update on GreenSmoothieGirl Makeover

You’ve been wondering what is happening with the GreenSmoothieGirl Makeover TV show? We have more footage to gather before we start releasing the first segments.

So I’ll tell you what’s been going on, very briefly, here.

Samantha Cornia had knee surgery and Baby Zack had some setbacks too. As we started, his doctor said he should be one a feeding tube! Remember he would never eat food. He would only nurse.

Amazingly, Zack has been eating live granola with sprouts, as well as green smoothies! Wow, so exciting. Samantha’s other kids have been drinking smoothies as well. Samantha and Nate are still completely off soft drinks. Their energy is much improved. They are not getting constantly sick, although we are just starting probiotic foods and they have a long way to go, as their whole family battles has long been battling MRSA (resistant) infections.

Both Samantha and Nate struggled with digestive issues as they transitioned to eating much more live/raw plant foods!

When I was at Samantha’s house recently, she said she’d lost 3 lbs. in a week.

Total Care Dental–all kinds of things happening there, including a bunch of families getting healthier. Several people struggling with not losing weight like they’d hoped, yet, and digestive issues as “cleansing” takes place. But Sasha’s husband is on board and eating practically his first-ever vegetables and many other GOOD things happening:

Jillene reduced her recovery time for her 10-mile uphill run from 3 hours to 1 hour (with Hot-Pink Breakfast Smoothie) and loves the 12 Steps recipes. Dr. Jorgenson’s warts suddenly fell off. Sasha’s husband’s cravings are less and his shoulder pain lessened. Sasha’s energy is up and she doesn’t wake up thinking, “When can I go back to bed?” Dee’s swollen ankles are gone, and Jessa’s little girl is drinking her vegs and no soda.

Roxanne says the pain in her rib is gone and cravings down. Louanne’s husband has lost weight and she’s teaching a green smoothie clinic at church. Julie says she has more energy than she’s ever had in her life. Kelly’s husband has lost a pant size and his blood pressure is down.

We have a very full class for Dr. Jorgenson’s patients (and some of my readers who found it on the site) coming up April 27. We’ll be filming that, plus Easter dinner at the Cornias’ with plant-based dishes!

Karen’s kids love green smoothies and her most resistant child is the one most committed to drinking them. The Wilberts just returned from a vacation in St. George, where they took their blender and kept up their habit. Karen says she is sleeping less.

I am very proud of everyone who is involved in the filming of GSG Makeover. I’m excited about your progress and think you are all wonderfu! Keep it up!!

Total Care Dental wants to tell you about their whole-foods experience!

Dr. Jorgenson has been trying to figure out how to blog here. (I don’t know how. Sometimes readers do.)

She says that her whole office is having so many fascinating reactions and benefits and comments about their whole-foods journey (on GreenSmoothieGirl Makeover) that they really need to be writing it down and sharing!

So, I’m starting this blog entry and they can reply. Enjoy!

The NASTIEST green smoothie ever…a war is brewing…and Samantha’s blog

Today I filmed inside a closed Good Earth store, where the Wilberts, Cornias, and Total Care Dental got the following fun surprises:

$50/week for the next 2 months in groceries from The Good Earth, presented by co-owner Scott Howard

$50/week for the next 2 months in groceries from SunWarrior, plus free protein powder, Liquid Light, and Ormus Greens, presented by co-owners Denley and Jan Fowlke

$100 gift certificates for green smoothies from the Roxberry franchises that have GreenSmoothieGirl franchises inside them, presented by co-owner Holly Jackman

Everyone was pretty excited. I gave each group a tour around the inside of a health food store, so they begin to feel comfortable there. I told them that you spend MOST of your dollars in Produce and Bulk…and when you figure out something is going to be a staple at your house, you buy a case/box of it and ask for a case discount. (Good Earth is happy to arrange this.)

The Wilberts and Cornias break my heart every time I see them because they are such beautiful families facing such daunting health challenges. The Hot Chicks of Total Care Dental crack me up because they are so much fun–they never stop laughing and joking around.

Dental Hygienist Jillene and I are cooking up a total GreenSmoothieGirl smackdown. She’s an extreme-athlete mom like me, and we are gonna have a contest: wearing athletic gear, a ref wearing a jersey and whistle on hand to enforce the rules, all oiled up with black football-player lines under our eyes, we are gonna make each other the NASTIEST. EVER. GREEN SMOOTHIE. Whoever takes the longest to gag hers down is GOIN’ DOWN.

(Help me with this: what should the loser have to do? I sense I should be spending some time boning up on pushups.) (I made the mistake of telling Jillene’s co-workers that I gag on wheat grass juice….they were quick to inform her of my Achilles Heel, my Kryptonite….I am SCARED. Maybe I will stop by Good Earth every day for a few weeks to drink wheat-grass shots. UGH. Her co-workers said, “Do you know who you’re dealing with?!”)

Anyway, it’s gonna be a smackdown of epic proportions. Stay tuned because that video will eventually air here. I called Jillene on Saturday to tell her about my idea, and she had to pull her bike off the road to answer and listen to my ideas. She is not jokin’ around, that girl.When I’m skiing, she’s biking. When I’m playing tennis, she’s training for a marathon. When I’m kickboxing, she’s probably crocodile hunting or something.

GAME ON. Bring your wheat grass juice and I’ll match you….ohhhh, no, I am not going to give my tricks away here. Muahahahaha.

And here’s Samantha’s blog, so you can follow along her path to whole foods and health. She and Nate quit drinking soda and started green smoothies on Monday. Enjoy her blog!

 

Coconut oil benefits going mainstream, part 2 of 2

Dr. Newport talked to Dr. Richard Veech at National Institute of Health and studied everything she could find on coconut oil, fatty acids, human breast milk, and various disease states. She is an M.D. who clearly places a lot of faith, as all M.D.’s have been schooled to do, in the past century’s protocols of drugs to cure illness. But she says this after her self-directed studying and experimenting with her husband’s diet:

“I wonder about autism and whether something very important is missing in infant formulas and in the diets of women who are breastfeeding.”

After the 1950’s, we abandoned the use of coconut oil that was a staple until studies of PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED coconut oils were shown to be detrimental. (There’s a big difference between that and the cold-pressed, organic oil I’m recommending! Hydrogenated oils aren’t real food, as they’ve been heated to high temps and molecularly altered; they are highly damaging to our health.) Then coconut oil was completely bumped from the American lifestyle for 40 years until just recently. I wonder, to what effect? Only time will tell, but back then, we had radically lower rates of heart disease, cancer, and other inflammatory conditions.

Karen W. and her family, for GreenSmoothieGirl Makeover, have been so ill that while the Cornia family and Total Care Dental are off and running, we haven’t been able to get them started. We had an interview on camera where Karen lamented that her closest friends are marathon runners and she wants to be outside running with them instead of lying in bed. She said she’s come to hate the tree outside her bedroom window because she marks time by it, because it’s her only connection to outdoors. Leaves on, leaves off, winter, spring, summer, fall. Karen’s story is killing me!

I am going to give her a gallon of coconut oil and have her, like Dr. Newport’s husband, start using a couple of tablespoons of it daily. We’ll see if it makes a difference for her, with multiple sclerosis symptoms. What do you have to lose? It’s just real food!

(Side note: Karen and her family were at my class at Good Earth last night. She said she told her doctor that she was about to start following the GreenSmoothieGirl program, and her doc said that another of his patients was doing so and was completely off his cholesterol meds. Cool!)

Spread coconut oil on toast like butter. Sautee in it. (It creates no trans-fats, even at high temps!) Use it in cookies or other baked goods. Dr. Newport put 7 tsp. daily in her husband’s morning oatmeal. Slather it on your lips. Slather it on your significant other’s lips and kiss it off. Use it as a facial moisturizer, or on your hands/arms/legs.

You can also use coconut milk, which you can get at health food stores or Asian markets–it’s a combo of coconut oil and coconut liquid.

(Can you tell I’m madly in love with coconut oil? I don’t know that I’d call its taste “haunting” like the rather dramatic New York Times writer, but I love the health benefits!)

filming with Cornias, Total Care Dental today: and the Almond Joy Fudge recipe

I just filmed the beginning of Samantha Cornia’s GSG Makeover in her kitchen. What fun to get Gavin’s and Olivia’s first green smoothie on film. Olivia was born with her organs outside her body, and although doctors put it all back in, she suffers with terrible constipation and digestive problems.

Heading over to film with the Hot Dental Girls at Total Care Dental shortly, as Karen was ill and we have to postpone.

The Good Earth has decided to co-sponsor GreenSmoothieGirl Makeover, and each participant is getting $50 in free groceries for the 8 weeks that we do this program. We’ll be taking the participants into the store for a tour that we’ll film; I will teach them new ways to shop, what to get and why, and how to eat whole foods on a budget. Samantha was very moved by this gift–thank you Good Earth, you are the best!!

Here’s the last recipe from last week, out of Ch. 4–a great way to get both your chocolate fix, and coconut oil in your daily routine (I’ll be writing some interesting stuff about coconut oil soon):

Almond Joy Fudge

2 cups raw, organic agave

2 cups organic, extra virgin coconut oil

If your coconut oil is solid, place its container in a sink of hot tap water to melt it first. Then put both ingredients in BlendTec and add:

1 cup raw powdered chocolate (or unsweetened cocoa)

Blend well, then pour mixture into a bowl and stir in:

2 cups shredded coconut

2 cups chopped almonds

Pour the mixture into a 9×13 pan, chill 2 hours, and cut into squares to serve.

Introducing the Cornia Family: GreenSmoothieGirl Makeover [part 4 of 4]

Our third selection is the video that moved me to tears as I watched it. You know how I feel about young moms. You knew I’d pick a young mom. This was our most difficult choice–but BlendTec and I were unanimous with each of the three picks.

Samantha Cornia is only 25 years old and has four children. Everyone in her home struggles with MRSA infections–staph that is immune to antibiotics. That’s because they’re constantly on antibiotics and other prescriptions, like steroids.

You’ll hear more of her story as we release segments of their journey, on YouTube and here. Her 3rd child was born with all her organs outside her body. When my baby was very ill, a woman named Ginger Ford whose son had the same syndrome, spent a year pumping breast milk while her baby was in the NICU having many surgeries to get his organs put inside his body. She gave all of that breast milk to me. (I was under a lot of stress and was very underweight, 115 lbs. at over 5’8″. My own milk disappeared and my baby refused most foods and was allergic to the rest, like Samantha’s baby.) Largely thanks to her, my baby recovered and thrived. I told Ginger that if I could ever do anything for her–anything at all–I want that opportunity, because she helped save my baby’s life in a very intimate way.

As I watched Samantha’s video, I wrote in my notes, “She reminds me of me. When I was her age.” Very ill. So tired of drugging my babies and watching them struggle. Desperate for something else, something better than drugs and fatigue.

What a crucible for powerful change that awful place in my life turned out to be. Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom before we climb out.

Samantha’s youngest is 14 mo. old and has massive food allergies and won’t eat. He’s on lots of steroids and recently had an upper GI and colonoscopy–his esophagus is swollen and raw and he cries constantly. He falls asleep at night clutching his throat. He is a heartbreakingly gorgeous little boy, and you will fall in love with him on film.

I am ecstatic to work with the Cornia family of Lehi, Utah. They are big soda drinkers, and until attending my Junk Food Dude book reading last weekend, they’d never had a green smoothie.

They don’t generally eat whole foods. Samantha’s parents struggle with obesity, and she was raised on what she calls “Mormon Mom casseroles.” When a friend suggested a few years ago that she visit GreenSmoothieGirl.com, she said, “Green Smoothie Gross!”

Now Samantha finds herself in a very different place in her life. Devastating health problems have humbled her, and she finds her mind and heart open to change.

(Make a mental note of that. Those who mock you now, for taking a whole-foods path, may be on your porch begging for mentoring a few years from now. When they’re ready, they know where to go.)

Please stay tuned for more from the Cornias, and watch their sweet video here.

Introducing Karen Wilbert, GreenSmoothieGirl Makeover [part 3 of 4]

When I watched Karen Wilbert, I turned to Kels and said, “She really touches me. I want to work with her.” I was deeply moved by Karen’s story of six family members undergoing gastric bypass, including both parents and 4 siblings! Two of them have had the procedure twice!

When she came to my home to interview, she walked with a cane. But this is a big improvement since she was once on a feeding tube for a year! She lost 60 lbs. because of malnutrition.

Karen’s health challenges are daunting. Multiple sclerosis is not a quick or easy thing to turn around, like cardiovascular disease, anxiety, and overweight can be. Fatigue and depression mean that we have to fight through early, serious roadblocks to get to the good stuff–the dividends of lifestyle change.

I told her, “We can’t and don’t promise any specific ‘cures’ of health problems.” But Karen is BRAND NEW to the GSG lifestyle and I’m excited to see what happens, because there’s nowhere to go but up, when you’ve hit rock bottom. I was looking for people whose spouses are not highly resistant (uneducated, or mild resistance, yes–all-out opposition, no). Karen’s husband will support this.

I told her, “I’m thrilled to be part of your journey, and I want to educate and help you. My one concern is this: Will you get out of bed and do this?

With many tears, she stated her commitment. Please give her your encouragement in response to this blog entry! Tell her your own experience and give her some love!

I think Karen is ready to live. She is more than 2 years younger than I am–41 years old, far too young to be the “living dead.” Please view her video here.

Introducing the hot women of Total Care Dental: GreenSmoothieGirl Makeover [part 2 of 4]

I’m thrilled to work with Total Care Dental for the GreenSmoothieGirl Makeover pilot. Kels, from BlendTec (an amazing filmmaker) calls them the Hot Dental Office.

These ladies are hot, no lie. (I could tell Kels reaaaaallllly wanted us to pick them!)

Michelle Jorgenson is a dentist who employs half a dozen support staff. All women, all moms–three of them single moms. (Turns out her hygienist is a woman my son calls Mama Mecham, because her son and mine are close friends, and my son is at her house a lot.)

I’m excited to work with them because of the opportunity to impact many people. Dr. Jorgenson is not only a mother of four, but also a professional dedicated to total health, not just cleanings and fillings! She originally came to my site when her female-dentist MasterMind group from all over the U.S. met on the phone. A dentist in San Diego sent all the others to GreenSmoothieGirl.com. Dr. J was amazed to find that I am less than 10 miles from her.

(Recently a local wrote us that she was told about GreenSmoothieGirl.com by her friend in Australia. I love the internet, and how information travels at the speed of light! It’s so awesome when that viral info is positive info. An example of how “life is one eternal round.”)

Not only will we be going into the homes of these women, but we’ll be watching them roll out changes in the office and watching the impact in their lives. One mom is going through a divorce. Another has a baby and is excited to avoid the mistakes I made with my own first baby. (I weaned him onto formula and processed food and dairy milk–to disastrous consequences.)

One mom is a marathon runner and wants to cut her time. (We bonded over our love of competitive sports.) I told her I just *have* to get her started on Hot Pink!

Maybe Mama Mecham’s children’s photos will run here on the blog soon, since she tried green smoothies for the first time recently, and one green mustache actually landed on the forehead as well as upper lip–she also captured her 9-y.o. having a crying tantrum on the floor.

Dr. J will host an event for her patients that I’ll speak at. We’ll watch her and her hygienist discuss the impact of nutrition on dental health, with their patients, one on one, too.

I’m so excited to work with Total Care Dental! We’re getting them blenders and 12 Steps and setting up our first shoot, on-location.

Enjoy the Hot Dental Office demo video here!

Announcing three winners: GreenSmoothieGirl Makeover [part 1 of 4]

As I mentioned, I got LOTS of video applications. If you wanted to be in our pilot project, and you weren’t selected, please know that if the show takes off and we do more, I will want to work with you then!

One major factor was to choose folks who are VERY NEW to eating right. I was looking for people eating the Standard American Diet who desperately need some training, so we could watch their transformation from ground zero.

For the next three days, I’m announcing the 3 winners, and telling you why I fell in love with them and want to work with them first. I’ll be posting their demo videos.

We’ll create the reality show out of interviews and my consultations with these amazing families. You may not be aware that my family and I were on ABC/Disney’s show Wife Swap several years ago. (The green-smoothie, anti-junk-food lifestyle was, of course, central to the show. They matched us with a family who ate nothing but junk, in Albuquerque.)

Much of the show was manufactured, and I had an interesting experience working with cameras, producers, and directors in a high-pressure situation, a constant presence in my life. To a certain extent, creative license is required in making a show. But my show will be as real as possible because my point isn’t to create entertainment. It’s to give you a peek inside a real-life transformation, so you have inspiration for your own journey.

Will we ever do a “second take?” I’m sure that’ll occasionally be necessary. However, we aren’t going to put words in a family member’s mouth. We aren’t going to manufacture successes. We aren’t going to sugar-coat challenges.

You will be moved and inspired by their real stories–there is a lot of suffering here, but a lot of potential and enthusiasm, too.

Come with us on this exciting journey–make sure you’re subscribed to GreenSmoothieGirl channel on YouTube, so you know when we release each new segment!

The next three days, I’ll introduce you to our three families. We’ll post their demo footage, so you can see what I saw, before I summoned them to meet with BlendTec and me as finalists.

list of recipes we’re whipping up for next week: come have dinner with us!

I spent Monday afternoon at BlendTec watching videos submitted for the GreenSmoothieGirl Makeover show pilot. We watched many emotional pleas, from a lot of passionate people and cute families–and some very tough stories of devastating health problems related to lifestyle and nutrition. Obesity and gastric bypass, diabetes, childhood behavior problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, fatigue, depression, terrible physical challenges even for children–lots of folks are really suffering. One video made me cry. I will share the videos with you after I meet with finalists and choose three.

We have openings in the Sandy and Riverdale (Utah) classes for the Tastes of 12 Steps, Part 1 class next week (Thurs. and Fri. night).

And I think they will fill up, like Orem has, so get a ticket now if you haven’t already.

These are recipes we’re going to make, to show you how easy, beautiful, light, and energy-gifting rather than energy-draining, whole foods are:

Green Smoothie 2.0 (You’ve graduated! Now let’s add superfoods!)

Everyday Salad (all the cool things you can do with it!)

Maple Dressing

Spinach Orzo Ensalata

Tangy Dill Dressing

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries Over Quinoa

Rainbow Salad or Carrot-Orange Soup

Almond Joy Fudge

Vanilla Pudding

Anyway, I’m getting excited. Come let us spoil you. You don’t have to own a 12 Steps course to attend, but if you do, bring your manual and your questions!