I’m passionate about green smoothies because quite frankly, they changed my life! In my early 20’s I began to gain weight…and continued to gain weight. Not only was I gaining weight, I had no energy, couldn’t focus, my skin was an absolute mess with constant breakouts, and I was depressed. I tried my best to eat what I considered at that time to be a healthy diet. When that didn’t work, I started experimenting with diet pills, counting calories & restricting, fat free, sugar, free, raw foods, point systems, high protein, low carb…you name it, I tried it! It seemed that no matter what I did, I still struggled to achieve a body that I was confident in and that I could maintain. Diet pills and counting calories would work for a week or so but inevitably I would always find myself going back to the same old pattern of intense cravings and binging. Restricting my calories only lead me to get so hungry that I would binge and yo-yo out of control. This pattern continued for many years. It was a really troublesome time for me. I felt very out of control with my eating and very ashamed that I couldn’t ‘get it together’. I couldn’t lose weight no matter what I did and I was feeling worse and worse with each passing month. I have talked to so many clients who are in exactly the same spot. They are trying extremely hard and doing all the ‘right things’ yet they are suffering and getting nowhere!
Finally an Answer
One of my top secret weapons for weight loss is the Green Smoothie. When I started implementing the GS into my diet I noticed a significant change immediately! My clothes fit better, my skin cleared, I had so much more energy, my mood improved, digestion improved, and I was sleeping better. Another interesting benefit was that I had much more endurance. I was running a lot at the time (another one of the things I was trying to do to control my weight) and noticed a HUGE improvement in my workouts! Green Smoothies are a fast, easy, and delicious way to get a big dose of vitamins and minerals, plus they taste FANTASTIC!! Minerals are the #1 most important factor in weight loss. It’s unfortunate that popular media never discusses minerals and their importance in achieving a healthy body and weight. All of the top nutritionist to the stars know this and most Hollywood actresses and models follow a very high Alkaline diet (Alkaline = Mineral containing foods like fruits and vegetables).
Benefits of the Green Smoothie
» Weight loss
» Improved digestion
» Clearer skin
» Regular bowel movements
» Supports healthy cardiovascular function
» Better mood
» Stronger hair, skin, and nails
» No more dieting and counting calories!
Why it Works
There are a few reasons why the green smoothie works…
Minerals & Vital Nutrients
The Green Smoothie is a great way to easily (and deliciously) integrate a large amount of greens into your diet – far more than you could get by eating your fruits and veggies alone. A serving of your green smoothie will contain 4+ servings of dark leafy green vegetables and fruit; which is more than most people get in a week…some an entire month! Greens and the nutrients we get from green leafy vegetables are crucial in reducing cravings, increasing energy, boosting the immune system, and aiding in weight loss. “Greens also have more valuable nutrients than any other food group on the planet. You might be surprised to learn that greens even have high-quality, easily-assimilated amino acids –enough to build the protein that supports the muscle mass of the mighty, greens-eating gorilla, which pound-for-pound is the strongest animal on earth!” (1)
What good are all the nutrients in the world if we can’t absorb them?! Blending plays a crucial role in the body’s ability to absorb vital nutrients. “By blending foods before eating them, you ‘predigest’ them, so the body does not have to work to break down the foods and waste unnecessary energy in digestion.” (1) Our body already has 1,000,000 other things to do each day. Burdening our digestive tract with hard to digest foods like meat, dairy, processed foods and starches means there is less energy and resources for other vital functions like liver and kidney detox or even just providing us with enough energy to get through the day! “Nutrients are encased inside plant cells and getting their benefits requires these cells’ walls to be ruptured. Greens need to be worked down to a creamy consistency, but most people simply don’t chew that much! Blending addresses this problem, helping your body absorb the maximum amount of nutrition from your greens.” (1) Green Smoothies will provide your body with a major influx of vital nutrients that (because of the blending) are readily available and easy to absorb. That means more bang for your buck! After just one week (some people just one day) you will experience a very noticeable improvement in the way your body feels overall!
Fiber is an essential nutrient. We`ve been told that a diet high in fiber is good for our health as it improves digestion and lowers biomarkers associated with chronic disease. Research shows that a high daily intake of fiber can lower the incidence of cardiovascular, infectious and respiratory diseases as well as reduce the risk of death from all-causes. Fiber is also an important part of proper digestion and plays a crucial role in our body’s ability to cleanse waste and toxicity. “Ongoing cleansing is a critical way to reach your highest potential of health and beauty. The Green Smoothie retains all of the fiber of the greens and fruit, rather than removing it. In nature, vegetables and fruit are found with both their fiber and juice intact, and we can’t improve on nature. Fiber is critical for ongoing cleansing by sweeping out toxins on a regular basis, helping to keep your digestive tract and body clean, and also keeping you more full so that you tend to eat less heavy or acidic foods throughout the day.” (1)
One of my mentors once said “A cleanse is not a cleanse unless the waste leaves the body.” What good is any diet if the waste and acidity that is causing problems does not leave the body? “Here is the key to understanding detoxification (it is missed by the majority of health and detox enthusiasts): true detoxification only occurs when the waste residue sitting in the body (and the bacteria and yeast with it) leave the body.” (2) The massive amounts of raw fruits and vegetables in your green smoothie naturally awaken the built up waste in the system and the fiber helps to sweep it away…a true cleanse! So every time you have a good, thorough elimination you can imagine all the old, acidic waste leaving the body for good!! It might sound like TMI but it is crucial to our health to properly eliminate waste from our body. This equals not only a slimmer, more attractive physique but also more energy, clearer skin, better moods, and just feeling good in your own skin!