Some time ago I read that research has shown that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. That’s 21 days of going to the gym or exercising in some way every day, 21 days of eating healthy, 21 days of not swearing, 21 days of anything.
When you want to start something new in your life, the research suggests that you allow yourself to not commit to it for life, but, rather, make the deal with yourself to try it out for 21 days. When the 21 days are completed, you have the choice to carry on with the new behavior or not, or so you think. Your neural pathways have already formed, and you will more than likely continue with your new habit. Since you have observed the benefits along the way, your unconscious will want to continue if it has been beneficial.
The difference seems to be that if you try to convince yourself that you must change something for life, your conscious self may reject the idea. Instead, if you “suggest” to your brain that you want to try something in a committed way for 21 days, it will be more willing to cooperate. I certainly have had better success in my life with positive changes by committing to a particular length of time to try something out, than I have ever had by starting (or stopping) a behavior “for the rest of my life.”
Consider this idea then Begin your own adventure into Green Smoothies, with the 21 Day approach. If you’re going to go to the trouble to get the additional greens and fruit into your kitchen, you might as well get serious enough about the effort to commit to a new behavior for 21 days. You can always change your mind after the time frame ends, but it the meantime you’ll at least have run an experiment long enough for you to begin to enjoy some of the many initial benefits of regularly drinking Green Smoothies. While you’re at it, I recommend keeping a journal of your Green Smoothie activities. Daily record what you blended, how much, how you liked what you made, and most importantly, what changes, however slight they may seem, occur along the way.
Here is a good Green Smoothie to start with
GREEN SMOOTHIE FOR BEGINNERS
2 cups spinach (organic is best)
8-10 strawberries, stems included
1 mango or papaya peeled
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cups water
Blend all ingredients well. Adjust consistency with water as you like. Add chipped ice, if desired. Switch out the fruit, or reduce it, but keep the greens. There are no rules!
Adapted from Green for Life, by Victoria Boutenko