What I ate Weekly 7: Smoothies for weight loss case study

What I ate Weekly 7 Smoothies for weight loss

This week I felt in need of doing something a bit different.  After having so much success with a raw food diet last time, I thought I’d try a 100% raw food diet this week to see what effects it had on my weight loss and health.

In case you don’t know I’m trying to lose 33 pounds to get back to my pre-pregnancy ideal weight.  I am sharing my weekly food intake with you until I reach my ideal weight again.

What I Ate Weekly is an extension of the popular What I ate Wednesday which is an event run by Peas & Crayons blog, where people share what they ate in one day of the week.  Now I’m taking that one step further and showing you what I ate for the whole week!

I didn’t actually have that many raw Green Thickie recipes on my website so this was a good excuse for creating a lot more.  So there are actually 7 new Green Thickie recipes this week.  So let me know which ones you like the look of and I was publish them sometime in the future.

What I ate Weekly 7 Smoothies for weight lossThe seventh week on my smoothies for weight loss diet

Stats

  • Date:  20 August
  • Start weight: 150 pounds (10 stones, 10 lbs, 68KG).  This may not seem that heavy to you but for my small height of 5 ft 3 it puts me into the overweight category.
  • Weight on weigh in day: 134.5 pounds (9 stones, 8.5 lbs, 60KG)
  • Goal weight: 117 pounds (8 stones 5 lbs, 53 KG) This is the weight that I naturally seem to end up at when I remain eating healthily for a long time.  I’ve been this weight before both pregnancies and it’s still well within my healthy range.
  • Weight loss this week: 1.5lb. I’m still happy with this but expected it to be more as I was following the raw food diet.
  • Total weight loss: 15.5lbs.  I only have 17.5 more pounds to lose now.
  • Health improvements: My skin feels so soft on the raw food diet again.  If you want skin as soft as a baby’s this is the diet for you!
  • Exercise taken: Not much I’m afraid.

All the food I ate this week:

Raw Garden Recipe BookAll my evening recipes this week have come from the Raw Garden Recipe Book.  All recipes in this book are raw which means they are uncooked and have massive amounts of nutrients.  Raw diets are great for healing your body and weight loss.  I lost 56 pounds before my first pregnancy on a raw food green smoothie diet.

I really enjoyed most of these recipes from Raw Garden this week and it gave me so much inspiration for creating my own in the future.  It was actually so nice not to have to cook and made food preparation so much faster so I’m definitely going to eat this way again from time to time.

You can buy a copy of the Raw Garden here.

I made up my own Green Thickie ideas which can’t be found in any book as they are all complete meals.  It’s harder to make a raw Green Thickie as I can’t get hold of raw oats, but I still managed it by adding either raw quinoa, buckwheat, sweet potato, butternut squash or avocado to my smoothies to make them into a complete meal.

I start my week on a Tuesday as I get my shopping on Monday and prepare my food for the following day.  This is everything I ate this week:

Tuesday:

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Strawberry Pie Green Thickie for breakfast and 1 serving for lunch.  This smoothie contained quinoa and tasted gorgeous.

Raw Strawberry Pie Green Thickie

Dinner: Harvest Salad from Raw Garden Recipe Book.

Harvest Salad from Raw Garden Recipe Book

I loved the look of this recipe.  It was so pretty but I found it hard to eat with the lack of dressing, plus my husband was sitting eating pizza next to me so I had very strong cravings at the time.  It made loads so I blended the rest up into a smoothie for my daughter which tasted gorgeous and sweet.

Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable SlicerFor this recipe I spriralized my sweet potato and beetroot with a spiralizer.  This is such a fast way to create noodles and you can make noodles out of lots of vegetables such as courgette (Zucchini) or carrots.

It is so much faster than waiting for noodles to boil as it only takes about a minute to make these noodles.

Although I thought this recipe needed a dressing I’m definitely going to make it again and make a creamy dressing to go along with it.

You can buy a spiralizer here.

Wednesday:

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Pumpkin Cake Green Thickie for breakfast and 1 serving for lunch.  I actually used butternut squash for this smoothie because in the UK we can only buy pumpkins for a few months of the year around Halloween.

Pumpkin Pie Green Thickie

Dinner: Rainbow Salad from Raw Garden Recipe Book.  The almond mayonaise in this recipe was gorgeous.  But I lost my grater attachment for my food processor so I ended up processing my veg and didn’t really like the texture.  But that’s not a reflection of the recipe, just me not following instructions.

Rainbow Salad  from Raw Garden Recipe Book

Thursday:

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Mango Cheesecake Green Thickie for breakfast and 1 serving for lunch.

Mango Cheesecake Green Thickie

Dinner:  Corn and Blueberry Salad from Raw Garden Recipe Book.  This recipe was absolutely gorgeous and just look at the colours, wow!

Corn and Blueberry Salad

Friday:

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Blueberry Cheesecake Green Thickie for breakfast and 1 serving for lunch.

Blueberry Cheesecake Green Thickie

Dinner: Tropical Salad from Raw Garden Recipe Book.

Tropical Salad from Raw Garden Recipe Book

Saturday:

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Apple Crisp Green Thickie for breakfast and 1 serving for lunch.

Apple Crisp Green Thickie

Dinner: Alorah’s Mediterranean Avocado Salad from Raw Garden Recipe Book.  I can’t believe how gorgeous this tasted.  I forget how lovely avocado is and the addition of chopped nori sheets made this taste out of this world.  I’m definitely going to make this again.

Alorah's Mediterranean Avocado Salad from Raw Garden Recipe Book.

Sunday:

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Raspberry Chia Jam  Green Thickie for breakfast and 1 serving for lunch.

Raspberry Chia Seed Jam Green Thickie

Dinner: Tomato and Avocado Salad from Raw Garden Recipe Book.  This salad wasn’t quite so pretty but the taste was still amazing.

Tomato and Avocado Salad from Raw Garden Recipe book

Monday:

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Raw Creamy Chocolate and Berry Green Thickie for breakfast and 1 serving for lunch.

Raw Creamy Chocolate and Berry Green Thickie

Dinner: Another portion of Tomato and Avocado Salad from Raw Garden Recipe Book.

At the beginning of the week I actually had a few cravings and gave in to eating some of my toddlers food and then continued to eat a pile of crackers.  I did this for the first 2 days.  I did actually struggle quite a bit with the raw food diet at the start and didn’t enjoy my first meal all that much.

But after that I found my groove and not only really enjoyed the evening meals but actually looked forward to them like a treat.  I felt much lighter by the end of the week, and so amazingly positive.

I did expect to lose more weight though and thought I’d feel healthier after giving up wheat and other grains.  But I didn’t notice too much difference and when I introduced wheat back into my diet I didn’t suffer any side effects.

So I don’t think I’ll be going back to a 100% raw food diet any time soon but I’m definitely going to plan more raw food evening meals as I enjoy the simplicity of them and not having to cook gives me more time to do other things.


Comments

  1. I really appreciate how honest you are: so many bloggers are 100% gung-ho *obsessed* with everything and nothing ever goes wrong or isn’t absolutely perfect. I’m glad you got into the groove with the raw food, but I think it’s a good sign that you suffered no ill effects from reintroducing wheat.

    Your meals all look delicious! All of the recipes sound great, but I’d be most eager to see the Raw Creamy Chocolate and Berry Green Thickie, the Apple Crisp and the Blueberry Cheesecake :)

  2. Great meal plans, but I wonder, how did you get enough protein and calories to fill your day? I look at that and think I’d get super hungry really fast.

    • My calories are based around 1400 which is suitable for me to lose weight as I’m not doing so much exercise at the moment. When I first start diets it sometimes takes me a while to get used to eating less but once you shrink your stomach you don’t feel hungry. My smoothies are extremely filling as they are complete meals. Have you tried a green thickie? I also believe that you can get more than enough protein by eating a whole foods diet and I blogged about it here if you’re interested: http://www.greenthickies.com/how-much-protein-should-i-eat

  3. I’ve been following a low-fat raw vegan diet for the past 28 days and I love it! My calorie base on days I don’t exercise is also around 1,400 and I lost 7.8 pounds eating this way. I was worried that I would have a lot of cravings but they really haven’t been bad – I feel great! Yesterday was my first day back eating cooked foods and I didn’t noticed any ill effects either, until I went to the restroom this morning… Since I felt so great eating this way my plan is to continue to eat raw during the day and for most dinners that I cook for myself. I’d like to limit my cooked meals to 3 or less a week. Hopefully I continue to feel great! Congrats on all the weight you’ve lost so far!

  4. I had never dieted before in my life and I didn’t believe in them. But then I came across your blog one day and read about smoothies and thickies. I was very encouraged by your weight loss and that spurred me on to go on my first diet ever. In one month both my husband and me lost around 5 kgs each making us a firm believer. I do find though that the initial loss our weight loss has stagnated. In the next two months we have lost just 2 kgs more. I have another 13 kgs to lose. I would like to go on the raw food diet but I don’t want to buy a spiralizer since I sure won’t be using it much as we don’t want to go on a complete raw food diet or a vegan diet. We ideally would prefer to substitute one meal per day with smoothies/ thickies but otherwise consume all other kinds of foods in a healthy way. I don’t want to completely give up anything. But that is after we have reached our goal weight. I wish you would give the recipes for all the thickies that you have mentioned here. They all sound yummy. Looking forward to seeing all the recipes sometime in the near future. Thank you for giving us a healthy way to lose weight.

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