A green smoothie a day will, hopefully, keep the consultants away…
Well, I have surprised myself.
I honestly thought I’d never stick to my new diet regime, especially the 2 green smoothies a day that I am now guzzling. But it’s amazing what you can do if you put your mind to it.
The first problem I faced was taste. I do find it difficult swallowing some of the concoctions I have dreamed up, but my tastebuds have slowly adapted to the often bitter taste. Now I find it relatively easy to drink most of the smoothies I whip up.
I have one when I get up in the morning. This always includes papaya, as some people believe it helps mitigate, even cure, sarcoidosis. In fact, papaya is claimed to have amazing healing properties on everything from cancer to age-related blindness.
I know the medical profession state adamantly that there is no cure for sarcoid, but there are sufferers out there who are convinced of papaya’s curative properties, as evidenced in the video below:
Then I add any two from a diverse range of green vegetables typically including celery, spinach, kale, spring greens, broccoli, cabbage, watercress, lettuce, chard and cucumber. For my evening smoothie, which I drink around 8.30 pm, I use a range of fruit and vegetables depending on what I have in.
Making Green SmoothiesTo make any smoothie, green or otherwise – I use a Nutribullet (there are many other similar devices like the Nutri Ninja and the Magic Bullet), which has proved to be a godsend. Besides perfectly blended smoothies, you can also use it to make soups, sauces and the like. It’s very quick and simple to use, so I really have no excuse. It’s easy to clean and maintain too.
On top of papaya, 2 green vegetables and other fruit (especially berries) I sometimes add nuts and seeds if I have any. Then I usually add what you might call optional extras. These are ingredients that I add sometimes that may have positive effects on either sarcoidosis or cancer or both. These include:
- Sprouted seeds (loads of health benefits)
- Turmeric (good at fighting inflammation)
- Apple cider vinegar with mother (load of health benefits)
- Bob’s Best Four Green Plus (with spirulina, barleygrass, wheatgrass, chlorella and vitamin C)
- Flax seed oil
- Chia seeds
- Filtered water
- Protein powder
Of course, you can add anything you like really.
To be honest some taste better than others and I do have to steal myself and drink some smoothies quickly as they taste, frankly, terrible. But I do it anyway as I want to stick with it for a long period of time rather than fall at the first hurdle.
After all, it’s all about perseverance.
So, down the hatch…