Terrorism remembered in the U.S. today. Monsanto + Dow + USDA: stop food terrorism!

On this Sept. 11, America remembers this day we were all reeling from the devastation in New York City, Washington, D.C., and a field in Pennsylvania. My own brother was a Twin Towers survivor and has spoken many times in Sept. 11 commemorations. He was a Lehman Brothers banker, in NYC for three months of training after finishing his MBA. He ran through bodies raining through the sky, having escaped after the first plane hit, and watched with a colleague as a plane hit the floor her husband was working on.

My brother spent all day on foot, getting across the Brooklyn Bridge, to where my father was working. My brother’s wife and my mother sat on the tarmac in Salt Lake City, unable to lift off to go to their husbands. We are all grateful we did not lose my brother, now a father of four beautiful redheads in Dallas. Today we reflect on the grief and tragedy we felt on a nation that day.

Terrorism, though, is alive and well in the U.S. Monsanto, the USDA, and their friends at Dow Chemical are working feverishly, lobbying to get NEW genetically engineered crops fast-tracked.

The U.S. continues to turn a blind eye to the devastating potential damage to our entire ecosystem, refusing to methodically review the effects in long-term, objective studies before approving more GMO foods. “Studies” done by corporations with a profit motive should not be regarded as science! Huge corporate interests already control our food supply to an unacceptable degree.

The USDA posted 12 new genetically modified crops for public comment this summer.

Those public comments are due TODAY. Please join me in demanding rigorous scientific testing before our government approves more GMOs. Tell the USDA what you think HERE.

Use nutrition to stoke your sex drive! Why young moms aren’t “into it.”

You think I’m going to start talking about chocolate syrup and strawberries in the bedroom as props. I’m not. I have WAY better advice than that.

Moms of young children are very often less interested in sex than their partners. Husbands are frustrated and wonder what happened to the energetic woman they married. (Have a little patience, guys. It very well may be temporary. Kind of a LONG temporary, I know, but still—it’s a season.)

Historically, at least when Masters and Johnson were doing their landmark work on North Americans and sexual practices and attitudes, women hit their “sexual prime” at 40, but these days, researchers see less of that. More and more, some women don’t even HAVE a sexual prime. They’re perennially exhausted, and with reserves running low, sex is the first thing to go.

Another growing phenomenon is low testosterone in men—so men have less interest in sex now, many of them, than they did 50 years ago. (Not all of them, of course. But a surprising number.)

If you’re GreenSmoothieGirl, many people know you’re single, some people know you’re a former sex therapist, and everybody knows you know a lot about nutrition…..my point is, people tell me stuff. Turns out, lots of women, and some men, too, are suffering with sexual dysfunction, or just a lack of interest in it.

Child hugging mother's legI have some thoughts. First of all, if you’re married to a mommy who seems disinterested in taking her clothes off for you at 10 pm, keep in mind how women get their sexual needs met. It’s primarily through touch. Think about how much TOUCH a young mom is getting. Sometimes you literally have multiple small, cuddly, cute people hanging around your neck. By the end of the day, you’ve had more touch than you can take. Or, at least—you’ve had that need met.

This is not, however, how a man gets his sexual needs met. So he’s frustrated. The 30’s, while couples are raising small children, is typically the lowest marital-satisfaction period of time in the span of a marriage. And this phenomenon we’re discussing today is the most often-cited reason.

One thing everyone needs to do, to clear all the negative energies from your endocrine system, male or female, is get away from endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Don’t drink out of plastic containers or microwave stuff in plastic (or heaven forbid, Styrofoam).

Don’t drink tap water–avoid fluoride and chlorine. Get a carbon filter on the whole water system in your home. Get a reverse osmosis filtration system, at a minimum. Best of all is if you have R.O. water, and a water ionizer.

Say No to SoyDon’t eat soy! Most of it in the U.S. is genetically modified, but also, there is soy protein isolate and soy lecithin and a dozen other processed soy fractions in everything boxed, everything canned, everything manufactured by humans these days, including almost all BREAD products. Soy mimics estrogen in the body and disrupts normal hormone function. Don’t use soy milk or any other products—occasionally, organic only, small amounts of miso, edamame, tofu, nama shoyu or Bragg’s, are okay.

Quit using chemical skin-care products. Putting it on your skin is the same as eating it. Your skin is a living, breathing organ, and it takes what you put on it into the bloodstream. Make a shift to the things you put on your skin being only natural. My moisturizer is organic coconut oil. And essential oils, especially lavender, for the sun damage.

Get on my diet. It’s called 12 Steps to Whole Foods. When greens are what you eat most of, then vegetables, fruits, legumes…..guess what, those are the most nutrient-dense classes of foods…..weight loss is nearly invariable. Green smoothies are just a good first step.

Even being 10 pounds over your normal weight can very noticeably affect libido. You think depressed libido is because you don’t feel sexy or uninhibited when you’ve got love handles or thigh flab. That’s only part of it.

(An important part! Feeling sexy and energetic DOES lead to you being your best self—in all ways. On the flip side, having to turn the lights off, avoid certain body parts being visible, or worrying about insecurities, leads to nothing good in the bedroom.)

The other part is how even just an extra 10 lbs. truly depresses circulation and endocrine functions. You really need those functions, for good lovin.’

If the nutritional suggestions I’m about to give you don’t do the trick, consider visiting a bioidentical hormone specialist. A little natural testosterone cream can be a libido lifesaver, but only if blood or urine tests show you’re low in that department. (Women over 40, did you know there’s a female testosterone?) Most women are estrogen-dominant, as well, no thanks to the above-mentioned endocrine disruptors. (The list would be as long as my arm of all the chemicals in our food supply and cosmetics that can play a role in that.) So often a progesterone cream is needed, which balances estrogens in the female body.

Please get these ONLY from a bioidentical practitioner. The drugs, from the other guys? The substances are not identical to what your body makes. They are harmful and may have some symptom-abatement results in the short term, but they are also associated with negative side effects and disease risk. Dr. Bryan Turner, M.D., is a bioidentical practitioner sponsoring my lecture in Provo this Friday  night.

Add these things to your green smoothie. Call the recipe Good Green Love. Or Sexy Smoothie 2.0. Half for you, half for your partner. Here they are:

Maca1. Maca. Easy to get online or at the health food store, prized by the Incas for its effect on sexual performance and libido, as well as all types of energy.

2. Bee pollen. The queen bee uses it for reproductive health. Humans respond well to it, too.

 

Celery3. Celery. Yes, the vegetable I affectionately like to say comes from the cardboard family. Put it in your smoothie where you won’t notice it, since it contains androsterone, a precursor to pheromones that positively affect the sexual behavior of your partner.

Get more foods containing ZINC, which blocks the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen. Soak raw pumpkin seeds and put them in your oatmeal or granola. Watermelon relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow and lubrication. You can get a supplement of L-arginine, which is an amino acid which can dilate the right blood vessels to improve arousal.

AsparagusAsparagus is rich in folate, which regulates histamine (released during orgasm). Bananas have several compounds that lead to testosterone production and blood flow, and therefore great sex: potassium, B vitamins, and the enzyme bromelain.

So try those ideas, and get in the bedroom and see what happens.

Enjoy! (Also, have a little moment of grieving silence, will you, for your SINGLE friend GreenSmoothieGirl?)

Regardless of whether this is all academic for me personally at the moment, I want y’all happy in every area of your life, including and especially the part that happens behind closed doors.

XOXO,

Robyn

 

The most delicious carrot soup, you’ve gotta try this!

Here’s another fabulous garden recipe that is helping me thrive on my mostly-liquid diet. You will LOVE it, and it’s all raw! Thank you to Patty, who made it for me. I met her at CHI in Michigan a year ago, and brought her out to work for us full-time. I am so thankful, since I was killing myself with overwork, and my kids adore her and think she is the Raw Mary Poppins. It was hard to do, and it’s hard to admit, since I did EVERYTHING myself, from scratch, for 20 years. But because of my work schedule, I needed help. I’m telling you because you’ll see her all over my blog, I’m sure. I’ll share lots of recipes we’re developing.

Patty’s a Level III Raw Chef, which means not only is she very accomplished, but also, she can certify Level I and II. We just decided she’ll be teaching certification classes to locals around the first of the year, in my home. Get excited, because this girl can COOK! Or “arrange the elements,” as we like to say in the “raw” world!

Simply Elegant Raw Indian Carrot Coconut Soup

Ingredients:

  • One young Thai coconut
  • 3 cups Carrot Pulp (I save it from juicing — or you can shred carrots in your food processor or blend carrots with coconut liquid to make a pulp)
  • The juice of one lemon
  • The juice of one tangerine
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon garam masala (Indian seasoning)
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups fresh almond milk
  • 1/2  inch ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 Tablespoons coconut nectar
  • Cayenne pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Crack the coconut and pour the coconut water in your high-speed blender. (Or use 1 ½ cups canned coconut water.)
  • Scoop the coconut meat and add it to the blender.
  • Juice lemon and tangerine in a citrus juicer and add to blender.
  • Add all other ingredients — except cayenne.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into bowl and dehydrate at 110 for three hours.
  • Ladle servings into a bowl and sprinkle cayenne pepper on top to suit your taste. (I like about 1/2 a teaspoon per bowl but that’s VERY hot!)

It’s Tomatoes Galore at my house: RECIPES for you

Juan, my handyman-garden-guy, said, very proud: “We didn’t plant a variety of big tomatoes– they were supposed to be small, according to the seed packet. But look at these!” He brought the first 12 in to show me, rivaling the Texas grapefruit in size.

The tomatoes benefited from our rich compost pile. At the moment the compost pile is the home of an enormous watermelon plant. The kids have been eating a watermelon a day all summer long, and one or two of the seeds decided to take root.

We made them into vegan tomato soup (see recipe below). We chopped them with cucumbers and fresh basil and tossed in some balsamic vinegar, one of Libby’s favorite foods.

We dehydrated them to make catsup later (no high-fructose corn syrup, see recipe below), into which we dipped oven-baked, unpeeled oven fries.

Okay, actually Tennyson ate them ALL after a long day of baseball. I never got any. I heard they were good.

That’s organic tomato farming for you. It’s EASY. I hate the fact that 100 yards from me are several pesticide-sprayed acres of tomatoes. (Every time I drive past it, I want to cry. It’s in our groundwater and the air.) My tomatoes are unsprayed and delicious.

See the photo? Proof positive! Organic produce is easy. So we share a little with birds and bugs. Big deal. I’d rather share, than destroy the environment.

Healthy Garden Fresh Tomato Catsup

  • ·         5 cups Garden Fresh Tomatoes cut into large chunks
  • ·         1 cup balsamic or apple cider vinegar
  • ·         3 cups dehydrated tomatoes
  • ·         1/4 cup dates
  • ·         1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ·         1 clove garlic
  • ·         1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Blend ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.  Serve or refrigerate. This catsup is great on “healthy fries.”

Healthy Fries

Cut potatoes (sweet or white but leave skins on) into potato slices. Place on lightly oiled baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping them over when they are half cooked.

Garden Fresh Vegan Cream of Tomato Soup

  • ·         8 cups Garden Fresh Tomatoes cut into large chunks
  • ·         3 cups dehydrated tomatoes
  • ·         1 cup rice milk
  • ·         1 cup soaked raw cashews
  • ·         1 cup nutritional yeast
  • ·         2 dates
  • ·         3 cloves garlic
  • ·         1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ·         1 teaspoon black pepper

In a high-speed blender, blend everything until smooth except four cups of chopped tomatoes. Pour into a sauce pan. Add remaining four cups of tomatoes. Cook on a medium heat until soup starts to boil slightly. Turn to a low heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with your favorite healthy crackers and enjoy.

WINNERS from my last post, back to Dr. Wall for a checkup

Look who won the fabulous Zen Society skin care products—I’m sure you’ll love them like I do!

Candi Nicholls, Lehi UT  84043

Sarah Peterson, Suwanee GA 30024

Deidre Gibb, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Congrats, ladies!

I went back to Dr. Wall to get my stitches out yesterday. I’m now missing two back teeth, and 5 fillings on the OTHER side of my mouth are re-excavated and filled, plus a “bone graft,” (really it’s just implanting my own blood, spun down to stem cells, a fibrin-rich plug that allows you to BUILD bone where the jawbone was excavated). In six months, that bone will be ready to accept a zirconium implant, screwed in. I’m not going to fossilize any dead teeth in my mouth, ever again—but that doesn’t mean I don’t want pretty, white, straight teeth! None missing! If I do implants to replace both my lost teeth, my total bill for all these procedures will be about $14,000.

I told Dr. Wall the task of the biological dentist is to give us a beautiful, white smile, without killing us in the process.

I’ve had a hard time eating much else besides smoothies, vegetable juice, and soups.

Tomorrow, I’m sharing a couple of YUMMY soup recipes we made up, with our garden produce, to help me limp along on my liquid diet.

This time, my Bioscan was 87,000. Up 7,000 from 2.5 months ago. That’s a super-way-crazy-psycho high score. I was glad to know that my antioxidants are still gonzo, because if you have a raging infection, your cells are gobbling up nutrient reserves, and FAST. Dr. Wall said everything is healing brilliantly and my bone graft looks excellent.

I could feel that since my surgery, even though I hiked to Stewart Falls with Emma on Labor Day, did a hardcore spin class last week, and generally carried on with life, I felt my immune system still straining. I was vegetable-juicing, but all those deadly pleomorphic organisms from those two tooth cavities are now ranging my body, and I FEEL it.

I told Dr. Wall this, and he asked me if I wanted a low-intensity antibiotic. He doesn’t like them, stated that they mess up your GI tract and immunity for TWO YEARS, throwing multiple systems out of balance, but also said, “I also don’t like all those micro-organisms running around inside of you either.”

I said no thanks—I’m doing okay. But I showed  him a swollen lymph node in my neck, just downstream from the removed molars.

He massaged the side of my neck. It hurt. He showed me how to “milk” it—like squeezing thick stuff out of a straw, he said. A few hours later, the swollen painful lymph gland was back to normal, not painful or swollen.

My whole life, if my immune system is taxed, that’s my inherent weakness: lymph glands back up. (Some people, it’s their lungs, or sinuses, or something else, where acidity and infection tends to settle.) Fortunately, lymph glands can be easily manually stimulated.

I met a couple of GSG readers there in the office, who have been going to Dr. Wall since I first blogged about him. (Good luck! It takes weeks, or even a couple of months, to get in! But don’t give up—he is outstanding and moving to a larger office. I want him to train another dentist in his modalities to shorten the wait time.)

I want to promote biological dentistry because I’m SICK that people are putting poison in their mouth every day all around me. They’re cutting the nerve and artery to an ORGAN, and shellacking it in the mouth, and then assuming everything will be just fine. This practice is anything but fine.

I told Dr. Wall he is one of my heroes. He loses popularity with the A.D.A.-loyal dentists, and many other people, in the interests of doing what’s right. I respect that.

Tomorrow, the recipes for an amazing vegan cream of tomato soup, and an out-of-this-world Indian carrot soup with garam masala in it. My survival strategy for the past 2 weeks.

 

First three to write us get free Zen Society skincare products

I don’t sell any skincare products—but virtually all the skincare products you can buy in a drugstore or even high-end makeup lines have dozens of toxins in them. Anything you put on your skin is used by the body the same way what you eat is. That is, it goes right into the bloodstream. Fragrances are particularly harmful, as a recent study showed that the average fragrance has 14 chemicals in it that weren’t disclosed on the ingredient list.

I love the Zen Society hydrating rosewater mist! I have it next to my desk, since I spend so much time here. It’s a beautiful pick-me-up, absorbs oils, hydrates against air conditioning, sun/wind, and travel; sets makeup (I don’t wear it but that’s a benefit, if you do) to look dewy; and balances skin pH. I also love their Elderberry Toner, alcohol-free, made from witch hazel, a natural astringent, as well as lavender water and elderberry, which are anti-aging, firming and toning.

The first three to write us, support123@greensmoothiegirl.com, with your address, get both products free. Their website is ZenSocietySkincare.com (and “like” them on facebook). http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zen-Society-Skincare/160716130710109?ref=ts

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