I know this may shock many of you, but here’s the thing: smoothies might not be right for you. This announcement might throw you for a tailspin given that you’ve likely been told from every hippie celebrity guru to add in expensive superfoods to your blended concoction. And that if you did, you would become so healthy that you’d jump off into your day, change your middle name to mango and sport a cape that bares of kale on the back. But here’s the thing…you don’t. You might actually feel bloated, nauseous, crampy or suffer from loose stools. So not only did you not fit in with your gluten-eating buddies, but now you can’t roll with the smoothie sippin’ sistas. But here’s the thing…you’re not alone. Smoothies might not be right for you. But why and what can you do?
Smoothies may be extinguishing your digestive fire
According to Chinese Medicine, smoothies, which is raw food, has a cold thermal property. Some people who have a weak digestive fire need to be careful since that cold thermal property will extinguish that fire. If you’re this kind of person, then a raw food restaurant will be your arch nemesis sending you into a bloating frenzy.
THE SMOOTHIE EXCEPTION…
If you’re still hell bent on smoothies, then one way around this is to add in warming spices like cinnamon and ginger. The warming spices may warm up the thermal property enough that you might be able to digest it after all. In my Sexy Smoothies free ebook, I’ve crafted many recipes that actually fit this profile.
BUT WHAT IF I STILL CAN’T?
If even after adding in warming spices you still feel nine months pregnant, then again, you’re not alone. We just need to strengthen your digestive system with a good dose of probiotics and a warming breakfast in the meantime. One of my favourites is Job’s Tears and here’s a recipe from my recent sold-out program, The Damp Detox:
Almond Chia Job’s Tears Porridge
1 cup job’s tears
2 cups water
¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (or full fat coconut milk)
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 packets stevia
Pinch sea salt
Topping: Cacao nibs
Rinse job’s tears thoroughly throw into a pot with water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 45mins (make more ahead of time to cut down on prep time). Add into a bowl and add in the remaining ingredients. Top with cacao nibs.
Job’s tears (a.k.a. Asian pearled barley) is not only gluten-free but is used frequently in Chinese Medicine to pull out dampness (a.k.a. candida) from the system. It’s super easy to digest and has a similar texture to the standard barley we all know.
In the meantime, if you’re a smoothie lover, get your free copy of my Sexy Smoothies ebook and rock on mama. But if you can’t right now, don’t worry there are plenty of other ways to jump off into your day with sexier capes and middle names anyway. Plus, remember, you’re not alone.
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