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Jun. 8th, 2012 01:44 pm
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[personal profile] killing_rose posting in [community profile] playeatsleep
I'm gluten free, soy free, occasionally (though not always) paleo-leaning, and I just moved across the country. Because the heat has killed my appetite, I am in a major bind.

I need nutrients right now. My body's refusal to eat because it's warm is a little (a lot) ridiculous. And also, it's impacting my ability to function like a human being.

So after ex-boss mentioned it, I tried green smoothies.

I do not know what I did wrong, but I'm going to assume that it's not supposed to be. Well. Chewy.

I have texture issues. I do, in fact, feel better after having a glass full before I left the house earlier; I might even manage dried fruit soon.

But it is chewy, and that is unacceptable.

Please, god, any advice to help with with "zomg, chewy green smoothies, wtf?" and/or "It is warm, I am a displaced Alaskan, and I need nutrients like whoa."

Date: 2012-06-08 07:13 pm (UTC)
0jack: Closeup of Boba Fett's helmet, angular orange stripe surrounding a narrow window on a greenish metallic field. (Default)
From: [personal profile] 0jack
Better blender is your first option for the smoothies. That's the only way I know to get them really smooth. (I assume you're using something like wheatgrass or beet greens?)

Other ideas, can you do yogurt? In the summer I eat a lot of smoothies made with yogurt, banana, and frozen fruit. A favourite of a friend is to use frozen banana and peanut butter with yogurt to make a cold PB smoothie. I would eat this all the time but I can't do peanuts. *sad panda*

Smoothies can also be made into popsicles. Dollar store popsicle moulds should be plentiful. You could keep apples, melons, and oranges in the fridge, too. I go through tons of frozen fruit (blueberries, raspberries, grapes, melon balls) all summer.

You may find that if you can bring down your temperature with something really cold like a popsicle, your body is willing to take in food. I'm a fan of slices of cold rare steak.

I like Lara bars or plain almonds as sources of food, if you can get yourself that far. Other than that, try doing any cooking you need to do in the evenings and store everything in the fridge so that it's cold and you can eat it throughout the day. Good luck, I'm sorry you're struggling in the heat.

Date: 2012-06-08 07:38 pm (UTC)
rydra_wong: Close-up of the moulded design on a bar of Grenada Chocolate Company chocolate. (food -- grenada chocolate)
From: [personal profile] rydra_wong
If cold things are more manageable, we have a paleo chocolate icecream recipe (no, seriously!).

For me, heat always kills my appetite. I've found I can go with it to some extent, if I eat a decent breakfast (something cold like Greek yoghurt) before the day gets too hot, and then plan so that there's food in the fridge for when it gets dark and cools down and my appetite perks up a bit.

Date: 2012-06-09 02:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kimboosan
It would help if you can tell us the ingredients you used. Also, it might pay to check the humidity levels of where you are now. I live in Florida and our humidity is 80% or more on a regular day, and that affects a lot of aspects of food prep. My thought is maybe you need a better blender, or to use more water/juice in the making of it. One thing that helps any smoothy is to add melon (honeydew or cantalope) which gives it a lot of water along with nutrients and flavor.

I also suggest chilled fruit, and cold soup (chilled butternut squash soup is very good; broccoli not so much; cucumber soup divine).

And this sounds elementary but I've lived in the South for years, and it works: cold showers. Especially in the afternoon or evening, they cool your body down to a functioning level. I've gotten heat stroke *driving my car around town* in the Summer, so trust me on this: cold showers.

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