raw food made easy: new vids on the site

How do you make decisions about whether to buy organic or not? What do you choose in the greens section of the grocery stores where you shop? How much do you pay? What do I do with the rest of the plant when I buy root vegetables? What are some new things you can put in your smoothies when you get bored?

Check out my two new videos now on the site addressing these issues and giving you a tour through the produce section of one of my favorite local stores:

http://greensmoothiegirl.com/videos3.html

My favorite part is where I randomly (I did not plan it, I promise) make friends with an elderly shopper named Elizabeth and sell her on raw food made easy with the green smoothie habit. (Don’t chase people down at your grocery store who look like they need help. They won’t appreciate it. But when you are making a video in the grocery store with a film crew, and someone expresses interest, open your mouth and start talking, because you just might be in her path for a reason that day!) :-)

bodybuilding and green smoothies, raw food

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl,

I just wanted to thank you so much for inspiring me to try your green smoothies.   I am totally hooked on them and I’ve started to crave them as well.   I feel so much better and energized.   I just came off my contest season and I’m now in the off season and it takes me awhile for my body to adjust to adding in more foods, etc.   The green smoothies have made it so much easier and I’m so glad.   I’ve never eaten so many greens in my life.   I, obviously, needed them after dieting for nine months this year and maintaining a 9% body fat percentage through my contests.   I didn’t realize that the more green smoothies you consume the less you want animal products, meats especially.   I have more of tendency to eat raw foods.   My oldest daughter is a rawfoodist and she loves the green smoothies too.   It makes it a lot easier for her to continued success with her own plan.

Also, I am a personal trainer and a lot of my clients are choosing to give the green smoothies a try and loving them.   So, thanks again for your continued support.   I hope to meet you in person in the future.

Talk soon,

Carmen Demske

www.myspace.com/sportskickinc.com

www.sportskickinc.com

Age 41

National Level Figure Competitor

Mother of 2:   Catalina 17 and Maizee 15

September 2009

Carmen6

Thoughts after BYU’s Education Week, and Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie, Part 1 of 5

I was at Brigham Young University ‘s Education Week most of this week, with my gorgeous sister and two favorite cousins.   (That’s saying a lot about how cool Rochelle and Quinn are, since I have 48 first cousins and they all rock out loud.) I got to see a few GSG readers here from out of town I’d arranged to meet, or who saw me in classes.   (Lala whipped out her empty green smoothie container from her backpack, and I learned that her dad is one of the authors of Crucial Conversation, one of my all-time favorite books! I was there to attend his lecture. Fun!)

Robyn, her sister, and her cousins at BYU Education WeekHere’s a photo of us at our last class, my sis next to me and cousins on the outside.   The incredible class we’re sitting in was taught by Kathy Headlee Miner, the founder of Mothers Without Borders, who I am meeting with tomorrow.   GSG readers will be hearing more later about how we are gonna get good nutrition to orphaned children together in third-world countries!

I have lots of comments about things I learned, so this will be a multi-part series.   Education Week has literally hundreds of classes all over the huge campus, about everything from single parenting, to Isaiah in the Bible, to gardening (to give you an idea of some of the things I learned about).

I got Quinn and Roch (12 Steppers) addicted to Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie, since they stayed at my house.   Roch told the others that she dreamed about it at night.   Just sixty seconds ago, she wrote me an email about how she made it for her family and they were mocking her because it was disgusting.   Then she said, “I forgot the strawberries!”   She would like me to write you a “testimonial” that says this: “Don’t forget the strawberries.”

If you’ve tried it and don’t like it, you made it wrong.   LOL!   If you can’t find fresh young Thai coconuts (by the case in Asian markets), never fear.   You can buy coconut water/liquid (not milk, high in fat) in cans.   I get them $1.19 by the case, and one can has about 2.5 cups in it, so it’s no more expensive than fresh.   It doesn’t have live enzymes because it’s not raw when it’s canned, but it’ll do in a pinch and has many other health benefits fairly intact.

The recipe is in Ch. 10 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods.   Even though it’s really yummy and virtually all raw, it has beets and carrots in it. Anyone, please tell me a breakfast containing those ingredients that you’ll enjoy as much.

Anyway, tomorrow I’ll tell you a couple of REALLY interesting things I learned before I go off about modern dietetics based on a nutrition class I attended.   Watch out: I’m fired up and both barrels are loaded.

Green Smoothie Testimonials, Part 13

My New Year’s Resolution was to GO GREEN. My husband and I (yes, I converted him) both love the green smoothies. They are very satisfying. We no longer crave junk food. We have begun to lose a few pounds. I am turning on my grandchildren and children to them. My husband is Hispanic, diabetic, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. We are seeing improvements.   It has only been a month. We use our BlendTec for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We make smoothies, salad dressings, soups and using your 12 Steps to Whole Foods book each month to be totally green after one year. Thank you for all your research and recipes.

–Pat M.

Green Smoothies became a part of my life at the same time that I started eating 100% raw. So the effects are probably due to raw food (which green smoothies are) in general. I do know that the effects have been real for me, and I refer everyone I possibly can to GreenSmoothieGirl.com so they can reap the benefits, too.

Many people do not want to go all raw, but they can improve by adding green smoothies, and eating more raw foods. I was able to quit taking oral medications for diabetes after making these changes and have been stable without medications for almost a year, now. I am looking forward to even more improvements as I continue on this path. I am so grateful for Robyn and for the contribution she has made to the community in helping people to understand this vital information. I am convinced that health and longevity is based on what we put in and on our bodies, and that we are responsible for our own health and vitality. If we are not willing to do what is necessary, Nature will impose the consequences.

–DJSK

Green smoothies have helped me stay full longer in the morning.   I used to be SO hungry by lunchtime.   My stomach would growl and I would become dizzy.   Now I drink a blender full of smoothie in the morning and I am satisfied until it is time to eat my next meal.

–J. Burns

My day is not complete without a smoothie! If I go without one, I feel bad physically and mentally. My children love them, too, and want them every day so they can have energy and strong muscles.

–Jenny L.