from Brenda, on facebook

Thanks to Brenda DeSmit in Canada, on facebook, for posting this (I’ve edited it for length):

I must post my experience with Green Smoothie Girl & her 12 Steps to Whole Foods program.

Last summer I was forced to quit my high-stress, fast-paced career due to my health. A successful Finance & Insurance Manager is a self-determined, strong-willed, kick-ass personality…NOTHING takes us down. NEVER did anything get in my way until the last few years—recently every little thing seemed to have me BEAT).

I’d developed a muscular condition that was taking my life from me. I dealt with at least 9 pain points randomly on my body at any given time all throughout each day! My bowels had stopped working on their own. My vision was blurred and I had very little night vision. My concentration was gone and my memory foggy. The pain was exhausting me; I slept on average of 18-20 hours a day!

I was taking A LOT of medication and the doctors’ recommendations are always MORE drugs. The list of ailments really does go on and on, but I won’t, I’m putting that behind me now thanks to Green Smoothie Girl!

If you take ONE thing from Green Smoothie Girl it must be green  smoothies—your daily intake of so many nutrients, enzymes, & more, replacing other less nutritious food you may have eaten before, like a bagel & cream cheese, a muffin, a crummy store-bought cereal bar, etc.

My second takeaway from Green Smoothie Girl was to be more AWARE of what we put into our bodies. First thing to GO was packaged noodles, packaged rice, packaged sauces, white flour, white sugar, white breads. There are so many other options; home-made bread, wraps, buns etc.

Our foods have never tasted so fresh & so delicious! With only those couple of pretty major changes my body is happier than ever in only 1 month! I can’t wait to see what is yet to come!

I no longer take ANY medication and my bowels work all on their own. Not what we want to talk about but most gastro intestinal specialists will tell you it is normal for about 70%–WOW!– to have some sort of bowel issue. The medical doctors think this is NORMAL?

My energy level is through the roof, the pain I feel is “good pain” from the exercise I’m getting doing jobs left long-overdue: cleaning every inch of my home, my windows, painting jobs, cleaning up & digging up my gardens. I am truly enjoying every moment with my family & getting back out into the world with friends (my social life was gone). I’m strolling the Mall & creating wonderful foods to care for my family as I should have been always.

What “Green Smoothie Girl” really is all about is just getting back to our roots, what we know and don’t do. It doesn’t take up much of your day to just make smarter choices. It takes just as long to make a nutritious meal as it does to make a crummy one.

As I’m sure it was Green Smoothie Girl’s intention…it is my intention that if I can help just one person feel like I do, WOW! Thank you Green Smoothie Girl…every day is a new day of health & happiness. Nnot only for me but for my incredible family also, as they have all jumped on board one day at a time. They each come in at different times throughout the day & the first thing they do is grab the smoothie jug in the fridge & pour themselves a great big cup of nutrition. Thanks to YOU!

Green Smoothie Testimonials, part 6

I have a bajillion of these, and I’ll talk about other stuff sometimes and sprinkle these in, just to keep you motivated with others’ fun tales of their health improving:

I tried the green smoothie after juicing for several years. Juicing was expensive and demanded a lot of time and work extracting the juice from the fiber and cleaning the juicer. Blended raw foods made a lot of sense and I did not need to be converted on the idea.

 

When I began drinking the green smoothie I weighed 285 lbs. One year later I weigh 240 lbs.  Daily workouts have contributed as much to my weight loss as any other factor. However, the benefits of the green smoothie as I experienced them are as follows:

 

1.  Drinking the green smoothie changed my bowel movement habits, which are now frequent (2-3 times a day) and regular.

2.   The green smoothie is my pre-workout, first thing in the morning food. I have been surprised at the energy it sustains throughout my workout.

3.  The green smoothie fills me up without slowing me down. It satisfies my hunger and cravings till early in the afternoon.  It has curbed my overall appetite thus decreasing the overall calories I consume in a day.

4. I find that the green smoothie helps my digestion, especially with the foods that do not digest well. I eat a lot of lean meat and I feel the organic raw food in my gut facilitates digestion and elimination of meat.

5. Beginning my day with green smoothie drinks and working out provides me the momentum, nutrition, and motivation to eat a strict lean diet throughout the rest of the day.

 

The green smoothie has lived up to the expectations I had.  Several of the above benefits caught me totally by surprise.  I have been drinking green smoothies every morning for the past year.  They have served me well.  Now that I have lost the weight I needed, I have significantly increased my strength and energy.  My new goals are not to lose any more weight but to increase my overall lean muscle mass. My idea is to begin drinking green smoothies twice a day rather than just once in the morning.

 

–Gregg L.

 

I started drinking green smoothies and doing about 80% to 95% raw to help improve my migraine headaches. I lost 51 pounds in six months and I feel great. I am 47 years old, and I teach at an alternative high school.   It can be very stressful working with at-risk youth. I have seen my mood and attitude improve so much since I started adding green smoothies as my breakfast.

 

My favorite is 2 bananas, 1 large apple, 2 kale leaves, 6-8 dandelion greens, 2 large handfuls fresh spinach, some wheatgrass juice, 2 cups water and 1 cup of ice. Blend and I have breakfast and my afternoon snack. This great stuff and I will not ever go back to eating the way I used to with fast and processed foods.

 

–Carol N.

 

Green Smoothie Testimonials, part 3

I’m 44 years old. I’ve always had very regular menstrual cycles. For about one year prior to drinking green smoothies, my menstrual cycles had become very irregular. After about two months of green smoothies, I returned to a very regular cycle of 20 – 30 days and my periods are just like they were in my 20’s and 30’s.  I’ve been drinking my quart of green smoothie per day for six months now and my cycles are consistently regular.

 

–Kathy M.

 

I love green smoothies! I drink them every morning, and I was so surprised how great they make me feel! I have lost weight, have lots of energy, feel healthier than ever and feel like my immune system is even stronger than it was.

 

Drinking green smoothies also influenced all of my eating and cooking decisions, and allowed me to lose weight safely. When we travel, I am always carrying my blender with me so I can have green smoothies anywhere I go!

 

My 20 month old daughter also loves them. I am sure that green smoothies are the best way to get babies/toddlers to get their greens. She gets so excited when I get out the blender and she always wants more! Thank you, green smoothies, and thank you to my friend, Tara, for introducing them to me!

 

–Kathryn Rose

 

I drink a quart of an all-vegetable green smoothie every day. I have more energy, sleep better, wake up ready for the day, and generally feel much better. I believe it’s because of the green smoothie and a whole foods diet, mostly raw. I have cut out all processed foods, sugar, and caffeine, and I feel great! Thanks for your website; it’s very informative and inspiring!

 

–Carol J.

 

After a few weeks of drinking green smoothies via wimpy blender, we were hooked and made our best nutritional investment to date–BlendTec. Our green smoothies have become greener and we have been known to eat 3-4 bunches of greens and 1 pound of baby spinach in a week between two adults and two toddlers.

 

I sometimes find myself looking around at all the green plants and wonder, “What would that taste like?”  I was skeptical at first, but my then-barely-two yr. old and three-yr.-old both enjoyed the green smoothies as well. They were converted before my husband!

 

Summer proves to be an easier time to drink them due to the warmer weather.   However, we still maintain regular GS drinking throughout all the seasons. I do not have to force them on my toddlers; rather, they will request them and are especially excited to help put all the ingredients into the blender.

 

GS have helped control my sugar cravings, eliminated Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and boosted my energy. My kids have regular bowel movements that do not have the stench as pre-GS days.

 

It is best to start children early on GS as it will develop their palate towards REAL, nutritionally sound foods.

 

–Laura M. and family

More Experts on Colon Cleansing . . . part 9 of 9

Sir Arbuthnut Lane was a surgeon for the King of England and specialized in bowel issues. He removed parts of the colon and sewed the rest back together, and in the course of his practice, he noticed that many times, patients after surgery would have goiters or arthritis disappear, etc. Often, seemingly unrelated maladies improved after removing diseased sections of the colon.

He became so aware of how toxic digestive systems are linked to the other organs of the body that he spent the last 25 years of his life teaching people nutrition, rather than performing surgery. He said this:

“All maladies are due to the lack of certain food principles, such as mineral salts or vitamins, to the absence of the normal defenses of the body, such as the natural protective flora. When this occurs, toxic bacteria invade the lower alimentary canal, and the poisons thus generated pollute the bloodstream and gradually deteriorate and destroy every tissue, gland and organ of the body.”

If pictures speak a thousand words, look at the color photos in Bernard Jensen’s book. (You can also find this kind of thing googling on the internet.) They show rubbery material expelled from many colons during colemas (home colonics) and a cleansing program. Often, pieces are several feet long, the precise shape of specific parts of the bowel. It is hard as tire rubber, held up with tongs. Perhaps any modern doctor who insists this doesn’t happen in the human digestive tract has spent too much time prescribing drugs and not enough time actually studying the inside of that organ.

When Dr. Jensen attended National College in Chicago, they performed surgeries on 300 people. Patients’ histories said that 285 claimed they weren’t constipated, and 15 claimed they were. Autopsies showed the exact opposite: 285 were constipated (despite reports that they had up to 5-6 bowel movements a day), and in some of them, “the bowel walls were encrusted with material (in one case peanuts) which had been lodged there for a very long time,” and the bowels were up to 12 inches in diameter. Dr. Jensen concluded that the average patient does not know whether or not he is constipated. At a class I taught this week, one woman said, “I don’t have constipation: I have chronic diarrhea.” She seemed a little shocked when I told her that people with diarrhea are usually constipated, too. It’s not an either/or proposition.

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, who lived to 91, said that we should completely eliminate the residue of each meal 15 to 18 hours after eating it. He said 90% of modern diseases are due to colon problems. And what is the way to eliminate your risk of colon diseases? A high-fiber GreenSmoothieGirl diet rich in the natural anti-cancer compounds found in raw plant foods, of course. No chemotherapy, surgery, or even vitamin pill will ever be able to do what live compounds in real food can. A number of you during this blog series have wondered how you can cleanse totally, without spending the money. Just keep doing each step of your GreenSmoothieGirl program in a committed way, and you can experience miraculous results over a longer timespan!

And with those few more words from experts, my friends, is the end of this topic. Finally.

 (Edited Sept. 2014)

Body Cleansing . . . part 8 of 9 on ELIMINATION

Many ancient texts speak of body cleansing, the need to fast now and then, for both physical and spiritual purification.   You don’t have to be a yogi to give your organs of elimination a chance to rest and repair.

I think that over time, if you eat a 60-80 percent raw diet that includes a quart of green smoothie daily, and if you virtually eliminate processed foods and meat/dairy, you may experience slower but equally excellent results.

Depending on what part you want to target in body cleansing, you can flush the kidneys and liver with the Master Cleanse (a very old regimen using fresh lemon juice, cayenne, and a bit of real maple syrup in water).   Dr. Jensen recommends several days of eating nothing but watermelon, when it’s in season.   Or grapes, up to several pounds a day.   The extra water and insoluble plant fiber are helpful in removing built-up waste.   I often will go a few days eating nothing but green smoothie (and/or some Ultimate Meal shakes, and lots of water), just for a quick and easy cleanse that fits into my busy life.

If you have a lifetime of eating anything close to the S.A.D., I do recommend you undertake full body cleansing. The GreenSmoothieGirl Detox is 26 days of the most productive rest-and-repair you’ve likely given your body in an entire lifetime. And you needn’t suffer or starve.  It walks you through several phases each cleansing a different organ.  Once you are done with our 26 day program you will have cleansed the whole body, not just one specific organ.  For more information on the GSG Detox program click HERE.

 (Edited Sept. 2014)

Relief for intestinal gas and bloating . . . part 5 of 9 on ELIMINATION

A healthy bowel produces minimal flatulence, none of it foul smelling or causing pressure, swelling, or pain. Gas is, as Dr. Jensen describes it, “putrefactive fermentations” of undigested proteins. In other words, proteins sit in the gut and become hosts for undesirable bacteria.

The problem is, when converting people to a high-fiber, GreenSmoothieGirl diet, some people who didn’t have gas before, now do! If they ate Coke and donuts before, they had no flatulence, and then when they start green smoothies as Step 1, they’re gassy and miserable. They might even want to quit and go back to when they felt “better.”

Dr. Jensen likens this to when you sweep a dirty basement: as you sweep it up, a lot of dust is kicked into the air. His research indicates, however, that people, even while experiencing gas problems, report softer stool and easier passing of the gas. It gradually lessens, he said, until it becomes minimal after about three months. Be patient and don’t quit good habits as you seek relief for intestinal gas and bloating.

As you get through that initial period, drink 1 ounce of water for every 2 lbs. of body weight, which will help.