I dropped gluten from my diet in February with an occasional 'cheat day' and immediately experienced a shift in my physical well-being. A month or two after that, I dropped the 'cheat days' because I really noticed how bad they made me feel. I could literally feel the gluten moving through my GI tract like glue.
Since then, I've kept a very clean diet and yes, I'm still using my Vitamix to make daily green smoothies. I find that they help rein in my out-of-control sweet tooth and I haven't tired of them even though they've been my breakfast of choice for months.
It's no secret that I love chocolate. I don't know why it took me so long to give this is a try, but two months ago I started putting a tablespoon of organic cocoa in my smoothies. This makes them 'chocolate flavoured.' And OMG! I love them so much!!!
Since then, I've refined my 'recipe' so my smoothies literally taste like smooth chocolate shakes. I've also developed a recipe to make a smoothie that has the taste and consistency of chocolate pudding.
There's no sugar or dairy in these creations. Just kale, fruit, chia and protein powder (I also add flax oil).
It's been a particularly hot summer this year and the heat has affected my appetite, particularly in the day. I'm also doing my yoga practice in the afternoon or early evening so most days a big lunch is out of the question.
The solution? A mid-day smoothie! I usually opt for the 'chocolate pudding' style smoothie, along with a handful of nuts and sometimes half an apple. It's easy to digest, so I don't feel bogged down for practice and it feels so decadent to eat a bowl full of something I love as a meal!
I'll probably revert to a heartier lunch come winter, but for now, this is my perfect lunch:
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