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12/22/11 7:07 P

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MrsGoad: Add 2 dates-pitted! And perhaps a banana. You shouldn't be tasting the greens in your smoothie until you want to taste the greens.

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12/22/11 5:44 P

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Almond milk sounds like a good idea. It should cut some of the bitterness I've been getting.
The only problem with not enough calories is exhaustion. I just get so tired if I don't eat every few hours. So I'm exhausted and want to eat more fuel but am so stuffed there's no where to put it. I'm probably eating to large of smoothies for my needs.....Maybe since you're getting to many calories, you need to blend more of the stuff that makes you full longer, so you don't eat so much other stuff. I just replace my breakfast (well I don't even replace breakfast, I add it to breakfast) with a smoothie. I eat lunch, dinner and snacks (If I have room for snacks) like usual. No animal products, but I do love cooked plants!

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12/22/11 5:26 P

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After eating my smoothies I feel really full, almost bloated like I just ate a big meal. Then I am not hungry for at least 4 hrs sometimes more, which when I eat cereal I am hungry within 2 or 3 hrs. Most times my smoothies are around 400 calories, but I like to put almond milk in it sometimes. I'm afraid I am getting too many calories cause I still eat cooked food, grains and stuff. I am pretty much eating a vegan diet, have chicken once in a great while. I wish my problem was that I didn't get enough calories and feeling full.

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12/22/11 11:34 A

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Hey thanks for all the help!
I never even thought about the nutrient density of the foods. I am full. I'm tired, but that could be a thyroid problem.... I mainly don't count calories, but when I go 4+ hours without getting hungry I get worried. LOL I guess because i'm used to being hungry every 2-3 hours.....

I had been eating meat again. I think I went 2 days in a row consuming meat or cheese. I've been a month and a half without, but I got lazy and quick cooking so I started eating fast food again.

My cereal is 'bran' something or other. I don't have the box with me. I'm not really sure if it's organic. I also eat granola cereal. I eat them dry.

I'll keep an eye out on the variables and see if I can find what it is that may be causing the stomach problems other than the smoothies. I have started cooking again and quit eating animal products because even my husband notices a difference and he suggested I quit cheating (he's an avid meat eater.) lol

Thanks again for all the help! I really appreciate it!

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You've gotten a lot of good suggestions here. I have 2 different smoothies each day. I have a fruit/protein powder smoothie in the morning and then my green smoothie later in the day.

You said you ate cereal. What type? Organic? What do you use on it? Milk? Organic?

When embarking on a green smoothie program I don't think there are too many people that do not have uncomfortable situations of one sort or another.

Another question: Are you eating any meat or animal bi-products?

All of the above questions are directed towards perhaps another cause of your tummy problems.

As to whether or not the green smoothies are your route to success: I'd examine further all the rest of what you are eating. Also, I'd rotate 2 or 3 types of greens during the week. You may be having an upset because too much spinach.

Don't give up on yourself so soon. Many have discovered that this is healthy and nutritious. And had many health benefits because of their commitment to daily green smoothies.


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12/21/11 5:47 P

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My daughter is very thin, eats like a bear before winter hibernation.
I add young coconut meat to her smoothies, more banana, chai, hemp seeds, avocado as well. Coconut butters, flax oil, coconut oil. Quinoa is another very great protein source which is good for a quick calorie add as well. I sprout them and also blend them in for her, adding dates and also figs. I can get her smoothies around 600-700 calories for 16 ounces. It doesn't take much when you added soaked/sprouted nuts as well, or nut butters. One of her favorites is a banana, almond butter, carob powder with beet greens or spinach, adding almond milk as well.
Also split them up, to a single serving. See if this helps. You may need to adjust the greens. I know when she was eating what I was eating she also was very full and bloated. I think it was to much for her system at first. Gradually over the last few weeks she is eating more greens in hers and has kept her appetite up and is consuming 2000 calories each day. I do not eat these, as I want to lose and I also have to follow doctors orders more closely. But her proteins are up there and that seems to help her a lot with what you are describing.

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12/21/11 3:18 P

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My smoothies are about 400 calories each and keep me full for hours.

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12/21/11 2:07 P

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I notice that a number of people add lots of water to their smoothies. I rarely add more than 1/2 cup of water because the greens and fruits have high water content. Perhaps try using less water.



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12/21/11 1:48 P

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Yes, as a matter of fact, I'm noticing that my caloric intake is a lot less when my daily intake is smoothie based. I am not concerned about it, however, because I think that the standards that say that I, for example, need 1350 calories per day are based on people eating the standard American diet. When we eat raw food, and especially smoothies, our bodies become a lot more efficient at absorbing the nutrients they need. Therefore, less calories are needed.

I have also experienced cramping. I don't know how long you have been doing this, but I was concerned about the tummy distress too when I started, but it seemed to be part of the accommodation process my body had to go through transitioning from vegetarian to raw and vegan. Now the only time I experience distress is when I slip out of my raw regime.

We're each different and our bodies respond in different ways. I'm no authority, but I would recommend sticking with it for a bit and maybe tinkering with what you are eating. Add some protein powder or coconut oil to your smoothies to up the calories if you are concerned about that, or increase the dried fruit or nuts in your diet. Hope you find a way that works for you. Maybe others will have more suggestions.

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I don't worry about calories when I am eating raw or following the Eat To Live plan ( fruits, veggies, legumes with smaller amounts nuts, seeds, avocado). I go by how I feel. If my energy level is high and I am not hungry I know my body is getting the nutrients it needs. Smoothies provide a boat load of nutrients. Far more than the standard American diet which contains a lot of empty calories from refined sugar, white flour, and processed foods.

Something else to consider is the volume of food you are eating. Think about what 100 calories of spinach looks like in comparison to 100 cals meat or cheese. That volume fills you up and gives you nutrients but this does not show calorie wise. Your stomach is full from the volume and registers the nutrients so it sends a signal to your brain that you are full. Over time you might find you are less full and need to eat more. Your body needs time to adjust to the new way of eating.

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maybe you can try a smaller smoothie.

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12/21/11 1:10 P

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I can't seem to get my daily caloric needs when I eat smoothies. I am supposed to get a little over 1500 a day. Which I was doing fine before starting smoothies. Today, with my two meals I cooked, sides, snacks and cereal I am getting a total of 680 calories(well less because I only ate half the smoothie: 2 cups spinach, 1 cup raspberries, 1 cup blueberries, 2 cups water) and I am STILL full 3 hours later. (And I have a tummy ache now). I keep getting more and more full, as if it's growing......
I am not going to even be able to get lunch in today if the swelling, fullness doesn't go down.....
This just doesn't seem worth it to me. Any suggestions??? Anyone else have this problem???

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