|Homemade Smoothies: The Best Way To Get Your Five-A-Day...|
At the end of February I was called in to my local doctor's surgery to review the results of my most recent blood test, and I was told I was borderline diabetic and needed to make changes.
At the time I weighed 13st 9.75lb. I realise now that was an excessive weight for someone 5' 8". As Rachel would, tactfully, put it later: I was "wide".
In the four-and-a-half months since I have reduced my weight to 11st 8.25lb (at last weighing, earlier this week).
A major factor in this has been my new dietary regimen: daily kale/spinach/cucumber-heavy green smoothies (my five-a-day in a single drink), cutting out the largely bread-based snacking that used to be a regular part of my days, and instituting reasonably regimented meal times.
I now (most days) consume nothing solid before noon (although I often try and push this to 1pm or even later, if my tummy isn't rumbling too much), having only my morning smoothie (and various prescription, and non-prescription, medication, painkillers etc) to see me through to lunchtime.
And I have to say that - with a few variations, depending on what we have in the fridge - I've got the mixture of the smoothies, and their taste and texture, down to a reasonably fine art. I really find them easy to drink and very tasty (and with all those vegetables and fruit in, I know they must be good for me).
Lunch is then either a sandwich, a pitta bread, or bacon & eggs.
This is followed by a mid-afternoon snack (a slice of toast or something similar) around 3 or 4pm, then dinner around 6 or 7pm, and maybe a supper-type snack later on.
But this isn't to say I don't get cravings (sometimes a slice of cold meat can take the edge of these urges... but I'm very pleased we no longer have any packs of crisps in the house or I'd find myself compelled to stuff all of them in my face in a single sitting).
However, the best dieting tool I've discovered is... blogging!
Blogging, it turns out, is the ultimate distraction - for mind and hands - from food.
If I'm reading, or watching TV, my hands - and mind - can still wander towards edibles, but for some reason, when I'm sat at the computer, bashing out this nonsense, hunting down pictures, researching HeroPress articles etc I find I don't think about food.
Hours can pass and, while I may take the odd drink to slake my thirst, I won't have given food (particularly junk food) a second thought.
So, whenever I question the whole point of blogging, and wonder if I've wasted 10 years of my life rambling online, shouting into the abyss, I have to remember that it is good for something... my health!
My next major blood test isn't due for another couple of months, at which time I find out if all this has been worthwhile.