Ever wish there was a way you could supercharge your diet and banish junkfood cravings, before you even have breakfast?
Sometimes it’s a good idea to look at success strategies for other aspects of life and apply them to your eating behaviours.
Motivational coach Brian Tracy has a strategy for success in business that he calls ‘Eat that frog’. The basic premise behind this is very simple: that thing that you need to do today – that important, but difficult thing – is often the thing that you put off the most in favour of the other easier tasks.
So in terms of business/career, an example of this might be that you put off writing another chapter in your book in favour of scrolling through social media or checking your emails for the 17th time.
The book writing just doesn’t seem as fun as checking Facebook. But the book writing can bring you much more gain, in the long run.
Brian Tracy recommends that you start off with the most difficult task and just get it done. In other words, ‘Eat That Frog’. Simple, yet highly effective.
I was thinking about this the other day as I made my morning juice and I realised how useful it is to apply that same concept to your dietary routine. I’d recently seen a very insightful Instagram post by Patrick Queen from Euphonic Health, who mentioned the importance of getting your important micronutrients in first, before you move onto macronutrients (eg carbs, fats etc).
It really resonated with me, as I noticed how I’ve fallen into a pattern of doing this quite naturally, by making what I call my ‘superjuice’ every morning. This consists of a green juice which I then blend with various superfoods. I feel it really sets me up for the day.
Now, this green superfoods juice wouldn’t win any fans, taste-wise. It’s not sexy, it’s not sweet, and I’m sure a lot of people would hate it. I personally think it tastes ok, but I’ve got used to it over time. After all, tastebuds get used to whatever you ply them with, pretty much.
But I’m not drinking it for taste. I’m certainly not going to be taking it around to a pot luck any time soon to win people over to the joys of the raw food diet. I simply see it as my morning fuel.
Believe me, I’d be very happy to have a raw chocolate bar for breakfast instead. It’d be tasty and sweet and give me a bit of a buzz. But in the long-term, it just doesn’t feel anywhere near as good as that boring green juice does. With my green superfoods juice fuelling me as I go through my morning I feel centred, calm, and satiated.
So, to apply Brian Tracy’s ‘Eat That Frog’ concept to your eating habits, start off your day with the most nutritionally dense food you can. For me it’s that green juice. For you it might be something completely different. Hopefully you’re not taking me literally and actually eating a frog for breakfast. But whatever it is, start with it, and you’ll reap the benefits over the day, and over a lifetime.
So how do you make a green superfoods juice? I won’t give you any specific recipes, because everyone has different nutritional needs, and when it comes to superfoods there are so many different types out there that the best idea is to research what you think is best for you.
For me personally, I’m naturally a very ‘up’ type of person whose mind is always on overdrive, so I find it’s really helpful for me to stay away from anything stimulating. So even though things like coffee, raw chocolate, green tea etc are often thought of as superfoods, they just don’t work for me.
Perhaps this is why the greens suit me so well, as they give me a nice calming magnesium boost.
But to give you a general pointer, I usually start with something like a head of celery, a cucumber, an apple, a handful of sprouts or microgreens, some leafy greens like spinach or lettuce, and a small piece of ginger.
I juice all these then add them to the blender with a big spoonful of green superfood powders such as chlorella, kelp, tulsi, etc. I also add in some (pre-soaked) Irish moss and a good quality wholefood supplement. I might also add a spoon of pre-soaked/sprouted seeds such as chia, flax, sesame etc.
I tend to go through phases with my superfoods, using different ones depending on whatever takes my fancy. Here’s a picture of one of my typical green superfood juices, from my Instagram page (feel free to follow me for more raw recipe inspiration):
So – what’s your favourite raw super-breakfast? Let me know below!
Lisa Murphy is a counsellor, hypnotherapist and coach who specialises in stress, anxiety, and healthy eating. For more details of Lisa's therapies and courses please visit www.CherryTherapies.com