Are you gardening yet?

I hope those of you doing 12 Steps are ready to look at Chapter 5, to plant an organic garden and use everything in it!

Today Jenni told me about this cool online tool, very easy to use, where you can map out your garden just by dragging and dropping the crops you want in each square.

We are planting spinach, kale, chard, and some other fun stuff this weekend. Sometimes it doesn’t work out because it freezes hard here in Utah, right after the seeds sprout, but I’m anxious to get some greens going, so I’m going for it. Especially with the supply problem in Texas, Mexico, etc., I am reminded of the importance of self-reliance!

reviews of The Adventures of Junk Food Dude

Here’s an Adventures of Junk Food Dude review from Debra who writes a vegan family blog:

“Dear GreenSmoothieGirl:

I have never been more excited about a book as I am about this one. We love, love, love The Adventures of Junk Food Dude. I have 3 boys–4, 7, and 10 and they have been scrutinizing everything we are eating–thank God we eat healthy. The first morning after reading it, the 4 and 10-year olds sat on the floor eating pea shoots, commenting how healthy they were and that they would never end up like Junk Food Dude.

I am working on developing presentations to use in preschools, elementary schools etc. I will use and recommend this book–and if I win the lottery buy 1,000 copies and donate them to schools, preschools, libraries, day care centers all over Northern Nevada where we are moving.”

Debra’s review on her vegan blog here:

http://veganfamilystyle.blogspot.com/2011/02/adventures-of-junk-food-dude-by-robyn.html

And here’s another review of Junk Food Dude on a Christian mom’s blog:

http://www.trainupthechild.org/2011/02/23/new-childrens-book-about-healthy-eating/

I met Fabio (he hugs HARD)

Expo West is the biggest natural-foods trade show in the world, and I’ve just come from there, in Anaheim. It’s a food-sampling heaven. (Or hell. 95 percent of what masquerades as health food….isn’t.)

I met the male model so famous he needs only one name, while trawling Expo West for the coolest new nutrition products on the planet. I must have been rather twitterpated, because I said only 2 things to him, and then he talked to me for 20 mins. about the virtues of whey protein. And I just listened, never interrupting, just staring at his pretty hair.

(The two things: “Wow, you’re tall. How tall are you?” He’s 6’3″. And also, “How many book covers have you been on?” Duh, still embarrassed I said that. His answer: “I don’t know.”)

(I’m still far more starstruck by Jimmer Fredette, BTW.)

I also met SproutMan Steve Meyerowitz, see photo here, and he and I bonded over our love of green food, and we kinda dreamed up a SproutMan / GreenSmoothieGirl authors’ speaking tour like the one I’m doing with David Wolfe Mar. 24-25 in Seattle. I had to get a photo of a guy who has grass growing out of his hat, and greens growing out of his tie. Dude knows his sprouts!

And we did dinner again at the raw vegan restaurant Au Lac, which I love. The owner, Chef Ito, took a vow of silence 6 years ago. (I think I’d die if I couldn’t talk?) Here I am with SunWarrior founders Denley/Jan, author/naturopath Dr. Craig Sommers (I cooked up a speaking gig with him, too); Chef BeLive and his fiancée (he’s raising his hands in the air); Rod, the co-founder of the Go Raw Cafes in Vegas I spoke at last October; and other earthy-crunchy friends.

Great fun. Stand by for our decision on best raw-foods bars. We sampled more than a few.

Do all of GSG’s friends drink green smoothies?

The answer to that question is NO. Only about 95% of them. A longtime holdout is Kristin, very possibly my best friend, who is a newly single mom and stays with me 9 nights out of the month when her ex moves in with the kids. She also works for GreenSmoothieGirl.com, and she’s been my assistant at tons of my speaking events. She drinks up to 84 oz. of Diet Coke every day. It’s her safe place, her stress reliever, her energy prop.

Kristin has lost 38 lbs. in the past year. She has a thing she has done to stop buying junk food (M&M’s formerly being her vice). When she goes to the store, she walks past the candy aisle and sneers, says to herself, “I don’t eat that s%#! any more!” I don’t know if that’ll work for you, but it works for Kristin so I’m passing it along.

Despite being surrounded by offers of green smoothies and raw food, at my house, and listening to my enthusiasm for the topic nearly ad nauseum, she had yet to try anything except Hot Pink, which I have fed her for breakfast fairly regularly and which she likes.

How is this possible, you ask? Believe it or not, I don’t talk about food much when I’m not teaching about it. I probably talk about it less than the average person, in fact. I figure, when people want to know, they’ll ask. They know I know stuff.

Kristin has never asked. I have, on a rare occasion, made a mild comment. Like, “Hey, I really think your anxiety isn’t just circumstantial. Nutrition might make a real difference.” Stuff like that.

I watch and wait. I’ve been friends with someone for YEARS, or dated a guy for many months, before they really get motivated to start the GS habit. Finally, this week, Kristin announced that she’d started green smoothies the day before. Mostly because her oldest daughter (age 18) decided SHE wanted to!

Next day, she went to Costco and they had no spinach. Her 12-y.o. twin daughters cried, “Oh no, what will we do?!” LOL.

I asked Kristin what her experience was after 24 hours and 2 smoothies. She’s one who always tells me the truth, good or bad, because we trust each other completely. She said, “I feel happier today, not my usual anxiousness. I got up this morning easily and was alert–-I actually WANTED to go for a run.”

Then my friend Liz came over last night for a while. She asked me to tell you her tip. Like Kristin, she’s a busy, working, single mom of 6 kids. She spends two hours, every few weeks, making 40 GREEN SMOOTHIES and freezing them! Her counter is covered with green foods and fruits and she just bangs it out and fills up her big freezer.

Not a bad idea–then your nutrition for a few weeks is a guarantee. She takes hers to work frozen and it thaws there.

So your sex drive isn’t what it used to be?

A few tips for those suffering from lack of libido (or maybe it’s your partner whose sex drive doesn’t match yours). (You know that I was trained as a sex therapist in my graduate studies? Hope you don’t mind if I mix in a little of that, along with nutrition ideas.)

1.           Maca. Add it to a green smoothie. It’s the “Peruvian ginseng,” a root vegetable prized by the Incans for thousands of years for its ability to improve athletic endurance and sexual stamina.

2.           Bee pollen. Look what it does for the queen bee! It’s a powerful aphrodisiac. Try one grain to make sure you’re not allergic, then two grains the next day. Take a teaspoon a day when you’ve ascertained you don’t have a sensitivity to it. Eat a spoonful or put it in a smoothie. It also has a potentially helpful effect on seasonal allergies, and immune function!

3.           Figure out what your time of day is, and take advantage of that. Some people are simply more interested in sex in the morning, rather than at night. It’s a truism that many folks are either “night people” or “morning people.” Nothing wrong with that–you might have to compromise if your partner is the opposite.

4.           Women, get a full blood-panel workup at a specialized hormone clinic (generally these are run by nurse practitioners) to find out if progesterone or female testosterone is the root of the problem. More and more women are suffering from endocrine disruption and imbalance, probably partly because of things like soy in all our foods, hormones in our animal proteins, etc. A little yam-based progesterone or hormone cream may work wonders. (However, you want this only if it’s warranted by your test results!) Testosterone cream is appropriate only if you are 40 or older. Other remedies your natural-care practitioner may recommend, like DHEA, or flax oil, could be easily located at a health-food store.

5.           Realize that, according to research, even 10 lbs. of extra weight can dramatically affect your sex drive. Not only because you are less confident and feel less sexy–and libido has everything to do with self-confidence or self-esteem, too–but also because of the unbalancing effect on your hormones. Progressing with whole foods to your ideal weight, then, has even more upside potential.

Retreat is cancelled

Ron Hatfield has informed me that he’s being foreclosed on and cannot host the retreat. We cannot arrange any acceptable local venues at this late date. I was very excited about the retreat and had spent a lot of time planning it (also had a bunch of videos done, about it). Unfortunately I have no choice but to cancel it. You’ll be receiving refunds today if you haven’t already, and please write support123@greensmoothiegirl.com if you had airfare and will incur a change/cancel fee. I will pay those fees. I’m sorry!