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i've been feeling pretty run down lately. tired but not sleeping, my skin is a wreck, and overall i've just been feeling kind of blah. i could attribute this to any number of things: the seemingly endless brutal winter weather we are in the midst of, the fact that my 11 month old doesn't sleep, or that my queen sized bed holds two adults and two small people from 5am on (which is usually only a few hours after i've fallen asleep). maybe it's that the cold temperatures have me as far away from putting on my running clothes as i could be and if my children ever choose to nap at the same time i typically use that 30 minutes for writing here or doing some work on my business or watching mindless tv on hulu plus (junkie) instead of exercise. these last few months have been relentless, the weather won't let up, and neither will the attacks on our run down immune systems. when i woke up monday morning with a sore throat, the aches, and a splitting headache i decided that it was time to restart my system. it's time for a little self care.

the plan: to cut out sugar. to cut back on dairy. to cut out most gluten. to cut back on coffee. to find time for me (whether it's a few yoga stretches, a run, or just a bath). notice i said to cut back on things and not cut out. i know that any diet or extreme change will never last for me. the goal is balance. if i spend valentines day eating rich delicious cheese smothered on blue oven bread while drinking a bottle of wine, i'm cool with that. if e asks for chocolate waffles for breakfast i'm going to indulge her and myself. and then i'll drink an extra glass of this green smoothie the next day.

green smoothie

-1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
-handful spinach
-3 stalks celery, chopped
-half of a bunch of parsley
-1 banana, peeled
-1 apple, cored and quartered
-1 pear, cored and quartered
-1 lemon, peeled and seeds removed

put romaine, spinach, celery, and parsley in a blender with 2 cups water and blend until everything is combined. add the banana, apple, pear, and lemon and continue blending until smooth. enjoy.

bonus: both of my kids love it!

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