All Green or No Green?
From the desk of Nicole Trincia, CLC, LMT...
I love how life presents poignant lessons throughout ordinary activities. I have been juicing daily for the past 10 months, and I am still learning the nuances. Like many newbie juicers, I started primarily with the sweeter fruit juices- like apple, pineapple, and orange. Over this winter, I began integrating more greens, as they offer greater health benefits- like less sugar, some protein and alkalization.
However, in typical Perfectionist way, I got a little extreme- making 100% green drinks (not very palatable if you have a sweet tooth, like me, and may be difficult for some to digest). I was on a mission to also incorporate as many unusual greens as I could (variety is good for the diet), like brussel sprouts, mustard greens and collards. Not realizing that these greens are very spicy (particularly mustard greens!), I made some pretty nasty drinks, which of course I forced myself (sometimes plugging my nose) to drink anyway, out of diligence. After a few tries and starting to dread these drinks, I nearly swore off green drinks altogether and went back to my yummy fruit concoctions.
Yet, I was still drawn to the many health benefits of drinking green. My grandmother was a diabetic and I have had a history of Candida, which I learned long ago benefits from the alkalization of greens. I still had some of the "foul weed" (aka mustard greens) in my fridge, so I decided to just slip a leaf or two into my yummy fruit juices. Lo and behold, I found that I could not even taste the greens mixed in with my favorite fruit juices- yet I was still reaping their benefits.
Instead of "throwing the baby out with the bathwater," as I have been inclined to do in the past, I now enjoy playing with my juice "edge"- that fine line of challenge, without distress. I green juice daily, with the ratio that suits my palate of about one quarter to one half green juice to half fruit (of which no more than one or two sprigs of green is of the pungent variety). In fact, my latest favorite juice is the most colorful, sweet and spicy, fruit/veggie balanced I have found. Click here if you would like to know what's in it!
If you're like me, it can be convenient and efficient to do things "all or nothing". There's less to think about, or to chose. There's either "on or off", "right or wrong". But "grays" are very useful too (and maybe not so ironically one of my favorite colors to wear). Similarly, moderation is often key, but so undervalued in our Western World. My "all green" or "no green" juice experimentation inspired me to consider other areas in my life that I may also be acting all or nothing. How else might I incorporate small bits of something that I know is useful, even though I avoid (or even detest) it on its own? Perhaps when accompanied or "blended" with some other activity, it becomes tolerable, and even delightful- like listening to your favorite Pandora station while you work out, or taking a hot bath while you listen to a telecourse, or committing just fifteen minutes per day to journaling or some other meaningful writing or planning that you might otherwise avoid altogether.
Nicole Trincia, CLC, LMT Certified Life Coach & Licensed Massage Therapist
Nicole Trincia is a Martha Beck Certified Life Coach and Certified Massage Therapist. Through her coaching, she inspires mindful people to connect their hearts to their bodies, so they may live blissfully- right now! She offers practices that re-connect clients with nature, timelessness and simplicity, and guides powerful thought work that confronts and deconstructs limiting beliefs. Inviting curiosity with compassion, Nicole empowers clients to be present and in alignment with their truth, so they may attract joy and their best life.
Nicole has been practicing massage therapy for over fourteen years. She graduated from Healing Touch Institute in 2000, with certification in Holistic Massage Therapy. Her training includes Swedish, Esalen, Neuromuscular, Myofascial, Sports and Pregnancy Massage, as well as Polarity, Aromatherapy, and yoga. Her intuitive style integrates Cranio Sacral, Thai Massage, Hot Stone, assisted stretching, and Feldenkrais techniques. In 2010, she completed the First Degree of the Usui System of Reiki Healing.
Having earned a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College and a M.A. in Education from Lesley University, Nicole is personally fascinated with the mind-body connection. She is committed to identifying both painful thoughts and physical stress patterns, and educates clients on proper body mechanics, work habits, diet, exercise and positive thinking. Nicole has been practicing Forrest Yoga for 14 years and has studied Macrobiotics. She delights in sharing what she has learned through overcoming personal and physical challenges, massage, and overall mind-body awareness with her clients, so that they may live a more balanced, vivacious, and joyful life!
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