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How to gain weight??

HI Robyn- My 27 year old daughter wants to GAIN weight. She is 5’4″ and 98 pounds. She eats, and is always hungry, but can’t gain. She does have frequent stomach aches. She thinks if she eats lots of fat- that will help- but will it? Thanks

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Enzymes — help!

Would love some guidance regarding buying enzymes.   My vitamin shop has dozens of bottles — what should we look for?   Can you recommend a particular brand, or else please explain which enzymes are the “right” ones, which ones aren’t?   Years ago my naturopath steered me toward Wobenzym http://www.wobenzym-usa.com/, but it appears those […]

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Raw Foods and “Funny” Stomachs

Dear Robin, I have a few health related questions I wanted to ask you regarding starting a raw food diet. I consider myself a beginner raw fooder, I have  taught myself how to drink green smoothies, learned how to eat cabbage and other greens. Here is my question. I have a history of having a […]

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the raw food diet

I’m going to be talking for a while about the raw food diet.That’s the only “diet” I approve of (the very word is annoying, isn’t it?).Why?First, because it’s the biggest focus of this web site and the program of whole foods I promote: raw plant foods.Of the 9,000 new visitors to this site monthly, many […]

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Green Smoothie Testimonials, Part 10

More Green Smoothie testimonials from my research: Green smoothies are easy and quick to do and keep me full and alert way past lunch time. This past growing season I had access to lots and lots of lettuce. I would use between 2 and 3 cups in my smoothie along with other greens, but long […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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foods that help digestion . . . part 5

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl:   What are foods that help digestion? Some raw foodists eat raw meat.   Raw meat and milk have enzymes, so aren’t they good foods? Answer:   We’ll leave the Oxford/Cornell China Project out of this discussion, which shows that animal protein causes many diseases.   (The primary author of that pivotal study, […]

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what enzymes do to make food digestible . . . part 3

We don’t think of our stomach as being two-chambered, but Howell goes to lengths to document all the experts and studies (including Gray’s Anatomy) saying that it does, in fact, have two distinct parts.   And in the upper stomach, or “food enzyme stomach,” gastric juices are not released, and peristalsis is not yet churning […]

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what enzymes do to make food digestible . . . part 2

Howell outlines three types of enzymes we need: digestive enzymes, which digest food, metabolic enzymes, which run every function of our bodies, and food enzymes from raw foods, which start the digestive process.   So what enzymes are involved in digestion?   Amylase is the enzyme used to digest carbohydrate, and it is concentrated in […]

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