In The Beginning…
2 years ago, I weighed 230 pounds and quite often, I had to use the electric carts at the grocery store. I couldn’t even imagine doing anything other than going to work and going home. I often wondered how others could do that.
When I went to the doctor, she said that I needed to go on medication for high blood pressure. There was no way that I was going to do that! I’ve seen all of those 1800BadDrug commercials!
What she did do, was give me a list of videos that I should watch that might help me. One of the videos not only helped me, it changed my life.
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Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
When I saw that video, called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, produced by Joe Cross, it really did change my life. In it, he was on a bunch of meds, overweight, and very unhealthy. What he chose to do was juice. While juicing may work for some, I knew that I would never stick with it. I also feel that you lose a lot when you juice. You lost most of the nutrients and fiber from the peel that you have removed. I knew that I would be able to stick with smoothies. I don’t know where I heard about green smoothies, but that is what I went to.
Your Basic Green Smoothie
I started out with the basic green smoothie. If you define your green smoothie by the ratio of greens to fruit, this would be about a 50/50 split. What that means is 1/2 fruit (blueberries) and 1/2 vegetables (greens). For the purposes of measuring your fruit, the banana is not really considered. For me, that is:
- 1 banana
- About 1 cup of liquid (water or non-dairy milk)
- 1 cup of greens (spinach)
- 1 cup of blueberries
Keep in mind that this recipe will really change from person to person. My intention is to give you a place to start.
Within weeks of starting on a few smoothies a week, I realized that I was actually getting things done. When I got home, I didn’t collapse on a couch, I went out and started mowing the lawn. Doing better, but at that point, it still took a couple of days for the whole lawn to get done.
It was at this point that I knew that the green smoothies were making me better. My brain was beginning to work again, and my clothes were fitting better (they were getting loose). My system was used to the smoothies, so I decided to add to it. I added to them and at first, I went to one a day, and then I went to 2 a day, quite often. These were the type of green smoothies that were a supplement to meals. They had the nutrients that we are all missing these days and helped me rebuild my body.
By the beginning of 2015, I was adding ‘superfoods’ to the smoothies. Things like oatmeal, alternative fruit, peanut butter, organic chocolate protein powder, chia seeds, cacao powder, and a plethora of other things. What this did was make the green smoothie a meal replacement. They are actually called green thickies.
Still Going Strong
At about January, 2015, I figured out that maybe 2 large green smoothies a day might be overdoing it, at that point. So, I reduced the number of smoothies a day to 1 and began to use portions. I also began to freeze them. I was making large batches and would freeze single portions into a container and have the smoothies for several days. What this allowed me to do was to make sure that I had a green smoothie every day. Even when I didn’t feel like making it.
Now, here I am, at 157 pounds and feeling great!