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Green Smoothies and Headaches - Frances Bea
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Green Smoothies and Headaches

I've been making myself green smoothies on and off for a couple of years now. A green smoothie is like a regular fruit smoothie, but you also add some kind of greens. It needs a liquid base, which in my case is usually juice or water. Unless you choose strongly flavored greens, you end up with something that still tastes mostly like fruit but has a green color. It's a nice way to get extra cleansing greens into your diet in an easy way. It makes a yummy, easy and healthy breakfast. My favorite green for smoothies is spinach, which is super healthy but doesn't have a strong flavor. Kale, turnip greens, romaine lettuce, collard and even broccoli greens are good too. Sometimes I prefer a green with an interesting flavor. Parsley is incredibly healthy, but there aren't a lot of ways to eat large quantities of it, and cilantro is good only for lovers of cilantro (which includes me). I learned the hard way not to use mustard greens. The blending seems to multiply the spiciness so that drinking the smoothie can like drinking mustard gas. Egad! A small amount of mustard might be okay, but you know what they say, "Once bitten..."



Anyway, I decided that in order to weather the winter, well, weather, I wanted to up my intake of greens. It's actually been remarkably successful. I feel great, and I've been surprised by how little the cold gets to me. The weather hasn't been record-breaking or anything, but we've had a couple of those days when your nose hair freezes. Green leaves are nutritional powerhouses. Because hunger can often be triggered by a need for vitamins and minerals more than for calories, getting solid nutrition is a great way to nix inappropriate cravings. I had already been eating a fair amount of greens, but in order to increase that I've done two things. One, great big salads nearly every day. Two, even more greens in my smoothies.



My smoothie this morning contained:
2 bananas
3 apples
2-3 cups of water
8 oz. baby spinach
1 scoop (1/2 serving) Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer - Vanilla Chai Flavor



I bought the apples and spinach from a local organic farm at the farmers market. 8 ounces may not seem like a lot, but keep in mind that green leaves don't weigh much. It's really a very lot of spinach. The whole smoothie yielded close to two quarts of dark green yummy. It came to work with me where I sipped at it at my desk for hours. I finally finished it around two o'clock, so it ended up being lunch too. All that fiber makes it very filling. The Vega powder has some amount of powdered chlorella, (a green algae,) so it could have tinted the smoothie a little green all by itself.



So with the dramatic increase in the amount of greens I've been consuming for the last weeks, I am finding myself back in a detoxification mode. I have been having midday headaches, and an increased need for sleep. Detox is generally worthwhile as long as it doesn't become debilitating, which it has not been. I'm taking it as a sign that I should redouble my efforts and get through it. I should be much better off for it in the end.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: March 24th, 2012 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Headaches

So you mean you went off the green and started to get headeaches again?
frances_bea From: frances_bea Date: March 25th, 2012 11:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Headaches

No. I don't generally have trouble with headaches. When I started eating a tremendous amount of green leafy vegetables every day it gave my system the opportunity to do some cleaning out. Toxins have to re-enter the bloodstream to get flushed out of the system, so they can cause headaches and other symptoms, briefly, as they do. This often happens when someone cleans up their diet, but it doesn't last too long.
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