Garbage In, Garbage Out

Gradually over the past 2 years, I have been experiencing “digestive issues.” These occurrences most commonly included an unsettled stomach, burping, vomiting, radiating pain in the upper abdomen following around to my upper/middle back. I didn’t think too much of it since it wasn’t brought on by anything in particular. But to the defense of food, I really wasn’t tracking what I was eating either.

Last year was a very difficult year for me and the last 3 months of the year were filled with cookies, cake, candy, pies, muffins…you get the picture. As I sat at my desk shoving mounds of garbage into my body, the bouts came on more frequently. I couldn’t ignore it any longer since these episodes became debilitating at one point. I found a great GI doctor and after listening to all of my symptoms (I started writing down EVERYTHING) she determined I have developed food sensitivities along with acid reflux/GERD. Great…what a mess. I now have to say good goodbye to garlic, onions, tomato-based anything, citrus, anything cooked in vegetable oil, anything off the McD’s menu, fried foods (goodbye chicken sandwiches and french fries) sweet tea, and basically all the crap I stuffed into my body last year. There are also some other items that have triggered episodes like cinnamon graham crackers, green apples and strawberry vinaigrette dressing.

I had to make a DRASTIC change. That being said, I researched the hell out of what foods are high on the acidity scale and what could trigger an episode…I have to stop eating like a garbage can. Time to get serious and cut out all the bad in my diet.

I was in Costco about 7 weeks ago and came across an in-store demo for a Vitamix blender (I think you know where this is going). I stood in front of the demo as the rep blended whole fruit with the skin still on along with vegetables. Damn, this looks too easy I thought as he poured out samples of lime, pineapple, orange, kale, spinach, fresh ginger and water. He called it “Tinkerbell Juice”. I called it “sweet green magic”. My daughter chugged down 3 samples and I had 2. Ding, ding, ding…we have a winner. Here is a way that I can eat better, cram more good wholesome foods into my diet and hide veggies in a delicious tasting concoction without my daughter (and hubby) knowing! I loaded a Vitamix into my cart and shuffled away. I just came to Costco for milk, eggs and bananas…$327 later…

Fast forward 7 weeks and I am now 15 pounds lighter, have more energy, am more “regular” and have had only a two episodes (this was due to foods I didn’t know could be an issue but now have been added to my “damn, I cant eat this anymore list”).

Smoothies are my new addiction. So is kale…can we talk about KALE!?!? Where has this been!? Right in front of my face; I dismissed this super food like bad teenage gossip! I have been busy blending new mixes on a daily basis…sometimes two a day. I have two apps that I use as well as a few blogs/internet sites for recipes. Here is my latest tasty addiction:

  • Honey: if you can, always opt for locally produced honey. So many wellness benefits!
  • Banana: well, because it is a banana!
  • Coconut milk: Aldi has a very inexpensive brand that I love. The coconut adds a little something tropical to the overall taste!
  • Kale: a neighbor grows kale in his backyard. What a difference from the chopped bagged kind from the store. Tip: remove the stem before you blend. That is where the bitterness lives…yuck!
  • Pears: leftover fruit cup from what Eva would not eat. I drained the juice…score!

Do you smoothie for health? Can you share some recipes? If so, please comment below.

Thanks for reading…Kara

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