When illness makes you rethink your eating habits

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brendacuby2Do you eat a healthy diet or is there room for improvement?

My own dietary changes came about as I realised we really are what we eat! I was suffering from recurrent infections, ME and migraines and eventually made the connection that a diet of fast food, alcohol and caffeine was not supporting my health in a positive way.

Today Brenda is here to share some of the changes she has made to her family’s diet. She is the editor of The Green Familia; a natural living blog.

My husband has recently had a few health issues, which now seems to be due too developing food intolerances/allergies to certain foodstuffs.

So with Spring approaching it seems like a good time to start a healthy eating regime.

Although my husband eats a lot of vegetables, they very rarely are raw vegetables . So we have dusted off the blender we had hidden away in the cupboard and started to make him a few raw veg smoothies. The reason being is that they are quick and easy to make, and so he can have one in the morning for his breakfast and then take one with him when he goes out as he is really bad about making time for lunch!

We have a brilliant local farm shop that we can buy locally produced fruit and vegetables which taste amazing and of course are better priced than supermarket produce which rarely comes from local suppliers.

The great thing about smoothie drinks is that you can basically put most things into the drinks and they will turn out ok. My daughter who is a big fruit junkie but not great with her vegetables, loves to make her own fruit smoothies and has already started making up a few recipes, which she takes as part of her packed lunch for school. When she is not looking I have been known to add a vegetable or two in and she is none the wiser!

Beetroot, green leaf vegetables, carrots, bananas, apples, strawberries etc are all big hits in our house to be added in and can be used with water, yoghurt, rice milk, etc whatever YOU fancy.

For me the best thing is that they are quick and easy to make BUT so nutritious and filling that you cannot help but enjoy.

We are always on the look for new suggestions on smoothies to make so if you have any, please do share them with me.

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1 Comment

  1. Mrs Green on March 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you Brenda for kicking off this month’s round of ‘healthy living’ posts. I think our health is often a catalyst for lifestyle changes. The difference is that many people know what they should do but fail to take action. I love that you’ve actually made some changes and shown us all how simple it is to do, even with a busy lifestyle and family to take care of. Thank you!



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