Live Detox starts May 4! Here’s what a detoxer said about her experience…..

Full-SupportDetox PromptOne of our amazing GSGLife Founding Instructors, Natalie Hadley of Ogden Utah, introduced her friend Shelly to the GreenSmoothieGirl Detox in December.

Shelly shared an amazing story that I thought you would enjoy reading. If you’re like me, before you undertake a signification cleanse program, you’re terrified! (I wanted to do one for years, before I finally did it. This was long before I developed the GSG detox, of course, which is fully supported and anyone can do it. It’s challenging, but not scary, like the one I did 20 years ago, when I ate nothing but veggie juice, and bentonite clay and psyllium husk powder in water, for 3 weeks!)

Natalie is again supporting friends in our upcoming May 4 Detox and you can see her at myGSGLife.com/NatalieHadley or email her at sunshineofwellness@gmail.com.

We do a supported Detox just 3 times a year, so join us! The average person loses 12-13 pounds and enjoys deep cleansing of the liver, kidneys, and gall bladder. Watch my short video about it HERE.

This is Shelly’s story:

What a great start to 2015! My sister and I were talking at the beginning of this year. She told me how her friend, Natalie Hadley, had told her about a detox program she was going to do. My sister and I had for several months compared aches and pains we have been having, as well as lack of energy. As she shared about the detox with me, I told my husband and 25-year-old daughter about it.waist measure man (1)

My husband was just going to start a biggest loser contest at his work. As we talked about it, we were all at a mental state where we were ready to go for it, so January 3 started our new adventure—GreenSmoothieGirl Detox #1!

I probably ought to tell you a bit more about my family. My husband is Samoan and so a meal was not complete without meat, and it is heavily salted to make it taste even better. For family gatherings, often four or five meats are common and maybe one salad. Sugar has always been my weakness, so I have battled weight for many years. This detox was definitely a big change for all of us.

I must admit the first couple of weeks when I was using our Ninja blender, our vegetables were not blended as much as we would like and it made for some interesting smoothies—but we stuck with it. When my daughter bought us a Blendtec, we all celebrated.

After the first couple of weeks of the detox, my husband commented on how he felt his hands weren’t as swollen and joints didn’t hurt as much. We started going on more walks, and walking farther each time. We stuck with the detox for the whole 26 days and saw some great changes.

After the first detox was over, we decided to do the 31 day green smoothie challenge and try to eat more whole food, plant-based meals. We stuck with this then realized in March that my husband had just about 26 days to go before his contest was over at his work. We decided to do the detox one more time! Doing this the second time, we realized what we were getting into, so our attitudes were even better.

green smoothiestraw berries (1) (Small)Our daughter in Florida also did it with us the second time, and it was great to share our successes with each other. Eating healthy has become a good topic for all of us to visit about. We are sharing recipes and good tips with each other.

When my husband weighed in at the end of his contest, he had lost 48 pounds (16.9% body fat)! And won the biggest loser contest! I lost 37 pounds and my daughter lost over 30 pounds! Not only did we lose this weight, but we have all felt better with more energy. We are exercising more. My daughter has several times said, “Thank you, Mom, for doing this for us.” We all did it together–it definitely was a team effort!

Another real benefit is that before we never used to have breakfast. Now the three of us get up together and have our green smoothie as well as fix our lunch bags before we go to work. It is nice to spend this time together in the morning and start our day out right.

shutterstock_187878188 (Small)I am starting a new hobby this summer of gardening, and I look forward to trying new recipes with our garden vegetables and herbs. We are heading to Samoa in October, and my husband has already said that he wants to do one more detox in September before we go.

Thanks so much to Natalie Hadley for her great classes, encouragement and willingness to share with us. Thanks to Robyn Openshaw for sharing all of this information with us and for all the research that she has done. I am so excited for the 12 Steps to Whole Foods Workshop this Saturday, and to continue to develop healthy habits.

[Note: Robyn is teaching the local GSGLife Instructors her 12 Steps to Whole Foods course, this Saturday, and it is sold out and wait-listed. However, she is teaching it to ANYONE who wants to attend, Saturday, June 6, get tickets HERE!]

Life is great!

My very favorite supplement, a game changer!

April Promo1I’m a supplement snob. Because most supplements out there are made from materials the body can’t process. (Like chalk! rocks! metals!, Or highly processed ingredients. Or isolated nutrients that aren’t helpful when they’ve lost the synergistic properties of the whole plant.)

When I did some lab testing 5 years ago, I was deficient in several minerals and trace minerals, I was astonished. I took supplements, and of course I drank tons of green smoothies. Aren’t greens full of minerals? What more could I do, diet-wise?

I learned that pesticides have heavily depleted humic and fulvic acids in the soil, which is where the plants get THEIR minerals. I learned that the vast majority of mineral supplements are made from rocks. (Which aren’t bioavailable to the human body.)

ultimate-minerals-720x720I then went on a hunt to FIND a plant-based, organic, non-diluted source of humic and fulvic acids. What we found we’ve put on a VERY RARE buy of our customers’ favorite product, and mine too. Through April only, you can get Buy Two Get One Free special, to let you stock up. (One bottle is about a 40-day supply for 1 person.)

Because I’d learned that fulvic acid is the richest and most bioavailable form of minerals, anywhere. And I wanted humic acid, too. Between them, they do far more than provide every mineral and trace mineral. They also increase cell permeability. This lets nutrition enter the cell and be utilized better, and it helps the cell push toxins out more effectively, too.

I finally located an organic, American, plant-based source of fulvic AND humic acids. The black, probiotic-rich stuff that USED to be in our soils. I wanted it highly concentrated—not heavily diluted with water

GSG Minerals aids the health of hair and nails.
GSG Minerals support the growth of healthy hair and nails.

When I started using this product, my hair and nails started growing faster, thicker, longer. I’d had dark circles under my eyes, and they went away. Most significantly, my lifelong insomnia disappeared and, in 4 years now, that has never returned. I fall asleep in minutes rather than hours now. (You don’t speak in 88 cities like I did last year—lots of hotels!—if you’re an insomniac!)

These amazing benefits are just my own body’s reaction to having a balanced state of highly absorbable nutrients. Of course you will have your own specific response and my own story is not meant to be predictive for anyone else. As with any new protocol, please seek the advice of a competent health care provider.

The body needs trace minerals for everything it does. The neurological system needs minerals to shut down at night, and to wake up in the morning. So, don’t put your Ultimate Minerals in your green smoothie. It’s perfect, as recommended, in water right before bed and first thing in the morning—when your mineral reserves are most depleted, and your neurological system most in need of food!

I hope our special this month helps you stock up on my very favorite thing, the highly concentrated GreenSmoothieGirl Ultimate Minerals, your fulvic/humic acid compound, a plant-based way to supplement your whole-foods diet.

25 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health

lick sugar habitDr. Nancy Appleton wrote a book in 2004 called “Lick the Sugar Habit,” with the ways that medical journals and other scientific publications have documented that sugar wrecks your health. She gives 78 ways, with an impressive references list. But I’ll share 25 with you here, in case you’re looking for some good reasons to stop eating high-fructose corn syrup and refined sugars! So often people wonder why they’re experiencing health problems and don’t connect it to what they’re eating.

  1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
  2. Sugar can upset the body’s mineral balance.
  3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration problems, and crankiness in children.
  4. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
  5. Sugar weakens the body’s defense against bacterial infections.
  6. Sugar damages the kidneys.
  7. Sugar increases harmful cholesterol and decreases good cholesterol.
  8. Sugar can cause copper, chromium, calcium, and magnesium deficiencies.
  9. Sugar can lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, and rectum.
  10. Sugar can cause colon cancer, with especially high risk for women.
  11. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
  12. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
  13. Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
  14. Sugar can increase risk of coronary heart disease.
  15. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
  16. no sugarSugar can cause fluid retention.
  17. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
  18. Sugar increases the risk of Alzheimer Disease.
  19. Sugar stresses the pancreas, causing damage.
  20. Sugar increases the amount of fat in the liver.
  21. Sugar can cause kidney stones.
  22. Sugar makes multiple sclerosis symptoms worse.
  23. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
  24. Sugar can cause cataracts.

Now you’ve got some great reasons to stop eating refined sugars and stick to whole foods! Whole plant foods taste so much better when you stop eating sugar, too!

April Fools delicious treat recipes for you!

forks and spoonsenjoyI went from 206 pounds and 21 medical diagnoses, to my ideal weight and disease free, 20 years ago. I drink LOTS of green smoothie every day, and eat plants and little processed food and animal foods. BUT. I never have lost my interest in having a treat every day! I probably never will.

Lots of great ideas and yummy recipes helped me make a transition. Away from Skittles, chocolate-frosting donuts, and peppermint patties, to treats made with whole foods.

Here are some Chocolate Bonbon and Pink Sunset Popsicles recipes from GSGLife Instructor Mary Stephens in Provo, Utah.  Enjoy!

 

Good-for-You Chocolate Bonbons
Nut Butter
½ C creamy natural peanut butter or almond butter
½ C honey
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
choc balls½ C ground flaxseed or ⅓ C GSG sprouted ground flaxseed
¾ C wheat germ
½ C walnuts, chopped

Chocolate Coating
½ C coconut oil
½ C unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ C + 2 Tbsp. honey or agave syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. Chinese Five Spice
pinch of sea salt
3 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut milk
Topping
2 C sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut

Combine nut butter ingredients in a mixing bowl. Place three or four heaping tablespoons of mixture on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Shaping with your fingers, form a one-inch-diameter roll. Repeat with remaining mixture to form a second roll. Cool in freezer for 10 minutes. Slice into one-inch sections and roll each into a ball. Place in freezer while preparing the chocolate coating.

Scoop semi-solid coconut oil into a clean bowl. If the oil is in liquid form, place in the freezer for a few minutes until it’s white but still soft. Gradually add up to ½ C cocoa powder, stirring until a soft consistency is reached. Add honey, vanilla, Chinese Five Spice, and sea salt. Stir in coconut milk.

Roll chilled balls in chocolate, a few at a time. With two forks, lift and place chocolate-covered balls into a shallow bowl filled with half of the shredded coconut. Sprinkle tops and scoop up onto sides, then place onto a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Refresh with new coconut as needed. Pop into freezer for about 20 minutes until firm.

Store in a plastic container in refrigerator or freezer. From freezer, let sit at room temperature for 5–10 minutes before serving. Makes about 25 bonbons.

ppPink Sunset Popsicles
12 oz frozen OJ concentrate w/pulp
2½ C unsweetened coconut milk
1 scoop GSG Superfood Reds
2 C sparkling water
2½ C frozen strawberries, thawed
2 Tbsp. honey, or to taste

In a blender, mix first three ingredients until smooth. Add sparkling water and stir.

Cut strawberries into small chunks and mix with honey. Place 2 Tbsp. strawberries in the bottom of each mold. Repeat with remaining molds, then place in freezer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, pour in the orange juice mixture to ¼” from top of molds. It will create an orangey-pink sunset swirl within the mold. Insert holders.

Freeze solid. Run warm water over the molds to remove. Makes about 14 4-oz. popsicles.

When I came to your class I had just been diagnosed with rectal cancer

green smoothiestraw berries (1)Our customer support rep Kami forwarded this to me and said, “This brought tears to my eyes.” Me, too.

“I was in so much pain I couldn’t sit. So I kept squirming. I felt that I was distracting those who wanted so much to learn from you. I kept starting to leave…but I selfishly wanted to learn too.

I want to tell you I have now been doing green smoothies for almost two years and am constantly getting other people started. Years of compulsively overeating carbs,sweets, and fats gave me the giant belly you saw that literally hangs to my knees.

What you would never have imagined is that my health was already greatly improved by your green smoothies. I truly believe the cancer was already being driven out by the greens. I believe that if I beat this, it will be because of you. If I had found you sooner I would never have had to go through all this.

hands hearts (1)Thank you for all the good information you made available to me. I am done with radiation and my first round of chemo . I am barely able to eat again. I am starting back on my green smoothies. I wish you could guide me through this but I could never afford you. I wonder how many lives you have saved and they don’t even know it.

Never become discouraged. The world needs you. Be well, dear sister, and never stop.”