Friday, April 06, 2007

Power smoothie, Slow movement, White Easter, celebrations and 50$ day

My green smoothie has grown up!

A basic green smoothie may go something like this:
40% spinach and sunflower sprouts &
60% banana, pineapple, mango, pear

& that would be delicious.

But my super powerhouse green smoothie (inspired by a video I posted yesterday) goes something like this:
40% spinach and sunflower sprouts &
60% banana, pineapple, mango, pear
then add:
a handful of goji berries
1-2T flax seeds
1T black sesame seeds
1T powdered maca
1 cap (opened & poured out into blender) Host Defense, mycomedicinals – a blend of 17 mushrooms
3 caps of herbs:
1- Fo-Ti
2- Ginkgo biloba, Ginseng, Schizandra, Ginger, Rosemary, Peppermint and Yerba mate
3- Dandelion, Sarsaparilla, Burdock, Licorice, Yellow dock, Kelp, Cayenne, Echinacea, Plantain

I was thinking about something that I have been talking about with a few people lately. We were talking about Slow Food. I bought a book about 2 years ago, which I haven’t read yet, even though I like the concept of it, it’s called ‘In Praise of Slow’ A Canadian journalist, Carl Honore, wrote it & incidentally I discovered it was edited by my neighbour.. only after I had bought it. cool.

HonorĂ© shows the benefits of slowness, with chapters related to food, transportation, meditation- exercise, medicine, sex, work, and parenting. It’s become a cult movement challenging the fast paced society we live in, and creating a more comfortable, sustainable life where we are more connected to each other and the land.

What I find, what we were talking about, is that the faster you go the more you don’t have time to do all the things you want to do., the more you do, the more it seems you need to do. .. it works this way on a material level also. Have you ever noticed that the more you have the more you need. When you get rid of things it almost seems like you have more. I’ve had times when I have gotten into zen-mode and seriously cleaned up, tossing lots of stuff.. You end up keeping all the good stuff and appreciate it more. You notice these things more without all the less meaningful things surrounding them. Slow can be directly related to this.. you appreciate the things you are doing. You are more mindful.. the most important things still get done.. and in a more conscious way.

Its snowing out – my brother told me there is a saying something like: If you have a green Christmas You’ll get a white Easter.

I like these sayings. I also like the idea if having a celebration every day. One day I am going to get a calendar and find something to celebrate every day. & not just Valentines and Christmas kind of days. I remember a few great days I have posted in the past, like:

Aug 8 - Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbors' Porch Day &
July 25 – Give love and thanks to Water day. (from )

any further submissions-ideas are welcome (comment or e-mail me:

My husband & I were talking about 50$ day last night. We haven’t celebrated it in awhile. We made up this holiday about 18 years ago.. it was just before we were married, before Dylan was born. How it started was one night I went to the store and then discovered I had lost 50$. I was sad & felt bad about it. Then Jim suggested we should make a holiday out of it instead and every year on that day we go out and spend 50$. It’s as if we lost it but we use it to buy ourselves a present. and we did that for a few years.. it’s a great celebration. (not that I really need a day to spend 50$) ..but it’s a good excuse to do so. We had in the meantime forgotten the date and last night the day has been set:

July 5th is now officially 50$ day!

We have shiatsu treatments booked for this afternoon at 2:30. Yay! : )
Have a powerful, supremely conscious, celebratory, relaxing and very good Friday!

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Paul said...

What about Easterklaasday?

Robin said...

; ) good one.. when should we celebrate it?

shebytches said...

Celebrating every day is a brilliant idea and I think you should create an online calendar and have people submit their idea's. Here are a few of mine.

~Have a conversation with an elderly person (they all have great stories to tell)
~Give someone a flower for no apparent reason day
~Pick up 12 peices of garbage and put it in a bin day
~Plant something in someone elses garden day
~Tell some one a secret day
~Give up your seat on the subway day
~bike to work day
~Eat only green things day
~Wear a bright shirt day
~Knit a scarf and give it charity day
~Detox your fridge day
~Be thankful for the sun day
~Celebrate the flowers breaking through the earth day (did that last week when I saw crocus coming up)

I could be here for days....

xo c

Robin said...

Hey Caroline, great ideas.
I have actually been wanting to create a calendar like that.. just have to figure out how it could best be done.. or maybe just do it, so many projects.. or maybe someone will come out of the blue & offer to get it started for me.. !?!? good thought! ; )
love your thinking!
~HuGs~ R