by Dane Findley
Here's how it happened:
I was chubbier than I had been in my entire adult life.
Even pants in waist-size 36 were starting to feel too tight and uncomfortable.
I had thought that I was already eating kind of healthy – and I was exercising three times a week -- so I was a little disappointed that I had so much fat and width in my midsection.
Around this time, I had to film a real estate video, and I tried to disguise how fat I was my untucking my shirt – see Before Photo below.
I heard about a family of four who was able to turn their health completely around by adding more raw foods to their daily diet.
So, I figured I would experiment with adding more raw foods into my daily diet, too.
Hey, it was worth a shot.
Before-and-After Photos of Fat Loss
I started with my morning protein shake.
I went online to see if I could find a recipe, and I happened upon a blog Vegan Lunchbox in which she described adding some frozen organic spinach to her morning blended beverage.
Spinach!? In a protein shake?! I honestly hadn't even considered that before.
So, even though I wasn't a vegan and the website was for vegans, I tried adding just a little spinach to my next morning's shake and, honestly, I couldn't even taste it. I was surprised!
I also noticed that the energy I got from the shake was sustaining (no sugar-rush followed by a drop). Maybe I was onto something?
So I decided to start trying to add a little cucumber to each shake, too.
Again, I noticed a subtle, positive difference in how I felt after I drank it, as compared to my old shake recipe.
Now I was adding a bit of spinach and cucumber to each shake, each morning. I was kind of getting into it, so I upgraded from my $40 blender, to a new VitaMix (which will blend practically anything).
A short time later, a friend of mine mentioned that she was seeing a naturopath who had helped her family of four all become healthier – even their allergy symptoms were disappearing naturally.
I was intrigued, so I went and saw their naturopathic doctor and I learned that he referred to his morning blended as a "freshly made green smoothie" (not a "protein shake").
The naturopath suggested I start experimenting with adding more vegetables of different types – including dark, leafy greens – and begin to gradually reduce the fruit.
He taught me how to pre-soak raw nuts and seeds to infuse my smoothies with more clean fat and quality protein.
That's when things really began changing.
The funny thing is, I hadn't truly noticed the extent to which the fat had been melting away, until a friend used his smartphone to take some photos and video of me while I was exercising (SEE AFTER PHOTO, ABOVE).
I started having fun experimenting with different ingredients. I'd go to the farmer's market every Saturday morning and buy produce, come home and wash it all, dry it (in a salad spinner) and bag it in these mesh vegetables bags I bought online. Then, throughout the week, I'd make fresh green smoothies. Always for breakfast (sometimes for lunch, too, and sometimes, for dessert – although, for dessert I'd make them super thick and serve them in a bowl with crunchy toppings, like it was softserve ice cream or frozen yogurt.
On days when I also had a smoothie for lunch, I used different vegetables, fruits and nuts then I used in the morning smoothie, so that my second smoothie of the day was always completely different from my first.
Well, that changed everything. I continued dropping fat around my waistline and I started feeling stronger. I barely noticed I was losing weight because I was having such a good time seeing what my fancy new blender could do.
Because I started to feel better (my mind was more clear, my eyes were less puffy and red, and even my tongue looked brighter and less yeasty when I woke up each morning), I started adding an extra workout each week. This happened naturally as a result of having more physical energy. Also, to combat the sedentary effects of working in front of the computer all day (the downside to being a writer), I started to go for a short walk each evening right before dinner.
Slam cut to: today. I feel strong and lean and, at age 49, I feel healthier than I've ever felt before in my life.
How to Lose Body Fat by Drinking Freshly Made Green Smoothies
A freshly made green smoothie each day will do wonders for your health. Green smoothies detoxify your body while infusing its cells with nutrients.
The most challenging part for me in describing the power of green smoothies is trying to explain what they actually are and how they actually taste – because for many people (when they picture green smoothies in their mind), they imagine a canister of protein powder that you buy at the grocery store.
Green smoothies – though they may contain a bit of powder as one of many ingredients – are freshly made, loaded with real ingredients, and a full meal unto themselves.
Once you get the hang of making green smoothies they taste amazingly good (and, as one surprised and delighted fellow recently put it, "not like drinking Shrek"). You can actually feel the sustained energy "high" after drinking one. Green smoothies are crafted from raw foods and, over time, you will discover that they help your body to lose belly fat.
When I started drinking green smoothies, I wasn't trying to lose belly fat, or any weight at all. I just wanted to be healthier, stronger, and have more energy.
I was thinking longterm – to get as many nutrients and superfoods into my body as I needed to feel fantastic, extend my lifespan, age successfully, and prevent illness.
But then, a funny thing started to happen: my waist started to shrink...
If my story intrigues you and you would like to experiment with a bit of green smoothie-making to see if you can lose belly fat, too, then I encourage you to go for it. However, I recommend that your emphasis be on improving your overall health. Coming from a positive mindset of honoring your body will eventually help you more than just focusing on the cosmetic changes.
"...I wasn't trying to lose belly fat, or any weight at all. I just wanted to be healthier, stronger, and have more energy"
To help make your journey into the blender-lifestyle easier, I wrote a new 40-page book that I'm offering for free.
I know that most of our site's users keep very busy schedules, so hopefully these kitchen tips will prove helpful – not only to lose belly fat, but also to increase your strength and energy!
5 Best Smoothie Recipes, How to Use Your Blender to Become Lean and Energized!
"...I read the book on making fresh green smoothies and promptly set about changing my typical fruit smoothie to have greens in it. But I did not believe you when you said to start slowly! I dumped a bunch of green stuff in the mixer and, well... you know how it went. Had to force it down! Now I changed to follow your advice: start with just a few greens to the mix until I get used to it. And guess what? I really like adding a little celery and some radish sprouts. Very good stuff! I’ll be adding a little bit more over time, just like you suggested. Sometimes it’s good to follow advice, eh?"
~ Rand Larson, Professional Events Photographer
If you want to improve your health and lose belly fat, you must find clever ways to sneak more vegetables into your daily diet – my new book will make a tremendous difference! It also includes the Shopping Guide for Smoothie Ingredients Flowchart.
"...I've always been a no-breakfast person. But what I didn't realize was that skipping breakfast only made me lethargic and lazy all day long. And I'd eat a whole lot more at lunch than I would have otherwise! So, when I came across Dane's smoothie recipes, I decided to give them a shot. Only one week in and I already feel much more energetic than I have in the last ten years. And I also tend to eat less lunch which is great to control increasing weight. I plan to start smoothies for lunch too. Slim waistline, here I come!"
~ Rabab Kahn, Editor / Bertelsmann Foundation
I encourage you to pick up the new book (did I already mention that it's free?) and experience the positive results it will have on your daily life.
How to Save Time Making Fresh Green Smoothies
Making green smoothies doesn't have to be a labor-intensive task as long as you have the right preparation.
Green smoothies are not that hard to make, though sometimes I find that early in the morning – when I'm groggy and without my wits (exactly when I don't want to make a smoothie) – is when I benefit from a smoothie most. It's as if I need a green smoothie just to give me the energy and alertness I need to make a green smoothie!
Basically, with time and practice, the process of making fresh green smoothies becomes faster and more fun.
How to Food Prep Your Smoothies
The best way to approach this is do some preparation for your green smoothie beforehand. It's far easier to spend some time preparing your green ingredients once a week.
Every week I head to the farmers market to buy a week's worth of produce. I pick up all my dark leafy greens: spinach, kale, arugula, swiss chard, parsley, sprouts and microgreens (along with celery, cucumbers, fruits, etc). I keep most of the ingredients in washable produce bags.
Washing Your Veggies
Back in the kitchen I wash the greens and put them in the salad spinner. Once dry, the greens are evenly placed into separate bags.
A Week of Green Smoothies!
Now, in anticipation of when I wake up, I've just simplified my steps: I pour one of the bags of "green leafys" into the blender, then add the extra ingredients – such as fruit, seeds or nuts, plant-protein powder, spices and ice. No thinking, no fuss, and best off all: no washing. I can start drinking my smoothie first thing in the morning and have a great start to the day!
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