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. And none of these diets were sustainable. Once I stopped dieting, I gained all the weight back.
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.
Along Came The Green Smoothie
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 Lost 40 Pounds And My Cholesterol Dropped 50 Points Thanks To Green Smoothies
In the meantime, I noticed an increase of energy and a decrease in cravings for junk foods. I also dropped weight quickly and went from 147 pounds down to my ideal weight of 107 pounds! These green smoothies were not only delicious, they were giving me the body of a 20 year old!
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. My cholesterol dropped 50 points, which was fantastic because my numbers were at the very top of the normal range when I was 23. To make matters worse, I have a family history of high cholesterol. I was afraid that I was doomed to the same fate!
Another green smoothie benefit is that I never get sick anymore either. It’s been years since I’ve had a cold. I don’t even keep medicine in the house anymore because I just don’t use it. One day as I was cleaning out my medicine cabinet, I found that all of my medicines were over a year expired!
My Message Is Simple
I am not a 100% raw food vegan and I 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 my neighbor does!). But I enjoy exceptional health by drinking green smoothies, eating lots of fresh, whole foods and fun workouts that give me the figure I always wanted.
I decided to create Incredible Smoothies 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 concerns that you might have.
If you want to try out the raw vegan diet, my Thriving On Raw Foods program will provide 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.
I hope you enjoy my green smoothie and raw food recipes, and the rest of the information I share on my website. If you have any questions, you can reach me on Facebook or in the Incredible Smoothies Forums.
Creator of Incredible Smoothies
Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Health & Weight Loss Program and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.