I'm often asked, "What are you?" Now, there are plenty of interesting (and hilarious) ways to answer such an open-ended question, but the general context of this question usually infers that the asker is wondering,
"What sort of diet 'camp' do you fall into?"
The truth is, I don't have an answer to this question. I make no attempt to hide my preference for a largely grain-free existence - starches, grains and sugars have always bothered my stomach and affected my absorption of vitamins and
minerals. I don't eat sweets very often, although I have been known to inhale potato chips at a speed not unlike that of a champion pie-eater. I have never been a milk-drinker, though I do enjoy cottage cheese and natural yogurt. Having just said all this, I should admit that I consumed, within the past half-hour, a Starbucks spinach-&-feta wrap. Grains: check. Dairy: check. Processed: check. Best option given what I could find at Starbucks? Check.
So, you see, it's all about balance. I am not Paleo, I am not gluten-free, I am (definitely) not vegan. I don't buy ALL organic. I don't sprout my own mung beans. I try to eat well, and I listen to my body for feedback.
Sometimes, when solid food is not available, I have been known to whip up a protein shake. But you won't find me at the local smoothie shop. I don't TRUST those people. If it smells like a milkshake, tastes like a milkshake, and looks like a milkshake - it's a milkshake. Also, I don't like paying $8 for a milkshake.
From one of my favourite sites, www.RobbWolf.com - the sugar content (yikes!) and bacon equivalents of some common smoothie recipes.
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You might be surprised! I'd rather eat 8 strips of bacon than drink a smoothie, anyway...
|Drink||Serving Size||Calories||Carbs (g)||Sugar (g)||Bacon Equivalent|
|Smoothie King – “Caribbean Way”||Small (20 oz)||395||97||89||8 strips|
|Jamba Juice – “Mega Mango”||Original (24 oz)||340||85||78||7 strips|
|McDonald’s Wild Berry||Medium (22 oz)||310||71||67||6 strips|
|Burger King Tropical Mango||Medium (22 oz)||330||78||63||6.5 strips|
|Sonic ‘Real Fruit’ Strawberry Slush||Large (24 oz)||440||117||116||9 strips|
|Naked Juice “Green Machine”||1 Bottle(16 oz)||280||66||56||5.8 strips|
|Naked Juice “Probiotic Machine”||1 Bottle (16 oz)||360||86||78||7.4 strips|
|Odwalla “Tropical Energy”||1 Bottle (12 oz)||240||59||44||5 strips|
|Odwalla Carrot Juice||1 Bottle (12 oz)||100||22||19||3 strips|
|Vita Coco Coconut water||1 Bottle (16 oz)||90||22||22||3 strips|
|Your Blender “Green Juice” - 1 cup kale (3 Large leaves),1 cup green grapes(28 grapes), 1 cucumber, 1 Granny Smith apple||Full Recipe (16 oz)||220||54||42||4.5 strips|
|Your Blender “Detox Drink” - 1 medium size beet, 4 medium size carrots, 1 medium apple, 2 T chopped fresh ginger||Full Recipe (16 oz)||310||74||62||6 strips|