Katherine Natalia’s Personal Weight Loss Story
How I lost weight with the Green Smoothie Diet
I lost a lot of weight on a green smoothie diet before I got pregnant. After my baby was born, I lost all of my baby weight by drinking Green Thickies. Read my story and find out how you can reach your ideal weight with green smoothies.
Yo Yo Dieting
Until I got married I was always fairly slim. Although I was always on a permanent diet of some sort, with my weight fluctuating up and down a couple of dress sizes. I lost a lot of weight for the wedding in quite an unhealthy way. I was trying to eat ‘free’ food on a popular diet to fill myself up such as fat free jelly, egg white omelettes, hot chocolate, meringues, crisps and sweets. As soon as we got on our honeymoon I became very ill, and ended up in hospital at the airport with such agonising stomach pains, I couldn’t walk. I felt ill all honeymoon and for the next couple of years my health went downhill. I piled on about 50 pounds, became quite overweight and felt really bad about myself.
Piling On The Weight
I did a couple of faddy diets in this time including a diet which teaches you to overcome overeating where you eat exactly what you fancy in the hope that you get all the binging out of your system and then you start to eat what your body needs rather than what you’ve denied yourself all these years. I ate loads of chocolate and fatty foods, and although I did get the major binging out of my system, I never stopped eating foods which were bad for me.
Regular Diets Didn’t Work
My best friend asked me to be her only bridesmaid and I didn’t want to look so fat when I was on display with photos to be saved for a lifetime. So I started a well known high protein, high fat, low carb diet. I bought the book in a bookshop and the lady behind the counter actually tried to talk me out of going on the diet as it was so unhealthy. I didn’t listen to her as I knew it would only be a short term faddy diet. I couldn’t even manage 2 weeks on the diet as I felt so sick and dizzy, and although I lost weight initially, I felt my digestion clogging up, and many other symptoms including no energy at all. I felt worse than I did before.
Focusing On Health
The turning point for me came when we were fostering a teenage boy. I was feeling so ill and run down and decided I needed to take action and get well. The doctors couldn’t work out what was wrong with me so I started reading books all about health. I came across the vegan diet and how it was so good for you. I was pretty much a vegetarian anyway but I did enjoy eating dairy. I decided I was going to give it a try, so I gave up dairy, eggs, sugar and wheat and started drinking green smoothies which I made from green vegetables but no fruit. I started to feel a bit better every day so I knew I was on the right track and I lost a bit of weight. Although I still found it hard to diet and my health problems would still come and go.
Raw Food Diet Detox
I then read about raw food diets and how you can detox and overcome your health problems. This sounded perfect for me. I started the 80/10/10 Diet by Douglas Graham. On this diet you just eat fruit, salad vegetables, and small amounts of nuts/seeds and avocados. I followed the guidelines by mainly following a green smoothie diet. The very next day my digestion was massively improved and the first week I lost 7 pounds. I stayed on this diet not deviating from it at all for 6 months as I was determined to get rid of my health problems once and for all. I did go through a major detox but my health problems were improving all the time so I knew this was doing me so much good.
Slim, Fit And Healthy
I got down to my ideal weight, felt the best I’ve ever felt in my life, all my health problems were gone and I was running for an hour a day. I was determined to stay on the green smoothie diet a while longer.
Pregnancy Weight Pile On
I then fell pregnant straight away and went back to eating cooked vegan food. I didn’t feel so good for a while and vegetables didn’t appeal to me. I ended up eating much more junk and piled on loads of weight again.
Why I didn’t Return To Raw Foods
After I gave birth, I had gained an extra 42 pounds. I wasn’t devastated though as I knew I could lose the weight again. I didn’t fancy going back to the completely raw green smoothie diet though (fruit and veg with the 80/10/10 Diet). Although I totally recommend this diet for a detox, to get rid of health problems, for weight loss and as the ultimate healthy long term diet there are some reasons why I didn’t try it again to lose weight. It is a very good diet and healthy but one so very different to most people’s way of life so it’s very difficult for many reasons:
- It’s extremely difficult to live a normal life and stick to this diet as you can’t eat the same foods as everyone else.
- You have to be very organised and bring food with you wherever you go.
- I found the meals would take a very long time for me to eat. (I’m a slow eater though)
- I became too obsessed with being too pure with my food and became uptight and judgemental.
- I didn’t enjoy eating all cold foods living in such a cold climate in Scotland, UK.
- The quality of the fruit in the UK is often unripe so I always felt like my food should taste much better than it did.
- I found the high water content of the foods made me always on the hunt for a toilet.
- And lastly, you need to eat A LOT of food on this diet. This is great for people who love eating, and I am one of them but with a new baby to look after, I didn’t always have that much time.
- Also, fruit can be very expensive. Especially if you’re not aware how much fruit you actually need to eat. I bought my fruit at a wholesaler, but there isn’t a reasonably priced wholesaler where I live now.
Healthy Quick Food For Weight Loss
I still loved the idea of getting lots of raw and healthy vegan food in my diet though, so I came up with my own invention, the Green Thickie. I used to love eating porridge while I was pregnant to fill me up in the morning alongside a green smoothie for nutrients. I had a crying baby to look after who fed for such a long time. Porridge wasn’t an option as it took too long to make and too long to cool down then too long to eat. So I thought to myself, why not add my oats to my smoothie and combine my 2 breakfasts into one. I tried it and it worked so well, making it so lovely and creamy. I added in some seeds too to make sure I was getting my omega 3s too. I still wanted to be very healthy as I was breastfeeding.
Green Thickies Are Born
Although green thickies may contain slightly more calories than green smoothies, they fill you up for much longer so you end up eating less food and thinking about food less often than you would do if you were to get hungrier sooner. I find one green thickie can fill me up for about 5 hours from breakfast until lunch which is perfect when you don’t have much time for eating. I found I could also drink them while I was feeding my baby or doing another job which made them the perfect food for a busy parent.
Controlled Weight Loss
Read my health story where I talk more about the health benefits of this diet and explain how I overcame Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 6 months.To date I have lost
28 pounds all of the weight (42 pounds) I have put on so it is heading in the right direction. I’m back to feeling slim again and I’ve lost the weight in a healthy and controlled way which is better in the long term as the weight as less likely to pile on again. I have a green thickie for breakfast and sometimes another one for lunch too and I find they give me so much energy and totally stop any cravings for unhealthy food which is fantastic for someone who just loves their food. They also taste amazing too so I actually really enjoy drinking them. My baby and my husband both love them too and I can relax knowing we’re all getting at least one really healthy complete meal a day.
Why don’t you share your dieting journey with me and let me know if you enjoy green smoothie or green thickies as part of your diet and whether you have managed to lose weight or improve your health.
If you want to improve your health or lose weight, as a starting point just try adding one green smoothie or a green thickie to your diet for breakfast and see how much better you feel. Once you start noticing improvements to the way you feel, you will be motivated to start taking it one step further. At that point I would totally recommend you read the 80/10/10 Diet to transform your health, weight loss and relationship with food.
If you need to know how to get started with Green Smoothies. This Green Smoothies Diet by Robyn Openshaw is a fantastic book. It will tell you why they are so good for you, give you some great recipes and some plans to help you lose weight.
Another great book about Green Smoothies is the Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko is the book that convinced the world to start drinking Green Smoothies. She has loads of green smoothie recipes and shares her extensive research into the power of drinking Green Smoothies.
Read my regular blog posts about how I am continuing to get healthier and change my life for the better.
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