Green Smoothies for Breakfast
It’s time for me to develop some better eating habits. I’m not a junk food addict or a sugar nut. In fact, I’d say that overall my diet is pretty good compared with most of America. But I lean too much toward white starchy stuff (bread, pasta, rice), and I could definitely stand to eat more greens.
I’m spending the next half-year working with Rachael Pontillo (that’s me!) of Holistically Haute, a health and wellness coach who focuses on incremental change and overall happiness and well-being. (I love how she said that…totally stealing it.) She’s not a doctor and I’m not looking for a diagnosis or a prescription. I need help creating some better eating habits that, with luck, will crowd out some of the not-so-good ones. And if that comes with weight loss, so much the better.
I hate being told what to do and am resistant to “always” or “never” rules when it comes to food – in fact, I’ve already told Rachael I might not be her ideal client. (See? I told you.) She’s been patient with me. In our first session we talked about my daily routine, typical meals, what I might be missing in my diet.
|Have a glass or two of water as soon as you wake up!|
Rachael’s first requests were that I drink more water, particularly first thing in the morning, and try to get in more raw greens. (Properly cooked greens are great too…but raw is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes) I’m occasionally fine with salad for breakfast, but every day? I don’t think so. Rachael gave me her loose recipe for green smoothies (which I will share with you very soon). She drinks 16-20 ounces of this for breakfast every morning. (Yes I do…and if you would have told me just one year ago that I would be having a green smoothie for breakfast everyday you would have gotten a Maude Face. Change is good.)
I don’t like smoothies much, and I was kind of grossed out by the whole concept of blended kale. (so was I, at first) But, in the spirit of change, I tried it. And I liked it.
Rachael also told me not to worry so much about what I’m eating, but to try to remember how what I eat makes me feel. (This is so important…we all need to listen to our bodies.) Know how the green smoothies make me feel? Like Superwoman. Seriously. I drink it and for two hours I’ve got this light, clear focus. It doesn’t keep me full until lunchtime, but that’s okay. The other day I had an egg sandwich for breakfast. No Superwoman feeling at all.
On the down side, the green smoothies have been a little hard on my early-morning digestion. I’m only drinking about eight ounces and will work my way up as my body adjusts. (I had initially recommended that Erika try the smoothies later in the day at first once her stomach had a chance to “wake up”…but she wanted to try a smaller amount just to see…).
I’ll report back occasionally on the progress I’m making in my work with Rachael. (and I will share it with you all with my comments as well). Don’t worry, this isn’t turning into an uber-healthy blog. There will still be meat and cake. After all, it’s all about incremental change and moderation. (Who knows…maybe in 6 months Erika will be inspired to start a second blog titled “In Erika’s Uber-healthy Kitchen”…I guess we will see!)
Erika, thank you so much for sharing your experiences with my Holistically Haute™ readers. Readers, make sure you check out Erika’s green smoothie recipe and Erika’s other blog posts (don’t worry, she’s not as long-winded as I am!).
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