BEAUTIFUL FOODS MAKE FOR BEAUTIFUL BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS: 10 Things to Eat Daily

In the airport in Bangor, Maine, the women’s room to be exact, (they NEVER let me in the men’s room), I saw something that froze my heart: Locked boxes on the wall that said “USED SYRINGES HERE.”

Really? There are THAT MANY diabetics in the Bangor, Maine area? It is possible, I suppose. And tragic. Being from New York City, syringes like that bespeak of heroin and crack addiction, loss, dirt, poverty, AIDS. This diabetes thing scares me.

So, here’s a list of foods to eat daily that help regulate and stabilize blood sugar levels. If I were you, I would whirl them up in these: http://amzn.to/1utbLih It’s just really easy to drink your vegetables and may keep you away from the syringe box.

The top 10 foods for blood sugar stabilization. You’ll also be less anxious and more even tempered too.

1. Blueberries, fresh or no-sugar-added frozen
2. Avocado, my favorite base for green smoothies
3. Ground flax seeds – nutty tasting with a wonderful texture, grind before using
4. Ceylon cinnamon – insist on Ceylon, the lightest color of all the cinnamons. Order it to get the real
stuff.
5. Mango
6. Tumeric – the yellow spice used in Indian cooking is a huge detoxifier. It has little flavor so use it.
7. Cherries – Bing cherries, pitted, fresh or frozen, no-sugar-added
8. Strawberries
9. Spinach
10. Sparkling waters

Enjoy. Oh, and did I tell you I lost 40 lbs eating these foods? Try it. You’ll love being called SKINNY

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SLEEP AT NIGHT or you’ll do it conference rooms and look stupid: Skinny Green Smoothies

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I didn’t choose this picture of a dog because it’s #National Dog Day. Although I do love those furry fabulous pad-footed things,  But it’s off my topic and I paid attention in English class. 

I did not choose this photo  of the dog because he had a pineapple on his head. This amazing national holiday we celebrate today – National Dog Day – led me to a pineapple and thoughts of dogs.

Turns out pineapple has 288% more melatonin than FDA adult requirements. Almonds are way up there and so are leafy greens. Chamomile tea will also help you out as your base liquid….and I’ve just discovered another great addition to your pre-bedtime #SkinnyGreenSmoothies…….California Poppy….Oh yeah. That’s right, that distant cousin of heroin, in it’s flowering state, with send you to the land of nod with health and ease. Order off amazon.com and use a tablespoon at night. ZZZZZzzzzzzzzz you go…….

Sleeper Smoothie

1 cup pineapple chunks

1 cup baby kale or spinach leaves

1 tablespoon California Poppy (order from amazon.com)

Camomille tea to cover

Ice

1. Put it in the blender through the tea. Begin blending, dropping ice cubes down through the top to make thick and cold. 

2. Drink a 1/2 before bed. Zzzzzzzzzzz.

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LOOK FOR STUFF THAT EATS GRASS AND LIVE TO 150: Skinny Green Smoothies

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 I didn’t start this green smoothie thing. A human being DIDN’T start this green smoothie thing. I mean if you look into the mouths of animals, all you do is see them making green smoothies there.

Look at Livingston. He’s only 10 with another 140 years to go. His skin isn’t as soft as mine, but I think his has spurs for a reason. Some sort of need in the desert to protect himself.

His favorite green is collards. This is his smoothie:

 Livingston’s Smoothie

1 cup chopped cantaloupe

1-2 cups shredded collard greens

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tablespoon tumeric (for old joints)

2 tablespoons fresh chopped mint

Water

Ice

1. Put all the cantaloupe, greens, lemon, turmeric and mint in the blender. Cover with water.

2. Blend, dropping ice through the top until desired thickness is reached. Serve.

 

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Don’t You Want to Feel Better? In 60 Seconds, No Less? Start Drinking Now.

What you MUST understand is that what you put in your body influences your thoughts and feelings ALONG WITH the health of the rest of your body. As Dr. Mark Hyman, author of The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, says, “there is no blood/brain barrier. Toxins and undernourished blood flows everywhere, bringing function in organs throughout the body down with it.”  (http://www.drmarkhyman.com)

A simple drink – one a day – can create HUGE change  http://amzn.to/1v3TqcW   Zinc in greens clears your skin. Fiber cleanses the digestive tract and prepares it to receive maximum nutrition. Combinations of ingredients have synergy that turn extra powerful when blended and consumed together. Flavor pairings here are both brand new – Try the Blackberry Ginger Lime Detox Green Smoothie – and quite old, as with the Banana #Lassi Green Smoothie. 

Don’t just throw anything in your blender: Don’t go for the “front yard” taste.. Learn the simple flavor pairings as well as what greens address what physical and mental needs. Whirl. Drink. Change in the best possible way. 

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KEEP THE CONTROL CENTER CLEAN: Detox the Brain with Skinny Green Smoothies

YOU NEED TO CLEAN YOUR BRAIN OUT.

I DON’T MEAN DIRTY THOUGHTS. 

THOSE ARE ACTUALLY FINE ON A GREEN SMOOTHIE DIET. 

Sorry to keep thumping on the brain thing, but there’ another fact I learned from my health guru, Dr Mark Hyman – you can find him here at http://www.drmarkhyman.com.  Toxins come in through your mouth and skin and move through your body in your blood. There is no blood barrier between your body and brain so all those heavy metals, pesticides, plastic molecules and pollution flow through that most important of all organs, your master control center.

Like anything that grows dirty, you need to give it a good cleaning. That means detoxification. That means increased metabolism (weight loss) and elimination (peeing and pooping to the layman). Yeah. Flush that bad stuff out!

The foods you need to be putting in your green smoothies with regularity are citrus fruits such as grapefruit, lemon and lime; herbs, especially cilantro and parsley, walnut pieces, beet greens, cabbage, kale, lemongrass, celery, ginger, green tea (a great base liquid) and turmeric. 

The more delicious the combinations of these foods you can whirl into a green smoothie, the easier it will be for you to stay interested in detox: It will taste good. The better the combinations, the more you will make, flushing your body out on a consistent basis. The more you flush out your body, the cleaner your brain will be.  Thoughts may still be dirty, but those thoughts will be clear.

Life is fast these days. You can’t afford an unfocused muddy mind. Drink green smoothies and go clear. 

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Change How Your DNA Metabolizes Fat: Skinny Green Smoothies as Self-Love

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Somehow, the image above lurks just beyond the consciousness of many women. We are not her, but we are afraid of being her. Maybe she’s inside us just DYING to pop out. 

She’s not. I swear. I am a woman in the middle of her life and have never had a better body. I actually am much better looking in my 50s than in my 20s, when I was a model. 6’2″ and coming in at 130. Then I ballooned to over 200. Then I came back down to 160. Then, my weight shot to….well, you get the idea.

I got a real career (modeling = free money) and started learning some facts about health. My guru (everybody needs one, baby!) is Dr. Mark Hyman http://www.drhyman.com. He told me that eating certain ingredients had an impact on your health in the next minutes, hours, days, and years. He told me that eating the right foods literally gave your body instructions to activate DNA that burns fat faster. Keep eating those ingredients and your DNA will continue to receive the signals, ultimately changing over to the new, faster fat-burning system. You literally change your body’s structure, your DNA. 

I started drinking green smoothies and darned if it didn’t work. A month into writing and testing the cookbook, my pimples cleared and that last annoying ring of waist fat fell away. Sure I was working hard but I felt balanced, calm and <gasp!> HAPPY.  That’s the real payoff: the way you feel about you. 

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KING BLUEBERRY WANTS TO HOLD YOUR HAND: SKINNY GREEN SMOOTHIES

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THIS IS KING BLUEBERRY. HE’S HOLDING THIS WOMAN’S HAND BECAUSE HE WANTS TO HELP HER. HE WANTS TO JUMP IN THE BLENDER JAR AND HELP FLUSH TOXINS OUT OF HER CELLS AND HELP HER LOSE WEIGHT. 

 

KING BLUEBERRY IS A GOOD KING. 

 

 

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BLUEBERRY SPINACH GREEN SMOOTHIE

 

1 CUP BLUEBERRIES

1 CUP SPINACH

ZEST OF 1/2 LEMON

JUICE OF 1 LEMON

WATER TO TASTE

TABLESPOON OF RAW HONEY

TABLESPOON OF CHIA SEEDS

PINCH OF CINNAMON

ICE

 

1. PUT BLUEBERRIES, SPINACH, LEMON ZEST AND JUICE IN THE BLENDER. COVER WITH WATER AND BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH.

 

2. ADD THE HONEY, CHIA SEEDS AND CINNAMON AND BLEND, DROPPING ICE THROUGH THE TOP OF THE BLENDER AS IT WHIRLS. SERVE. 

Cherries Also Make Everybody Poop: More Skinny Green Smoothies

So, yesterday we learned that Mr. Celery belongs in your green smoothies because of the way he assists with elimination, another word for pooping.  Don’t just put him in juices: use celery in your thicker creations, the Skinny Green Smoothies.

But an inquiring mind might ask “what else makes me poop?” One of the answers to that question is CHERRIES. Glorious red Bing cherries, pitted with love, and plopped into the blender will get your trains moving on time.

Cherries are also rich in phytonutrients: Vibrant color means the fruit or vegetable has powerful abilities to clean out your cells and flush toxins from your body. That’s part of the pooping. Cleaning out cells keeps your body free of illnesses such as cancer and diabetes. That’s why you should always reach for color in the produce section. Makes shopping easier, no?

Finally, cherries are full of melatonin and that helps you relax. Impossible, you say! No so. Because after you poop and the melatonin kicks in, you’ll be a lot more fun to be around.

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I’m afraid of herbs and other tales of the Skinny Green Smoothie, including a recipe

th-2Why are Americans afraid of herbs? A sprig here, a garnish there.

What’s the little deal? Why can’t we have more with our food? Cooks like the Barefoot Contessa and the much celebrated Herb Farm out West have been encouraging us to add bursting handfuls of fresh herbs to our foods forever. Few do it. I just don’t know why. My salads are about 1/2 lettuces and 1/2 herbs. Why? The flavor! 

 

So, the stuff pictured here. It’s cilantro. Say you REALLY love the flavor. You put 3 tablespoons of chopped cilantro leaves in your guacamole instead of two. You may feel the same about basil and sneak extra leaves between your mozzarella and tomato. You are a fresh herb sneaker.

 

Stop the sneaking. It’s time to use huge bunches of fresh herbs as greens for green smoothie because they have SO MUCH NUTRITIONAL POWER IT IS MIND BOGGLING. Cilantro literally sticks to and drags heavy metals from your body. Forget Obama Care.  You need these. Skinny Green Smoothies

 

CILANTRO AVOCADO LIME SKINNY GREEN SMOOTHIE

1 avocado, halved, pitted and flesh scooped out

1 cup cilantro, stems and leaves

1 cup raw spinach

Juice of 1 lime

Water as needed

1 tablespoon chia seeds (really, if you are not using these, GET SOME)

1 tablespoon honey, optional

Ice

 

1. Really scoop out the avocado – much of the best nutrients are under the skin – and add to the blender along with the cilantro, spinach, and lime juice.

2. Cover the ingredients in the blender with water, add the chia and honey, if using, and process until all the ingredients are broken down.

3. With the motor running, drop ice cubes down through the hole in the top of the blender until the desired cold and thickness is reached.

4. Pour. Feel heavy metals and toxins being dragged from your body as you sip. It feels GOOD.