my morning smoothie + the art of self-care

When left to my own devices, I will get a scone (blueberry, if you please) or a muffin where the edges are crisp and the cake is yielding. When I’m flush, I’ll scarf down an almond croissant dusted with confectioner’s sugar, and when I’m low I’ll feast on a bagel, and feel as I’m carrying boulders for the rest of the day.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about this concept of self-care–the art of listening to your body, feeling yourself in your own skin: the space between your fingers and toes and the like. The first steps are listening and feeling, being present, paying attention, and then we do the things that are right for ourselves as opposed to the things we think we ought to be doing. Perhaps it’s taking the shape of a yoga pose we took previously, or lifting the weights that were once so effortless. Or maybe it’s the need to stay home and rest when the world demands your velocity. A good friend once told me that on your deathbed, you’ll never say, I wish I spent more time in the office or I wish I had more money or fancy finery to hang in my closet. In the end, we wish we would have lived more, loved more, paid attention more. And it’s only when we take some time to take care of ourselves do we have the strength to be our best selves with others.

I’ve been thinking about self-care when it comes to food, and I often equated self-care to self-medication. I need that scone because I need armor, protection against the host of meetings ahead of me. I need, no, deserve, that bowl of macaroni and cheese because, can I just tell you about the day I had? But the feeling of comfort is always fleeting, it departs as quickly as the sheets have cooled, and you’re back to where you started. The busy morning. The day worth shredding.

Instead, I’m thinking more about self-care, fuel, rather than anesthesia. And while this smoothie may not look glamorous, it gets me off on the right foot, as it were. Gives me the energy to start my day, sharp and clear-headed. Because I need to be healthy, present and strong for myself in order to be present for others.

1 cup almond milk
1 ½ scoops of XyMogen OptiMetaboliX™ powder*
Fruit Options (I mix up the ingredients in my smoothie, daily): 4 figs (my favorite!); 5 strawberries; handful of blueberries; 1 peach; 1/2 cup pineapple or watermelon; 1/3 cup blackberries
Veg: a handful of kale or spinach
5 ice cubes

*Note: Here’s the rub: you can only get this powder from licensed nutritionists or medical professionals. If that’s not possible, feel free to sub in your favorite protein powder. I’d opt for vegan protein or hemp rather than whey.

Add all the ingredients to a high-powered blender (I start with the fruit + veg at the bottom to preserve my blades), and blitz until smooth.

6 thoughts on “my morning smoothie + the art of self-care

  1. The words of wisdom your friend gave you “… I wish I spent more time in the office or I wish I had more money or fancy finery to hang in my closet…” is something I tell people all the time. It’s so true and if people stopped and thought about that more…well, there’d be a lot less stress and pressure.

    I too am on my own…journey (is that the right word?) with self-care, eating better, and as a result losing weight, and getting fit. I’ve started enjoying smoothies in the morning (some mornings!) too. I was just about to purchase whey to add to my smoothie but I see you suggest vegan protein or hemp…can I ask why – what’s the difference? I’m guessing the whey has animal protein? (I could/should probably just google the answer but was curious on your perspective 🙂


    1. That’s wonderful, Kisha! So glad to hear you’re on this auspicious journey.

      Yes, I shy away from whey protein as I’m personally leaning toward a plant-based diet.

      On Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 10:23 AM, wrote:



    1. LOL! I get the chocolate mint flavored powder, so it always tastes like a mint cookie. I revert back to my affection for Thin Mints whenever I have breakfast 🙂

      On Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 10:58 AM, wrote:



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