So, you are doing yoga and holding poses like Warrior so that the isometric pull of your muscles on your bones will force them to build mass, right?
All you need to do now is give your body the right nutrients.
OK, I know it’s not quite that simple, but a largely plant-based diet will help you keep an ideal pH balance in your body (too acidic and you harm your bones), plus eating lots of dark green leafy veggies gives you an extra boost on the calcium front.
I don’t know about you, but in the Winter months, I have a really hard time eating enough greens. I like them raw, not so much cooked, and when it’s cold outside I don’t want to eat a spinach salad. This year I’ve been rigourous about getting enough greens, and I’ve had my healthiest Melbourne Winter yet (it’s my fifth. I am hoping it will be the first one in which I don’t get ill. Everyone around me has been coughing up lungs, so those greens had better do their work!).
What I did was find a way to eat greens that I found appealing. Here are two of my favourites.
It’s from this recipe. Sometimes I blend it, and sometimes I don’t. Isn’t it just an insane shade of vert?
And then, there are the smoothies. I am obsessed with green smoothies. I crave them if I miss a day. This one is good until you get used to drinking something that is both green and fruity. It’s kind of a smoothie halfway house.
Throw the following into your blender & whizz until smooth. Makes 2 glasses. YUM!!!!
- 1 Banana
- Large handful of frozen (or fresh) berries
- Large handful of baby spinach leaves (put them at the bottom, otherwise they tend to float around at the top and not get properly blended)
- Splash of water
What are your favourite ways to get greens? I’d love to hear! Just please don’t suggest broccoli. Can’t abide the stuff. I know, I am such a failed hippie.