“He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.” – Thomas Carlyle
Fruit and vegetable smoothies are becoming more and more of the craze. As they rightfully should. A tall glass of blended vegetables and fruits a day can keep the doctor away. The liquified nutrients make for near immediate digestion and consumption of the vital vitamins and fiber that our bodies need to live. So in hopes to live, to really be alive, I present the Papaya & Banana Smoothie:
1-half of Papaya fruit, seeds included
Health benefits =
-Contains antioxidants = prevents cancer, heart attacks, and strokes
-proteolytic enzymes = aids in digestion
-Papain and chymopapain enzymes = lowers inflammation in the body and aids in healing
-Rich in vitamins C, E and beta carotenes = (see benefits above) and eliminates toxins from the body
1 ripe Banana
Health benefits =
-Fiber = regulates digestion
-Potassium = lowers blood pressure and prevents the weakening of bones
-Vitamin B6 = anti-inflammatory and cell formation
1 cup of Almond Milk
Health benefits =
-protein = aids in cell, muscle, and tissue growth in the body
-manganese, copper and ribloflavin = produces energy
-omega fatty acids = boost heart health, reduce inflammation, contributes to brain function
2. Blend together.
“Thank You,” she said to the bus driver as she departed the bus. “Oh, thank you sweetheart,” he replied. As she began walking toward the metro station, CT heard something to her left hit the pavement. She looked, thinking someone may have dropped their work/book bag. Yet, the something she heard hit the pavement was not a bag at all, but a grey-haired woman who lost her footing, and now was an inch away from kissing the pavement.
CT: Now, I’ll be honest as to what thoughts went through my head in the matter of a second. In order, I thought:
Should I keep walking? (Don’t judge me.)
There are two people that are the same distance from her that I am, they will help her (they didn’t budge)
[Back to the story] While these thoughts went through her head, she simultaneously blurted, “Jesus!”, shocked from noticing the woman in a plank position on the pavement; her bag flying one way and the flowers she was carrying going another.
With adrenaline pumping, CT ran over to the woman, dropped her bag and book on the ground, and grabbed the woman’s arm to help her up.
Though, in height, the top of the woman’s head didn’t even reach CT’s shoulder, she probably was two and a half times her size in weight. Perhaps realizing these differences, one of the two other bystanders came over to assist. They raised her with ease and gathered her possessions from the ground. The other bystander/helper was a metro employee and asked the woman if she wanted to call for medical assistance. The woman replied that that wasn’t necessary and that she was okay, chuckling through her embarrassment.
CT told the woman she would walk with her, and inquired again if she was okay, which she confirmed she was.
CT: I think she was more shaken up and embarrassed than hurt, though, she probably will feel sore later because quite frankly, that was an ugly fall.
Before they parted the woman dropped her umbrella, which CT picked up and gave to her, yet again, and told her to have a good day. “Thank you, you too,” the woman replied, through a sheepish smile.
CT: Now, not at all that I was having a rough morning, I actually felt good, refreshed, and light-hearted. However, this incident reminded me of how powerful a good deed can be.
Something as simple as helping someone up can give one perspective of their own life. That no matter how big our problems may seem at times, there is someone else who may be having a bad day or in a worse situation. Helping and serving others can help us feel a sense of self-worth, that we matter (because you do), and that we can make a difference in someone’s life, heck even the world.
It’s so easy for us to be self-consumed and stuck on auto-pilot as we go through our daily routines, but every now and then, the universe will present us with an opportunity to step outside of ourselves and help someone else, which in turn serves the world. When this happens, challenge yourself to have the audacity to do a good deed.