I’ve been (trying to) drink smoothies consistently for a long time now but it’s taken me a while to find a recipe that I 1) like and 2) is easy enough to make. And I mean that in the sense of it contains healthy ingredients that I can pick up from my local grocery store. I don’t live in an place where there’s much access to healthy options like solid farmer’s markets, or natural foods grocery store. (There are some, but they aren’t easily accessible for me.) It’s all about convenience.
This year I HAVE to lose weight. I don’t really know what happened but this was me in 2013.
I can’t believe I thought I was too fat in 2013.
That just goes to show you how skewed body perception is. There’s like – nothing fat about that frame right there!!
We can all be so ridiculous about our bodies.
Confession: I know what happened.
Moving to Small Town Texas happened. There are only 2 things of interest to do here. 1) Eat. 2) Movies. I have absolutely no social life. I often don’t even leave the house for weeks on end. I really truly do hate living here. So instead of just going the extra mile to make it a psuedo-ok place to live in spite of how freakishly boring and dated this town is, I took up the only two real hobbies around. Eating. Movies.
No, Sweet Worried Sister, It’s Not My Thyroid.
Chatting with Mary yesterday and she said, “I saw a photo of you from a WordCamp and, Sissy, I’m really worried about you. Is your thyroid ok? It’s not like you to let yourself get ….this big. When are you going to the Doctor to get checked out. I’m worried about you.”
Oh sweet sister of mine. I love you. But…if my thyroid is taxed it’s only because I’ve taxed my adrenals with all the crap food I’ve been eating the last 3 years. All systems are taxed. It’s why everything hurts. I could go on and on with the chronic pain but I’d bore you or you’d think I’m insane.
Flat out truth: I am the most sedentary I’ve ever been in my entire life. AND I’ve tried every version of Chicken Fried Steak available. The combination was fun but, um…yeah.
This is not self-deprecating humor. It’s the truth. I like to say I ate my way through my divorce and that’s probably true too. Hey. Whatever. Survival is what survival is and I don’t live on an isolated island. (Close, but not.)
Time For a Fat Flush!
I’ve actually done a really good job eliminating crappy food from my diet over the last two months but I haven’t lost one dang pound. Can you believe this?! OMG RITE?! I’m totally off sugar, wheat, and dairy. I’m about to cut out fatty red meat and stick to lean chicken breast and fish. I think it’s important for a time to help finish detoxing. It’s so true what they say about women, turning 40, and how much it sucks. HAHAHA
My good friend, Wendy Clayton, gave me the Fat Flush Plan diet book about 10yrs ago. I’ve tweaked the recipe for the Fat Flush Smoothie a few times and I am happy to say I’ve finally arrived at what I think is the best smoothie recipe EVER so I’m going to share it with you all.
The Best Smoothie Recipe Ever
- 1 Cup Frozen Organic Mixed Berries (Strawberries, Cherries, Pomegranates, Blueberries, Raspberries, Black Berries)
- 1 Large Chunk of Frozen Pineapple (I buy them when they’re cheap/ripe. Cut them up. Freeze them. That way I KNOW they are super sweet!)
- 1/4 C Whole Raw Almonds
- 1 oz Organic High Lignan Flax Seed Oil
- 1 oz Aloe Concentrate
- 1 T Organic Chia Seeds, Whole
- 1 C Cran-water (2 oz cranberry juice concentrate + 6 oz water)
- 1 Scoop Sugar-Dairy-Wheat Free Whey Protein Powder w/at least 25g Protein. I buy this one.
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I just throw all of that in my Ninja Blender, hit the IQ Blend button, and let the machine take over and it comes out perfect every time!
I Highly Recommend the Fat Flush Plan
If you need to kick start some weight loss goals, I highly recommend the Fat Flush Plan by Ann Louise Gittleman, MS, CNS. It’s your basic “Stop eating crappy food and start eating healthy food” diet program but it’s someplace to start if you need structure to get going. I’ve replaced 2 meals / day with the smoothie recipe above. Maybe it will help with my weigh loss efforts. And if it doesn’t – whatever – it’s a good, healthy, power packed shake that has no added sugar, wheat, or dairy. It feels GOOD to eat knowing it’s super healthy and I’m giving my body what it needs to be healthy. If I lose some weight that’ll be good, too. :D
Screw focusing on getting thin.
Let’s just get healthy and the side benefits will take care of the current waistline issue. Who’s with me?!?! We women are always too self-conscious when talking about our bodies and health. Screw that, too. We’re in this together and we’re in it to win it!