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“Smoothing” my way to healthier eating

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By Sheryl Jedlinski

Today I joined the ranks of countless Americans who are blending, making smoothies, and juicing their way to better health. Admittedly, you won’t find any of these small appliances on my wish list. I agreed to try a smoothie maker only to placate friends and relatives concerned that I am losing too much weight (40 pounds and three clothing sizes) too quickly as a result of chemotherapy. Most everything I try to eat (with the exception of chocolate, of course) has a metallic taste to it, leaving me with little or no appetite. For as long as I can remember, I wished that I could eat everything and anything that I wanted and never gain weight. Now that my wish has been granted, there’s very little food I want to eat, and when I do eat, I fill up quickly. As the saying goes, “Watch what you wish for.”

My husband, Tony, who is in charge of everything in our house that plugs in, lights up, and makes noise immediately volunteered to accompany me on the blended drink machine buying trip. For better or for worse, we are now the proud owners of a smoothie maker that can break down whole fruits, vegetables, and ice in seconds and combine them to create a custom blended drink for my specific health needs. You can add boosts for fat burning and cleansing greens for digestive issues.

If you are in the market for a smoothie maker, I suggest you do your homework before heading out with money in hand. We did not follow our own advice, and got what we deserved: information overload. Our heads were spinning by the time our energetic young saleswoman had finished explaining the pros and cons of each machine’s features. The best feature is that there is no prep work, no cooking, and no cleanup required. So, what do I think of my new smoothie maker? I am embarrassed to admit that I haven’t tried it yet, but plan to do so very soon. In the meantime, I promised my husband that it would not go the way of our blender, which lived for decades in the back of a dark cabinet until we found it and gave it away. My new smoothie maker occupies a prominent space on my kitchen countertop so I remember to use it.


8 comments on ““Smoothing” my way to healthier eating

  1. Steve
    March 15, 2016

    We cannot wait to here about you blending Kale into your smoothie!

  2. Rtj
    March 15, 2016

    I recommend you try beer. No blending needed.

  3. Catherine Oas
    March 16, 2016

    MMM im thinking that ice cream and fruit would make a lovely milkshake. Or even better would be hot fudge and peanut butter…You said you need to take in more calories. i too have gone through periods where i had lost enough weight to become very thin..and i now understand how there is something life affirming about gaining weight and getting some curves back..

    • mydancingintherain
      March 16, 2016

      Unfortunately, I started out grossly overweight, so I am nowhere near thin, but still docs don;t like to see weight dropping too quickly when it is an unintentional result of something else.
      Thank you for your concern and suggestions…

  4. Larry Williams
    March 16, 2016

    Enjoy it. I use our food processor in the same way and love it….you can also add yogurt to the mixture, which is what I do, to get calcium, etc…and I throw in nuts after for texture…It really is a great way to eat….David makes carrot/apple juice with his…it really is yummy….enjoy.

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