My friend drinks green smoothies, loses weight, addresses diabetic issues

I have a close friend who rents my basement apartment. Jean is a 46-year old mom of 3 and a Type 1 diabetic since age 16. As with all of my friends, I never undertook to try to convince her to eat whole foods, but she’s in my kitchen a lot and sees what I do. And eventually almost everyone tries it–at LEAST the green smoothie habit, and most of them even more of my lifestyle habits. I have quite an army of friends and ex-boyfriends who make green smoothies regularly and tell me they’ll never give that up.

One of the most common questions I get is, “How can I get my [sister] (insert name of someone close to you) on board?” And of course I have detailed answers to that in the 12 Steps Intro, regarding your kids and spouse. But my general answer is, “You don’t.”

You can’t change what someone else eats. A minority of people would rather die than eat right. But lots of people WILL change, just by watching you and seeing the results. Example is so much more powerful than lectures.

So this weekend Jean was sitting in my kitchen while I was testing recipes for Junk Food Dude’s Yummy Healthy Recipes, which you can pre-order now. It’s a companion to The Adventures of Junk Food Dude, which is being printed right now, and I found a way to reduce the price of the hardback book by $4! Yay!

We were talking about why she left yoga early that morning. And her insulin pump started beeping right about then. She got it out and squeezed it a few times to eat the “mashed potatoes” (featuring cauliflower and spinach) that she’d just tasted and wanted a bowl of.

My son Tennyson was in the room, so I asked Jean to show him her pump and tell him about diabetes. I asked Ten if he has noticed Jean pricking her finger to test her blood, when she sits with us at church, and he nodded. “I have to do that 20 or 25 times a day,” she told him.

“And what happens if your blood sugar is low?” I asked. (All in the name of instructing Tennyson–I would talk to him later about what causes Type 2 diabetes.)

“I have to eat a piece of candy,” she said.

AAARGH.

“Or a piece of fruit?” I suggested. “Yes, even better,” she said.

So we were talking about how she sometimes has to leave yoga (we go to the same class on Saturdays at the gym), because her blood pressure is too low, and yesterday she had a lot of muscle fatigue and just couldn’t finish.

She said to Tennyson, “I used to feel like that a LOT, until I started drinking green smoothies, and it almost never happens now.” I asked her what other health benefits she noticed, and she said, “More energy and I lost weight.”

Good stuff. I’ll post more green-smoothie mustache photos and testimonials sent by readers, soon!

Junk Food Dude’s Yummy Healthy Recipes

I’ve been cooking up so many ideas for how 2012 is the year I start taking the GSG message to KIDS, rather than just their parents. I have BIG plans for a whole revolution that starts with a big event in your elementary school gym: reading The Adventures of Junk Food Dude and arming families with Junk Food Dude’s Yummy Healthy Recipes. Then they rotate around “centers” with food tastings, hosted by your local health food store. And you make money to put the event on, and I tell you exactly how to do it. And you have a blast, and tons of kids leave empowered and educated and excited to eat whole foods.

They leave having chosen whether to be Junk Food Dude or Green Smoothie Guy. They’re rewarded with a sticker that says, “I’m a Green Smoothie Guy!” or “I’m a Green Smoothie Girl!” if they made and tasted yummy whole foods.

You in? More later, on that, so stay tuned.

Junk Food Dude’s Yummy Healthy Recipes is an all-color, easy recipe book for 4 to 14-year olds. This is where education ideally should to start, and it helps if kids are EXCITED about not only the consequences of good nutrition—but the tastes, textures, and processes involved, too. I learned when I studied to be a child and family therapist that PROCESS is as important as PRODUCT.

Check out a few of the photos that will be in the book. (Katie Dudley, I’M NOT WORTHY—you are, straight up, a genius with a camera. Check out http://www.kdphotography.org)

The ending of Junk Food Dude!

Here’s the end of my book, The Adventures of Junk Food Dude, with a little

activity for kids to review what foods are positive and negative choices.

And a review of what the consequences are of making positive nutrition

choices.

We will also be publishing a companion recipe book,

Junk Food Dude’s

Yummy Healthy Recipes

My next blog post will be just a few of the spectacular photos from my

recipes in that book. Every recipe will have full-color photos that will

make children want to get in the kitchen and experiment with real, living

foods, and then eat those creations!

More pages for The Adventures of Junk Food Dude

Here’s the latest installment of illustrated pages (by Lori Sume) for The Adventures of Junk Food Dude. Thanks for the emails through the site, from those who are reading each installment to your kids. I loved it when Holly brought her 10-year old son over at my daughter’s soccer game–she’d read the pages to him. All feedback is helpful. Those of you who thought the first pages were too “achievement” oriented, I am going to address that. But I wonder if you feel somewhat differently as the story goes along . . . PLMK!

Radio chat with Carol–and more book illustrations

Great fun with Carol Tuttle on her radio show last night, listen to the recording HERE. At the end of it, she said, “It’ll be fun to keep connecting with you and see how this goes. Maybe we could play tennis sometime! But I think you might beat me.”

I said: “I plan to.”

LOL! Gotta love Type 3’s, right Carol?

 

Finally, here are the next 4 illustrated pages of my book, The Adventures of Junk Food Dude.