Where the Weight Began
By, where was I, I don’t mean what place, geographically, that I was in. I meant where was I at, emotionally, mentally, etc.
As I have said in another post, I was at 230 pounds, and the doctor was beginning to tell me that I needed to lose weight. Well, to be honest, I had. In 2005, I weighed about 280 pounds (I quit weighing myself at 270). I had managed to gain about 40 pounds while going to school, through eating crappy food and stress eating. Little Debbie was NOT my friend. (There are alternatives, these days.) I ate their peanut butter bars like they were going out of style. Because of the weight and my general health, I was unable to attend the graduation ceremony because I couldn’t stand, or sit, for sustained periods of time.
Starting the Slow Spiral to ‘Better’ Health
From about 2005 to 2008, I slowly lost weight until I was at 250. The initial weight loss was probably due to the loss of stress from going to school. To this day, I am amazed I made it with a B. I had no idea the weight was actually coming off until I stepped on someone’s scale.
Through those years, I was slowly learning about things that bothered me. That is the time period when I finally figured out that Vitamin Water (while touting its nutrition) was one of the things that was making me sick and causing me to spend hours in the bathroom! How rude is that!? One of the premiere ingredients is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS is one of those ingredients in your everyday food, that if you quit it (and that takes some work), you will feel a WHOLE lot better.
After that, I determined that gluten was an offender. As it turned out, I don’t have coeliac disease, but am very intolerant to gluten. Once I had removed HFCS and gluten from my diet, determining what else was making me sick was much easier.
Beginning the Process of Elimination (of Chemicals)
My roommate moved in with me at that point, and she is a very healthy diabetic. She has a LOT of nutritional knowledge. After living with me a short time, it was very easy to notice that I pretty much stayed in a state of digestive ‘distress’. It’s amazing, but you get so used to that way of life, that you don’t even think of how to make it better. You just deal with it. For example, I knew that when I went to the restaurant, I would need to be near a bathroom fairly quickly afterwards. For years, it never even occurred to me to try to figure out why. That’s just the way it was!
Our first attempt at a diagnosis was celiac disease. This idea came from a documentary she had watched. Right then and there, I quit having anything with gluten. Or at least, tried to. Have you ever tried finding things that don’t have gluten!?
Ya know…the thing about feeling better, is that you, quite often, don’t realize you are feeling better, until you aren’t! A couple of weeks later, I got hold of one of the few types of chips that had wheat maltodextrin in it. Big oversight on my part. Long story, short…I was dry heaving for hours from that particular episode. Have never before, or since, had that virulent of a reaction to anything wheat. But what that particular episode achieved was that I realized that I had been feeling pretty darn good…until I wasn’t!
As the years went by, through process of elimination, I determined that I reacted to EDTA, Carrageenan, Sodium nitrates/nitrites, caffeine, High fructose corn syrup, wheat, gluten, soy sauce, MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), and others that I can’t even think of. The problem with the way things are labeled these days, is that, believe it or not, there isn’t enough information. Natural (and artificial) flavors are not made ‘naturally’. It’s a chemical method of adding taste that was removed by the processing. You can get gluten and msg, as well as many other things, that are allowed to be under that particular ‘umbrella’ term.
Making a green smoothie
By 2014, I had cleaned up my diet a lot, but had only gotten down to 230 pounds and had been holding at 230 pounds for a while. At least it seemed like it to me. My doctor wanted me to lose weight and I had been, but I was, obviously, still very unhealthy.
I really didn’t know what to do at that point. Nothing seemed to be working. I couldn’t walk far enough to do any good. Then I watched that video. One filmed and produced by Joe Cross. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. That video changed my life. That night, I went out and bought my first blender, a Nutribullet.
Beginning with the Blenders
NutriBullets are a great tool for making personal sized smoothies and anything else that you might want to make that needs a blender. Stronger than a ‘regular’ blender at about 900 watts, it can get the job done and will serve most people perfectly. Especially when they are beginning.
I do have to recommend that if you think that you will prefer frozen smoothies, which is mostly what this blog will cover and talk about, that you start out with something like a Ninja Professional Blender. It is over 1000 watts and does a really good job with your smoothies.
How Do I Get Started
If you don’t think that you can get started with green smoothies, just start by removing something from your diet. Caffeine (gasp), HFCS, gluten, dairy, etc. Do it for a few weeks and see how you feel. I would really love to hear from you and your experiences with this type of nutritional journey. Please leave me a message below and I will do my best to respond, quickly.