So What’s the Plan?

Well, the big day is almost here! I’m super excited and ready to get going.

 

Some of you may be wondering what my plan is in regards to nutrition.  For now, I’m going to stick with what I know.

 

For a few years, I have been making a green smoothie for breakfast using a Nutribullet, which is a blender with a portable cup that you can drink out of immediately or put a lid on if you’re on the run. The Nutribullet costs $75 – $100 depending on where you get it and whether or not it’s on sale. I bought mine at Kohl’s because I had a coupon, but there are several other great choices, so just take a look on Amazon or your favorite retailer. If you don’t want to or can’t buy something like that, a regular blender will work.

It’s all about what you like

 

Now, what do I put in it? Typically, it contains fresh, organic spinach leaves and fruit. Instead of spinach, you can use kale or other leafy “spring mix” greens; I just prefer spinach (kale is a little too gritty for me and spring greens aren’t flavorful enough).

 

I like the consistency of mine to be a little thick, so I usually put in one whole banana. If you want it to be even creamier like a milkshake, throw in ¼ – ½ of an avocado instead of the banana (if you do that, you can add a teaspoon of Stevia to sweeten it up a bit). I like fresh strawberries and blueberries, so if they’re in season, I throw in a small handful of each. In winter, I will pay a little extra for fresh fruit, but sometimes I use frozen if that’s all I have. I’ve also put in pineapple, blackberries, oranges, apples, cantaloupe, and many other fruits. And I’ve thrown in carrots, celery, and a few other vegetables like that, though I don’t prefer them. Just experiment and use what you like.  For liquid, I use filtered water, but I’ve also used coconut or almond milk.  Again, just try different things and see what taste best to you.

 

Just for you, I’ve made a short video of me making one of these smoothies. Click here to watch it now.  (It’s my first YouTube video so give me some grace!)

Ok, here’s the skinny

 

So, for the first few days, I’m going to drink three smoothies during the day. I work 12-hour shifts, so it’s necessary for me to have good nutrition throughout the day to keep my brain awake. In the evening, I’ll have a baked potato with some sort of vegetable topping (salsa,  steamed broccoli, sautéed veggies) or a thick soup for dinner. The potato is a good, hearty starch that feels satiating.

Why am I going to be this drastic?  

 

I’ll be honest: I will need a quick “win” to encourage myself to stick with the plan. In the past, Danielle and I have fasted for spiritual practices, and we can do a strict smoothie diet for several days in a row, so drinking the smoothies and eating the potato shouldn’t be too difficult for me. If I follow this plan for three to five days, I know I will drop at least three to five pounds. My jeans are T-I-G-H-T right now, so I need some immediate relief.

 

You may be thinking, “Dennis, there’s no way I’m going to drink only smoothies and eat a potato for three to five days.   

 

Hey, that’s cool.  Do what you can.  Like I said, I’ve done this many times, so that’s what I’m comfortable with. BUT I would encourage you to stretch yourself and try it at least for a couple of days. All of our stomachs need to shrink a little from constantly eating too much,  especially after the gluttony of the holidays.

 

If you do, I think you will be rewarded with the quick “win” of the loss of a pound or two if you stick with it.  Comment on my Facebook page and let me know if you tried it.

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