Today I woke up and got myself ready to go walk on the treadmill, as I do most mornings, when I realized I didn’t have frozen berries for my post-walk smoothie (a completely valid excuse to mess up my routine… *eye-roll at myself*). So instead I went to the grocery store to restock on said smoothie ingredients – only I forgot the frozen berries and came home with cleaning supplies. S/O to all my other ADD shoppers out there.
As tragic as this story is (and no, I never got my smoothie) most mornings go much more smoothly, with smoothie in hand. I’ve never been a believer in liquid diets, juicing, protein shakes etc. because I was convinced there is no substance in a beverage. But while visiting my mom in Michigan a few months ago, I started drinking them daily made from her NutriBullet blender. And from then on, I was hooked.
I got my own NutriBullet as soon as my plane touched down in Dallas and began starting my mornings with a blueberry or peanut butter smoothie, depending on the mood of the day. And I would often find myself satisfied for most of the morning, but by lunch I’d be starving again. This is a common complaint from people when a diet consists of solely a smoothie for breakfast, myself included, that is until I discovered @bewellbykelly and her fab4 rule for smoothies.
Kelly LeVeque is a nutritionist in LA with a client load more impressive than the guest list at the Grammys. The key to Kelly’s diet is the incorporation of the fab4 which are as follows:
- Fat (healthy)
By satisfying all these requirements, one will be able to avoid hunger much longer, making it easier to accomplish intermittent fasting, avoid snacking and make better choices for future meals as your stomach is not influencing your food choices.
My usual smoothie recipe was something like Vega protein powder, a handful of spinach, frozen blueberries and juice or water. After reading up on the benefits of incorporating fats and fiber in the mix, I started adding a scoop of chia seed (fiber) and a scoop of coconut oil (healthy fat) to see if it works. Well, the verdict is in, and it’s a home freaking run. The first day I noticed I was not hungry all morning and even made it til 1 p.m. for lunch. By the time I did get my mid-day meal, I was able to make a sensible choice and didn’t overeat because my breakfast was still fueling my body.
I’ve even gone as far as skipping the coconut oil some mornings just to test the theory, and it really does make a difference to include a healthy fat. I’ve recently been testing out intermittent fasting since it’s been such a popular trend in health and dieting and this trick has made it so much easier to stick to the strict timing of meals. When you’re full and satisfied, you’re much more likely to make healthier choices.
I’ll be posting my thoughts on this type of dieting soon!
Till next time,
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