Great infographics on SUGAR consumption

SugarScience.org has some great infographics on the effects of sugar for humans eating a processed diet. Here are some of them, hope you can share with your kids and reflect on the benefits of eating greens, vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, instead of processed foods produced by Big Agra!

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Does everything that goes in your mouth have to TASTE good?

food is fuel qoteIt finally snowed here in Utah! In fact, it dumped a foot in the valley, in 24 hours. I shoveled my walks 3 times in one day. One day after Christmas, my kids Emma and Tennyson and I went skiing at Brighton with friends of mine, a pediatric dentist and a plastic surgeon.

These friends know next-to-nothing about what I do. On the ski lift, the dentist was griping to the surgeon about how he got “the runs” for 3 days from a pint of green smoothie I’d fed him. (He then wanted nothing to do with the green smoothie habit, and continued his diet of Muscle Milk and lots of packaged foods, the usual bachelor diet.) The dentist then asked the surgeon, “Have you ever had a green smoothie?”

Who replied, “Oh, there’s one in my freezer at work. I took two sips, and it was disgusting, so that was that.”

The conversation moved onto other topics. But in my head, I thought of something I say to Baby Boy, now 14, who is my “pickiest eater.”

(I always tell people, there weren’t any picky eaters until we gave the kids the option to eat fake, addictive foods.)

I often tell Tennyson, “Some foods we eat because they taste good. Some we eat because they’re good for us. This one is in the latter category. So, just eat it!”

It’s probably one of those quotes they’ll pull out in the eulogy at my funeral.

food-fuelI’m not trying to say that food shouldn’t taste good. In fact, my whole mission is to help people realize that whole foods can be easy, affordable, and delicious!

However, if you walk into your first green smoothie from a lifetime of eating processed sugar, well, you might not like it at first. Not if that green smoothie is really green, like mine are!

But my point is, if we all had a goal to recognize food as fuel, serving an important function, then maybe HOW IT TASTES wouldn’t be the #1 consideration for absolutely everything we eat.

Very frankly, sometimes my green smoothies don’t taste that good. I drink them anyway.

Think of it as a badge of honor. You just did something really cool for your health.

New-Year_Resolutions_listI have a treat once a day. It’s almost always a pretty healthy treat, compared to what most people have. But the majority of what I eat is selected because I count the consequences. I want to have crazy awesome good health, and I know that the fuel I choose is possibly the #1 predictor of whether I achieve it on a regular basis.

It would be a great New Year’s Resolution. Eat food for the health advantages first, taste second!

(p.s. Congrats to nearly 5,000 GreenSmoothieGirl readers who just took the “Fitter Not Fatter” 31-Day Green Smoothie Challenge in December, to drink a quart of green smoothie a day in December!)

You can join it any time now! Commit to drink a a quart of 31 days and we give you free support and recipes the whole time!

 

Are you ready to clean up your act, after the holidays?

time 2 detoxWhen I’m on speaking tour meeting my GSG friends, I get this comment a lot:

“I’ve been thinking about doing the GreenSmoothieGirl Detox, buuuuuut……”

I get it! The first time I did a 3-week detox program, it was after years of thinking about it, wanting to, but avoiding it. All out of fear of the unknown. I was sure that I’d have to crawl into bed and get someone to take care of my little children. I was sure I’d be miserable. I was worried I would fail.

I spent 20 years of studying and practicing detox practices and science, and 3 more years developing one of TWO most important things I’ve ever done. Just last year, we launched

The GreenSmoothieGirl Detox

And we’re doing it with LIVE SUPPORT on Jan. 3. Don’t be afraid to join us! Because you want the rest of the winter to be healthier than the first part was. Because you’d love to ditch that holiday weight gain. Because your want your every cell to sing! Not sag and shrink.

My favorite thing about people stopping me in public to tell me about their experience with the Detox isn’t the weight loss stories. Thought they’re cool.

(The average is nearly 13 pounds in 26 days! How do we know? Because you fill out a questionnaire at the end. I get every single one, and I tabulate responses.)

My favorite thing is actually when a Detoxer tells me about emotional issues clearing, and physical symptoms improving or disappearing. This is when I know that you’re making the connection between food, and your health.

(You’re going to have an entirely new liver in 90 days. Why not clean it out? And build it out of EXCELLENT raw materials? After all, it does more than 500 things for you EVERY DAY.)

saleWe’ve never had a DISCOUNT on the Detox program before! But we feel so strongly about the LIVE SUPPORT program, and the BUDDY program, that until Dec. 31 only, we’re offering

$20 off Full Support for One

And

$30 off the already-discounted Full Support for Two

sucess signWe have very nearly a 100% success rate for participants who do Full Support, and who bring a buddy. You’re SET UP TO SUCCEED!

I’m very much looking forward to doing another great live-supported event with my readers (I’m on a live Q&A call on Day 2), starting Jan. 3. Enjoy the discount, and we’ll see you right after the New Year in the forum, on the calls, all eating and doing the same things, and learning together!

 

Paul writes to Panera Bread

Panera_Shakopee_2007Just to celebrate that some of my readers stand up to food companies and ask them to eliminate toxic ingredients, and request better ones, I’m sharing Paul in Michigan’s letter to Panera Bread. (Paul has recently followed up with his request and hasn’t heard back yet.)

Hi Folks, my wife and I love Panera and my men’s group Bible study is at a Panera every other Wed. I have a request, as some of your competitors are doing, would it be possible to stock Stevia as an alternative to the artificial sweeteners and sugar that you stock for coffee.  It is a natural plant-based sweetener vs the chemical based artificial sweeteners.  Many of us try to stay away from artificial ingredients and have moved to more plant-based and that would sure help!!

Hi Paul,stevia2

What a wonderful suggestion! We want your visit to Panera Bread to be warm and relaxing with friendly service and deliciously handcrafted food you can enjoy and feel good about. I have noted your suggestion to offer Stevia to our Product Development Department for review and consideration of your request. I hope your next visit with your Bible Study Group is fantastic!

Sincerely,

Alexis
Panera Bread Customer Care

Lee and Kristen on the East Coast show how medical expenses decrease as green smoothies increase!

KristenchartGreenSmoothieGirl reader Kristen, from the east coast,  sent me a story about her family’s improvement in health when they started drinking green smoothies and “cleaning up” their diet. Check out the chart that Kristen’s husband, Lee, made, showing how dramatically their healthcare costs went DOWN when their consumption of nutrient-dense foods went UP!

Kristen’s daughter’s health was declining, as a preschooler. An ENT doctor told Kristen that Riley needed tubes, as well as tonsil/adenoid surgery. Kristen began to study. She bought the Blendtec at Costco. The sales guy wrote GreenSmoothieGirl.com down, for Kristen, and told her to go there. Lee bought Kristen a 12 Steps to Whole Foods program several years ago, and she’s been devoted to increasing whole foods in her family’s diet. They cut out dairy. They dramatically decreased sugar. Within 6 months, Riley was off all drugs, including albuterol. She’s now 9 years old!

[Note from Robyn: Kristen is probably aware my oldest son was on albuterol and many other drugs, and that’s what we did–got him off dairy and sugar, and onto a diet of primarily greens, vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, in their natural state. As with Kristen’s story, the drugs and underweight and mucous and constant viruses didn’t disappear overnight–but they disappeared over 6 months. I agree with her, that it takes a dedicated effort, and a willingness to watch and wait as changes show up!]

what your story (2)Kristen writes,

“I love our story. I love how God has directed our path to better health. Four lives are changed, right here!”

Kristen, thank you for sharing. Your story is so similar to mine, and I hope that for years, as people search this blog and find you, that you are a part of inspiring them to make nutrition part of their wellness journey!

 

 

Who says you can’t eat right while traveling?

 

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A delicious, healthy lunch on the go!

I always feel less alone in the world, as I opt out of the “Standard American Diet” 95%+ of the time……when I hang out with people like Stasia, Jen, and Rachel. They are GSG readers and apprentice coaches.

This is me, having lunch with them downtown, while they were here from the East Coast. You can see my pint jar of green smoothie next to my salad.

Jen had her stick pack of chia seed that she sprinkled on her salad. Stasia had her baggy of sprouted, dehydrated flax crackers. And Rachel had a bag of Costco baby carrots, and baby bell peppers, that she whipped out to
augment our salads.

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Robyn with Stasia, Jen and April

I love these ladies’ creativity! All of these are “tricks up my sleeve” that I employ, so that I can eat right when I’m traveling, too. Luckily, you can get a great salad almost anywhere. I have them put the dressing on the side,
I didn’t eat the bread thing that was on my salad, and I avoid GMO corn and soy products. You can even ask them for extra greens, or extra vegetables, or additional healthy items you see they use in other recipes. I do it all
the time.

Watching all three of these amazing, healthy women be creative when they travel is an inspiration! It really is possible. It takes a little planning ahead, is all. You know what to look for as the crux of the diet, and you scan the grocery stores and restaurants for these: living foods (sprouts), greens, vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds.