Today I share a letter we got recently. As reply to this blog entry, tell me—what happened to you when you (a) started drinking green drinks daily, and/or (b) started following my program to shift to whole foods? (There’s more! Don’t stop with just green smoothies!)
I think it’s important that people hear YOUR story, too, so please reply! I would love even a few lines listing the health changes you saw. I might pull a reply or two out, later, to post on the blog front-n-center.
I’m always so excited to read these testimonials; CONGRATS to Sarah for turning her life around! The photo here is of Sarah with Biggest Loser at-home winner Deni Hill from Season 11—Sarah taught her about green smoothies.
I’m writing this in hopes that Robyn can read this and know how much I appreciate her and what she does! My name is Sarah S. and I have been drinking green smoothies for just over a year now. It has played a HUGE part in helping me manage my depression and my thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s).
I have a bachelors degree in Community Health and have been an avid cyclist for 10 years. But that all changed two years ago after the birth of my son. My son cried constantly and my health started to decline. I was sleep deprived, had no energy, and felt hopeless. I hardly ate, and when I did, it wasn’t healthy. I was spiraling downward. I was diagnosed with post-partum depression and nine months after he was born I had a breakdown and had to be admitted to the hospital for a few days. On top of the depression I also was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, which played a large part in my depression and my fluctuations in sleep and mood.
Two months after my hospitalization I started nannying for the Jorgensen family, a dentist and GSG reader. Through her I learned about Robyn and green smoothies. The first thing I would do with the kids in the morning is help them drink their green smoothies. They were still getting used to them then. I decided to give it a try. I started out with just a spinach, frozen berry and rice milk smoothie.
Just a couple days after trying it I noticed a significant improvement in how I felt. I bought kale, chard and collard greens to add to it.
Now, a year later I’ve added chia seed, maca powder, kelp powder, wheat germ, flax seed, and now all three of us drink a green smoothie daily.
We rarely get sick, we’re active and happy. Dosages of my depression and thyroid meds have been cut in half. I honestly believe that it was green smoothies that helped me get a jumpstart into eating healthy again. Once I started drinking them regularly I started craving healthier foods again. Now, most of our meals are vegetarian and always full of fruits and vegetables.
Whenever the opportunity presents itself I encourage people to give it a try. Or I make one for them and bring it to them. I tell them if they’re overwhelmed with trying to reform their whole diet, or if they are depressed, or if they are overweight, then try green smoothies! It was THE KEY to helping me get motivated to eat and crave healthier foods and manage my depression.
I’m also happy to report that after 3 months of green smoothies every morning, I was ready to start competing again. I signed up for the Bear Lake Brawl Triathlon. My training went great and in August of 2011 I met my goal! I even finished in the top 10 in my division. I owe much of my success in that race to green smoothies.
Since that race I have competed in two other triathlons and am signed up for two more this summer. I also became spin certified a few months ago and teach a spinning class at a local bike shop twice a week. I am SO SO grateful for Robyn and what she promotes. It has changed my life. I can literally feel all of the systems in my body working properly together. I have felt a significant improvement in my ability to handle the ups and downs of depression. I am happier and healthier. I feel much more confident about life and my ability to live an active and healthy lifestyle in spite of the challenges that will come. I’m a better mother, wife and friend. I don’t feel like my depression or thyroid disease controls me, I’m on top of it.
Robyn, may you continue to be blessed for all you are doing to help other people! You are an answer to prayer in my life. You are a wonderful person and a fantastic mother! Thank you thank you for your hard work and example! Thank you!
From Robyn: I hope you’re inspired by Sarah’s story. I am! Now…please tell us YOURS. I read every word.