My name is Teresa. Two years ago (or thereabouts), my doctor wanted me to go on meds for high cholesterol. She said, you HAVE to lose weight. I had been holding at 230 for several years, down from 280. She gave me a list of videos. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross and Forks Over Knives, as well as one or two others. I watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead first.
Joe Cross made his journey with juicing. While juice is all well and good, I knew that it wouldn’t work for me. I don’t know where I heard of green smoothies, anymore. It could have been then when I was researching juicing. I just can’t remember. However, I decided that while I didn’t think that juicing would work for me, green smoothies just might. That day I went out and got a Nutribullet.
Starting Out with a Few Green Smoothies
I started out with a basic green smoothie about 3 times a week or so. While I didn’t notice any difference, immediately, I knew that it was good for me and they tasted great! Initially, I just kept it up because I wanted to be healthier and I knew the green smoothies would do it.
After a couple of months, my roommate made a comment about how I was doing so much better. For example: I would come home and do things. At the beginning, I used to come home and crash on the couch, now I would come home and work on the lawn, the house, or whatever. I was beginning to move more and feel better.
I Can’t Believe How Much Better I Feel
As I realized that I was feeling better and moving around, I also came to the point that I had to replace my blender. I like frozen smoothies. I have only had one or two smoothies that weren’t frozen. Unfortunately, the NutriBullet was not up for daily frozen smoothies. After only a few months, it died. I wanted one that was stronger and this particular Ninja came with a blender, food processor and two smoothie containers.
I replaced the NutriBullet with a 900W Ninja Blender. At first, I used the smaller containers (not the large blending container) and would make (and eat) the equivalent of 2 green smoothies. While, nutritionally, I was getting nutrients that I badly needed, that level of green smoothies had more calories… However, they were a much higher quality of calories and over the first year. I realized over that first year that, while I was not losing weight, I was dropping in sizes. I am not 100% sure, but I think I dropped 2 pant sizes that first year. For sure, at least one size smaller and looked and felt much better.
Changing My Diet. Slowly
Also, during this whole process, I have come to realize that a lot of today’s ‘food’ makes me very sick. For the most part, I am on a ‘whole food’ diet. Not in any particular ‘diet’ fashion, but in that I have very few processed foods. Mostly, they make me sick. A few of my problems are: High fructose corn syrup, carrageenan, sodium nitrates, EDTA, caffeine, gluten, dairy, and I am sure there are others that I can’t think of. Oh yeah…MSG gives me ‘things’ on my neck. This has helped me a lot because I have determined what things that I shouldn’t be eating. I happen to be very fortunate in that my body reacts fairly quickly when I get something I shouldn’t have. Usually within the hour. However, that is a whole ‘nother story.
My Life with a Rocky Theme
At the beginning of 2015, I was fresh out of a job that I had had for 9 years and slightly under 230 pounds. It was at this point, that I decided portion control would be helpful (instead of the super-sized green smoothies that I had been having). Using the Talenti Gelato containers that my son had ‘gifted’ me, I started making and freezing 3 to 4 smoothies at a time. This allowed me to make sure that I was consistently eating a smoothie just about every day. As I started to feel better and the weight was starting to come off, I began walking more. Slowly, during the year, more and more weight began to come off.
Around August, I began to use the ‘dandelion popper’ to get dandelions out of the yard. I quickly figured out that this was good for the yard and my body. I also believe that it was very helpful in my weight loss. Actually, I killed the dandelion popper and replaced it with a hammer. Much more effective and burns calories and builds muscle! My yard was, for the most part, dandelion free and I am the healthiest that I have ever been (and I was in the Army for 6 years!).
Green smoothies have changed me forever. I have never felt so good in my entire life. I feel so much better, and evidently, look a few years younger than the 55 years that I am. I am in the process of creating a course or two on Udemy.com and Skillshare.com about living the green smoothie lifestyle. My hope is that it will help me get the word out and hopefully, supplement my income a bit.
My go to green smoothie (thickie) for a good deal of this time has been 2 cups/handfuls greens, about 1 cup of nondairy milk, 1 ½ cup of blueberries, 2 bananas, about ¼ cup of the following: chia seeds, peanut butter, oatmeal, cacao powder, and an organic protein supplement of some type. While this is my basic, I add different fruits like dark cherries, mangoes, pineapple, mixed berries. Usually, I forget an ingredient or I am missing something. This keeps it from ever tasting the same.
I am now at 160 pounds and, as I said before, I have never felt better. My skin is better, I am wearing size 10 (admittedly not NEW 10s) comfortably, and I feel amazing! I wouldn’t mind losing a few more pounds, but if I can lose the excess fat without losing more weight, I am fine with that.
Almost halfway through the year, after reaching 160 pounds and maintaining it, I feel I am the best me, I can be right now. Hitting the ‘Double Nickle’ this year (55) and I am proud to say that I am one hot grandma!