I decided to try a green smoothie cleanse after seeing this book at Target as I was Christmas shopping. Maybe I knew I would need something to get me back on track after the holidays. So, I bought it and then stuck in in my Christmas stocking. Merry Christmas to me, right?
I’m normally not a fan of restrictive plans like this. Or anything that promises you can lose, “Up to this many pounds in this many days!” like this one actually says right on the cover in a little gold emblem. However, this one caught my attention. There wasn’t some new magic ingredient. And it wasn’t being sold as a diet, more as a gateway to a healthy way of life, or for me, a way to get back into the swing of things for the new year. And to cleanse my system of all of the holiday crap. I imagined these smoothies clearing out all the salt, sugar, and tinsel they found stored up inside me.
So I wasn’t really worried about losing 5 pounds, or 10 pounds, or any pounds, I knew it would be a lot of water weight. I knew a lot of the weight I gained around Christmas was water weight as well. So, I bought the book and stuck in in my stocking, and on January 2nd, my blender and I went to town.
I did 6 days, since I planned to start a six week cross fit on the 9th which has it’s own nutritional program that does not include green smoothies.
Well, does not require green smoothies, we’ll say.
So here are my results.
First, I drank green tea because she advises against coffee, so that was a departure for me as I’ve been drinking coffee daily for 20 years. I love green tea, I’ve just never replaced my coffee with it. But, I did, and I was fine.
I made the smoothies in the morning and divided them into three blender cups. At first, I was not impressed with the flavor. I thought maybe I would leave the Spirulina out on Day 2. To be fair, the Spirulina was not an ingredient listed in the book, I added it because I had it and wanted to make this extremely healthy smoothie even healthier. In for a penny in for a pound, right? I also didn’t add Stevia, which was an option, because I really don’t like adding artificial sweetener to anything unless I have to.
At first, I was thinking there was no way I was going to get through this.
I took a 40 minute walk and listened to “Big Magic,” by Elizabeth Gilbert on MP3.
Besides the smoothies, I drank about 64 ounces of water, green tea, and 2 cups of detox tea.
I had two hard boiled eggs.
I had an apple with one tablespoon natural peanut butter.
I had a handful of walnuts.
I had some baby carrots.
I had a small bowl of turkey chili because the mailman had been cooking it all day and my stomach was growling and when I asked him what he thought, he said, “You tell me, you’re the one who’s not on a diet.'”
Down 1 pound total.
I had my smoothies, minus the Spirulina.
I had 64 ounces of water, some green tea, and one cup of detox tea.
I had 3 hard boiled eggs.
I had two apples.
I had one tablespoon of natural peanut butter.
I had two 100 calorie packs of almonds.
I had raw sugar snap peas and baby carrots.
I did the workout below.
Down 2.5 pounds Total.
The rest of the food was the same.
Plus some walnuts and some cherry tomatoes.
I also really needed something hot so I added some chicken broth and some kale, carrots and celery to a pot and brought them to a boil then blended them into a soup. A hot smoothie if you will. It tasted like Miso soup. It was five degrees outside so it was much better dinner than a cold smoothie. And about 30 calories.
Down 5 pounds Total.
I had some cooked carrots with my dinner smoothie. I can substitute breakfast and lunch for a smoothie just fine, but for some reason my brain wants something hot, or savory for dinner. It’s just the way I’m wired.
Down 6.2 Pounds Total.
More smoothies, more water, more tea, more snacks.
All the same.
For dinner, I had some more broth and some Brussels sprouts.
Down 7.2 Pounds Total.
I decided for the last day I should follow the modified version, meaning a smoothie for lunch and then a dinner with lean meat and lots of veggies. So that’s what I did.
My breakfast and lunch were both smoothies and I had a Larabar in the afternoon, which I justified by saying it was only dried fruit and nuts.
I also had a spoonful of natural peanut butter after my workout.
For dinner, I had a salad with two packets of Sweet and Spicy tuna and two hard boiled eggs on a bed of baby spinach with chopped baby carrots. It was amazing! The best salad I ever had!
I also did this workout. I was still feeling it the next day, and the next. It is a GREAT workout.
Maybe just go through it once or twice the first time. All those lunges and squats get me every time.
Here’s what I think about the green smoothie diet. It’s a great way to get yourself back on track after the holiday season, or maybe after a vacation, or maybe before a vacation or big event that you want to feel and look great for. But, it’s not a miracle diet. You can’t focus on the 10-15 pounds you may lose because these will come right back and bring friends if you go back to your old eating habits once your done.
I was a bit hungry at times, but I got through it. I added the few things here and there like cooked vegetables and the bowl of turkey chili, because I really wasn’t trying to deprive myself. When I deprive myself for too long it leads to binge eating and that defeats the purpose. That’s not a healthy relationship with food.
I do know I was detoxing because I was grouchy, my face was breaking out, and my hair stylist said that I had some new hair growing in. So the plan was definitely working.
The nice thing about this book is that the author doesn’t try to sell this as a miracle diet. She talks a lot about lifestyle changes and maintenance plan for continued weight loss. The other nice thing is, it’s really simple. It takes a lot of the decision making out of the equation which I often need in my busy life. Keep It Simple, Stupid. That’s me. I said I liked this book because there were dozens of smoothie recipes. Yeah, well I tried like three of them. I’m a simple girl, really. I may need twenty purses in my life. But smoothie recipes? Not so many.
Give it a try! But maybe not for 10 whole days. And if you’re leery about not eating any actual meals for that long, try the modified plan. I think the modified plan is actually a really great and healthy plan. Two smoothies a day, plus a lean protein and veggies for dinner.
And if you’d rather do a less extreme detox, try my Post Holiday Detox. You’ll eat actual meals. You’ll just eat specific food groups and avoid refined carbs and grains. And you’ll still lose weight!
Want to give it smoothies shot?
If you want to try a green smoothie to see how you feel about them, here’s a recipe that I very loosely interpreted from the book.
In fact, this is my lazy way of making them myself.
Banana Mango Green Smoothie
A few handfuls baby spinach or kale
1 1/2 cups bottled water
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 tablespoon plant based protein powder (optional)
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
Blend the greens and water for a few seconds first. This is a nice trick from the book. You’ll get the greens chopped up evenly and make more room in your blender or Nutribullet for the rest of your ingredients. Add the rest and blend until smooth. (This makes one big smoothie!)
Give the green smoothie cleanse a try and let me know what you think!
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