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My smoothies started 3 months ago and I am now down 20 lbs!

Posted Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at 7:23 AM

That may not sound like a lot when you see all the fad diets and pills advertised, but to me that is fantastic! I've tried numerous times over the years and come up empty each time.

What I like about this is

1. It is the most I have ever accomplished

2. It came off almost effortlessly

3. I am not hungry and don't feel deprived

4. I look forward to the smoothies. It is not a sacrifice

5. My doctor is happy with the slow loss (7 lbs a month)

I saw a difference almost immediately with belt loops and am now on a new belt size and a few extra notches. It is probably time to start having my pants taken in.

In the past I would always refrain from any adjustments because I did not have faith that it would stay off, but now that I look forward to the smoothies, I cannot see any reason to not move forward with alterations. Pretty soon I will fit my old disco clothes! :-O

My cholesterol has not dipped like I hoped, and my triglycerides still need work. Probably because of the high glycemic fruits I include so I will slowly wean myself from them. (most of them)

BUT, I am 20 lbs lighter, feeling better and optimistic about the next 20!

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That's wonderful. Congratulations!!

-- Posted by patszoo on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 9:48 AM

So,....What's in that shake?...I could use a few lbs off this tummy!...no exercise required I hope.

-- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 10:59 AM

Recipes, please!

-- Posted by bbbluebird on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 3:00 PM

Good news!

-- Posted by jbillswms on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 7:30 PM

I have two recipe books but after the first day I really stopped reading it, just threw what seemed interesting in.

I guess would suggest fruit to start out and those that you like. Then start experimenting with less glycemic (fructose or "sugar") Here is a web page recommended by benjithegreat98 in a previous blog post http://www.the-gi-diet.org/lowgifoods/

Three of my favorites happen to have relatively high glycemic values. Bananas, pineapples and grapes. Instead of cutting them out, I backed off them a little or did one but not the others.

My philosophy on this is that I need to LIKE what I am drinking first, then phase the healthier stuff in. When I first started I threw in kale, cabbage, broccoli, etc., and I ended up not drinking it all.

I went back to my fruit and slowly added these things back in. My taste buds changed and I now accept and even like the change of pace. BUT, I also still do not go overboard.

I now look forward to the sweet taste for breakfast and occasionally throw in a raw egg. (Just have to trust your egg vendor, or chickens) I don't even know the egg is in there.

Today I had grapes, some salad mix, one carrot, a small pink grapefruit ( I originally thought they were oranges) an apple and banana and some nut mix of raw almonds, cashews and sunflower seeds.

Two days ago had pomegranate and pineapple but no banana or grapes, plus some fresh watercress and blueberries.

If at all possible and if not cost prohibitive, I try to use everything fresh, but I have gone to frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries (that I picked) and canned peaches in light syrup (low in added sugar).

I could get you recipes but I really think it is best if each person uses what they like. I tried a V-8 like recipe and the tomatoes were these "plastic" ones we get in the winter and it barely tasted like tomatoes. That will have to wait until next summer.

If you like a creamier smoothie, try low fat yogurt or tofu. The yogurt adds a little twang but I rarely notice the tofu unless I REALLY load it up.

I and Debbi's mother will try anything but Debbi likes something closer to a milkshake so I make something for me, then make a strawberry, banana, tofu shake with a little vanilla extract. One time I tried chocolate syrup. A little cheating but nowhere what it used to be.

I could go on, but I will be happy to chat about any questions you have. There are also two other posts in my archives that you might want to read, plus the internet is overflowing with ideas, recipes, advice, etc.

Now that I have reached 20 pounds off, I am shooting for another 20. While I am feeling better I am not up to hard exercise yet so, no chefgrape, no exercise up to this point, unless you count cutting and loading and stacking firewood, but that was not for weight loss, it was to keep warm in the upcoming months.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 8:47 PM

Oh yeah, keep in mind appearance as well. A bland tan looking smoothie does not seem to taste as good as a bright pink or blue one.

Blueberries add a LOT of color, but they are expensive so you may want to save them for next year when you can pick your own.

A little green is blah, but a lot of green looks cool so maybe you can find a good tasting spinach combination. If all else fails, maybe a touch of food coloring??

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 8:51 PM

Another "oh, by the way", I cut out all bread and pasta. Originally I expected that to be a big deal since I love both, but I have not really missed it.

Even when I am sharing a meal with others and there are luscious yeast rolls just sitting there, coated in honey and butter and smelling so delicious...... I better stop. Mmmmmmm. :-)

But seriously, I can leave them alone.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 13, 2012, at 8:58 AM

I picked up a tub of shake mix that is made by Garden Of Life it has only like 5 carbs and taste great it was the "Raw Protein" one and its plant based protein...I mixed it with "great greens" and sometimes the "super raw food"and a live probiotic from them and ended up losing 70 lbs in like 6 months...I had to cut out anything white like potato, bread and rice but found it filling so i would eat a sensible dinner and not crave the sweets.....only thing is i needed milk of magnesia from time too time...but felt amazing with energy after the first week...the first month tho i lost 18 lbs....come Jan. 1st...I'll be back on it again...it seemed to keep me level all day..I even cut out that 2 o'clock nap!....here is their web site if anyone is interested...http://www.gardenoflife.com/...I know it is vary hard to diet I had to change a whole lifestyle to do it because I have a major sweet tooth and seem to be addicted to chocolate !..I am in hopes that one day people will trust a skinny chef.

-- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Dec 13, 2012, at 9:42 AM

Why did you stop chefgrape?

I could not find the "great greens" and sometimes the "super raw food" on their website. Are they from somewhere else?

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 13, 2012, at 5:00 PM

Our favorite juice is carrot cucumber and celery. We add kale and apple to it at times, and the hubby likes to add fresh ginger. When we crave the fruit juice we get a variety of grapes, blue berries and apple. We have strayed for a while due to busy schedules and poor time management. Your post here has made me crave some good fresh juice though. Yummy.

-- Posted by jstus on Thu, Dec 13, 2012, at 10:17 PM

Well I stopped because I moved and got busy and it was just not convenient plus being a chef there are a lot of temptations, but now that I am retired from the food business its that time again....Steve you can get all their products at whole foods....Garden of Life greens are basically the same as great greens which was just a cheaper version...that plant protein was awesome...I started with a cleanse kit for 10 days which i found extremely gentle and far from gut wrenching...then mixed great greens or Garden of life perfect food greens(the powder) with their powdered vanilla raw food meal replacement in unsweetened almond milk with a little liquid Stevia (that new natural orange pack sweetener "Nectresse" is great and not bitter)I found it real filling....I was also taking the probiotic which I highly recommend (Primal defense for men) and a multiple vitamin (Solgar V2000) for men because I found that particular vitamin balanced for what a male needs and felt the difference within days....I did not care for the G.O.L vitamins at all...I was checking around and found this site to have the best prices..much cheaper then Whole Foods...The health store out Broad in the K mart shops in the Boro has their products and I think the health food store in Tullahoma does also. Our local health food store does not.


-- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Dec 14, 2012, at 10:08 PM

I am also Diabetic so I watch the high fruit sugars and daily caloric intake along with low carb eating when dieting

-- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Dec 14, 2012, at 10:10 PM

I look forward to some fresh carrots and cukes from the garden next year. Beets also seem to go well, but too many are overbearing. I have looked into growing my own celery but may have to grow a substitute like celeriac instead because of our climate.

Does anyone know a natural combination for relieving muscle and joint pain? The extra fructose may be irritating my situation so I am going to make a serious effort to cut back the fruit this week.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Dec 16, 2012, at 5:14 PM

Steve, have you read about or tried coconut nectar as a sweetener. It's very low glycemic index makes for a wonderful alternative to other forms of sweeteners in smoothies, i.e. fruits. Available as a syrup or crystals, it has an incredible rich sweetness like sugar but you don't have to worry about the insulin reaction.

-- Posted by dmcg on Sun, Dec 16, 2012, at 9:11 PM

Coconut nectar? Is that concentrated coconut milk? IF not, how is it made.

Jstus, I got some fresh ginger tonight. Tell hubby I like it too.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 17, 2012, at 6:38 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.