Green smoothies are amazing at providing just what your body needs. For most, they promote dramatic weight loss (read Jeff’s story about how he lost 108 pounds). But if you need to gain weight and rebuild your body after an illness, green smoothies are also an amazing superfood!
In this month’s Green Smoothie Inspirations, Kimberly shares her story of how celiac disease left her severely malnourished and dangerously underweight. After a naturopath put her on a green smoothie regimen, her body was flooded with nutrients that helped it bounce back to a healthy weight.
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Green Smoothie Inspiration: Kimberly Woodring – Tijeras, New Mexico, USA
I got really sick two years ago. I lost twenty-five pounds in three months. I only weighed 89 pounds at 5’2″ (158 centimeters). My doctors thought I might have cancer, or a brain tumor and I went through every test possible. They could not figure out what was wrong with me.
I finally decided to try alternative medicine. My new doctor diagnosed me with celiac disease and put me on a green smoothie regimen and told me to stop eating all grains.
I asked my other doctors about my celiac diagnosis. They didn’t think that celiac was the problem, since I wasn’t exhibiting the normal symptoms of celiac, and I had neurological symptoms. I went on the green smoothie regimen anyway, and within a few days, my symptoms improved dramatically. I could function again!
I finally did have a biopsy that confirmed the celiac diagnosis. Green smoothies saved my life!
I have more energy and stamina now. My migraines are gone. My balance returned to normal and I can walk again without trouble. I have gained weight as well. I’m up to 99 pounds and getting closer to a healthier weight.
My doctors were impressed with my improvement. I was no longer severely malnourished. Everyone I see asks me what I am doing they say I look younger. My hair is growing strong and not falling out anymore.
I have noticed that when I stop drinking green smoothies, I don’t feel good. I try and drink three to five per week. They are great for me to take to work. I am a dog groomer and I don’t get normal breaks, so I always have a bottle with me at my station and drink it all day long
I have shared several of my green smoothies with family, friends and co-workers. Some say they feel better, or they lost a little bit of weight. My daughter and her college friends also indulge in smoothies too when they can.
I drink three to four green smoothies per week. Each smoothie is a blender-full – about 32 ounces. My typical green smoothie recipe is:
– 1 banana (I keep mine frozen)
– 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
– 1 cup frozen cherries
– 2 tbsp cocoa powder
– 1 tbsp chia or flax or hemp whatever I have on hand
– 1 cup spinach
– 1 cup kale
– 1 cup or more as needed of water or coconut water. (You can use coconut milk too.)
My overall diet is gluten-free and I’m moving toward eating more paleo. I feel best when my diet is grain and dairy-free.
Prior to green smoothies, I never tried kale, collards, chard, etc… I only had romaine or mixed lettuce. Now I love fresh spinach and kale. I grow my own and use them fresh in my smoothies, or I make kale chips in my dehydrator. Who knew greens would be so good?!
I always knew that food was important, but I never considered it as medicine. I guess everything you put into your body has either a positive or negative effect. I am so lucky to have another chance at living a full and healthy life, and to use the bounty of fresh fruits and veggies to heal my body. I love all the different smoothie combinations and flavors I can make in my blender.
Tracy Russell is the creator of RESET 28: A 28-Day Program For Energy, Weight Loss & A Healthy Glow, and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She has been helping people take control of their health and well being with green smoothies, a whole foods diet, and fitness since 2009.