Jennie: “I want to go back to that raw restaurant”

My friend Jennie was a total junk food addict. Although she’s smart, well read, and has an advanced degree, she was also shockingly ignorant about nutrition (once I wrote about how she thought Jell-O was a food group).

At 29, she had horrific endocrine problems, including unbearable menstruation pain and endometriosis and infertility.

I begged her for a long time to consider the effect that her diet was having on her health. Finally she agreed to go see Dr. Hugo Rodier in Draper, Utah.

She took on his cleanse program and did it religiously. She was in tears a number of times because her education in nutrition was at such a low place, and she just didn’t know what to eat.

She completed the cleanse recently and her mind-blowing pain has not returned so far. She feels and looks much better. She drinks a green smoothie every day and missed it desperately when she went to a 3-day family reunion last weekend. She brought me some gluten-free, whole-foods banana cookies last week and was so proud of herself.

Last November she was with me at Sarma’s raw restaurant, Pure Food and Wine, in New York City. I treated her and my friend Jamie (who also has horrible pain and endocrine and fertility problems) to a 10-course meal. Neither of them would eat much of anything until the dessert. They left HUNGRY after 10 courses because they turned their nose up at virtually everything that was served–all of which was FABULOUS.

(I also got Jamie a meal at Go Raw Café the month before, in Las Vegas, which she wouldn’t eat and left hungry! Jamie’s highly influenced by years as a fitness competitor, a world of preoccupation with eating massive amounts of animal protein.)

Jennie, though, says her tastes have changed radically after shifting to her new whole-foods lifestyle.

She wrote me a text yesterday saying this: “I love raw plant food now! I wish I could go back to the raw restaurant in New York City! It would all taste good to me now!”

Tastes really do change. Get off sugar for 4 days and watch a miracle take place. Of course, the miracle ends the minute you eat sugar, because your addiction come roaring back with a vengeance.

I love to see positive changes like Jennie’s. I see so much more hope and light in her aura, her energy, her outlook. I’m taking her to Omar’s (our only upscale raw restaurant here on the Wasatch Front) for her birthday April 9 when I’m back from San Diego.

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  1. So does getting off sugar just mean refined sugar (granulated, brown, powdered) or all sweeteners? What about sucanat?

  2. Hello – I have had my vita mix for 2 weeks and have been doing smoothies. For my family – mainly fruit with a handful of greens for now – I drink some of this, but for myself – 64 oz of tons of spinach, kale, chard, collard greens, a touch of cilantro and an orange. I have developed in the last week or so a cystic type acne on my cheeks which I have never had before (I am a 50 year old female) Could I be detoxing and this is the reason for this? Any advice? I added probiotics starting yesterday.

  3. @Pam

    Your new adult acne could very easily be explained by the smoothies. Your body is ridding you of the natural build up of ick in your body and your skin is a natural way out!

    Two yrs ago when I started drinking green smoothies I went full out from the start. Of course my body went through a lot of changes and I had read Robin’s book, The Green Smoothies Diet, before I started so I knew what “could” happen. Her book is very detailed as to what you need to get started and detox if you want and what to expect. I also kept a journal and I began to note what was happening and how it made my body feel as I began to clear out the gunk and junk! Two years now and I am feeling AWESOME! The early side effects only lasted maybe a month. Once you get the hang of this and your body falls in love with all the nutrients then you’ll see that it is so worth a little discomfort up front. After a few months I started in on my friends and a few family members…well lets say I have converted one of each and they too went through similar problems at first.

    My family member I successfully converted lives in Florida and I visit her a lot and I was so miserable without my smoothies I started making them and feeding her then 18mos old and he LOVED them so much she wanted to try them…I was thrilled! When I am visiting my brother in MI I just bring my blender and supplies with me on my short drive to his home. As for my friend, she wanted to just feel better and give her body a break after a health scare. She tried the smoothies and loved them and then took the smoothie trend to her mom and aunties in the deep south.

    Keep drinking the good Greens!

    To your health Pam!

  4. Hi Pam. I’ll bet you’re detoxing. Makes sense if you just started on the smoothies. As to sugar, I love my stevia and wouldn’t use anything else except some honey or dates. I buy Stevita brand from Amazon and it’s cheaper and always on sale than Azure Farms which is a food co op I belong to.

  5. Yes Sarah. . . getting off sugar means ALL sugar.. except for fruit. . .which is natural. . but you can even limit that.. because dear one, its STILL sugar. Throw all that stuff.. . powdered, brown and sucanat.. in the trash where it belongs.. not in your precious body. Some people use honey or agave or stevia.. I won’t even use those.. Fruits, lemons, limes. are wonderful flavor enhancers.. You won’t need more than that, really.

    Pam. GOOD FOR YOU!!! yes.. you are cleansing. . Keep at it and watch your skin eventually GLOW with health. Your body cleanses from the inside out.. so these things happen. Its all Good!!. . even though sometimes it may not feel that way in the early stages..

    Best of luck to you both on this wonderful journey. This is the best diet in the world.

  6. Pam, one more thought.. Get yourself a nice bath brush and use it to dry brush your skin – – and use it regularly. That will get all the dead stuff off.. I use a heavy bath brush on my face and everything. . DRY.. (trust me, you get used to it!) I’m 57 and look and feel better than I did in my 30’s! People guess my age as being no more than 40. And your body size will return to what it was in your 20’s. Its a very good thing.

  7. I have been off of sugar for 9 months, and yes, it’s white refined sugar, corn syrup, etc. It was a battle for about 30 days to switch to the new choices and not feel “the pull” back into processed foods and sugar. Sticking to a basic diet of fruits, vegetables, meats is a cleaner way to live! I just started to do smoothies 60 days ago with my new Blendtec. I’m loving it! Btw, I’ve lost 24 lbs in the last 9 months switching my lifestyle. I am 49 years old, and am almost to my married weight again. It is possible! Pam, I would think the acne could be the cleansing, and the 64 oz is ALOT to begin with within 2 weeks. Might want to ease into it a bit more. I don’t know what other changes you’ve made. Also, probiotics are the hit as well. the Garden of life Raw Probiotics are one of the best! Good luck ladies….you’re doing awesome and are on the right path to great health!!

  8. Yes it can be from releasing toxins. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, by plenty I mean a minimum of 64oz, preferably half of your body weight in ounces. EX: If you weigh 150 pounds you should drink 75 oz of water.

  9. What about colonics (Woods Gravity Method) to help clear out the “gunk and junk” you are releasing? I’ve not read any advice on this WONDERFUL tool!

  10. Robyn, I want to buy one of your books. You have lots of books and I don’t know which one to buy. I need new ideas of what to cook. I want some recipes with raw food that my family will eat. Thanks

  11. Colonics are the best! I wouldn’t be without them. If you do not help clean out the toxins you are eliminating, they will absorb back into the body! Do it now!

  12. Thanks for all of your comments. I don’t seem to be getting any more of the acne, and what I have is clearing up. I know jumping in with 64 oz a day was a lot, but that’s kind of the way I have to do things. I am craving the flavors – my favorite is adding a little cilantro with a couple of oranges and apples to my greens. I have dropped a couple of pounds, and have never been able to do that previously unless I hate very high protein, low carb diet, so I feel good about that. I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis and am on a high dose of Armour, and have a difficult time losing weight unless I do the high protein and exercise fanatically, so I am hoping that I will be able to lose a few pounds. One benefit I am beginning to notice 3 weeks in is my vision. I play tennis indoors in the winter in a building with white walls and fluorescent lights. I had a terrible time adjusting to the lighting when I would play – last week that didn’t seem to be a factor at all, so woo hoo!

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