muddy footsteps

S.A.D. diet

Posted in Health/Nutrition, Uncategorized by nicolejanaye on January 20, 2011

Family Guy shouting through the speakers on your highly abused, 52′ inch plasma tv. Your worn feet propped on the pull-out of your lazy boy. Your third round of Bud Light  sits in a ‘Hooters’ koozie you won from a chicken wing eating contest. A jumbo sized plate rests on your slightly overweight body. A 6 ounce slab of tender steak maneuvers its way down your throat. It’s paired perfectly with a heaping double scoop of creamy, buttery alfredo. A fist sized butter roll ladles the dynamic duo to your gutt. Let us not forget the devilish dessert that’s so pleasing it’s necessary to go back for seconds. The caramel fudge glides down a mountain of heavy whipped cream. A pool of highly processed, golden goodness smothers a creamy, unbelievable New York styled cheesecake. Obviously a nap is in order. After such a big feast, stepping out the door with your puffed pouch is the last thing on your mind.

What has our world come to? We are stuffing our faces with highly processed, chemically enhanced, fatty dishes where the main ingredients can be found in a science lab. When was this change from organic, local agriculture to a world where we can slug to our Hummers, motor our way to the nearest fast food joint, and tear up the menu with record-breaking high calorie treats? The closest thing to a vegetable in the standard american (S.A.D.) diet is deep-fried, over-salted white potatoes.  No wonder our bodies are shutting down, we’re overweight, and are sick the majority of our lives. We’ve lost touch to natural, good for you foods. Let’s try to reverse our symptoms, turn back the clocks and un-clog our arteries.

You ask, what’s the first step to begin saving my life? Let’s start with reincorperating vitamins, nutrients and enzymes back into our system. If you’re one of those fast food junkies and can’t manage to graze on a salad without ranch dressing, cheddar cheese, and bacon bits, then I’ve got a solution for you.

Welcome to the ‘Green Smoothie Revolution’. As pitiful, revolting, and disgusting this might sound, slurping down these drinks on the daily could trim your waist line and save your life. Not only are they enriched with an abundance of health benefits, they taste just as great as a fruit smoothie you pick up at your local juice bar.

Drinking green smoothies are a surprisingly, incredible way to sneak in your veggies. A typical green smoothie for me is boosted with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, calcium, iron, and plenty of fiber.


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 apple (juiced)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • 2 celery stalks

The list of ingredients are endless and the variety of smoothies you can create come from a bottomless pit. Use your imagination and establish a recipe that suits your taste buds. Expand your mind to what our world offers and strive to remove yourself from the typical S.A.D. diet.


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  1. Augy said, on January 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    That was a fantastic read. The first visual was absolutely hysterically funny! This is definitely a recipe I must try because it sounds delicious and looks delicious! It is a wonder that such talent lies in our humble classroom.

  2. Amanda said, on February 2, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Hey! Your blog is inspiring, the photographs are gorgeous, and your recipes look positively delicious. I love spinach smoothies (the frozen banana is absolutely essential!), when I get a juicer I can’t wait to try this out with the apple. See you in class!

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