Smoothie Diet

I hate diets and I know I’m not alone in that opinion. The word “diet” has such a negative connotation that this time I decided to call it a “lifestyle change”.

I knew I’d have to go on a lifestyle change after giving birth to Sophie and enduring a little over 1.5 years of oral steroids to manage my NMO (Neuromyelitis Optica). When it came time I took it as an exercise in self discipline. I became obsessed with cardio, yoga, free weights and walking and soon started to feel better although the scale did not show much improvement. An instant gratification type of person, I dreaded the scale every morning. Then I added calorie counting, cut out all sugar and limited my meat intake. Still, some improvement but not fast enough.

It was time to shock my system.

I’d heard of juicing, detox diets and cleanses but on a morning show I watched Harley Pasternak introduce his smoothie diet. For 5 days you consume smoothies at each meal, supplement with snacks in between and take 10,000 steps every day. Days 6-10 you introduce one solid meal and 2 smoothies, continue walking and introduce weights. Day 11 through forever you change the weight routine, always walk and only do one smoothie a day. The results were amazing. Not only did I lose 15 lbs in 2 wks but my NMO symptoms almost went away. Always supportive, Mike also went on the lifestyle change and his health issues have also improved.

If you can convince yourself to stay disciplined for even the first 5 days, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Buy Harley’s book here:


  1. LaDana Gaddis

    Hi Jenna. Are you saying that you no longer have nerve pain and numbness?

    Comment by LaDana Gaddis on June 18, 2013 at 5:12 am

  2. Jenna

    Hi LaDana,

    I do still get the nerve pain and numbness but since changing my diet it doesn’t happen as often or as painful.

    Comment by Jenna on June 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

  3. LaDana Gaddis

    Good to know. Thanks!

    Comment by LaDana Gaddis on June 24, 2013 at 4:29 am

  4. Ronda

    Thank you for this post. I have also had significant improvement of my NMO symptoms after diet changes (I have no pain, just slight nerve damage on my left side, and that’s it – and this is after relapsing and having to recover from paralysis every month the first 6 months after onset). For some reason, very few people believe me when I tell them my recover is diet/lifestyle related.

    Comment by Ronda on June 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm

  5. Jenna

    I’ve had a similar response of disbelief but more in a positive way. Before NMO, I was always stressed by family, work, etc and ate poorly. Since NMO, I’ve taken measures to eliminate the stressors and stick to a strict diet and medication regime. That being said, I never discount the excellent care I receive from my team of doctors. I won’t contribute all of my health to one element but will say that I do believe the combination makes a difference. I’m sorry to hear that those close to you feel a lifestyle change/diet doesn’t have a positive impact. I would encourage them to try it, even if they have no health issues.

    Comment by Jenna on June 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm

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