Scale Says:: -20lb
Body Says:: Water, water, everywhere
Breakfast:: Cleopatra Smoothie* (recipe below)
Lunch:: Luscious salad full of juicy veggies
Dinner:: Not sure yet, we’ll be out this evening
It is SO hot and humid here in Massachusetts this week. In fact, it’s officially a heatwave. It has been really hard to stay hydrated. And dehydration actually leads to inflammation for me. Awful. So yesterday, in addition to lots and lots of water, I made a lovely tea (recipe below). Today, I’m starting my day with what I call a Cleopatra Smoothie (recipe also below). It is believed that Cleopatra had Psoriatic Arthritis (the same disease that I have), and that she sought the healing environment of the Dead Sea. I wonder if she knew about the health benefits of certain foods for inflammation? This smoothie contains cantaloupe and strawberries – both rich in antioxidants and wonderful for keeping your largest organ looking and working beautifully. It also contains a generous portion of tahini which is rich in copper (and lots of other important nutrients). Copper is a powerful anti-inflammatory that is especially useful to folks with autoimmune arthritis (RA, PsA)
- 1 cantaloupe, scooped, peeled, and juiced
- 1 pt. strawberries, topped
- 1/4 c. organic tahini
- 1 c. plain yoghurt (you could use vanilla if you prefer)
Whiz everything together and serve in a tall glass. Makes a tall smoothie each for two adults.
Raspberry Ginger Mint Iced Tea
- 8 bags Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger tea
- 8 bags Wissotzky Raspberry tea
- 8 bags Wissotzky Nana tea
Steep bags in 2 quarts boiling water for about 15 minutes. Top up with cold water, sweeten to taste. Add fresh lime juice, if desired. Makes one gallon. **To sweeten, I heat 2 c. water and add up to 1c. honey or agave nectar… or even fruit juice concentrate like white grape or apple.