Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Green Smoothies

A couple of weeks ago I started drinking green smoothies.

For those of you who don't know what I mean by green smoothie, you can find out more here, at the Green Smoothie Queen website.

There are lots of reasons that I decided to try green smoothies (which I won't bother to write about) but my main motivation was to improve my overall health by eating (or drinking, as the case may be) more fruits and vegetables. 

I started drinking my smoothie each day at lunchtime, in place of my meal.  I had read about the benefits of eating raw foods and couldn't wait for miraculous results.  Every morning I would get up and look in the mirror and expect my wrinkles to be diminished.  (They are still present.)  I would then get on the scale and expect to be down 5 pounds from the previous day.  (I wasn't.)  I kept thinking, surely, any day now, I can toss my acne medicine and revel in my amazingly clear skin.  (I'm still using Proactive.)  When I couldn't really see any physical changes, I finally concluded that for me, the main benefit was just knowing that I was doing something really healthy for my body and a great deal of peace of mind comes along with that.

So about 10 days into my green smoothie experiment (during which time I was eating fairly healthy foods for my other meals/snacks), during a moment of weakness, I opened a jar of Jif and a bag of chocolate chips and ate a few spoonfuls of peanut butter and chocolate chips.  Then I went to Target.

I started to feel awful.  Like the shelves at Target were spinning past me.  Headache.  Dizzy.  Stomach in knots.  Seriously?  Just from eating a few spoonfuls of crappy food?  Apparently so.

Ok, so maybe there are some benefits to this lifestyle.

And then I started to notice that I'd forget to have my Cherry Coke Zero (which I treat myself to each afternoon.)  It would be dinnertime and I'd realize that I forgot to drink it.  (Prior to that I would hit the fridge without fail by 2PM.)  And I noticed that I'd make a pot of coffee in the morning but only drink one cup and then not really want the rest.  And then I grabbed a Junior Cheeseburger from Wendy's a few days later and threw it away after 2 bites because it tasted weird.  And last night I ate a Jello pudding and it tasted all chemical-ly and gross.

So I'm now on Day 19 of my Green Smoothie Experiment and I think it's safe to say that it is now a habit.  I really do like them and look forward to them.  (I must confess, I made one that was REALLY terrible and I had to pour it down the drain.  But I'm learning what to use and in which quantities so most of my smoothies are yummy.)

And the baby likes them too!

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