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Blen-DUH!

Happy Sunday evening!   I just returned from free dinner with my boss (great) and buying a new blender (excellent)!  It has been a good day in Rainbowland.

I’ve been bugging Graeme about getting a blender for a while, but we never got around to it.  After I watched the movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, I was sure that we needed to buy a blender ASAP so that I could start juicing our way to optimal health.  As most of you know, I’ve been Somersizing for quite a while.  I’ve lost about 120 lbs. to date, which is a-mazing, and I couldn’t be happier with my results.  I am a low-carb convert.  I would become a paleo-dieter, if I thought I had the willpower to ever truly give up sweets and dairy.  (I know better.)  Besides, life is no fun without a treat once in awhile, right?  Just don’t go overboard…

Still, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead sort of gave me the boost to recommit to getting the rest of my weight off.  I still have a long way to go, and I’m serious about wanting to get down to a thinner, healthier self.  I’ve started going to the gym, using the treadmill, and lifting weights, but it’s not enough.  I still feel like I haven’t gotten there yet.  There are so many things I want to do to improve my health, and I feel like much of it is out-of-reach as long as we’re over here in Korea.

I’ve decided that I really want to do a cleanse at some point – okay, just start calling me Goop now – but I know I could do it, because I’ve done extreme diets in the past and had good success.  Besides, when it is explained out, it just makes sense to me.  I have a lot of faith in the healing power of the human body.  We were made to heal ourselves naturally to a large extent, but what you put into your body plays such a large part in that, as I’ve come to discover.  When I was younger, I thought the phrase “You are what you eat” was a lot of crapola, since I didn’t really feel any differently, regardless of what I ate.  Now that I’m aging (bummer), I can tell the difference if/when I sit around and eat a bunch of junk.  When I eat healthy meals and snacks though, I definitely feel much better.  Sugar throws me into an utter tailspin anymore.

I’m not a very enthusiastic cook here, as I’ve reiterated time and again.  I still blame my kitchen, although I’ve never been a champion chef anyway.  It’s the clean-up I despise, probably because I haven’t had a dishwasher on hand in nearly 10 years.  I always seem to live in places that aren’t self-cleaning, dang it anyway!  In any case, I’ve decided that I would like to start trying to make some desserts that are sweetened with agave nectar, which is far lower on the glycemic index (40) than sugar (100).  I’m also thinking about removing most gluten from my diet and/or replacing it with spelt.  There are definitely recipes out there that fit these needs.Yay!  Delicious juice made from nothing but fresh goodness!  Yummy!

Does it sound extreme?  I don’t feel like it is.  The longer I’m in Korea, the more I realize how disgustingly bad for your health American food really is. We eat gobs of sugar, tons of gluten, mountains of processed foods and weird chemicals, and not nearly enough whole grains or fresh fruits and vegetables.  I’m just as guilty of this as anyone else.  Vegetables were never my favorite thing on the menu, and I’m still trying to get myself to enjoy them more.  It’s been a struggle, but we’re getting there slowly.  I make it a point to withhold meat at dinner now and replace it with vegetables, not because I don’t love meat – meat is delicious and amazing beyond compare – but because vegetables are healthier and lower in calories, which helps me lose weight faster and feel better.

Getting back to Buddy Blender though, I’ve already made my first fruit-and-nothing-but-fruit smoothie.  Okay, there was some water thrown in so that it wouldn’t be like drinking cement.  I might try throwing in some of that no-fat drinking yogurt that I railed against in previous posts.  Perhaps I’ve finally found a reasonable use for it!  Stay tuned.  In any case, I’ve been pleasantly surprised so far by my fruit smoothie.  It’s thick, it’s chunky, and it’s tasty.  It’s like drinking fruit salad with one or two chews thrown in for good measure.  Go ahead, laugh and say that I have to puree my food now, but that’s not it.  I’m attempting to get a high volume or fruits and/or vegetables down the hatch in one relatively painless go.  Sound nuts?  I don’t think it is.  I maintain that it’s a great way to trick myself into getting more greenage into my body without the crying, kicking, and screaming that naturally accompanies an increase in fruit/vegetable intake.

So tomorrow starts the great juice experiment.  With the exception of my snack at work – I forgot to tell my boss that I don’t need anything this week – I’m going to drink/eat only whole juices made from fresh fruits and veggies for the next week and see how much weight I lose/how much better I feel.  If I lose a good amount of weight, I might do one week on and one week off until, well, I get down to where I want to be.  I find it hard to believe that I won’t see major results from imbibing only liquified fruits and vegetables.

Some people make the argument that the juicer is better for this sort of thing, but you know, I’m not sure I agree.  You don’t get all of the pulp from the food, and it seems like it would be more nutritious and filling if you take in the pulp and stuff with it.  Maybe I’m totally wrong, but whatever.  For one thing, I can’t find a juicer here.  For another, I hear the juicers are a serious pain to clean and, as I’ve stated before, I don’t do well with high-maintenance kitchen appliances.  Rinsing and washing the blender and its accompanying cups is about as high-impact as I care to get with the sink, being as how I spend far too much time on dishes already.

Anyway, I’m really happy with the blender purchase.  I’ll let you guys know how the whole thing goes.  Fingers crossed!

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