This One Is About A Wicked Nice Farmer I Know

I’ve posted about the hilariously shitty things that people have said to me, about my weight loss, but this time, I want to share a story about a really nice comment.

My town has a Farmer’s Market, and I’ve gone every Thursday, in the summer, for at least six years.  I go to the same vendor for fruits and vegetables, every single time.

Over the years, I’ve gotten to know the guy who runs this particular stand.  We have small chit chat, and he’s always very pleasant.  He’s really a very, very nice guy (also cute, but that has nothing to do with it. haha!).  Once upon a time, he told me his name, but I never remember names…because I suck.  I call him Farmer Brown, when I talk about him.  Judge me.

Yesterday, while paying for my pretty peaches and zucchini, Farmer Brown said, ‘Umm… I don’t know if this is ok to say; I mean, I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this, but you’ve lost a lot of weight!  Is that ok to say?  I hope it is!  You look great!’

I replied, ‘OF COURSE!’  I thanked him, and told him a few stories about the crazy shit people have said, and how this weird human race thinks it’s ok to say kind of, well,  slightly rude comments about people who lose weight (but not when they gain it, of course!).  He was shocked at the things I’ve heard, and we just laughed about it.

I will say, that sometimes it’s awkward when people say something, but deep down I actually really enjoy it.  I don’t enjoy it because I’m narcissistic.  I enjoy it because sometimes I don’t see the changes.  When other people haven’t seen me in a while, their reactions are always nice because that’s how I know I’ve changed.  My hard work, and dedication to this process, has all been worth it, when I get those reactions.

Anyways, I really wish that he knew that he absolutely made my day.

 

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Smooth…ie

If you’re friends with me on Facebook (Ally Conway! Find me!), then you know that I have been making these shakes, as a healthy breakfast and a good start to my day. My mom calls them smoothies, but personally, I think a smoothie would taste better, would be a better color, and well, you wouldn’t have to chew the vegetables you’re hiding in it.

I digress. Lots of my friends have asked what’s in the shake, and how to make their own.

For starters, I use my smart stick, and I use the blender attachment.  It’s a prefect size for one smoothie, and it’s easy to rinse out when you’re done using it.

The first week I made the shake, I used fresh organic baby kale. I added some coconut milk to that, and then threw in fat free plain Greek yogurt. For the sweetness, I added a mixture of raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and even a half a banana sometimes. I’m careful not to add too much fruit, since I know it’s full of sugar. When the shake was a little too… Kale-y, I threw in a packet of stevia.

After about a week or so, my ADD got the best of me and I decided to research some additives that may ‘spice up’ my shake. I found a protein powder that was good for pre, and post work outs, and also a good ‘filler upper’. Sometimes it tastes a little chalky, so you have to experiment and play around with flavors. The other thing I have a new found obsession for is coconut oil. After doing a bit of research, I’m finding out that it’s really good for you, in so many senses. Dry skin? Rub it in! Frizzy hair? Slap some on it! Kale drink a little lame? Drop a teaspoon in, and drink away!

I’ve tried a variety of coconut waters, instead of milk, but can’t seem to find one I like. When I use my protein, however, I use the water. It hides the gross flavor, and isn’t as heavy as the milk.

So far so good. The shake has been a good alternative to my old, unhealthy breakfast routine, and sometimes I like it for lunch too!!

Here’s the interesting part, though. The days that I drink my shake, I am more likely to continue my good habits, and eat a salad for lunch.  I even snack better with fruit, or steamed veggies. On the days that I wake up and don’t want to blend my breakfast? I resort right back to the carbohydrate loaded cereal, or unfulfilling bagel and cream cheese… And you know what? The rest of the day goes to shit too.

Lesson learned. Good habits start at the beginning.  We all have to start somewhere, right?

Helpful Hints:

  • Frozen kale sucks for me (against my mothers better advice). It never blends completely and I end up really chewing my shake and sometimes even throwing it away.
  • Do your research on a good protein powder that will fulfill your needs… Maybe you don’t want to look like a body builder, then again maybe you do. Read, research, drink.
  • A mixture of baby kale, spinach, and arugula, is NOT a bad alternative to baby kale, when you don’t have access to it!

Drink up!!

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