The Green Goddess

IT BEGINS

There are days that pass you by without leaving a single ‎mark, like magic they whizz by and poof, not a single ‎memory remains.‎

How many times have you gotten into your car and “woken ‎up” in a daze not understanding how you ended up where ‎you are: your thoughts and attentions elsewhere, light years ‎away?‎

Routine marks our days. We grope at it in oblivion, ‎automatic pilot engaged.‎

Yesterday some 120 mountain bikers gathered to honor one ‎of the flock who lost his life tragically while mountain biking ‎the majestic desert trails. Before the group ride began his ‎beloved stood at the podium to pay tribute to the man who ‎was.‎

I was well prepared for the challenge: not only did I drink ‎my usual potent green smoothie but I also had a shot of ‎spirulina. To top off my arsenal, I drink a shot of espresso ‎just before the start of the ride.‎

I prefer to bike with my husband or in small groups. I ‎especially do not like to be caged in by a large group of ‎riders. Yesterday, however, I found myself in a tangled web ‎of some 240 wheels.‎

The route was a combination of singletrack (narrow trails ‎allowing room for a single rider on the width of the track) ‎and wider trails. The riders rode from the beginning in one ‎large group. Very close to the start there was a single track ‎trail with a technical bridge. This created a traffic jam of ‎sorts. When I was able to finally untangle myself from the ‎crowd and break away towards the front, I could proceed at ‎a pace that suited me.‎

The weather was incredible for an Israeli late May morning: ‎not too hot with a constant light breeze. For me the pace ‎flowed at an almost effortless rate. I rode with confidence ‎and determination as I managed to conquer most of the ‎obstacles in my path downhill and uphill alike. I felt at the ‎top of my form and was inwardly glowing with self-congratulatory praise.‎

Most importantly, I was present at all times and in all ‎places, embodying each moment completely.‎

I basked in the pleasures that Mother Nature had delivered ‎to my ground of play that morning: the sun, the decorative ‎clouds and the breeze that followed us almost everywhere ‎throughout the ride.‎

Vibrant colors were to be found in every direction that I ‎turned my head. Breathtaking portraits were ours for the ‎taking, the kind of stuff that Monet, Van Gogh or Guttman ‎would showcase on their easels.‎

Much of my childhood was spent on a rural farm. For my ‎parents, the professor and the high school teacher, it was ‎but decoration for their life in the country. Yesterday I was ‎able to easily identify the crops in the fields. I felt a sense of ‎pride that I was able to do so.‎

For most of my life my words were a precious commodity: I ‎hesitated to offer them and horded most. Yesterday I found myself talking effortlessly to ‎strangers. I made friends with the other female rider in the ‎more challenging route. Everything that I wanted to say was ‎said; my mind an open canvas‎

One fine day I realized the change that I was seeking was ‎there in me!‎

green godess

The main problem with this great obsession for saving time ‎is very simple: you can’t save time. You can only spend it ‎wisely or foolishly. The Bisy Backson has practically no time ‎at all, because he’s too busy wasting it by trying to save it. ‎And by trying to save it, he ends up wasting the whole thing. ‎‎~ Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh


In my youth I adored Green Goddess salad dressing. As its ‎base is made of dairy, I would like to transfer the scepter to ‎spirulina.‎

My Green Goddess

Spirulina is a blue green algae and is considered to be a ‎superfood. One hundred grams of spirulina has 57 grams of ‎protein. For comparison, one hundred grams of beef has only ‎‎14 grams of protein. Spirulina is an excellent source of ‎calcium, vitamin C and A, magnesium, iron, B6, B12, zinc, ‎chlorophyll, antioxidants and much more. Most supplement ‎with a dried form of spirulina, whether it be within a capsule ‎or just the powder itself. Recently I discovered fresh frozen ‎spirulina in the freezer of my local health food store.‎

I prefer a fresh frozen product to a dried one. When I used a ‎dried powdered spirulina supplement I did not detect any ‎noticeable effects on my body. Immediately after my first ‎frozen shot, however, I felt a huge change in my energy ‎levels: I was on fire!‎

I am so sorry but it appears that us Israelis seem to have been blessed with a unique start up. A group of young biologists are behind this initiative. Should you want to try this great product, you will have to come to visit (not such a bad idea…). Hopefully in the not so distant future the company will begin exporting its green gold…

May I recommend a shot of Green Goddess before engaging ‎in extended physical activity? I particularly recommend ‎taking it straight up. Don’t add it to your shake; merely mix it ‎with some fresh lemon juice and a pinch of salt. The lemon ‎will aid to increase the absorption of iron and give the ‎spirulina a fresh taste …‎

By the way when it’s frozen its taste is not over powering and ‎is quite delicate and fresh tasting …‎


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HBNE

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