Re-feeding our bodies nutrient rich food is vital for recovery. I thought I’d share a recipe for my daily go-to green smoothie. I adore this alkalizing, nutritionally packed, yummy, and easy to make drink. You will find it hard to sit and eat the amount of veggies that you can simply blend and drink. This can be the foundation for re-feeding your body so it will stop screaming at you for the wrong foods. Play with the recipe, but here is mine:
In a Blendtec, Vitamix, or other powerful blender put the following (and in this order for ease of blending):
Use the handful of spinach to push everything down into the blender. Then add enough water so your smoothie is the consistency you prefer—about one cup works well. Start with the blender on low for a few seconds to get things rolling, and then crank it up to high. Let it blend for 30 seconds. This will make quite an amount, but there is a lot of liquid considering both the water and the ice cubes, so don’t be afraid to drink it all. The fiber from the veggies, the fat from the avocado, and the protein from the egg will physically satiate you until lunchtime, and the nutrient load will help satiate your eating disorder as well. You are literally feeding your freedom from bulimia with this drink.
Note: you have likely binged on a lot of sweet, sugary foods and your taste buds have adapted, so the green smoothie will taste bitter at first. But the few drops of vanilla stevia will help. Or, while you never want to have smoothies full of fruit—these will set you up for a sugar high/crash/possible binge—you can substitute the avocado for a banana to get a similar creamy consistency.
Once your taste buds start to adjust to the green drink, slowly wean off the banana and use only the avocado to create a smooth, low-glycemic, tasty, power-packed drink. You can also try adding a teaspoon or tablespoon of coconut oil. I know. I know. Add more fat? Yikes! But trust me, it will signal your body that you are full, which will start reducing your urge to binge.
Note: you may have to resist purging this drink at first—it’s a lot of nutrition, and the full feeling may be triggering. If this is the case, please call your coach or friend for support.