Introducing Plant-based Single Servings

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Whey Protein Part II and Our New Single Servings!

Hopefully, you read my recent blog post about how protein powders are mostly made from whey, which is highly processed and tainted with steroids, hormones, and antibiotics fed to the cow. Even the plant-based proteins are made from “isolates,” which processes the ingredient and throws out the fiber.

I wanted to make a protein that was delicious, but made from only whole, raw, organic plant foods. No isolates. No sugars. No animal products. Humane, eco-friendly, gluten-free, and…..don’t GSG vanilla protein single servingforget, delicious.

But when I packed for a trip, I used to almost always fail to measure scoops of protein into a baggie. Instead, I would tote around the whole bag, which was messy to use on the road. Now it’s easy because we have SINGLES!

With SINGLE SERVINGS, I just keep them in my carry-on bag and I’ve got lots of plant-based protein while on the road. Or in the sky.

Our berry, chocolate, and vanilla protein is now available in convenient SINGLE SERVINGS, and are 20% off till the end of the month.

GSG chocolate protein single servingsUsually, I mix a scoop of protein with one of our SINGLE SERVINGS of Superfood Reds, Greens, or Chocolate Greens, too. These are brand new and also 20% off this month! Chock full of raw, organic, whole-plant foods (no “extracts”)—these are a great way to increase your servings of nutrient-dense foods, no matter where you are.

I hope you love them like I do. All our Singles taste great and blend very well in a shaker bottle with water or in your green smoothie.

You’re adding 15 grams of quality, organic, plant-based protein to your diet with every scoop you use. And you’re retaining the fiber and micronutrients because our protein is RAW.

Stock up before the sale ends on July 31!

 

To Your Health!

—Robyn Openshaw

THIS is why you eat organic!

should you buy OrganicWhy did we reformulate our protein, and our new drink mixes (soon to release!) ORGANIC? It hasn’t been easy. Lots of people have worked on this, for a year now, our making our products all-organic and raw.

A new meta-study out of England analyzed data from 343 different published studies on organics.

So what’s the verdict?

Organic food has MUCH higher nutrition. In fact, you’d have to eat an extra 2 servings a day of conventional produce, to get the vitamin and mineral content of organic produce.

This has never been my biggest issue with conventionally grown produce, though. My issue is, I don’t want to eat pesticides and herbicides! The body does not eliminate them well, and they have long-term toxic effects. Some people say, and it’s true, well there are pesticide in organics, too. Still, quantity of exposure matters. And this meta-analysis concludes that you ingest 10 to 100 times more pesticide in conventional food.

Plus, when you buy organic, you do the whole world a favor. You’re supporting growers who don’t put glyphosphates on their fields (such as Roundup), which causes the plant to absorb heavy metals. Cadmium is high in conventional produce, which is very toxic for humans. In Switzerland, I was tested for heavy metals and was high in cadmium. (Being around car exhaust and some manufacturing output also leads to cadmium exposure.) Most people test high in cadmium.

Is buying organic worth a bit more? Clearly it is. Let’s eat foods that didn’t absorb heavy metals, that aren’t sprayed with pesticide, and are 20-40 percent higher in vitamins and minerals! Especially choose organic greens, thin-skinned fruits, and eggs (if you eat animal products). Google the “dirty dozen” for the foods highest in pesticide and therefore the most important to eat organic. You can also google the “clean dozen” for those that are safest to eat conventionally grown.

If only adults knew what this 3rd grader does!

Science experimentsI love science experiments. I did one with my Cub Scout related to an email that has gone around for years, saying that microwaved water kills plants. We sprouted seeds in vinegar water, sugar water, microwaved water, filtered water, and tap water. The microwaved water did the BEST. (I’m not advocating for microwaves here—microwaving is bad, regardless!–I’m just saying, sometimes we should test things before believing them.)

This little 3rd grade girl shows us some really interesting things about conventional versus organic sweet potatoes, and what happens when a farmer treats his crop with a chemical whose brand name is Bud Nip, and how “washing it off” doesn’t help. It’s surprisingly worth 2.5 minutes of your life.

Thanks to my best-friend-since-7th-grade, Laura, for sending me this. She’s doing the GreenSmoothieGirl Detox with a buddy, despite their not being into our oddballs-rejecting-mainstream-stuff movement at all, and doing great after a couple days of coffee-detoxing caffeine headaches.

Nutrition for pregnant moms, babies, toddlers….part 3 of 5

Today’s topic: WHAT DO I WEAN MY BABY ONTO?

So, you can’t feed your baby nothing but breast milk, and then goat milk (or yogurt/kefir) forever. Now you know why I highly encourage you to breastfeed as exclusively as you can, for 18 months.

But when you do begin to wean your baby, avoid all the boxed ‘cereals’ and the jars of baby food. I never fed my last three any of those things, not even once. Not one of them drank any ‘formula.’

Babies sensitive to dairy formulas are often given soy formulas, which is deeply troubling to me. Soy is estrogenic, and it is a very well-known endocrine disruptor. It is very possibly my least-favorite option to feed an infant. Plus, over 85% of America’s soy crops are genetically modified. Some evidence links it to degenerative gut conditions. Obviously we don’t want to start your baby down that path, shortly after birth!

I started weaning my babies onto raw, primarily non-sweet plant foods. More greens and vegetables than fruits.

If you start there, when your baby is hungry (beginning to outgrow the milk-only diet, and getting interested in table foods, wanting what you eat), you’re setting her tastes, which truly last a lifetime.

What you feed her NOW will be things she always gravitates towards. Programming at this very young age is very powerful. (Even the things you ate while your baby was developing in the womb, are often foods the baby later craves.)

So you have the opportunity to craft your child’s tastes. Make it easy on yourself, instead of choosing years of tantrums if you don’t feed her Skittles at every meal. That’s what you’re choosing for yourself, if you start feeding your little one sugar! A guaranteed future of refined-foods addiction.

Mash avocado. Make a simple green smoothie with only two ingredients. Chard and a small amount of banana, with water. Spinach, and an apple, and water. Blend it in your turbo blender. (Blendtec is the best one, Vitamix is the second-best one.)

MAKE IT ORGANIC. Your body doesn’t do well metabolizing pesticides. Your baby’s body is even more sensitive—plus, his body is just tiny. It should be developing, not struggling against organophosphates, or heavy metals.

Don’t cook the veggies to puree them in the blender. Blend RAW carrots and just enough water to blend. Cooking makes it soft, yes, but also kills vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Remember your baby isn’t producing digestive enzymes yet anyway. So give them to her in the form of raw plant food!

Don’t feed your baby raw honey until after 12 months, to be sure that her body is equipped to deal with the very mild pathogens occasionally found in that food.

Don’t sweeten the green smoothies with any concentrated sweetener. The only reason YOU think they have to be sweet is that you weren’t lucky enough to have a mother systematically weaning you onto wonderful living, whole, raw plant foods. Your baby has no addiction to sugar. Yet. Your baby has no emotional attachment to eating. Yet. Add nothing to sweeten but a bit of banana, or dates.

Add only one food a day, or each few days, to carefully observe any reactions in your baby, any potential food sensitivities. If you noticed when you were nursing, that your baby reacted to your breast milk when you ate certain foods, there is a higher likelihood that your baby is going to be sensitive to some foods when you feed them to her directly.

A mashed banana is a wonderful food for a baby. I think a banana and an avocado mashed for a baby is a FABULOUS baby or toddler meal. Perfect fats for brain health. Great potassium and many other vitamin and minerals, full of enzymes to make it easy to digest.

When you see the eyeteeth come in, at about 18 months, your baby is better able to digest foods, because that developmental milestone also generally means the body is in full digestive enzyme production as well. That is when I introduced cooked foods. But every meal or snack, then and now in my home, has been 60-80 percent raw. That way we are providing most or all of the enzymes our bodies need, rather than forcing the pancreas to release its limited stores.

Good cooked foods for toddlers would include toasted sprouted English muffins, “buttered” with coconut oil, or manna bread, or homemade, wholegrain sourdough bread. You can make lots of soups that feature legumes and vegetables, and many ideas are found in 12 Steps to Whole Foods, recipes I’ve raised my own family on and continue to make. Sometimes we eat whole-grain pastas, which is an excuse to make a sauce full of raw tomatoes and vegetables, and toss in steamed veggies. We make lots of different things with sprouted-wheat tortillas, and vegetarian refried beans that we make our buy, and veggies.

We eat a lot of salad. All of my babies were big salad eaters well before they were 2 years old. This helps them build a strong jaw capable of breaking down whole, raw plant foods.

You have perfect control of what fuel you give your child to make the most of his natural gifts, his natural intelligence, his naturally perfect mental health. Avoiding giving your baby sweet foods in his first two years of life also helps him have a better chance of excellent dental health, for many years to come. You can easily avoid white flour and sugar, food dyes and chemicals, hormone- and steroid-fed animal products. You might have to talk to church and daycare workers and ask them not to feed your child the standard snacks. (I told them my child was “allergic.” Aren’t we all?)

It’s worth it to swim upstream against the culture, to protect our children’s right to grow up healthy and strong. It’s worth a little money to buy organic for our babies. It’s worth a little time to plant a garden to control more of our food, decrease our carbon footprint, and set an example to our kids.

Tomorrow, nutrition during pregnancy.

Reversing Crohn’s disease

I saw this post from Melanie yesterday, in response to an old blog of mine. I thought it warranted front-and-center attention. It’s especially on my mind after a convo after my Lehi, UT class last night with a mother of a young (20-ish) Crohn’s patient who eats no fiber.

That’s the problem with Crohn’s patients, is that high-fiber foods are what they desperately need, and also what irritates their inflamed gut tissues. I’ve reconsidered my statement that Crohn’s is difficult to turn around after talking to a few docs in recent months who say with proper treatment, Crohn’s is one of the easier conditions to treat. I am not a practitioner, and I recommend sufferers get competent, EXPERIENCED, holistic help—such as from Dr. Gaetano Morello in Vancouver, who works with people remotely via phone.

Here’s what Melanie had to say, which folks with this and other inflammatory gut diseases may find encouraging:

“I just wanted to comment on your comment about Crohn’s disease being difficult to reverse with diet. I know in some severe cases, it might be, but I wanted to give a story of success and maybe hope for some people. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in July of last year. The doctor wrote me a prescription for a steroid and told me to take it INDEFINITELY! I handed her back the prescription, and said “No, this is not going to be my life. I will not take steroids!”

And after two days of intense research and crying, I threw myself head first into a raw, organic, grain-free vegan diet. If it didn’t fall into that category, it didn’t go into my mouth. I lost about 35 lbs. (which I needed to) and within just 2 weeks I was able to go off of both of the prescription meds I was on for the reactive arthritis caused by the inflammation in my body due to the Crohn’s.

Within about a month, all of my Crohn’s symptoms (intestinal cramping, anal fissures, cracked skin on my hands, too frequent bowel movements, hair falling out) were either much lessened or GONE! When I went back for a check-up in October (I had a bet with my doctor – if I wasn’t better by then, steroids it was!), my small bowel series of xrays indicated that I had NO bowel strictures, no inflammation, no irregular fold patterns, no wall thickening!

The doctor said it looks like I’d never had Crohn’s in the first place and that I was in the clear! I will admit that after the ‘all clear’ I thought I could add some things back into my diet – cheese, some fish, rice – and I started getting pain in my joints again. So, now that I eat about 90-95% raw, I am maintaining my good health, and my husband and I are currently trying for baby #2 – something I didn’t think I’d ever be able to have with Crohn’s!”

Thank you for your story, Melanie. Of course, Jordin Rubens (The Maker’s Diet) is a fantastic example of a man who was nearly dead of Crohn’s at 19, and now 20 years later is extremely healthy simple because he changed his diet. I know soil organisms and probiotics had a HUGE place in his healing. Those topics are covered in Step 8 of my 12 Steps to Whole Foods.

Oasis of Hope, Tijuana (Contreras Clinic)

Oasis of Hope in Tijuana is inpatient, with all meals served to you. It is very much a hospital—not a medical spa like in Irvine, or a detox retreat like Creative Health Institute or Hippocrates Health Institute. It’s a small hospital, but they have an emergency room, a pharmacy, radiology, the works.

The food is radically different from “normal” hospital food. You can ask them for lots of green juice (I had some from the buffet, see the juices in this photo), and dictate your own nutrition protocol if you want. The meals are 95% vegan (occasionally they serve a little fish or chicken although I never saw any) because their patients want it, and some demand it). Meals are an organic, varied, gluten free buffet—delicious, and although it’s not 100% raw, there is lots of raw plant food.

I was very impressed by the food, actually. It isn’t “detox food” like you’d get at Creative Health Institute or Optimum Health Institute, but you can easily eat raw and vegan there, and it’s all really yummy.

I was told stories of patients who bring in bags of junk food. This would never fly at other places I have been. Oasis of Hope’s philosophy seems to be that while they aren’t going to provide it, they also aren’t going to be the Food Gestapo for their patients either.

But the culture there is very much Latin American. That is, it’s very respectful of you, your wants, your spirit, your individuality. Rosa, the nutritionist, is Dr. Contreras’ daughter and has an American master’s degree. She is happy to teach nutrition to patients one-on-one, but the Latin tendency is clear: that they are not dogmatic or pushy or militant, as some clinics are in the U.S. (I personally respond just fine to nutritional militancy, even appreciate it, LOL! However, some don’t.)

There is a deep focus on spirituality. Dr. Contreras and the other practitioners at his hospital feel that healing is impossible if you do not BELIEVE in the treatment, if your attitude is negative, if you are not an active participant in recovery. His father, Dr. Ernesto, greeted each patient as they arrived, and played his guitar and sang for them when they left. The staff at Oasis Tijuana is very gentle and even kitchen staff hugs the patients every day. They are openly Christian, while inclusive and welcoming to those of other faiths. Attending a daily devotional, and worshiping or meditating in the beautiful chapel, is an important part of treatment.