I joyfully admit that it's only been FOUR days since I took crap out of my diet and my skin, hair and nails look amaaaaazing!! My hair is so shiny, my nails super strong and my skin looks like milk chocolate!
Okay, let me back this up. The start of the new year brings desires to almost everybody to do something different with their lives and still topping the list is getting healthy, whether that means changing the diet or hitting the gym.
I chose to cleanse my diet. I saw several different post from people that I follow on social media who had various fasts and/or workout challenges going on. I selected one to do along side of but not really follow, if that makes sense. In other words, I took the essence of what they were doing over there and made it personally mine over here, to do by myself, behind the veil so if I screwed up only I would know. Okay, that's not true. I just wasn't into posting every day about how it was going and I wanted to tweak it to benefit my needs.
I've been juicing, drinking homemade smoothies, and drinking my homemade beef broth (recipe below) for the last few days and yesterday added in a salad so good that I have no words to describe it other than DELICIOUS! It had everything too! Fresh greens, sun-dried tomatoes and smoked salmon to name a few drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with my homemade sumac bbq seasoning.
My plan includes a lot of fresh, uncooked vegetables and fruit for my juices, smoothies and salads. I use almond milk or coconut water for my smoothie base and typically add collagen. The only cooked food I've consumed this week is the beef broth. Broth helps with mental clarity through hydration according to an article posted on Delicious Living about 9 superstar ingredients to lift your mood (see link below). I haven't been following a set plan for what I eat when, though typically a smoothie is my breakfast and broth between meals when I'm sensing hunger coming on.
In addition to what I mentioned about my skin, hair and nails, my body is feeling fresh, the lower back pain I have has drastically diminished, I have more energy during my workouts, and I'm down several pounds! Another week to go and I'm loving it.
My Homemade Slow Cooker Bone Broth
The first time I made this is with beef ribs because the grocer didn't have just bone. OMGoodness it was good! Oh, the fragrance in the house while this cooking is divine. It's like beef stew is cooking. Beef bones, of course will work just fine.
1 pack Beef Bones
2 Celery Stalks
1 green pepper
dash of salt (optional)
enough water to cover meat
Preheat oven to 350
Place bones in a oven safe dish, place in oven to brown on both sides. About 15 minutes per side
Meanwhile roughly chop vegetables.
When the bones are done, transfer them along with any juice generated to a crock pot along with the chopped vegetables.
Add the salt (I like to season beforehand, though you could add it later and/or adjust to your liking)
Add water to cover the bones and vegetables.
Place the lid on the crock pot
Cook on low for about 6 hours or until fragrant and/or any meat on the bones is very tender.
Let cool and strain. Reheat and sip as needed.