When it comes to following a diet, I’m pretty great at getting around the rules.
That is to say that I obey the letter of the law, but not the spirit. And I’ve done plenty of this over the years. When cutting carbs, for example, I ate a completely inappropriate amount of bacon. When cutting calories, I ate bags of rice cakes. These aren’t foods that break the rules, but they certainly don’t represent a good faith attempt at healthier eating.
This time, I’m not trying to lose ten pounds (though I wouldn’t mind it). I’m trying to prepare my body for a long term battle. And I’m hopeful that the right diet can even help me fight that battle. So in January, I decided to cut out gluten and dairy, and stick with lean meats. (I actually tried to cut legumes and eggs, too, but I’ve put those back.) I’m betting that Michael Pollan has it right: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
It’s time to follow the spirit of the rules at last, and I know I need to eat lots of leafy green food. I’ve had mixed success so far. Sadly, I do not enjoy leafy green food.
Enter the green smoothie, my latest attempt to eat (or drink) what I know I should. This one (above) is strawberries, bananas and spinach. I’ve paired spinach with pineapple as well. The bad news is that it’s kind of gross looking, which is why it took me so long to try a green smoothie in the first place. The good news is that it definitely does not taste leafy or green. It tastes just like whatever the fruit is.
I know this is not hard core like kale and seaweed, but at least it’s something. It’s my current trick to try to do the right thing. If I can drink spinach, anything’s possible. What’s your trick?