If you are reading this post, chances are you are interested in learning as much as you can about a healthy plant based diet. Either you have been on some version of a plant based diet for a while, but have not had 100% success on it, or you are just beginning to explore whether a plant based diet is for you and you are seeking as much information as you possibly can before you decide how and when to jump in with both feet.
No matter what camp you are in, you are probably very well aware of the smoothie and juicing phenomenons. Everywhere you look in the Internet and in books, people are jumping on the health benefits of smoothies and juices. And I'm not here to tell you that these foods are not, in fact, health promoting foods. I'm not a doctor or a certified nutritionist, and I'm just not qualified to say whether they are or are not healthy foods (but my guess is that they are fairly healthy, in the scheme of mostly crappy choices out there in the world today).
This is about weight loss.
And I'm going to share with you my experience.
You may or may not share my experience. I'm very interested in hearing from you about that.
I have observed that on days or weeks when I eat smoothies and/or fruit "soft serves" I do not lose weight, no matter how great the rest of my diet has been. I have not experienced any weight loss after a juice cleanse (it did help me kick the coffee habit, however).
Does that mean that I never indulge in a smoothie or banana soft serve or pineapple whip? Well, no, it doesn't. I'm human!
But it does mean that I am very well aware that if I want to lose weight, or lose weight faster than I am currently losing weight, that I would have to lose the blended fruit.
At this point, you might be getting really defensive about smoothies and juices or even really pissed off at me for challenging the conventional wisdom about the effectiveness of these nouveau health foods. I mean, there are a whole host of really skinny bloggers out there selling you on the idea that you can eat this stuff every day and get thin like them. They write entire books of recipes of just smoothies and/or juices! And boy, are the photographs gorgeous.
But that's probably not you. If it was, you might not be here at Healthy Girl's Kitchen trying to figure this stuff out with me. And we are going to figure this thing out, you and me. And it starts with understanding just why blending, juicing and even dehydrating your otherwise uber healthy fruits and vegetables are not a good thing if you are carrying around extra weight. Luckily, we have Chef AJ to explain it to us in very simple terms and with easy to understand visuals.
I really have to say, that had I not observed it for myself over the past many months of eating soooo cleanly, I just wouldn't have ever believed that something as simple as some bananas and plant milk blended up into a "nice cream" would have a negative effect on my weight. But I need to be honest with myself, I am one of the poor unfortunately souls that just can't eat that stuff with abandon.
Don't cry for me. I'm a big girl. I'll get over it.
But. like I said, I'm very interested in YOUR experiences. How has juicing or blending effected your health and weight?