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I follow 11 of the 12 items listed on this poster from Dave Sommers. Eleven items are part of my lifestyle program for a healthy life. (Only Epson Salt is not part of my lifestyle.)

Green smoothie full of green leaves boosts energy, walnuts and almonds feed the brain, water reduces stress, while oats and peppers ease depression.

Original Smoothie recipe – Elixir of Life

Elixir of Life Recipe [ tested for efficacy]

Smoothie_imageBasic green smoothie recipe is a mix of fruits and green leaf vegetables.

Spices, seeds, nuts and other ingredients are optional.

Try adding whatever you like to match your mood.

 

Ingredients:

1 banana
4 slices of mango (or peaches, dates, plums, pear, apples etc.)
10-15 cherries (or blueberries, blackberries, strawberries etc)
250-350 grams spinach leaves (or Romaine lettuce, endive, kale, radish leaves etc.)
8 tsp flaxseeds (or walnuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds etc.)
500-600 ml water
1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or ginger powder, fenugreek etc.)
Optional: 1 tsp cacao powder. cucumber, broccoli, avocado

Directions: (makes about 1,5 liter)

Add all the ingredients in a blender: banana, half of the leaves, mango, cherries, flaxseeds, herbs, spices, rest of the green leaves and water. Blend at high speed for about a minute. It is ready to drink.

Bon appetit.

 

Hemp seeds

I have added yet another seed to my list of ingredients that I blend in my smoothie every morning. List is now flaxseed, sunflower, sesame and hemp.

Why hemp seeds? I know this may sound a little bit crazy but hemp seeds are said to be very good for your health in many ways.

  • Hemp seeds contain all 9 essential amino acids
  • They also contain essential fatty acids Omega 6 and Omega 3 in a ratio of 3:1. Body requires a 3:1 or 4:1 balance of Omega 6 to Omega 3 for good health.
  • Cause no allergic reactions ( I can not validate this myself as I am not allergic to nuts or seeds.)
  • Contains Vitamin E

Hemp seeds improve the immune system, dry skin condition, cardiovascular circulation and reduce many symptoms of muscle and joint pains. Definitely a super food to add to the list and have in house.

Have a long, happy and healthy life.

Holiday Greens!

It is impossible to find a hotel online which serves green smoothies. At least I have not yet found a hotel this way. Being away from home is challenging at best of times but without smoothies it can be daunting. But over the years I have found a way to stick to my diet.

I take plenty of fresh green leaves, usually found at the salad bar of any good hotel, at all three meal times. Add to that any fresh fruits and raw coloured vegetables. This year I will pack the flaxseeds, sesame and sunflower seeds together with a small coffee grinder in my suitcase for my daily portion of essential fats. Well it is not a green smoothie but close to it.

Have a fine “green” holiday.

Healthy eyes

Besides improving my eye-sight with a healthy diet and a daily portion of green smoothie I am probably, or should I say definitely, protecting myself from age related eye diseases.

Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) conducted by the National Eye Institute in 2001 and 2005 looked for possible benefits of Nutrition on Macular Degeneration. Results of the these studies showed a halting or slowing of macular degeneration through consumption ofvitamins A,C,E, antioxidants and omega-3 fats.

Most of the nutrients such as omega-3 fats and lutein and zeaxanthin are present in green, leafy vegetables.Simple and delicious way to get all these greens is to make a green smoothie and drink it daily.

Have a long, happy and healthy life.

Healthy happy new year to all

It is just a few hours before we enter a new year. Time to look back at 2011. I have had a really great year: 365 healthy days, not one single day when I felt sick. This is the fourth year in a row without feeling sick or taking any medical drugs.

Further I have published Club150s web site in 2011. I am delighted with all the visitors who have decided to follow the health tips. I hope they will tell their success story here sometime next year.

Finally for anyone who is still not decided I would like to say make a new year resolution to give the green smoothie a chance for at least a month or two in 2012 and feel the wondrous changes in your health. Don’t just take my word for it, find out for yourself.

Enjoy New Years Eve, raise a glass of champagne or whatever you like and see you again soon.

Have a long, happy and healthy life.