I Choose Botox over a Blendtec and the Lesson I Learned

Authored by Troop on Sat, Jan 1, 2000 12:00 AM

I have what some might call a dependency on green smoothies. I am typically not a creature of habit, but I gotta have me my smoothie every morning. I used to think that green smoothies were just a clever way to get your daily dose of fruits and veggies, but last year, when I started making a green smoothie every morning for breakfast for myself and the kids, I began to notice something. The days I drank my green smoothie, I felt like I was more "even" throughout the rest of the day.

Back story: My body is super sensitive to what I do (and don't) eat. If I eat sugar on an empty stomach, I get a headache. If I don't get enough protein, I am hungry and feel lightheaded. If I skip a meal, I'm bloated and crampy by the afternoon. If I don't eat fat, I am starving all day, and I get stomachaches. (I think I have some blood sugar issues, but I've really learned to mostly manage them over the years just by eating big well-rounded meals, all day, every day:). Needless to say, I don't go without.

Three weeks ago, my blender blended its last blend. She treated me right for many years but now that I am a green smoothie gal, I of course have had my eye on the BlendTec and Vitamix. But I'm also an entrepreneur on a start-up budget, so I had an issue.

I ran the idea of the $300+ BlendTec past my husband and, as you would expect, that conversation didn't go very far. I'm sure I could have been successful convincing him it is what we needed to do for me and my family but in the back of my mind, all I could think about was the $300 Botox appointment on my calendar later that week. Both wouldn't be smart and no person in their right mind would choose Botox, which lasts two months, over a blender that lasts eight years.

Oh, but I did. I got Botox.

I turned 40 this year and yes, I am that shallow. I can't tell you what a difference Botox makes for me. It makes me look a little younger and feel a little better, but that's for another post.

So I dusted off the magic bullet (circa 2008), and gave it a go. Yeah, no. Wasn't cutting it. Two strikes, and it was out, and I resorted to the classic egg and toast. I thought I was fine until yesterday, when I went to Costco and walked past the Blendtec sample counter.

The last two weeks of my life flashed before my eyes. It dawned on me that I have not felt as good as I should because I have not been drinking my smoothies. I bought the BlendTec (and cancelled my next Botox appointment).

Like clockwork, I had my smoothie the next morning and felt better than I had in three weeks. Coincidence? I don't think so!

I still have lots to learn, but this is what I now know:

To be healthy costs money—sometimes a lot of money. Fresh produce, grains, seeds and nuts are all expensive. Gym memberships, running shoes, vitamins, minerals, prescriptions = cash. Not to mention doctors, therapists, counselors, and trainers. So many of us go forgo those things because it costs too much.

Here's a real, sincere suggestion: Instead of going to Disneyland this year, is it possible you would go to the doctor and get those tests you have been putting off cause they will cost a fortune?

Instead of Hawaii, would you be bold enough to schedule that appointment with your marriage therapist or your life coach that you went to once but stopped because she charges $100 an hour?

Instead of new clothes, a new car, or a new face, would you try something crazy and buy yourself some good food, a gym pass, vitamins, minerals—something your body needs?

Instead of botox, buy a blender.

Be well,

Chelsea