Day 58. Liquid diet

green detox smoothie

Today I had a liquid lunch. Not the kind I used to have in my uni days of $1 pots of beer at the Clyde hotel.

I’m trying out savoury smoothies to see if I can do a green smoothie detox. The goal is to kick start my body into dropping those stubborn holiday kilos, that are just clinging to my butt, tummy and thighs. And my breasts. My clothes are so tight they’re pornographic.

Why a smoothie diet? Because I can’t seem to stop overeating. I’m comfort-eating myself into the shape of a pillow. So I wondered if the key to stop overeating is to stop eating altogether and drink my food.

Obviously it’s not a long term solution (thank god!) but it’s something I have wanted to try and now I have the incentive to do it. (It’s called a serious muffin-top with three months until summer).

Okay, it’s not all about the muffin top. I also want to see if upping my intake of green leafies will help to balance out my hormones.

The truth is my weight gain is partially a hormonal fluctuation that has been affecting me for up to a year. I have always had strong symptoms as part of my hormonal cycle and as I have got older they have gone from affecting me 5-7 days of the month to affecting me up to 21 days (out of a 28 day cycle – that’s not cool!)

I have tried homeopathy and naturopathy and some diet changes but over the last 6 months to a year the symptoms have worsened.

I’m so over it!

What tends to happen to me is that my liver gets overloaded from the hormones and causes my whole system to get really sluggish. So I get symptoms like lethargy, fluid retention and depression. And that triggers my comfort eating, which tends to be fatty, carb-y and sweet which adds work for my already overtaxed liver.

Liver detoxification plays an important role in hormone balance. One of my issues, as I’ve said before, is eating too much fat in the form of nuts – I love them!

Victoria Boutenko (http://www.rawfamily.com/green-smoothie) espouses the benefits of green smoothies to treat all kinds of health issues brought about by the nutritional imbalances of the typically western diet. I have just ordered her book and can’t wait to get started on her detox program.

So no meals, just green smoothies.  Not only does it save time on meal preparation and cleanup, but it dramatically decreases the time spent eating. So I’ll be super healthy and super productive!

My liquid lunch wasn’t a huge success, I haven’t quite mastered the art of the savoury smoothie. But I found a site dedicated to raw soups (which is really all a savoury smoothie is) so I will persevere.

Until then I have continued experimenting with sweet green smoothies to great success.

For breakfast today I had a mixed lettuce, apple, berry and seed smoothie (pictured above). For afternoon tea I had a Choc-berry smoothie.

I’m on day 2 of the smoothie detox, I’m not sure how long I’ll do it for, I was thinking 7 days, but I’ll see what Victoria says when her book arrives.

I also received my Chakradance DVD (http://www.chakradance.com/the-chakradance-practice)  today so I look forward to trying that out. I feel as if I am being guided towards the things my body needs to heal. And thanks to the incentive of writing this blog, I haven’t given up on myself, I just keep trying. There’s a lot to be said for keeping on trying. Here’s the recipes…

choc berry smoothie

Choc-berry smoothie

1 cup frozen raspberries

1/2 cup kale leaves

1/2 cup chard leaves

1 apple sliced

1 1/2 cup coconut water

2 desert spoons cacao

3 tsps sweetener (stevia, agave)

2 tsps Maca powder

1/2 cup water

Blend ingredients until smooth and enjoy!

Mixed lettuce, apple, berry and seed smoothie

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 banana

1 cup mixed lettuce leaves

1 apple sliced

2 tbsps flaxseed

2 tbsps pumpkin seeds/pepitas

2 tsps sweetener (stevia, agave)

2 tsps Maca powder

3 cups water

Blend ingredients until smooth and enjoy!

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About msrawmojo

Writer, Chakradance facilitatrice, bibliophile, lover of art, music and nature. Believer in the fundamental goodness of humanity. Member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids and currently undertaking studies in Contemporary Shamanism and reiki.

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