Fastus Interruptus

Yes, I know it’s not a real term, but I kinda like the Wile E. Coyote & The Road Runner faux Latin feel. 🙂

So, I made it about a week on the smoothies and lemon water and felt great, but when I looked at the calendar and saw the number of things that were coming up, I realized it was not going to be the right time to water fast. I ended my smoothie fast on Friday, November 6th at dinnertime (with a light meal).

So after the experience, what do I think about it? It’s something I’d definitely like to do again, and plan a bit better what’s coming up on the calendar to be able to do a bit of water fast. I wasn’t really very hungry at all on the smoothies – they were very satisfying.

In the meantime, I’m learning more and more about nutrition and seeing that the smoothies are a great way to boost my daily intake of so many vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, so even when I’m not fasting, I try to have at least a couple 8 or 16 oz servings in a day. I’ve been reading Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and he expresses the idea very simply: Health = Nutrients/Calories. This, in a nutshell, means that the foods that you eat can be scored on a scale based on the calories that you get from them in relation to their nutritional value. This scale is called the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI). Dark leafy greens are the superheroes of the nutritional world, so they get a 1000 and everything else is graded on that curve.

From the ANDI food scores page:

The ANDI ranks the nutrient value of many common foods on the basis of how many nutrients they deliver to your body for each calorie consumed. Unlike food labels which list only a few nutrients, ANDI scores are based on thirty-four important nutritional parameters. Foods are ranked on a scale of 1-1000 with the most nutrient-dense cruciferous leafy green vegetables scoring 1000. Because phytochemicals are largely unnamed and unmeasured, these ANDI rankings may underestimate the healthful properties of colorful, natural, plant foods, so the nutrient density of natural whole foods may be even higher than ANDI scores indicate.

So, when you consider some the ingredients in my usual smoothies and their ANDI scores: Kale (1000), Spinach (707), Carrots (458), Strawberries (182), Blueberries (132), Peaches (64), Apple (53), Almonds (28), Avocado (28) – you see that they are pretty nutrient dense. Obviously as you get to things like Almonds and Avocado, they are calorie dense as well, so their score is lower, but still have lots of redeeming qualities. Lots to consider here.

Interesting journey I’m on – can’t wait to see what’s next! I’ll try to keep this updated!

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