SUMMER'S ALL UP IN YOUR FACE
If you’re like me, you didn’t start thinking about swimsuit season until it was staring you in the face. If you’re like me, you’re a geek by day whose job entails mostly sitting behind a desk or sitting in a chair for way too many meetings. If you’re like me, many of your hobbies also involve long periods of sitting – reading, writing and creating handcrafted accessories. And then there’s the gaming.
I’m not into fad diets or putting myself through excruciating machinations. Life throws enough of that my way without me fueling the curve balls. What I wanted was a sustainable holistic approach to losing winter weight that also promoted a healthier lifestyle overall.
My first inclination was that I wanted to detox my body of the negative foods, thoughts and emotions I’d been consuming the past several months. I wanted to cleanse myself and then start down a healthier path. That idea led me to a 15-day raw foods diet by Ani Phyo. Raw foods for 15 days, why not? I’d use that as my body detox then shift into sustainable low-carb eating that included reducing processed foods and eliminating caffeine and carbonated sweet drinks. Unfortunately, reading through the recipes gave me pause. I knew that if I couldn’t stomach the basic premise of her smoothie vegetable drinks, I was sunk.
Ever the problem solver, I backed up and decided to research the “Green Monster Smoothie” in hopes of finding versions that I could stomach and combine with the knowledge from Ani’s book into a personalized 15-day regime. That decision was a complete game changer.