Tuesday’s Heartbeat: Go Green!


Like so many American women, I am always on a quest to lose or maintain my weight via diet or exercise, or the truly effective method of a healthy diet and exercise.

While achieving my goal of a healthy weight — and a BMI that’s logical for a 47-year-old woman aka not anorexic in nature — is important, I am not one for starvation or crash diets. I like to eat. I like to chew as well, thus the famous cabbage soup diet and I were not friends.

Recently when several of my girlfriends lost 8 to 10 pounds, I had to ask them how. Their answer less-than-thrilled me (hey, I’m being honest here): the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. My response was a “hmph” accompanied by a very curled lip and side eye. “Try it. You’ll like it,” they responded.

10 Day Green Smoothie CleanseSo, off I went to do some research. The 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse is a book written by JJ Smith, a certified weight-loss expert and nutritionist. The best-selling book includes Smith’s story of recovering from being bedridden with mercury poisoning; how she developed the green smoothies; detailed instructions; a shopping list; and recipes using ingredients that include vegetables and fruits. If you decide to do the “full” cleanse — three smoothies per day — you’ll have “more vitamins and nutrients in one day than most people get in one week.” There’s also a modified version that includes one low-fat meal per day.

Doubtful, I decided to try it … 11 pounds later, I was glad I did. Thus far, I’ve kept it off and I have only 5 pounds to reach my goal weight. Wish me luck!!
P.S. If you decide to try the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, let me know how it goes; email me at athomas@aymag.com. I’d love to see your results.

Here’s a bit more about the Green Smoothies and the recommended diet.

Each smoothie starts with water, green leaves (spinach, my favorite, greens or salad greens) and fruit; for instance, Day One’s ingredients are:

  • 3 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 apple, cored, quartered
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 handful frozen grapes
  • 1 packet of stevia (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds

You simply, blend the greens and water until smooth, then blend all other ingredients.

Ingredients For Green Smoothie

Ingredients For Green Smoothie

Pictured here is a modified version of the Banana Berry Almond Smoothie: 2 handfuls of spinach; 12 ounces of almond milk; 1 banana, peeled and frozen; 1 cup of frozen blueberries; ½ cup of frozen strawberries.

(I substituted mango for the blueberries, as I didn’t have any on hand. I also modified the smoothies that called for pineapple as I’m allergic and for mixed berries as I don’t like blackberries or raspberries).

While on the cleanse, you’re instructed to drink 64 ounces of water (that’s every diet); eat snacks — raw, unsalted nuts; crunchy fruits and vegetables; an egg, if needed. Forbidden foods include processed foods, sugar, meat, liquor, beer and other items. Smith also recommends using a cleansing tea and Mag07 capsules to “get things moving.”

The 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse is available in bookstores and online at book retailers.

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