”.
Cheers to healthy living!