Saturday, March 1, 2014
We love our Nutribullet! (And the allergy conundrum.)
Here are the things that make the Nutribullet a little piece of awesomeness:
1. 1/3 price of a high-quality juicer.
2. Smaller than a juicer, with less parts.
3. Rinse and you're done.
4. Easier to put together and take apart than a juicer.
5. A quicker process from start to finish (5 minutes versus 20-30.)
6. No smelly pulp--you drink everything.
7. The results are more filling. Really a meal substitute.
There are probably more things about it which are great that I just can't think of now. What I do know is that I'm usually full for 4-5 hours after drinking whatever concoction I've made. This morning I woke up later than usual after having the first good night's sleep in 3 nights, chatted with Hubby, worked out for an hour, and made a smoothie around 11am. That is much later than I would normally have breakfast, so I will probably have a snack to substitute for lunch and an early dinner.
a squeeze of agave nectar
homemade almond milk to the "Max" line
I would have added a tbsp of flax seeds, but I forgot.
The results: A heavenly, frothy, tropical taste that went down smooth and filled me up.
It's a shame, but I really don't see our juicer getting much use anymore. The process is just way too labor-intensive. But it is a process, all of it. The weight loss journey, eating whole and natural foods,staying away from the processed temptations that are everywhere, and learning which exercises suit my age and lifestyle. (I have to say, the fruits have really satisfied my very strong sweet tooth. I'm not craving chocolate and other things. It's almost as if my body has forgotten about them. My mind hasn't, but my body has!)
I'm also learning that as I get older (6 days to 43...) my body is developing resistance to certain things. I already learned the hard way last summer that I'm allergic to sulfa. Now I'm thinking I might be allergic to either blueberries or raspberries. After using both in smoothies this week, my chest and arms became blotchy, itchy messes. I was even scratching myself in my sleep, which wasn't pretty.
First I cut out raspberries, then today I did not use blueberries in the smoothie. I hate the idea of loading up on Prednisone, which I only use as a last resort, but yesterday I was at my wits end, even after rubbing neem/aloe gel all over the itchies. So I took some. Today I took some more. Again, a process. ("It's a process" feels like my new mantra.)
And I promise, this blog is not going to be all about my weight loss crusade, but I am learning a lot this time and want to share. (Although the blog has been getting a lot more activity lately from readers...) Feedback and testimonial are always welcome!