Next week I will be producing and hosting an event during the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference. My good friend, Latisha Daring, a NYC stylist I’ve known from my Bklyn days and owner of the new clothing line Ashtyn) will be dressing me the day of the event in one of her figure-flattering Ashtyn pieces. Check her out here during Harlem Fashion Row and Essence.com feature here.
Despite having a stellar stylist on duty, I still want to look in tiptop shape because she hasn’t dressed me since having the two honey don’ts and I want to make sure I represent her pieces well. To prepare, I will be following a healthy “vegetarian til dinner” diet. This regimen will not only have my body in optimum shape but the increased green intake will move me towards a more alkaline body…which also results in glowing skin—in this case, a nice side effect before an event.
I will be posting my routine over the next few days. Today I will begin with what I call “breakfast”. Check back in a couple of days to see lunch and dinner.
My routine will include the following:
8am – Lemon Tea – half lemon squeezed in warm water. This helps retract the belly pouch. If you ever have a big event to attend, drink lots of it. I usually drink 2 cups with probiotic(promotes good belly bacteria).
10-11am – Depending on how my morning is going, I usually don’t actually get to my Glowing Green Smoothie until about 10am, sometimes even closer to 11am. Some people can’t imagine not having a breakfast until 10 or 11 but this is actually a good thing for your body. It’s like you are extending the overnight detox process that you partake in while you sleep.
An empty stomach (drink lots of water in between your lemon tea and green smoothie), is actually the optimum time to drink the green smoothie. The nutrients will go directly where it needs to without being backed up by bad heavy breakfast food (pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc.)—which is quite popular in a traditional Western diet. If you travel to more tropical settings, you would find their breakfast more inline with a fruit or green smoothie. If you are still hungry after your green smoothie, grab some toast and better or a fruit. Overtime, you will be drinking 12-16oz of the Green Smoothie, and that will satisfy your needs until lunch.
**If you do not have time to make a Green Smoothie, grab some fruit instead.
Stay Fit, tm2