I recently blogged Kathy’s story. I met her in Baltimore, on speaking tour, and then again 6 months later when she looked like a different person! She lost 40 pounds doing the 26-day GreenSmoothieGirl Detox. You can see the before and after photos she took with me, here. An amazing testimonial to the miracles that happen when we eat clean, nutrient-dense, healing plant foods and give up our vices…..even if it’s just for a season.
Kathy has been sharing with us how her co-workers about to finish the GSG Detox, and one she has converted to green smoothies, are doing:
Ron and Brian have started Day 15 (Watermelon Extravaganza!). Ron has lost 13.5 pounds! He can now fit into pants he had outgrown. He has struggled with lower energy, and I told him his body is working overtime to detoxify, and that energy comes back. Brian shared that he cheated a little because he was afraid of losing too much weight. It was a minor cheat. I told him that 98% of a detox is better than 0%! Brian has been able to keep his weight loss to just 5 pounds. In his case, that is good news as he doesn’t need to lose any weight. He likes the Hockey Pucks recipe in the program, and his kids ate them all, so he had to make more. His 5-year old asks for “pucks!”
Chuck is getting used to drinking brown smoothies. Chuck and I are having a debate as to whether to peel a beet or leave the skin on before putting it in a smoothie. He is determined to convince me that I should leave the skin on the beet. (I peel my beets.) I know that most of the nutrition in a potato is in the skin. I also scrub carrots (instead of peeling). But beets? I think the skin of a beet is pretty “earthy”. I’d rather peel.
The pictures were taken shortly before our Tuesday lunch-time Bible study began. Our group is small. It consists of myself, Brian, Ron, Chuck, Jean (Ron’s girlfriend), Cole, Louie and Bill (a recent addition to the group). Bill entered the room with his lunch and sat down at the conference table. He looked over at my mason jar filled with a brown smoothie (FYI: blueberries!) and commented, “That looks disgusting. You’d never catch me drinking that stuff.”
I looked over at him and said, “Just for that, I’m going to get you a drinking cup from the water fountain so you can taste it! I know you chew tobacco so tasting this smoothie won’t kill you.”
Bill quipped, “Yeah, but I don’t swallow my tobacco!”
Jean suggested, “Why don’t you get 3 cups so he can taste them all?”
Bill looked around the table and saw that the majority of people had a green smoothie in front of them. I arrived with the cups and poured Bill a sample from my smoothie.
Bill commented, “That’s pretty good.”
“What was that, Bill??” I said. “Say it again!”
“That’s pretty good.”
Next, Bill tried Chuck’s smoothie. “Yuck! That’s nasty! What’s in it?”
Jean pipes in. “It’s probably his gall bladder medicine.”
“There’s no medicine in this.” Bill countered in disbelief.
“Yes, there is.” responded Chuck. “I put gall bladder medicine in everything I drink.”
The entire room busted out laughing. Bill’s expression was priceless!
I later found out that Chuck had an entire (unpeeled) beet in his smoothie as one of his ingredients. Bill, to his credit, did try Brian/Ron’s smoothie and liked it. I asked Bill if he was willing to sample a smoothie some other time, if I thought I made a good one. He was willing. The next day, I left Bill a sample of Robyn’s delicious, famous “Hot Pink Smoothie” recipe on his desk. (It’s part of the Detox, and also 12 Steps to Whole Foods.) He emailed me and said it made him smile.
Note from Robyn: Kathy, thank you! Here’s Chuck’s green smoothie recipe she shared. He has embraced the idea of “green smoothie with whatever you have on hand.” Cheers to NEW CONVERTS to an amazing lifestyle in a world full of toxic food that destroys “la vida pura!”
Chuck’s Good Stuff (Green Smoothie)
2 cups water
1 ½ cup of berries
1 TBS agave
3 TBS concentrated lemon juice
3 TBS olive oil
One peeled and pitted avocado
Cilantro (to taste)
Added enough spinach and kale to 2 cups of water until the blended mixture reaches 4 cups. Add remaining ingredients. Blend. Enjoy.