I was recently diagnosed with osteoarthritis and I have decided to use this as the push I needed to change some eating habits of mine. I was already phasing certain foods out of my diet and was contemplating a few drastic changes. So, I decided that I couldn’t focus on just the weight loss (although let me be frank it is still a big motivator.) I did some research and when I say research I mean I googled some things, read some reviews of cookbooks, checked them out in Barnes and Nobles to make sure they were what I needed and viola! I have a new diet plan!
I have chosen three cookbooks to follow. I will tell you the names as I start the plans in each book. If you haven’t gathered from the title of my post the first one is a green smoothie plan. I am lacking in quite a few necessary leafy things in my diet and I decided the best way move into healthy eating is by increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in my diet. The best way to do this for me? Drinking it. So that is what I am going to do!
I am following the recipes and format found in JJ smith’s book “Green Smoothies for Life”. In the book she outlines a simple meal plan where you have 2 green smoothies and a hot meal everyday. Then at the end of the week you get to have a special treat which she gives you recipes for. If you get peckish there is a list of snacks that you can eat as well. She does tell you not to worry about calories, but I’m going to be honest with you, that’s not going to work for me.
I’ve already calculated how many calories each smoothie and dinner contains and have added my snacks accordingly… The goal for me at least is to eat at least 6 times.
I’m super excited about this and had originally planned to start today, but I wasn’t able to go grocery shopping in time so I will start tomorrow! Whoo hoo! I’m so excited!! I will try to post my progress and what the smoothies look like. Below you will find the list of acceptable snacks that I am allowed to have while doing this! My choice of drink will be water, Apple Cider Vinegar detox water, herbal and green tea. Let’s hope this goes amazingly!
- Raw veggies (Celery, Carrots, Cucumbers, Broccoli
- raw or unsalted nuts and seeds (I’m going to be honest I hate raw or unsalted nuts and I am sticking to the ones I like…salted ^_^)
- Hard- boiled eggs
- popcorn, lightly salted
- Kale chips (Hate this so it is definitely NOT going into my rotation of snacks
- Protein bars (nondairy) Nature valley was on sale so that’s what I got
- unsweetened peanut butter (My daughter is allergic to peanuts and so we are using Almond butter. Did you know the classic ones have less sugar than peanut butter?)