Growing up, I wasn’t aware of what healthy food was. A typical dinner was chicken nuggets and mozzarella sticks. No veggies. When I did have a “vegetable”, it would most often be canned corn or potato.
By the time I reached my early 20s, I had higher-than-normal cholesterol, had difficulty managing my weight, chronic acne and frequent heartburn. I tried a variety of diets and supplements and health programs, but I was never able to stick to them long term because I never truly got the results I was looking for.
I lost motivation to change because I knew I wanted to be healthier but I just didn’t know how.
Everything came to a head after I got married and upon arriving home from our honeymoon, I weighed myself at 147 pounds! It was the most I ever weighed. I was well outside of my ideal weight and it showed.
My husband, Davy, was equally floored to find himself at his all-time high weight and knew it was time to change. He had been carrying a roll of tums with him everywhere for the past few months.
I first heard about green smoothies around the holidays in 2007. After a food-filled honeymoon in Mexico and a holiday season filled with baked goodies, I wanted to start the new year off healthier. Not just packaged, “healthier” food, but real food that is found in nature and fresh from the farm.
I decided to incorporate green smoothies into my daily routine and quickly became a fan of the simple banana-spinach green smoothie. I’d make up a big pitcher and have it with either lunch or dinner.
I found green smoothies to be the absolute easiest and delicious way to get more than five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
A couple months later, I began adding tomato and carrots to green smoothies and experimented with different flavor combinations. I especially loved the fact that I could get in 6-10 servings of fruits and vegetables without tasting the veggies! We eventually replaced our morning breakfast and coffee with a rich, delicious green smoothie.
I also became interested in the raw food diet and experimented with it for periods of time. I tried various versions of the diet and settled on a mostly raw vegan diet based on fresh fruit, vegetables and small amounts of raw plant fats such as avocados, coconuts, nuts and seeds. I supplement with some whole, cooked foods (which help me have a normal social life and travel abroad).
In the meantime, I noticed an increase of energy and a decrease in cravings for junk foods. Davy lost 30 pounds, dropping effortlessly to his ideal weight which he hadn’t weighed since he was in high school. I also dropped weight quickly and went from 147 lbs to 107 lbs! These green smoothies were not only delicious, they were keeping our health on track and our weight in check!
The power of green smoothies, raw foods and a great workout program! Me before at 147 pounds and me now at 107.
I’m starting to get a nice toned tummy!
My acne cleared up and my cholesterol numbers returned to normal! Both Davy and I realized one day that it had been months since either of us had had heartburn or indigestion. We were both feeling great, craving healthy foods and working out together on a daily basis.
We never get sick anymore either. It’s been years since I’ve had a cold and Davy no longer get’s seasonal allergies or “out-of-the-blue” allergy attacks. We don’t even keep medicine in the house anymore because we just don’t use it. We don’t get headaches or colds. One day, I was cleaning out our medicine cabinet and found that all of our medicines were over a year expired!
We are not 100% raw foodists and we don’t spend hundreds of dollars each month on expensive supplements, superfoods or alternative health products. You won’t find a “water ionizer” in my kitchen and I don’t even have an organic garden. But I enjoy exceptional health by drinking green smoothies, eating lots of fresh, raw foods and fun workouts that give me the figure I always wanted.
I decided to create IncredibleSmoothies.com to share my health journey and help others realize incredible health like I did. My mission is to inspire you to reach your health and fitness goals without struggling or feeling deprived. You can live a normal life and enjoy incredible health and vitality!
I have created two information products to help you do just that. My Green Smoothies Health & Weight Loss program shares everything I know about green smoothies including which fruits to use, which greens to use (and why) and how to maximize health benefits by using different foods. You’ll also get over 200 recipes, many of which target specific health needs you might have.
My Thriving On Raw Foods program is a 21-day transition plan that steps you up to the raw food diet with ease. It is the raw food diet program that I wish I had when I got started. I’ve addressed all of the confusing areas about the raw food diet that tripped me up when I started my journey. You’ll get lots of recipes, meal plans, shopping lists and a ton of tips and advice for eating 100% raw or mostly raw long term.
Don’t put off your health one more day. Find a green smoothie recipe, whip it up in your blender and raise a delicious green glass to your health.