drink your GS before you get in a freeway pileup

My son Tennyson was in a five-car pileup on I-15, and the car he was in (his baseball coach’s) was totaled.

A few interesting points. One reason no one was seriously injured is that when the coach slammed on the brakes and barely missed the car in front of him, he then put the hand brake on. Smart! The car that then slammed into the back of them broke out all the windows, front and back. (This is salient because of what happens I will tell you about at the end of this post.)

I have torn my hair out for many years trying to get  Ten  to wear a seatbelt. Until a few months ago, I had to tell him to put it on Every. Single. Time. we got in the car. Sometimes over and over. In total frustration, I promised my son a $3 prize if he would wear his seatbelt, without being told, 30 days in a row.

(Someone close to me made fun of me for that. Said I was cheap to offer such a lame reward.)

Why did I do this? Because supposedly, a habit is formed in 21 days. I made it 30 days, just to be safe. Not only did Tennyson earn the $3 prize, he has never had to be told to put his seatbelt on again.

Ironclad habit.

Kinda came in handy! I wasn’t even there to nag, and his coach didn’t tell him either. He wore the seatbelt on his own. Consequently he didn’t acquire a serious neck injury.

Let’s extrapolate. Put greens and fruit in your blender every morning when you first wake up, take it to work with you, 30 days in a row, and maybe you’ll never stop getting 15 servings of raw plant food again. Maybe, too, you’ll lose 18 lbs. like the average person in my study who lost weight did.

The coach, Jeff, whose car was totalled, recently read The Green Smoothies Diet and started feeding his family GS. His son Dallin, my son’s teammate, had just finished his green smoothie on the way to the game. At the time of the accident, he was eating his scrambled eggs.

My son tells me that scrambled eggs were found in both the car in front in the pileup, and the car behind!

I’m not sure what the moral of the story is. A variation on Green Eggs and Ham? Green Smoothies and Scrambled Eggs, on a boat, with a goat, in a freeway pileup? Could’ve been worse. Imagine the scene if he’d been drinking the green smoothie  on impact.

American processed-food outreach knows no bounds

I seem to be rather clumsy. First of all, I’ve been initiated as a cyclist:

After three months and about 1,000 miles, I finally wrecked my bike. Thanks to a kid changing lanes as I hauled down the canyon at 15+ mph. (Kid was fine.)

See the photo of us on the balcony (on our cruise vacation we just got back from). You can see the road rash on my shoulder. (I have some other banged-up parts that don’t show. Ow.)

Emma and I may or may not have sung karaoke Love Story (Taylor Swift) with an audience of several hundred and a live band including backup singer, see photo below. I may or may not choose to put the video up on YouTube.

But then I was swimming in Cabo a few days ago, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific at a place called The Arch, see photo of Emma below. (Sea lions! Sea turtle! Many beautiful fishies!) And I accidentally got smacked into a reef because I was checking out said beautiful fishies and apparently got too close just as a wave came in.

Anyway, my arm was all cut up. I don’t think my fellow passengers minded, since they figured THEY’D be safe in a shark attack. But the inflatable-boat captain who drove us out to Chileno Bay gave me a lecture, probably for everyone’s benefit, about staying away from the reef.

That’s why we call it ECO SNORKELING, he said.

Well, that’s just rich, I thought. A lecture on keeping the wildlife healthy, from a guy dumping Frito-Lay products by the bagfuls to feed the fish, to entertain the tourists. (Not that I didn’t feel guilty for donating part of my forearm to the coral–I very much regret any harm I may have unintentionally inflicted on it.)

Turns out that saltwater fish feel the same way about Frito-Lay that folks around here do. It was an all-out feeding frenzy.

I’ve been in over 20 countries in the past 3 years. In December I go to Africa. One thing that strikes me in my extensive travels is the Monroe Doctrine of the vast American processed-food empire. American outreach–the worst parts of our culture inflicted on helpless others–knows no bounds. I thought I’d seen it all in rural Vietnam when I saw a two-year old with black, rotted teeth, riding a tricycle and drinking Coke. I’ve seen impoverished Mexican mothers feeding their newborn infants Similac–no doubt given them free in the hospital to encourage them to bottle-feed rather than breastfeed.

And now we’re feeding the tropical fish fried corn chips.

Junk Food Dude’s Yummy Healthy Recipes

I’ve been cooking up so many ideas for how 2012 is the year I start taking the GSG message to KIDS, rather than just their parents. I have BIG plans for a whole revolution that starts with a big event in your elementary school gym: reading The Adventures of Junk Food Dude and arming families with Junk Food Dude’s Yummy Healthy Recipes. Then they rotate around “centers” with food tastings, hosted by your local health food store. And you make money to put the event on, and I tell you exactly how to do it. And you have a blast, and tons of kids leave empowered and educated and excited to eat whole foods.

They leave having chosen whether to be Junk Food Dude or Green Smoothie Guy. They’re rewarded with a sticker that says, “I’m a Green Smoothie Guy!” or “I’m a Green Smoothie Girl!” if they made and tasted yummy whole foods.

You in? More later, on that, so stay tuned.

Junk Food Dude’s Yummy Healthy Recipes is an all-color, easy recipe book for 4 to 14-year olds. This is where education ideally should to start, and it helps if kids are EXCITED about not only the consequences of good nutrition—but the tastes, textures, and processes involved, too. I learned when I studied to be a child and family therapist that PROCESS is as important as PRODUCT.

Check out a few of the photos that will be in the book. (Katie Dudley, I’M NOT WORTHY—you are, straight up, a genius with a camera. Check out http://www.kdphotography.org)

The ending of Junk Food Dude!

Here’s the end of my book, The Adventures of Junk Food Dude, with a little

activity for kids to review what foods are positive and negative choices.

And a review of what the consequences are of making positive nutrition

choices.

We will also be publishing a companion recipe book,

Junk Food Dude’s

Yummy Healthy Recipes

My next blog post will be just a few of the spectacular photos from my

recipes in that book. Every recipe will have full-color photos that will

make children want to get in the kitchen and experiment with real, living

foods, and then eat those creations!

How to become a VEGETABLE ADDICT

You want to get your whole family addicted to raw vegetables? Even kids? I’ve got the secret key to that! Check out this video I did with Doug Holmes:

You’re going to have a tough time shifting to a mostly plant-based diet unless you learn to make lots of salads you love.

(Step 2 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods is all about that–yummy and highly varied with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, legumes, sprouts, and more. And Step 3 is lots of recipes for fabulous dressings with all whole-foods ingredients.)

But dressing selections in grocery stores, if you’re not going to make your own, are appalling. And even if you’re willing to make salad dressings of your own, it’s nice to have some on hand for convenience.

All the dressings in the grocery store are made with refined oils. Even health-food stores have little or nothing that’s truly nutritious–let alone raw and organic.

(See Step 4 about why refined oils are so toxic–in that chapter I ask you to throw them out of your pantry and never buy them again.)

And don’t get me started on the prevalence of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, toxic refined salt, and even monosodium glutamate, in most salad dressings.

There was nothing decent on the market. Nothing!

Enter my friend Ruth, a raw-lifestyle goddess who looks 20 years younger than she is. She is the salad dressing guru. For years we’ve all been begging her to make her completely amazing 100% raw, organic salad dressings available commercially.

Finally it’s arrived: Sun Drenchers Salad Dressings. You will try them once–any of the three flavors–and you will never buy another Kraft or even Paul Newman salad dressing again! You will beeline right for the produce section and buy all kinds of veggies you’ve never bought before–just for something to “drench” in your new favorite dressing.

Italian, Ruth’s fave: you can marinate anything in–like quinoa and any chopped veggies.

Honey Mustard–your kids won’t be able to get enough of it.

Asian, Robyn’s fave–you’ll be addicted. (Sprinkle some sesame seeds on chopped cabbage, toss in dressing, and voila!)

(Coming soon, two new flavors: Catalina, and Golden Flax.)

These dressings are even tested to be stable for 3 years on the shelf. (Keep refrigerated after opening, though.)

The oils are cold-pressed, so your body loves them, to nourish lipids in every cell with critical Omega fatty acids to keep you youthful.

Sun Drenchers uses all organic plant ingredients, certified raw, totally vegan, non-dairy, processed in a gluten-free environment.

No added sugar, salt, or preservatives.

View ingredients for Sun Drenchers dressings here.