“Dear GreenSmoothieGirl” for Arizona, part 1 of 4

One of my favorite things about traveling to a new city on my speaking tour is meeting names I’ve been seeing since GSG was a brand new site. And meeting volunteers who come help us at the classes. Jenny and Tosh Black. Tawnya and Chad Hood. Jeannie Kirkpatrick. Shanna Anderson. Thank you all for coming, and for half a dozen of you who brought 15+ friends to Mesa….you “get” my vision of spreading this message far and wide, so that we turn the tide of the health disaster currently ruling in America. And I love you.

I’m going to answer questions submitted to us via email, the next few days:

Dayna: Do you use fluoride toothpaste or commercial sunscreens?

GSG: No fluoride toothpaste. It’s a toxic petroleum byproduct that should have never been in our water supply, let alone in toothpaste or supplements. In the store, we have a few cases of this awesome deal that I got that we provided through the group buy. I put a case in my food storage. Especially for little kids who swallow their toothpaste, please use a natural kind.

Sunscreen can be chemical or physical. I don’t use the chemical kind. I’d rather get a sunburn! It’s full of toxic chemicals. The physical kind uses nano zinc oxide that literally blocks the sun. When you rub it in, at first it makes your skin very white (or you can get the tinted kind here). A few minutes later, your skin will look normal though. We have a little in our store but are not getting any more.

Cheryl: do you know any healthy whole-food bars?

GSG: On my blog, I posted this one from Michelle Jorgenson. There’s also a Manna Bar in Ch. 7 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods. At Costco, the Trio Bar is pretty good, and most Lara Bars at your health-food store are good. (But she’s started putting some sugar in a few of her bars, so read labels—the Cherry Pie one is my favorite, with all-raw ingredients).

Please don’t buy “protein” bars made from soy (refined, adding to the excess bad-estrogen problem in our food suppy), or whey (highly refined animal product).

Read what Dr. Michelle Jorgenson has to say here.

Amy: I want alkaline water—but it has to be simple, affordable, and convenient.

GSG: I agree. I am not a fan of putting baking soda or sodium chlorite drops in your water, though. I tried that years ago and noticed no health benefits, plus it dirties your water and those additives make me uncomfortable. We have a group buy going on all the time now, with so many people interested, so we can get wholesale prices on ionizers. Having it installed under your own sink is the only way to do it, because alkaline water you get from your friends’ machine or at the health food store loses its alkaline pH within 8 hours, according to my testing.

Look under Robyn Recommends on GreenSmoothieGirl.com. This is an FAQ about the ionizer we arrange wholesale pricing for you:

Water Ionizer

More tomorrow…..

eating healthy while traveling

I’m back from a fun trip down south for a baseball tournament in the sun.   I tried a tip from a woman who attended my nutrition class the night before I left–to use coconut oil instead of sunscreen.   She says it works.   (It seems rather counterintuitive–isn’t coconut oil in tanning lotions used to accelerate tanning?   But I’d read that same advice somewhere else, so it seemed worth a try.)

Well, I got a little burned anyway.   Maybe I shouldn’t have sat out with my coconut-oiled face, for THREE HOURS from 11:00 to 2:00?!   But it’s been a long winter, and I was looking forward to some sun.

So I can’t tell you coconut oil is  a miracle sunscreen.   But I was so busy, I had to fly out the door with my two sons, without doing any food prep like I usually do for a trip.   We grabbed a bag of sprouted teriyaki almonds I’d made for the nutrition class, a bag of those sweet-potato spears from Costco, and that’s ALL.   It was an adventure in finding decent nutrition on the road without the advantage of advance planning.

I found a place called Jimmy John’s (a sandwich franchise) down there.   They have a 7-grain bread and a veggie sandwich featuring alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, tomato, and a homemade avocado sauce. Not too bad, and pretty filling.

Subway is our standby as “fast food” on trips. Here’s what you do: get the “wheat” bread and order a Veggie Delite.   Tell the teenaged employee to put on LOTS of cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, and shredded carrots.   If you’re lucky, they’ll have spinach, though I didn’t see any at the Subways we visited on this trip.   Skip the iceburg and load up on the nutrient-dense veggies.   For a sauce, we just do brown mustard.

Then, your sandwich lies there, open, looking a little skimpy.   The “sandwich artist” awaits further orders.   Do not, in the interest of being polite, leave with that skimpy sandwich.   You say, can I have a bunch more tomatoes?   Thanks!   And how about a lot more cucumbers?   (Go through the whole vegetable lineup again if necessary.   Smile and use ALL your chatty charisma so as to not completely annoy them.)   When your sandwich is piled high with veggies, they manage to squeeze it shut and package it up for you, and you get a rather nutritious meal—though I recommend the 12-inch to make it filling enough!

 I stopped at a grocery store and got Grape Nuts (actually the store brand, because it was cheaper and didn’t contain soy lecithin).   We also got a couple boxes of Rice Dream, some bananas to put on top, and plastic bowls and spoons.   That was breakfast for four days.   I got a bag of apples for snacks.

I still wish I’d made two blenderfuls of GS and put it in a cooler like I’d planned (you can always use the hotel’s ice if your room doesn’t have a mini-fridge).   But we did okay!

Next up, I’m off to fill plastic Easter eggs with carob raisins, and hide them,  for the kids.   Happy Easter to y’all!