Everyone around here is sick and it’s so annoying. I know, I know that wasn’t very sensitive of me–also ironic because I’m studying to become a nurse–however, I realllllly don’t want to catch anything…who does?! So I’ve been utilizing hand sanitizer and washing my hands obsessively, as I do with most things in my life, and drinking this smoothie for breakfast/snack.
Immunizing Purple Drank
In a blender combine:
1 scoop of vanilla whey protein
1 handful of spinach
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 tsp. of camu powder
1/4 cup plain yogurt
additional sweetener of choice (I used a dropperful of liquid stevia)
enough water or milk to liquefy
About the immune-boosting ingredients:
- Camu powder: a shrub that grows in Brazil, it has more vitamin C than any other food that exists in addition to phytonutrients and amino acids
- Avocado: largest fruit source of vitamin E to aid in antibody production and zinc to help with the production of germ-fighting white blood cells
- Spinach: chlorophyll and iron aid in red blood cell production to support healthy oxygenation and detoxification
- Blueberries: with one of the highest antioxidant levels found in fruit, they help to neutralize free radicals in the body caused by environmental toxins
- Yogurt: Probiotics fortify the immune system with healthy bacteria to increase the body’s resistance to infection
- Vanilla Whey: Gives the smoothie good flavor, sweetness and staying power!
I promise once blended you cannot detect the greens in this drink! The blueberries, vanilla whey, yogurt and stevia give it an overall icy, fruity and mildly tart finish
I want to talk to you today about someone who has recently inspired me in ways she probably doesn’t even realize. Our paths probably wouldn’t have crossed if we didn’t happen to be grouped together in nursing school and I feel lucky to have her in my life. She helped me to define a quote that I came across this summer at a poster sale that reads–
I immediately purchased the poster thinking, “that’s how to get what you want, I need to do more of that” and the the intention of hanging it on my biggest wall to motivate me to do so. I mean, it’s so simple–obviously if you don’t ask you most likely won’t receive. But in reality, how much is missed out on simply because we’re afraid to ask? Again, it’s fear that holds us back–fear of rejection, judgement, failure. The fear of experiencing these uncomfortable human emotions–that’s what keeps so many doors closed.
My friend hasn’t been dealt the easiest cards in life and spent the beginning of her college career laying fairly low and getting by day to day. It wasn’t until her life took a yet another turn that she really decided to take control of her actions. After discovering a passion for oncology and research, she got herself out there. Even though this required her to become more vulnerable, she understood that without risk, she would never get that far. Since then, she has been to conferences all over the world to share her ideas, acquired grants to support her research and has been recognized for several awards. And we’re still in college–this is just the beginning…
I asked her one day, over chocolate chip scones, what had changed–how did she do it? Very simply she replied, “I just decided to ask. And when the answer was no, I’d tell them that I’d give them some time to think about it and that I would be back.”
So that’s it–persistence and the willingness to let yourself feel a little bit uncomfortable. It’s the understanding that rejection won’t kill you and failure won’t destroy you. It’s acknowledging that the word “no” simply means to try again, adjust your approach, or discover a different route. Furthermore, it’s accepting that without asking–the answer will always be no.