So a few hours before my morning class in Midway, I went out for a run, and the concrete jumped up and tripped me. I was headed downhill, and my toe caught the edge so hard, I went down face-first before my hands even hit. I thought I broke my jaw–but I’m blessed because it’s just sore and I didn’t lose any teeth. Unfortunately I had a big Daffy Duck lip and big bloody scrapes on my chin and cheekbone. (My bleeding knees were covered for the class, at least.)
I held ice to my face all the way until I got to the class, but it was huge and ugly and I didn’t even bother trying to conceal anything with makeup–that would have HURT. So that was my look as they mic’d and professionally filmed the thing., LOL! (And oh, for a few days after, endless “violent boyfriend” jokes.)
Here are a few photos from the class (that conveniently–or vainly??–don’t highlight my smacked-up face). That’s Leslie blending away with me, and in a photo in the black shirt.
Anyway, Kerry (who helped Leslie with the event) came up before I spoke and dabbed my facial wounds with lavender essential oil. Oh my goodness! By the time the class was over, my lip’s swelling was 75% gone and I felt and looked SO much better.
I did a book signing afterward and these are some of the highlights:
Two ladies on the front row, Nancy and Cheryl are longtime GSG readers. Nancy’s husband had bladder cancer and has been cancer free for 2 yrs. doing the GSG thing. He actually hasn’t radically changed his diet, just does GS and wheat grass juice every day. (That’s just informational, not a recommendation or suggestion that GS alone cures cancer.) Cheryl adopted green smoothies for health benefits and lost 80 lbs. without “dieting.” I love these stories, if you can’t tell.
And my old college roommate Helen, who I haven’t seen or heard from in 21 years, had been reading my site, is very “into” nutrition, and looks WAY more gorgeous than she did back then! That was super fun. The ironic thing is that when we were 21, we ate nothing but crap and we just looked at our roommate with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and all her “weird” food and colonics and stuff, and just scratched our heads. Life has a way of making 180 turns sometimes, doesn’t it?
The token guy in the audience said he makes green smoothies for a bunch of firefighters and they love it. I told him my experience with guys has been this: they’ll eat anything you feed them but most of them won’t make it for themselves! (I’m thinking of a few of y’all who read this blog–feel free to sound off–who are notable exceptions!) Trivia quiz for you: see the photo, I am holding up two fingers. I’m asking, “What are the two biggest deficits in the American Diet? Only ONE of them do doctors tell you about.”
First one to answer this question correctly, here, can email us your address and we’ll send you a free copy of The Green Smoothies Diet (or any recipe collection you’d like). Hint: I write about this regularly in my books, etc.–it’s “gospel according to GreenSmoothieGirl,” of course. Some experts may disagree with me. (But they’re wrong.) I’m magically blogging while on the road in California, but I’ll answer whoever gets it right first when I’m back Tues. Oct. 20 and send you your prize!