I never thought I’d be writing a blog post defending a beverage.
Then again, I guess I wouldn’t have assumed that a drink that I named — and that sounds like something out of a Dr. Seuss book — would have attracted the attention of the national media.
But sadly, last week, The Smuice came under attack:
NY Mag’s fashion blog, The Cut wrote a post about how the term “The Coachella Diet” arose thanks to the fitness industry’s savvy marketing toward festival-goers.
While I’d like to be proud and take some credit for starting the phrase “The Coachella Diet” many Coachella’s ago, it’s not fun to take credit for something that is gaining a negative connotation.
Among the craze’s known associates: denim underwear, the Pound Workout (my good friends Cristina & Kirsten), and of course, smuicing (or “smuicers” you could say).
While The Cut’s summary of the subject was short and sweet, with a little bit of snark but no real criticism, the comments and responses on social media to the post were over-the-top.
The most outrageous statement I read after someone re-posted a link to the story on Facebook:
“I almost couldn’t post this because my disgust with humanity became too horrible to be borne!!!”
Wow. I’m a little concerned about how this person is going to react when they learn about some of the actually horrific things going on in this world. Terrorism, genocide, FGM . . . her head just might explode.
Anyway, I’m not here to talk about Smuice Opposition Extremists (SOE’s for short). I’m here to talk about why The Smuice Diet is a good thing. Nay, a great thing.
Whether one decides to enjoy a smuice pre-Coachella or before any other life event, the benefits to your health are plentiful and the negatives non-existent.
What Smuicing IS:
- a blended drink thats primary ingredient is whole vegetables. It’s packed with as many veggies as you have on hand, a very small amount (1/2 C. or less) of fresh fruit for flavor, water, ice, and optional healthy fat (like an avocado) or vegan protein powder.
- a way to pack buckets of vitamins, antioxidants & nutrients into your diet.
- a great alternative to other crappy snacks.
- a refreshing, healthy drink.
- another way to hydrate your body.
- an energy booster.
- a palate cleanser, to reprogram the taste buds to enjoy healthy food.
What Smuicing IS NOT:
- a smoothie diet, with lots of fruit and milk products.
- a liquid diet, like juicing, devoid of fiber and essential nutrients.
- a beverage full of sugar.
- a deprivation tactic.
- a short-term, “diet fad.”
If it wasn’t completely clear from my first post introducing The Smuice, I’ll reiterate. Smuicing, or The Smuice Diet, is simply about working a healthy, vegetable-packed beverage into your daily meal plan. That’s it.
If the word “diet” offends anyone, please read this post. The gist: the word “diet” just means “what you eat.” As stated by wikipedia: “the sum of food consumed by a person.” It does not say: “the lack of food consumed by a person.”
In conclusion, I apologize that my consumption of a delicious, blended beverage has offended some people’s sensibilities. I think that anything that encourages people to live a healthy lifestyle and eliminate unnecessary junk food from their diet is a good thing.
I think we should applaud people for what they’re doing: making good choices for their health. How they’re doing it: with safe, smart, and effective methods. And not worry about the why.
So what if it’s for something as silly as a music festival . . . or something as monumental as a wedding day. Anytime someone chooses to clean-up their diet — without employing dangerous and restrictive tactics — we should celebrate their efforts.
As Well & Good NYC put it: “Here’s hoping women can cut through the quick-fix messaging, and use the occasion as motivation to stick to a healthy living plan that just happens to include dancing, carefree, in the sun.”
OK, I think that’s a sufficient rant.
Here’s my last pre-Coachella, smuice-filled, What I Ate Wednesday Sunday.
Six eggs whites, Ezekiel Sprouted Grain English Muffin w/ homemade Coconut Almond Butter (recipe coming soon), coffee.
Confession: I ate the other half of that english muffin before photographing.
To-go Pineapple Kale Smuice for a trip to the park with Mr. Chow.
Tandoori Chicken Salad at Newsroom Cafe while shopping for Coachella gear on Robertson.
The rest of the smuice (it makes about 4 cups worth).
One of the Coconutty Fuel Bars I made for my friend Gigi’s brother Jack as a thank you for watching Chow this weekend. Shhh: don’t tell him any are missing!
I’m off to Coachella tomorrow and I couldn’t be more stoked.
Please follow me on Instagram for pictures of all the festivities and come back next week for a recap of all the great events, awesome music, and indulgent treats I plan on devouring.
Also, despite the angry SOE’s, many people have shown interest in The Smuice Diet, and I’m thinking of developing a full meal plan for it with original recipes for readers to try at home.
Please let me know in the comments below if that is something you’d be interested in!