I have a smoothie a day to ensure I am getting a meal full of nutrient dense whole foods (spinach, kale, banana, pineapple, etc) while minimizing the amount of energy expended on digesting.
Each time we consume a meal our miraculous bodies go through a tireless process of digestion. In this digestive process depending on what you may have consumed could be a net-gain, or a net-loss in terms of nutritional value.
For example, say you ate a meal consisting of burger and fries (which is okay in moderation), and post meal consumption you may feel the need to take an extra breather (i.e. enter food coma). This is the body warning you that all of the energy is focused towards digesting the food. Now, take it a step further and imagine the taxing process placed on the body from the burger and fries only to extract minimal amount of usable nutrients for the body. (Net-Loss).
A smoothie is a great addition to my daily routine in the sense that it acts as a snack or meal.
A smoothie is enriched with nutrient-dense whole foods that are:
- Easy on the digestive process
- Minimal amount of energy expenditure for maximal assimilation of nutrients, translating into more usable energy elsewhere (immune system, nervous system, endocrine system, etc).
- Less energy expended + More nutrients assimilated = Net-Gain
- Super delicious and nutritious
The main idea is to stay balanced and continue to draw awareness to what you are eating and how you are feeling while eating.
Is this Net-Gain (NG) or Net-Loss (NL)?
How many of each (NG vs NL) have I had today?
Please understand that it is merely a guideline, an outline of sorts to assist in making a formed decision on what it is you may want to accomplish. Small steps towards becoming your best self and enjoying the process while getting there.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy today.