Why I stopped drinking Green Smoothies
I’ve been putting off writing this post for a long time now. As the inventor of the filling green smoothie, the ‘Green Thickie’, I’m ashamed to admit that I have not been drinking them at all myself for the last few months.
It couldn’t have happened at a worse time. I had completed the 7 Day Green Thickie Challenge myself and had promoted it to the public encouraging you all to join me on your own 7 day challenge.
I had been planning to drink nothing but green thickies for 7 days as I had done the first time and had managed to get through one and a half days of drinking green thickies before I started to feel very ill.
I don’t really get ill these days as I eat carefully and try and look after myself so this was very strange for me. I thought I might have been going through a detox as I did last time but after just one day of being on the challenge it felt a bit early to be experiencing detox symptoms.
I felt really sick, so weak with absolutely no energy to do anything whatsoever and I was really struggling to look after my toddler.
The next day I felt worse and my appetite had completely gone which isn’t like me at all. I couldn’t face the thought of eating anything especially anything green, and the though of drinking a green thickie literally turned my stomach. I couldn’t understand what was going on, and then the thought crossed my mind… is there a chance I could be pregnant? After I did the test I was so shocked that it was actually positive but very happy about having another baby.
So for the first few months of my pregnancy I couldn’t drink my usual green thickies, in fact I can’t really eat leafy greens at all. This didn’t worry me too much as I had been healthy prior to getting pregnant and the same thing happened at the start of my last pregnancy. I couldn’t stomach any vegetables during my first trimester last pregnancy and I had tried juicing with disastrous results so I wasn’t going to be doing any juicing in a hurry this time.
So to ensure I have been getting my nutrients during this short time I’ve been taking these Raw Prenatal Vitamins. They are made from food, not synthetic so they are more easily absorbed by the body, and as you take them 3 times a day, it’s much easier for your body to cope with. I did feel a bit better once I started taking them so think they did really help.
I’ve really struggled with feeling sick this pregnancy which I didn’t experience last time, and totally went off all food which was also new. To start with the thought of eating any of my normal healthy foods made me feel so sick that I just resorted to eating very bland processed foods such as potato waffles and chips. This is hard for me to admit as I’m usually so healthy but I knew it wouldn’t last forever.
My theory is that my body was trying to put me on a fast at the start to prepare my body for the baby and direct my energy to the baby. But as I’ve discussed during my previous attempts to fast, I really struggle to fast while having to look after a baby as it wipes me out so much. So I had to force some food down even thought I didn’t feel like it at all. I think when you’re ill and run down it’s much easier to eat bland, processed or sugary foods because they go down much more easily. This may be because if your body is trying to fast due to illness it will reject real food, but it’s harder for the body to tell processed junk is food so it goes down well. Also some processed foods can be very comforting to us as they remind us of our childhoods and things we may have eaten when we’ve been ill in the past.
So this is the reason why I’ve not been posting very often on this website. I’ve not been feeling too well and I’ve had very limited energy. Also I’ve felt a bit like a fraud promoting green smoothies when I’m not drinking them myself. This is one of the reasons I invented the 4 Way Smoothie so that there are more options for people who may not be ready for the green drinks just at the moment.
But don’t despair, I still have my passion for green smoothies and green thickies and intend to get back on the green path of health very soon. I’ve got so many ideas that I can share with you that I think you’ll love so stay tuned.
Happy New Year to you too! I don’t usually make resolutions as I tend to change things as soon as I realise they need it, and as I’m pregnant this is not the time for me to be focusing on new beginnings. There will be plenty of those when my baby arrives, and I’m sure I’ll have some excess weight to lose again. I’ll be sharing exactly how I do it and what I eat with you at that stage too.
But I’m sure many of you will want to get healthy, fit and lose a few pounds at this time of year, so I would encourage you to Start Here if you are new to my website and perhaps think about taking the 7 Day Challenge yourself? There is also a Green Smoothie challenge currently being hosted by Real Food Runner which is worth checking out!
What are your goals for this coming year?