Green Smoothie Testimonials, Part 2

By following Robyn’s recommendation, which I could not believe at first but made a decision to give it a try, I lost weight without trying, and my knees and shoulders stopped aching. My blood lipid profile has improved. My cholesterol level has gone from 201 down to 157. Yes, I said 157. My doctor had me go to a different lab to have the test confirmed.

 

My complexion and skin tone have improved as well. I also had a problem with dry skin. I used coconut oil as recommended by Robyn, and my rash that I had on my ankles and chin cleared up completely. I had gone to the doctor and had obtained two different medications and the only thing that did any good, and in fact cleared it up, was the coconut oil. Thank you,

 

–Sandra T. from California.

 

Green smoothies saved me from facing yet another diet, thinking about hypnosis for weight loss, hating the way I looked, and everything else that comes along with being overweight. Green smoothies are my answer to staying away from the doctor. I no longer have cravings and feel satisfied for hours after drinking my awesome smoothies. My husband is loving them too and has lost 40 pounds. Children love green smoothies. I appreciate all the information Robyn has shared. Thank you so much Robyn!

 

–A. Fambrough

 

 

The green smoothie idea has worked well for me whereas juicing did not. Anyone who has juiced knows the time commitment it takes for juicing and clean-up as well as the volume of veggies it takes to make just 2-3 eight-ounce juice drinks per day. When I read about green smoothies, it was immediately appealing to me.   I bought a BlendTec right away. In only 14 months of use, the counter on my machine is already over 1,600!

 

I average 5 out of 7 days for making smoothies for myself and my husband, who will drink one anytime it’s available in the fridge. One benefit of green smoothies is helping me to be more alkaline.

 

–Linda C.

 

Green Smoothie Testimonials, Part I

I have been enjoying the testimonials that have come in with the green smoothie questionnaires. Most of them will be included in The Green Smoothie Diet coming out June 2009. If you haven’t yet reported your own experience with GS after 30 days of drinking them, here’s the link–I am collating data to use it for my book later THIS WEEK, so if you tried before and got an error message or if you have finally reached 30 days, now is the time to take the questionnaire: http://greensmoothiegirl.com/poll.html.

And to see the testimonials I already had on the site, if you’re looking for motivation to kick-start a daily GS habit, here they are: http://greensmoothiegirl.com/testimonials.html.

And in this series, I’m going to share with you what I’ve been reading from questionnaires because I know you’ll LOVE it like I do! I’m starting with this one because of the empirical evidence Bonnie submitted that definitively shows the kind of thing I’m always telling you: that whole, raw plant food (especially greens) is powerfully healing:

I had a complete CBC analysis done in April 2008 – just 2 months before I started the Green Smoothies and then I had it done again in Oct 2008, 4 months after starting. Here are some interesting results:

Apr 08 – These were all in the high range

Cholesterol – 267

Cholesterol HDL Ratio – 7.9

LDL Cholesterol – 201

Glucose – 117

Triglycerides – 161

October 2008 – These were all in the normal range

Cholesterol – 181

Cholesterol HDL ratio – 4.8

LDL Cholesterol – 116

Glucose – 91

Triglycerides – 136

–Bonnie E. (see her before and after photos here, wow!)

Bonnie before Greensmoothies

Bonnie After Greensmoothies

What my research says about how green smoothies change lives!

I once blogged 20 different astonishing ways my health improved when I began drinking green smoothies and eating a whole-foods diet.   Here it is: What Changed, When We Switched To Whole Foods, Part 2

But I wanted to get more scientific when I wrote The Green Smoothies Diet and find out precisely what a newbie can expect!

The results of my poll of 175 regular green smoothie drinkers yielded some interesting results that suggest quite definitively that it’s a 10-minute habit worth adopting!   To participate in the questionnaire, one had to be drinking green smoothies for at least 30 days, a pint a day for 4 days a week.   Many were drinking more, up to my recommended 1 quart daily.

The vast majority, or 97 percent, said green smoothies noticeably improved their health or quality of life.   Wow!

Very exciting to me is the fact that 84 percent of those drinking green smoothies are so enthusiastic about the positive health benefits that they’ve told others about or taught them the habit!

These are the positive health effects people experience, listed in order of their frequency among the research respondents:

85.4 percent experience more energy.

79.2 percent experience improved digestion (more regular and/or complete bowel movements, no straining, soft/formed stool, etc.).

65 percent experience fewer cravings for sweets and processed foods.

52.3 percent experience a more positive, stable mood.

51 percent experience an improvement in skin tone, or fewer blemishes

50 percent experience weight loss.   The average reported pounds lost is 17.3 lbs.!

(Keep in mind when considering this very impressive statistic that some of the respondents had been drinking green smoothies only 30 days, and some of them did not have any weight to lose!

48.5 percent experience an increased desire to exercise.

44.6 percent experience improved sleep (need less of it, decreased insomnia, more alert in the mornings, etc.).

41.5 percent feel less stressed out.

40 percent experience blood sugar stabilization.

39 percent experience people telling them they look better.

35 percent say their fingernails are stronger or grow faster.

26 percent say their hair is shinier or their dandruff gone.

18.5 percent experience a decrease in PMS symptoms.   (Consider that some of the respondents in the survey are not females of menstruating age.)

17 percent report an improved sex drive.

Other positive health benefits reported by survey respondents include these:

7 people said: Arthritis symptoms/pain gone or reduced

3 people said: Hyperthyroid condition improved (reduced or gone off meds)

2 people said: Seasonal allergies gone or decreased

2 people said: Reduced asthma symptoms

2 people said: Migraines gone or reduced by 80 percent

2 people said: Acne improved or gone

2 people said: Eczema or dry skin cleared

2 people said: Gray hair returned to original color

Decreased blood pressure

No more hypertension

Was able to go off cholesterol meds

Was able to go off Prilosec

Haven’t gotten sick in a year like I always do

Moles disappeared

Deep facial wrinkles “barely noticeable”

Less nasal congestion

Lump on leg getting smaller

Liver spots fading

Tendonitis gone

Muscle soreness gone

Hypoglycemia improved

No more bloating, gas, indigestion, constipation

Avoided a hysterectomy, lifelong menstrual problems returned to normal

Easier to breastfeed

Don’t sunburn any more

Gallstones gone

Depression symptoms gone

Lifelong bad breath gone in two weeks

Ended coffee addiction

Just feel better

The risks of a new green smoothie habit are limited to an 18.5 percent chance of a short-term, uncomfortable cleansing reaction that include the following symptoms:

headaches, skin breakouts, diarrhea, nausea, bloating, intestinal gas, cramps, constipation, vertigo, dizziness, fainting, lethargy or weakness, runny nose, mucous in the back of the throat, liver pain, mood swings, depression, emotional crisis

The top six benefits that people experience when starting a green smoothie habit are, in order, more energy, improved digestion, fewer cravings for sweets and processed food, a more positive/stable mood, improved skin, and weight loss.

It’s hard to look at this data without being compelled to give green smoothies a try!

Jump in with us and let us know here what your experience is after 30 days:

 

To Your Health,

–Robyn Openshaw

p.s.   Join us in 12 Steps to Whole Foods to get on the path to achieve all these health benefits. Step 1 is all about the why and how of green smoothies!

Extra ingredients for green smoothies [part 7 of 9]

Pomegranate juice

Pomegranate juice is another very hot product because of a few studies linking it to slowing growth of prostate cancer and arthritis, and reducing breast and skin cancer.   It’s been linked to improvement of several cardiovascular measurements, including thinning the blood and improving blood flow, lowering LDS cholesterol, and increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol.

I would prefer to see people use the whole fruit, which is available in the winter.   You peel away the red outer peel and the inner white membranes to harvest the seeds, which look exactly like rubies.

It is labor intensive to take apart a pomegranate!   However, it is fun for children because the fruit is so beautiful and because it’s a bit of a treasure hunt.

All juices are concentrated, with high natural sugar content, and also quite acidic.   The whole fruit achieve the same benefit (while in lower vitamin and mineral concentrations) without the downside of a product with all the enzymes killed and high in sugar benefits.

Yogurt or kefir

Yogurt or kefir, particularly homemade, adds a creamy, smooth texture to smoothies.   You can learn more about this topic in Ch. 9 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods, including how to make them at home inexpensively and easily. They are the only animal products I actively promote, as their proteins are predigested and broken down for easy utilization by the body, unlike other animal proteins.  

Even more importantly, they contribute to a healthy gastrointestinal tract by populating it with good micro-organisms that are your main defense against bacterial infections and other harmful micro-organisms.   Most people have 10:1 bad microorganisms to good, and the ratio should be reversed for a healthy colon.   The best way to address this is to eat yogurt or kefir daily and avoid foods (like dairy and meat, and processed foods) that feed the bad bacteria.

If you are going to purchase commercial yogurt or kefir, organic is better, and buy plain flavor rather than the excessively sugar-sweetened vanilla and other flavors.   Goat yogurt is nutritionally superior to dairy (cow milk) products.   It is not mucous forming and easier to digest, due to its smaller fat molecule that permeates human semipermeable membranes without triggering the body’s defense mechanism to flush out with mucous.   People do not experience “lactose intolerance” with goat milk products, and even many who are lactose intolerant with regular milk do not experience those symptoms with dairy yogurt.

Need motivation to eat less meat and more plants? . . . part 5 of 12

Today, some good stats about eating a vegetarian diet:

 

According to Journal of the American Dietetic Association (this research was published in other journals as well), the average IQ of U.S. children is 99, and the average IQ of vegetarian US children is 116.

 

Obesity rate among the general population: 18 percent

 

Obesity rate among vegans: 2 percent

 

U.S. children who are overweight: 25 percent

 

U.S. vegetarian children who are overweight: 8 percent

 

U.S. children who eat the recommended levels of fuits, vegs, and grains: 1 percent

 

U.S. vegan children who eat the recommended levels of fruits, vegs, and grains: 50 percent

 

Average blood pressure of non-vegetarians: 121/77

 

Average blood pressure of people who eat a vegetarian diet: 112/69 (ideal is considered to be 110/70)

 

Incidence of high blood pressure in meat eaters compared to vegetarians: almost triple

 

Incidence of very high blood pressure in meat eaters compared to vegetarians: 13 times higher

 

Incidence of high blood pressure among senior citizens in the U.S.: more than 50 percent

 

Incidence of high blood pressure among senior citizens in countries eating  plant-based diets: virtually none

 

Average U.S. cholesterol level: 210

 

Average U.S. vegetarian cholesterol level: 161

 

Average U.S. vegan cholesterol level: 133

Number of times the huge Framingham study (35 years) had a study participant have a heart attack with cholesterol under 150:   zero

 

Tell me:  Are you reaping health benefits from adopting a more vegetarian diet?   Or do you still have the idea in your head that not eating meat/dairy means you’re going to be sickly and underweight?

How much water should a person drink a day . . . part 6 of 6 on WATER

From Dr. B’s interview with Mike Adams:   “. . . there are 60 million Americans who don’t realize that actually hypertension is one of the manifestations of drought management programs of the body when the body begins to operate a reverse osmosis process, to deliver water into the interior of those cells which are 66% water deficient. Now the pharmaceutical industry and the medical doctors arrogantly and ignorantly are treating hypertension with diuretics.”

 

Dr. B, like many other voices outside the current insanity masquerading as cardiac medicine, calls for an understanding of the true role of cholesterol.   He said it’s one of the most essential elements in human survival, and when the body makes cholesterol, it’s doing so with good reason.   It doesn’t block arteries.   He said when doctors measure cholesterol levels, we remove the veins from the picture, and never has there ever been a recorded case of cholesterol blocking a vein.

 

Drug companies try to sell us on the idea that the stickiness of cholesterol is the problem, so reducing it is the answer.   In fact, it is a “waterproof bandage.”   Blood becomes concentrated and acidic when it is dehydrated, and tears and abrasions occur in the capillaries (smallest arteries).   Cholesterol covers up the tears and abrasions and gives the body time to recover from its injuries.

 

Dr. B says, “We are knee-jerk doctors.   We think that something’s up, bring it down, if something’s down, bring it up.   We don’t ask question WHY is it down or . . . up?” [from Mike Adams interview]

 

Drinking 2.5 quarts of water daily, with unrefined salt (preferably OHCS) dissolved in it, is a no-brainer first step for those with high levels of cholesterol, rather than turning first to statin drugs.