I am often asked about the health benefits of smoothies, different from juicing where the fiber is extracted with a juicer machine. The ingredients in a smoothie are ground together and in affect predigested. This can be helpful when digestion is compromised and healing needs to take place. I see several challenges with smoothies. First, is the amount of fruits used in smoothies creating more of a dessert than a meal. The proper ratio of fat, protein and carbohydrates are still needed to make it a helpful part of a nutritious daily meal plan. My 20 year vegetarian way of life created many challenges for my digestion along with 10 years of antibiotics from age 2 until 12, vital growing years! Followed by adulthood of consistent alcohol use, I did not “seed my garden” of intestinal health. No matter the challenge, we have the power to reverse the damage done. I use a smoothie once a day because I still have challenges with digesting meat even with diligence and support. Here are the ingredients as pictured for this smoothie, precooked sweet potato (about a 1/4 of the potato), handful of greens (easy to grow yourself), rotating kale, Swiss Chard, radish greens, beet greens, dark lettuces, herbs from my garden (cilantro, parsley, lemon balm), 2 tablespoons flax seed, 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, 1/2 avocodo, pea protein powder, 1 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon, coconut water to desired consistency. I like my like pudding and like to eat it with a spoon. For me, it digests very well and keeps me full and satisfied for many hours. Many other variations will work and experimenting is half the fun! Contact me for more ideas and/or help in setting up a daily nutrition program that works for you. Everybody is different and are dealing with different things! Sadly, all the labeled ways of eating out there do not work for everyone. It depends on what is happening in YOUR body. I do a complete Functional Evaluation so we can be detectives to sort out the symptoms your body is already giving. Together, we find out what your body is trying to tell you. In it’s infinite wisdom, it knows how to heal given the right resources. The initial 1 1/2 hour consultation is $125.00, an investment that lasts a lifetime!
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