This is Day 3 of my green smoothie challenge. I kept my same routine due to my schedule keeping my busy hours the same.
I am happy to have reached my smoothie goal and be able to return to eating foods. I expected to be in the bathroom daily but it did not happen. I had no other expectations since I was only doing this for three consecutive days.
After church, I had a large green smoothie with spinach as my base. I added frozen mango chunks and frozen whole strawberries. There were only 10 berries and one cup of the mango chunks. I was not hungry when I fixed the smoothie after church but I was in the habit of fixing food to eat after church.
I wanted to try some cabbage that I have in the refrigerator but I was scared. I could not think of anything to have as a fruit to go with it. I decided to put the veggie in my Vitamix without a fruit, a healthy dose of cayenne pepper, and water. I wanted to see a few options that would be available if I were a person who could not eat solid foods but got tired of green smoothies. I made my warm soup and amazingly consumed it quicker than I did my green smoothie.
Perhaps I got tired of drinking all of my meals and just needed a break to give myself something to consume that was not in a glass. I could have eaten the green smoothies the same way but I am not sure that I would have liked them warm. Cabbage soup, spinach soup, green soup, and a host of other soups could be in rotation for those who cannot eat solid foods. I am grateful that I am not one of those people and can soon return to eating the foods I desire.
I spent last night thinking of all of the foods I will consume tomorrow. I see two benefits of the smoothie challenge not directly related to the foods I drank. One benefit is that I would like to see how I fare with eating breakfast for a week. I also want to continue being mindful of the foods that I consume and how often I consume them. On the smoothie challenge, I found that I only consumed two smoothies each day, which is under-eating for me. I would not find enough energy to do my daily tasks if I only ate two salads (two cups of greens and two cups of fruit) every day.
If you want to do any type of food challenge then stay open to your expectations and findings. It would be wrong for me to say that a green smoothie is bad because I am admitting that I know I did not consume enough. If I consumed enough and had fats in my smoothies then perhaps I would be typing something different. I could have been on the toilet, not dreaming of food (a green salad with avocado, fruit, and other fresh veggies), or had some other outcome.
Personal challenges always get me pumped because they test self-discipline and mental areas more than other tasks that I encounter on a typical day. I may not write about all of them but I enjoy at least one challenge every month.
Feel free to comment on your journey if you did the green smoothie challenge.
- Mayah King