DYI – Common Scale Verification Weights You Already Have

If you use a small scale, it is a good idea to occasionally verify the scale. You do not want to cheat yourself, have an angry customer, or have to resend a package because the weight was off. Here are a few simple options you can try out.

If you live in the U.S.A. you can use quarters. Each quarter weighs for all practical purposes .2 ounces. That means there are five quarters to 1 ounce. Every five quarters you add is another ounce. Keep your quarters into a snack size bag and you won’t have to count them out, or be inconvenienced by going to the bank to get quarters.

You May Use Quarters for Weight Scale Verification

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A package of meat from the store will also get you close. All cuts of meat and hamburger meat sold over the counter is weighed for proper pricing. The package of whatever meat you buy will weigh the printed weight. When you are going too use the meat, weigh the meat by itself on a piece of plastic wrap on your scale. If there is no liquid left in the packaging, your scale will be calibrated to the meat market scale. This method also keeps the butcher shop honest.

If you buy prepackaged meat or any other product, there is always a range of weight. A pound of lunch-meat is rarely 10 ounces. Usually it will be somewhere between 15.5 and 16.5 ounces. Same with canned goods, or bottled liquids. The wight they show is part of a range of acceptable weight, usually, but not always no the lighter side of the weight. Because the products are packaged at high speed, the manufacturer wants and overall correct weight, not a precise weight on each item.

If you really want to get exotic, a dry measure cup of table salt weighs about 10.6 ounces. If you use granulated sugar, a dry measure cup weighs about 4 ounces.

If you have a very light weight plastic bottle with a seal-able lid, you can use water to verify your scale. One-quarter cup of water measured correctly is 2 ounces. One cup of water is 8 ounces. Two cups of water is 16 ounces, or one pound.

One last and easiest method, where you do not have to bother with measuring and finding the weight, is after your scale is verified, pick a couple of nick-knacks, piece of unused silverware, glass, coffee mug, or any rarely used household item and weigh it. Write down the item and the weigh. Use a variety of weights depending on your scale. This way when you next go to verify your scales calibration, you will have the items handy, and the weights verified.

Of course if you need ultra precise weights for your scale calibration, you will need to purchase calibrated weights. If you are selling through a web page on the internet, adding an ounce to the shipping weight will be sufficient for almost any calibration verified scale.

Using a little creativity, you will never be surprised to find your online customer had to pay out of pocket for additional shipping because your scale was off, or have a package returned because the postage was not adequate.

Green Smoothie Creation Help

Make your Green Smoothies at least two hours after you have last eaten, and do not eat anything else for about an hour afterward. This is a firm rule. The purpose is to let your stomach digest the Green Smoothie before you put anything else into it.

Here is a simple recipe to follow:

1 or more fruits, not to exceed 60% of the Green Smoothie. The other 40 – 50% (not more) is made of vegetables listed below. The rest is water. I added salt and pepper at first, but stopped after the first week as I lost my taste for salt.

Fresh greens and fruits are best. They have the most nutrients. Second choice is frozen. Canned fruits have too much downside from what I read.

Fruit you can use for your Green Smoothie:

Strawberries

Blueberries

Apple

Banana

Mango

Orange – I am on the fence about oranges. As a note, citrus and non citrus fruit do not mix well together in a smoothie.

Cherries

Pineapple

Watermelon

Cantaloupe

Papaya

Any other fruit you may like

Any leafy green cruciferous vegetable (as of this posting my opinions are added after some:

Kale (strong tasting at first)

Spinach – Good

Broccoli – Good

Romaine lettuce – Not iceberg, butter, or other salad lettuce, they have little nutrition

Red lettuce

Dandelion greens

Arugula (also called arrow greens or something like that)

Bok Choy (haven’t tried yet)

Swiss Chard  (haven’t tried yet)

Beet Greens – Good

Collard Greens (haven’t tried yet)

Carrot Tops (haven’t tried yet)

Celery (Strong tasting). Add a small piece in a Green Smoothie as an adder to the main vegetable. Otherwise it may be overpowering.

Parsley (use very little, only for taste)

Mustard Greens – Taste like horseradish and hot chili with some chemical added to me

You can add peeled cucumber if you want, I like the flavor sometimes.

No root vegetables except maybe 1/2 carrot per smoothie. Kale, Spinach, and Broccoli are the Queens of nutrition. That’s why I haven’t explored further yet. Root vegetables (carrot, beet, potato, etc) and squash are lower in nutrients and high in carbs, so they are not good a choice for Green Smoothies.

Also, dairy is not really recommended for Green Smoothies. I understand you may have gas so bad, you won’t be able to stand yourself. Even though a lot of smoothie recipes on the web add yogurt or milk, you may not like the effects. Also greens have more than enough calcium by themselves.

Four ounces of Broccoli has more protein than four ounces of steak. Another way of looking at is per calorie broccoli has more nutrition than beef.

Here is what you do to make a Green Smoothie:

1. Cut the green leaf vegetables and (carrot if you add some) into blender size pieces and place them in the blender. Add ice if you want it colder, and a little water. Ice also helps greens blend smaller. Turn your blender on Puree or whatever is your highest speed and it can handle it. You may need to pre chop larger pieces into smaller sizes.

When you get the mixture right, it will be thick green sludge of pureed vegetable. Not really that appetizing yet, but it will make you drool in a couple of weeks I bet!

2. Add at least 1/2 banana. Now add your fruit. If it is a dry fruit like banana you will need to add more water. If it is apple or other wet fruit, you may not need to. All you want to do now is mix it together and make it fairly smooth. A few bits of fruit are won’t be as bad as a few bigger bits of vegetable.

3. Practice until you end up with between 24 to 32 ounces of Green Smoothie. When you do, you have the proportions right. You should drink all of it in 15 – 20 minutes. There is a lot of fiber to help you feel full longer.

Green Smoothie Expectations

I read of weight loss of over a pound a day by some people who went on a Green Smoothie only diet. Other people dropped twenty or so pounds over some months. I started drinking one Green Smoothie every work night in place of dinner and I lost over sixteen pounds in three weeks.

I walk ten miles or more a week for a long time now, and I joined a gym about the time I started drinking Green Smoothies. I know from past experience the gym doesn’t do a lot for weight loss by itself. So for me it is Green Smoothies in place of dinner that have the dramatic effect on my weight. I woke up hungry at night for the first two weeks, but after that I became used to it and now sleep almost all night.

There is a Doctor named Joel Fuhrman who wrote a book named, Eat To Live. Dr. Fuhrman wrote when you eat lots of Greens (nutrient rich vegetables such as in a Green Smoothie), once you reach your ideal weight, your weight loss will stop unless you are eating too many carbs or proteins.

Your experience will probably be somewhere in between the two extremes.

Watch each type of greens and how they make you feel. I made a kale smoothie one night, and it felt like I drank three cups of coffee. I didn’t think I was going to be able to sleep that night. Spinach and Beet Greens for me are good, though Broccoli feels better. Too many days of Broccoli and I start burping Broccoli, not sure why.

The first time I had a Green Smoothie, my stomach gurgled (sort of). Not sure what that is all about, but it has happened twice. The first smoothie and a second time after I went three days without a Green Smoothie.

As you continue drinking Green Smoothies, you may find you do not look forward to drinking one. When this happens it is time to rotate your greens. Search the web for rotating Greens and you should find enough sources to help you rotate your greens properly.

Green Smoothie Diet Detox Effect

You may or may not experience a Detox effect from Green Smoothies or any diet you may try. I am not sure I understand the process but this is something some Doctors and Green Smoothie Experts say happens to most of us.

When you start and continue to drink Green Smoothies, your body does not have to work as hard packing and hiding away toxins in your body, which it normally does to keep some toxins from hurting us. When our bodies do not have to work as hard hiding toxins away, it uses this time to start pulling them out because the levels are lower and flushes them away through our urine, sweat, breath, and other waste.

Our bodies have multiple ways to get rid of waste, our urine, feces, breath, mucus (snot), and sweat glands. The way I understand the process is our body starts detoxifying or getting rid of accumulated wastes. Some books and web sites mentioned the process is a lot like a withdrawal symptoms from a drug addiction. You may feel run down and/or tired in in the first few weeks or for a few days. Or maybe not because you are probably not surviving only on Green Smoothies but are eating other meals too.

For me it happened during my second to third week and lasted about three days. I was tired and felt run down. I had an overly runny nose for a few weeks, three I think, but it was the cold and flu season so it may not be related to Green Smoothies. So if you start feeling tired and run down, it may not be a cold, just a minor body detox. I understand this process is common for almost any diet and maybe eating changes.

Green Smoothie Questionnaire

These are some questions to help you determine what benefits you are getting from Green Smoothies. Copy these questions off to a text file for your use. Add a date at the top so you know the starting date. Answer these before your first Green Smoothie, and then add a new line in each question as you answer the questions again weekly. Add your new entry under your old one. After a month or so of Green Smoothies you will have a pretty good understanding of how Green Smoothies are helping you get healthy. If there is anything not covered in a question feel free to add it in at the bottom of the questions. Leave a comment for this post for others who may want to add it to their question list.

1. How you feel about your health?

2. How do you feel emotionally?

3. Do your feet hurt?

4. Do your legs hurt?

5. Do your hands or arms hurt?

6. Do any of your joints hurt?

7. Do your shoulders, neck or spine hurt?

8. Do you have recurring pain that either won’t go away or comes and goes?

9. How do you rate your energy level compared to the average person your age?

10. Do you feel like you are sleeping well?

11. How high are the white moons on your fingers?

12. Do you have any sores that are not healing as fast as they should be?

13. Do you have any recent skin discoloration?

14. Do you feel like you are losing your Strength.

15. Do you feel like having sex?

16. Do you have any recurring illnesses that seem to happen to frequently, i.e., colds, run down feeling, etc?

17. When you think about food, what food(s) do you want to eat?

18. How many raw vegetables and fruits do you eat each day?

19. What is your favorite meal?

20. What is your favorite meat?

21. Do you prefer vegetables, bread, rice, or potatoes, or meat when you eat?

22. When you feel hungry, do you feel hungry for something specific?

23. Do you get cravings for junk food?

24. Do you get cravings for other foods?

25. What drink makes up most of your liquid intake?

26. What drink is number two of your liquid intake?

27. How dry is your skin?

28. How translucent is your skin

29. What do you think of your complexion compared to when you in your teens?

30. How does the thought of exercise, house cleaning, or other physical activity make you feel?

31. Do you feel you have enough energy to do all that needs to be done in a day?

32. How does your mouth taste when you wake in the morning?

33. Do your gums feel firm and healthy?

34. When you think of vegetables, what vegetable(s) do you think of?

35. Are you losing weight?