I have had a love-hate relationship with smoothies for years. I have a history of binging and restricting food and often, smoothies can trigger the restrictive side if I am not careful.
While I agree that smoothies are a great way to get lots of vitamins and minerals jam packed into a delicious tasting, convenient treat, I think there’s a time and a place for them.
When I was restricting and so heavily counting calories, I stuck with smoothies for nearly every meal. I packed them with fruits, veggies and protein powder which were all healthy, appropriate ingredients but psychologically and emotionally was catastrophic and I didn’t even realize it.
Eventually after so much routine smoothie consumption I found myself feeling guilty, shameful and fat if I had to chew an actual meal. The control seemed too far gone and I panicked, going right back to that smoothie life.
It was so easy to justify my poor eating habits if I could tell myself I had a nutritious smoothy because it was full of good things, and you see ads for healthy smoothies everywhere!
What you don’t see, is smoothies determining your self-worth which is the road I went down.
I really knocked my unhealthy smoothie habit during my first Whole30 (see pg 72 in the Whole30 book for deets) and now have them as a part of my food freedom but not as a part of a reset.
For me, I make sure that smoothies are an added source of nutrition to my day not a meal replacement. The smoothie you see here came after my regular breakfast of chicken apple sausage and roasted veggie bake.
If a smoothie is my meal-which is not often- I make it into a smoothie bowl with added (unblended) toppings to ensure I am chewing my food. This helps to make sure I get pre-digestive enzymes flowing and to have my brain and my belly communicating on the same page.
One of the biggest non-scale victories I learned during my Whole30 journey is to value not only the food on my plate but the experience associated with it. I am less likely to sit down at my table with a smoothie and enjoy every sip of it without being distracted by a million different things. If I only limit myself to on-the-go smoothies I am not truly taking in everything that those ingredients have to offer me like I would if I prepared it and enjoyed it one bite at a time.
I am no smoothie hater and thoroughly enjoyed my extra greens smoothie from The Juice Bar this morning, but I encourage you to make sure your relationship with smoothies is a healthy one and that you don’t forget the value of a tasty, chewing worthy bite of food <3