Starting Out with Your Smoothies
When you first start eating or drinking smoothies, don’t just throw yourself into it. That is a quick way to sabotage yourself. At the beginning, have a green smoothie 3-4 times a week. Your body will not be used to that level of nutrients and depending on what type of ingredients that you use, there will be a bunch.
What this does, is allow your body to slowly acclimate itself to the increased nutrients that you are providing it. This will also get you in the habit of making and drinking your smoothies. There are a few things that you should be aware of.
- Your bowel movements will change. The increased fiber is a desired side effect of green smoothies. Your overall health will definitely improve with the increased fiber. Don’t be alarmed.
- You will slowly start to have more energy. This isn’t going to happen in a day, or even a week. However, after a couple of weeks on green smoothies, you will find yourself with more energy.
It’s these small alterations to your daily life that you will be making that will begin improving your health almost immediately.
After a Month or So, Kick It Up
After your body has gotten used to your dietary changes, start having a green smoothie every day. You can do this in a number of ways. You can make them in batches or make them daily, If you do make them in batches, you will either want to freeze them, or refrigerate them. Having them in an easy to grab manner will make it much more convenient for you to have one every day.
When I first began with green smoothies, I had just watched ‘Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead’ by Joe Cross. I had learned about green smoothies and thought that I might be able to do something with smoothies, insead of juicing.
As with any lifestyle change, it took some getting used to. I simply wasn’t used to making smoothies (or juices), and at any time, I could have just quit making them. Initially, there was no obvious sign that they were doing any good. I kept it up, because I knew that it had to be helping me get better.
Well, it was. When things change for most of us, we are usually the last ones to notice. After only a few weeks, I was coming home and actually doing something. Not because it needed done, because it did, but because I felt well enough to get up and do something after work, as opposed to throwing myself on the couch in physical and mental exhaustion.
Keep Going with the Smoothies
I believe my particular secret with the smoothies is that I like frozen drinks and I have always made frozen smoothies. I prefer the texture and the taste. Also, I have always made sure that the smoothies tasted good.
At first, I was just having the green smoothies. After a while, I started adding extra nutrients to them and they evolved into green thickies. Green thickies are more like meal replacements (if you are trying to lose weight) or a fantastic meal supplement, (if you are trying to gain weight or muscle).
You always want your smoothies to taste good. You can affect their taste by adding more, or less, of any particular ingredient. If you want it sweeter, you could use a sweeter fruit (pineapple is a great one) and reap the benefits from the change. Pineapple is great for the digestion. You could add more blueberries, or add another dark fruit, like cherries or blackberries.
It’s Easy to Get Started
Now that you have an idea about the number of green smoothies that you should start with, give it a try yourself. I would be very interested to hear about how you feel at the beginning and after, say, 2 months time.
- Start with one about three times a week, for at least two weeks. Slowly incorporate it into your daily life.
- As you feel better, start adding more smoothies to your week.