Diet or Lifestyle Change? That IS the Question
As healthy living goes, I consider myself to be relatively healthy. I have been a vegetarian for over 39 years and eat lots and lots of fresh fruit and veg. My love of cooking allows me to make most things from scratch like pasta etc.
I'm now in my fifties and those thoughts of 'looking after yourself' enter my head now more than ever. Like lots of other men and women, I have put on weight, 'baby weight', 'middle aged spread' call t what you will but the TRUE fact of the matter is that I found myself in the 'obese' category.
As Diets go, I think I can tick off lots of the boxes, Slimming World, Weight Watchers, Diet Chef, I seem to have tried them all. Nothing ever stayed with me, yes I could get to goal weight, yes I could lose weight, but it would always come back.
Then one day on Facebook, this link popped up on my news feed 10 day Green Smoothie Cleanse I a sat in the background, read the posts and just was amazed by some of the testimonials and pictures. Could this be for real? The group at that point was just under 60,000 members, surely some of it must be true?
So after about 3 weeks I decided to order the book from AMAZON I mean upto 15lbs loss in 10 days - is that healthy? Was it possible? So I got the book, read it and decided that a Monday would be a good place to start. Now at this point, I am the only person on this group from 'across the pond'. That so did not matter, I got lots and lots of words of encouragement, if I had a question it was answered and lots of tips and advice came back and forth. A few things were harder to find but actually it was all rather easy.
The interesting bit for me was that as most of you know I'm 'busy' now my 'busy' and others 'busy' seem to be worlds apart, this is mainly based on my ability to survive on between 3-4 hours sleep for the last 40 odd years! Yes I know 'Margaret Thatcher was like that !!!! (how many times I have heard that!) The second bit was more often than not I would skip breakfast! The first part of this plan is based on 3 smoothies a day for 10 days.
At this point, I need to bring you back to the title - the 10 day GREEN smoothie plan so guess what? they are all green! to me that is not an issue and actually they all but one tasted fine to me. ( I still did drink it though!)
My Nemesis was day 4 - I was irritated and it was a tough day - but reaching day FIVE the half way mark kept me going. Day ten arrived and I decided to weight myself the next morning - I did feel better - what was my loss going to be? Wowzers I had lost 12lbs! This then spurred me on to start phase 2 - the modified plan, based on two smoothies and a healthy meal - and this could be any meal so you could switch it around. I then went on to lose a further 10lbs.
The book makes everything easy, like most books it has a beginning, a middle and a end, the beginning is all about the plan, how to get yourself prepared even a shopping list!!! ( I like lists!) the middle is what to expect and lots of questions answered that will just pop into your head ! The end is how to carry on with your new 'lifestyle' yes this is a lifestyle !!!
Now a bit of the gushy part, how many books have I bought, well the answer is too many, yes they are mostly cookery books, I blogged about them, posted pics on social media etc. Well at under £10 this book is possibly my most thumbed, most read and inspirational, also the author JJ Smith does a huge amount of pay it forward and to find out all about that then please go take a look on the Facebook Page She and the rest of her 'family' will help and encourage and if you are lucky she will answer some of your posts. Now to get that into perspective she is The New York Times No1 best seller author! Businesswoman and has a full time job as well as writing books, so I guess she knocks my 'busy' down a bit .
The best bit, my weight loss is not yet that huge that everyone notices, but they do notice my hair, my skin, my nails and just how 'healthy' I look, I know this is not for everyone, but I do know it IS for me and the other 100,000 plus men and women that are taking part.
Disclaimer: All of this is my own story, its not endorsed in any way by the GSC Cleanse. I just wanted to share on what it has done for me. Oh and I'm no longer the only ONE from across the pond!