Green Thickies 7 Day
Green Smoothie Challenge
UPDATE: Join our the all new Lean Green Smoothie Challenge.
Green Thickies 7 day Green Smoothie Challenge October 2012
I’m so excited today as I’m officially inviting you to take part in the first ever 7 day Green Thickie challenge. This will involve replacing at least one of your meals with a filling green smoothie (Green Thickie).
What is a Green Thickie?
A Green Thickie is a healthy meal replacement smoothie containing fruit, leafy greens, seeds or nuts and some healthy carbs such as oats or quinoa. This smoothie contains all the nutrients your body needs for amazing energy and a complete detox. The best thing about Green Thickies is that they taste delicious. If this is your first time here you can read my story and find out more about Green Thickies here.
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All information given on this website is my opinion and you should check with your doctor first before changing your diet or exercise program.
What does the Green Thickie challenge involve?
To participate in this challenge you need to replace at least one of your meals with a green thickie for 7 days. You can replace breakfast, lunch or all your meals with green thickies for maximum benefit on this challenge.
You can drink as much as you like of green thickies throughout the challenge so you can always fill yourself up if you are hungry.
Green Thickies are very satisfying and they should keep you going until your next meal. We all have different energy requirements and we all need to eat different food. I believe listening to your own hunger signals while eating a healthy balanced meal replacement smoothie will help you tune in to exactly the right amount to eat for your body. If you are craving something, just have a green thickie and your cravings will be dramatically reduced.
Why should I take the Green Thickies challenge?
If you are already a fan of green smoothies, you won’t need me to tell you how good they are for your health. If you’ve never had a green smoothie before you can read the benefits here. A green thickie is a filling meal replacement green smoothie. Here are some great reasons why you should take this challenge:
- It will save you time preparing your meal, just whizz up a Green Thickie instead.
- Your body will have a rest (detox) from the food you normally eat
- Your meals will be jammed packed full of nutrients
- It will help you lose some weight if you need to
My Green Thickie challenge results
I took the Green Thickies challenge myself recently with some fantastic results. I drank nothing but Green Thickies for 7 days and didn’t get any cravings at all. I lost 5 pounds, dropped down a dress size and my digestion totally cleared up. You can read all about my experiences with the challenge plus see what I ate for the whole challenge in my mid week results and my end of week results.
When can I start?
I am officially starting this challenge on Monday 1st October 2012 so it gives you some time to prepare yourself. You can decide what recipes you’re going to try, buy some fruit and leave it to ripen. You can freeze some bags of chopped ripe bananas to make your smoothies nice and cold and get some ice in your freezer.
Of course if you want to start early you are more than welcome. I will still be here to support you and you will really motivate other people who have yet to start out. Some people have actually already started a Green Thickie challenge the moment I shared my experiences with my challenge and they have had amazing results which I can’t wait to share with you.
How do I sign up for the challenge?
Just leave your name (and a link to your blog if you have one) in the comments section below and I’ll announce the participants on the 1st October. You can of course do the challenge without making it publicly known but I am a great believer in accountability. If you go online and publicly declare that you are going to do something, it’s a massive motivator for achieving your goal. I believe one of the reasons why I stuck this challenge for the whole 7 days is because I announced it on my blog half way through the week. I will also check up with you after the challenge has finished to see how you got on.
Where can I find the recipes?
All Green Thickie recipes are here. If you scroll down the recipe page you will see them all further down. You can also search the Green Thickies recipes by ingredient and many other types of searches. There are 78 recipes there in total today but I am adding 2 per week so if you are reading this in the future, there is probably many more recipes. There should be enough choice for you to complete 7 days worth of a challenge. You are also very welcome to create your own Green Thickie Recipes based on the ingredients you have. Find out how to make your perfect Green Thickie recipe here. Do you want to try a Green Thickie? This basic Green Thickie Recipeis the perfect starting point.
What equipment do I need?
You can use any type of blender for this challenge. I use a Vitamix and I get beautifully smooth Green Thickies, but you can use whatever type of blender you have or can afford. For a long time I used a much cheaper blender and it worked fine for green thickies. The smoothies just weren’t as smooth. I can’t find the model I had but I hear this blender is reasonably priced and will easily make green thickies along with many other things.
How many Green Thickies should I eat a day?
Just choose 1-2 servings (each recipe makes 2 servings) of a Green Thickie for each meal you have. I would recommend eating until you are full. That way your body will have all it needs and you will have enough energy to carry on with your day. If you restrict your calories you are more likely to get hungry, feel weak and binge on some other types of foods. To give yourself the best chance of success, drink green thickies until you just can’t drink anymore. Then you know you’ve had enough.
If you make a full recipe (1-2 servings) then you’ll have enough in case you are hungry enough for 2 portions. If you don’t manage to drink it all, you can have it for your next meal. It’s better to make more than you think you’ll need for the day so you don’t get tempted by other foods. I usually make a batch of green thickie for the next day so too so that I can have my breakfast as soon as I’m hungry without having to wait. It also has the benefit of cooling the smoothie down in the fridge.
Will I lose weight on this challenge?
If you have excess weight to lose and eat green thickies for all your meals, you probably will lose some weight. If you replace just one of your meals or two of your meals with a green thickie, you may not lose weight as it completely depends on what you eat for your other meals. When you eat solid food, it’s easier to overeat, so for maximum weight loss I’d suggest replacing all your meals with green thickies.
Will I detox on the Green Thickie challenge?
When you give your body a rest from the foods you normally eat, it will detox and expel some toxins out of your body. This is a good thing as it will clean out your body leaving you less prone to illness and disease. It’s good to have regular detoxes throughout the year. Some people don’t get any detox symptoms and others can suffer a lot more with detoxing (healing crisis). I started to experience detox symptoms a good few days into the challenge. I felt more tired than normal, had a runny nose and my head felt a bit cloudy. I recognised the detox symptoms from previous detoxes I’ve gone through so I knew it was nothing to worry about. I still managed to cope with my normal activities but I was just looking forward to getting to bed a bit earlier.
Your detox will be unique to you. If you start to experience symptoms that you’re not coping with, you can eat more solid foods and less Green Thickies, for example you could just drink a Green Thickie for your breakfast instead of all your meals.
The moment I started eating my normal food again my detox symptoms stopped. Most people can cope fine with detoxing but some people don’t. If you have to stop your challenge early, don’t worry you can always try a milder version of it at a later date.
Share your recipes and story
I would also love to hear your story of your Green Thickie challenge and it will greatly motivate others who may do the challenge at a later date.
You can either leave your recipes or stories in the comment section at the bottom of this page or you can email them to me via my contact form. My comments also allow you to upload an image so it would be great to see a photo of you or a picture of your recipe if you are sharing one.
How can I track my calories, carbs, fat and protein?
I want to clarify that during this challenge I ate when I was hungry and stopped when I was full. I monitored how many calories I had consumed at the end of the day just out of interest. I didn’t plan on trying to limit my calories in any way and I wouldn’t want to recommend you do that either.
If you are interested in your calories, carbs, fats and proteins you can either log them on Cronometer or My Fitness Pal . I personally find chronometer easier to use and I like the way you can select cups and tablespoons as your measures as that’s how I measure my food. In My Fitness Pal, some weighing might be required to find the calories of your foods. Also my fitness pal will give you a calorie goal for the day (it was far too low for me) and there is a great community on there who will support you with your goals if you make some friends. Just beware of the forums, you can get some negative feedback there if you’re unlucky.
Should I do any exercise on the challenge?
Exercise is always beneficial and pretty much essential for optimum health so I would recommend you follow an exercise plan all the time. However you will just have to see how you feel on the challenge to decide whether exercise is right for you. You will probably start off very energised so it’s worth taking advantage of that and doing some exercise. If you start to feel tired (and you’ve been eating enough) then you’re probably detoxing and you may prefer to do some gentle exercise or have a complete break. Just listen to your own body.
If you do exercise you’ll have burned off more calories and therefore you’ll need to eat even more to avoid going hungry. You need to make sure you can sustain yourself throughout a workout so make sure you get enough calories.
Water is a key part of the challenge
Water is absolutely essential to your success not only in this challenge but for complete health. Your body has to have water to function well. I’m talking about plain water, not flavoured, not in a tea or a coffee or a juice. Just water.
Green Thickies should not be seen as a drink. They are a meal and you need to drink water on top of your meals.
I recommend you drink 1 pint of water 4 times a day, before breakfast, lunch, mid afternoon and early evening. Even just drinking water can give you so much more energy. Don’t overlook this part, it’s just as essential as what you eat if not more so. Drink about 2 litres or 4 pints of water a day at least. Drink more if it’s hot or you’re working out.
7 Day Green Smoothie Challenge Testimonials
Some people have actually started the Green Thickie challenge the moment I published my results. This is very inspiring for me. I’m going to publish testimonials on a separate page but here is a quote from Mallory’s experience on the challenge:
“Well, I really enjoyed the green smoothie challenge experience. Even though I did slip up, and didn’t last the whole time, I lost around 7-10 pounds! I felt light and energized the entire time, except for the one day that the smoothies didn’t sit quite well with me, but that might have been due to the discomfort I experience during PMS. Also, I felt good that I wasn’t depriving myself, didn’t have to be hungry all the time, and didn’t even have to worry about counting calories!”
Hopefully that is enough information for you to start the Green Thickies green smoothie challenge. You’ve got more than two weeks to plan your recipes, buy your fruit in advance so it can ripen in time. If you have any more questions you can ask them in the comments or via my contact form and I’ll do my best to reply to everybody.
I’d love to hear your experiences so please share your story or recipes to help others complete this challenge.
PLEASE also share this post with twitter, pinterest, facebook using the buttons further down, and on your blog if you have one. I want to spread the word so many people can experience this challenge too.
If you are participating in the challenge, leave a comment below telling me your name and which meals you are going to replace with a green thickie. You should also read this post about how to prepare for the challenge before you start. This will tell you everything you need to know.
UPDATE: Join our the all new Lean Green Smoothie Challenge.