Testimonial: green smoothies, whole foods, Crohn’s disease

I started drinking green smoothies everyday about a year and a half ago.  My neighbor told me about them and I attended your class in Idaho Falls.

My son was about 18 months old. He loves to drink them and has never had to go to the Dr. for a sick visit.  During my second pregnancy I drank a smoothie and ate a green salad everyday. My second son was born 7 weeks early weighing 5 lbs 5 oz.

He was so big, robust, and healthy his pediatrician said he had never seen a baby born this early do as well. He didn’t need oxygen and would nurse very strongly. They kept us in the NICU to observe him to make sure he would grow. Many of his nurses could not believe how fast the weight came off of me or how strong and healthy my baby was. I give credit to green smoothies and my green salad.

I have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease for 8 years now. At one point I weighed 88 lbs (I am 5’8″).  I have tried pretty much every natural and medical way to get my health back. I played 3 varsity sports in High School and received a full ride scholarship to college for 2 of them, so I felt totally debilitated.

Having to sit at home and waste away I was going, well, running actually, to the bathroom 2-3 times an hour every day.  I was hospitalized and fed only through an IV.  I finally put on enough weight to become pregnant and started to get better, but I reached a peak and could not get over it and started to feel like I was slipping again.

I am so excited about your 12 step  program I am starting step 4 but I have skipped around a lot to get some healthy recipes and sprouting started in my diet.  I hope to be writing back to you some day in total remission from Crohn’s.

Already I have noticed fewer bowel movements in a day, maybe 5-6 total which is still too many but such a huge improvement from the 40+ each day my husband and I used to describe it as peeing out my bum because it was just liquid. Now it is formed.

I have a lot more energy which I need for my two kids and have an overall better outlook on life.  I am so thankful to you and your program it is so simple to follow and it really does taste good which is just amazing because a lot of “healthy” foods I tried in the past were too awful to eat. My husband will usually try and go back for seconds on everything I make from your book.

Here’s a picture of my son Blaise with his green mustache.

Melissa T.

Some of you will outgrow me, and I HOPE YOU ALL DO!

In the recent Mercola/Campbell debate I called “Clash of the Titans,” a comment was made by a reader that you may not have noticed–but it really made me think.

“John” said that the more he stays close to sun and soil, and the more he learns and empowers himself, the less attention he pays to “outside experts.”

I love that. Very frankly, you should move down the path to less reliance on me, too.

I have seen some readers do it in the past three years. Some whose stories I know well, I have observed. They include Darlene in Canada, Tina in North Carolina, Jamie in Utah, Tonya in California, Tricia in Texas, Leslee in Texas, Dr. Denise in Florida, and my very own Jenni, whom I adore and who is head of my customer support team.

These eight (and more–name yourself and tell your story if you fit in this camp) got their start here at GSG or elsewhere, but embraced knowledge and change.

They’ve outgrown me. They’ve studied, pondered, and prayed. They’ve practiced. They’ve developed a repertoire of recipes and habits. They’ve overhauled their pantries, fridges, freezers. They’ve begun growing gardens. The learning curve got flatter and flatter.

They’ve seen the fruits of their labors: better health, amelioration of energy deficits and chronic conditions. They’ve converted others to the lifestyle that has so dramatically helped them. They haven’t done it halfway–they’ve done it flat-out, in a committed way.

Most of them voluntarily wrote testimonials for 12 Steps. They didn’t write sophistry or canned marketing hype or excessive praise. They wrote the real stories of their families’ genuine experiences.

They check back here now and then because no matter how far down the path you go, you need reassurance, community, and support.

But their knowledge eventually rivals my own. AND I LOVE THIS. I honor all all of you who have a sincere wish to help others learn the truth and get healthier.

As John said (which reminds me of someone I read Bernard Jensen saying, a pioneer in nutrition who lived well into his 90’s), live close to the rich, black dirt, and the air and sunshine. Where those things are, you’ll find whole foods: they keep you grounded, sane, and whole.

simple habits change lives

This was posted  yesterday. WOW! Scott, thank you for sharing this! (And YES, it is amazing to see people’s lives change for the better!)

Robyn,

First I want to extend a heartfelt thank you for what you do. I know it sounds a bit dramatic but you may have helped to save my life. And for that I will be eternally grateful.

I cannot for the life of me remember how I ran across your website. But the important thing is that I did. I would like to share a little bit about the impact you have had on my life up to this point.

I first found greensmoothiegirl.com somewhere around the end of February of this year.

Before that point I was somewhere around 370 or 380 pounds. I am not exactly sure but the only way I could estimate is that my doctor’s scale (350 lb max weight) wouldn’t weigh me and I had to press pretty hard on the end of the balance point to get that thing in the middle. We guessed about 370 or 380. Not good. Obviously! I was officially “fat, forty five and ‘fraid a dyin.”

I have been in the medical field for more than half my life. I have seen people die senselessly for 25 years. All products of bad nutritional choices. And here I was heading in the same direction.

Back in 1985 when I started in this field it would be uncommon for people in their 50′s to die of sudden cardiac death. As time has gone by that age has continually dropped. Now it is COMMON for us to see patients in their 40′s go into cardiac arrest and the 30 year olds are the new 50. Uncommon, but they are now dropping dead in their 30′s. Scary.

Two months ago my friend had a 14 year old patient who was having a full blown STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction). A STEMI is a type of severe heart attack in which the coronary artery is completely blocked off by a blood clot. It’s usually recognized by an elevation of the ST segment on an ECG, which indicates that a large amount of heart muscle damage is occurring.

So back to me……..

I started reading all your stuff and decided to try the green smoothies or what I affectionately call  my swamp water. I was very pleased. And have only missed about 3 days of smoothies since I began the first of March this year.

Reading your content led me to “The China Study” which led me to “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” which led me to Dr. McDougall.

My life has been altered and changed for the better since. I no longer eat oils of any kind, meat, poultry or dairy and have not had a single “cheat day” since. You couldn’t pay me enough to go back to the dark side of nutrition.

My numbers are very impressive to date. I am down almost 70 pounds in 5 months, my total cholesterol is 119, triglycerides 59, LDL’s 64, and HDL’s 25.

I no longer take either of my high blood pressure meds. I was on those for nearly 20 years and it took all of 1 month to throw them away. Absolutely amazing.

It all started with green smoothies. Thank you, thank you, thank you for what you do. It must feel amazing to affect lives in such a profound way.

Respectfully,

Scott Venezia

Naaman: does the answer lie in simple things?

At church last week, the lesson was about Naaman in 2 Kings in the Bible. I have discussed this story in my book (the manual) 12 Steps to Whole Foods.

Naaman didn’t like what he saw as excessively simplistic advice, from the prophet, to go and bathe in the River Jordan to be healed of leprosy. His servants had to talk some sense into him.

Rex D. Pinegar said this: “Are we not sometimes like Naaman, looking for big or important things to do and bypassing simple things which could change our lives and heal us of our afflictions?” (Ensign, Nov. 1994)

Similarly, remember God sent fiery flying serpents, who bit the people as Moses led them towards the land of promise. And then God made a very easy way to heal them. All they had to do is look on his rod. But “because of the simpleness of the way, or the easiness of it, there were many who perished.” (1st Nephi 17:41)

This is what I am constantly teaching, the application of this principle to lifestyle and nutrition. It’s mass insanity that millions of us gulp handfuls of ACE inhibitor and statin and beta blocker drugs, while we cruise through the In ‘N Out drive-thru, blissfully oblivious to our ever-shrinking and hardening blood pathways.

I watch people continue to bang their heads on concrete to solve their lifestyle-induced health problems.   They try this drug and that, shopping specialist doctors, considering another surgery, undergoing another CT scan or MRI . . . when they aren’t trying the simple, clear (boring?) answers.

We don’t need the acai or goji or some other exotic berry from worlds away at $50/lb. We need the bulk of our diet to be colorful, raw plant foods that are grown nearby and cost less than $1/lb.

If we aren’t eating simple, inexpensive greens, vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds (in that order) every day (and avoiding processed foods and heavy animal proteins), then we shouldn’t be buying every expensive supplement or beautifully packaged fancy food made glamorous by skilled marketers.

At church they said, “How come we keep having the same sermons on the same basic principles? Why aren’t we aren’t diving into deep, obscure doctrines?”

Well, duh. Because we aren’t living the basic principles. Faith and repentance. Charity, loving each other as Jesus did and taught.

The very same principle applies to what I teach in my books, site/blog, classes, about health and nutrition. Constantly refocusing us on the basics. We’ll move on when we’ve mastered those.

growth of GSG.com

Today I got auto-emailed by Alexa, which ranks GSG.com 154,101. I am told this is incredible for a site less than 3 years old run by an internet moron. (I was clueless about the WWW 3 years ago and, sadly, continue to be.)

It tells me we have achieved a google rank of 4, that oodles of external websites link to us, and that we had 166,300 visits in the past 30 days. That 1,100 people read this blog daily.

It kind of scares me. Exciting, too, of course–since I continue to pay exactly $0.00 for advertising.

My point is that with such rapid growth (600% growth in traffic in the past year), I find more evidence of what I always say:

“People want to eat right. They don’t know how.”

200 years ago, eating was simple because choices were limited and people ate close to the land.

With an increase in choice, and technology (allowing us infinite variety in taste, texture, and color), and economies of scale, we began to remove nutrition and add chemicals to our food supply. The impact on our health has been deleterious, insidious, gradual, and profound.

I want to thank all of you who arrive at this site, get lost in it for hours, and write me emails telling me all the people in your life you’ve sent here.

Thank you for sending the young moms here (dads too). They alone have the power to change the direction we are collectively going, to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic and the trending upward of diabetes, osteoporosis, asthma, and more.

I’m humbled by what has happened to this little site and blog. I’m overwhelmed by all the information I want to develop to address the questions, needs–cries for help, really–that I and my little team get every day.

I love running this site. I love hearing from you. There are frustrations, too, like the fact that I can’t consult personally to everyone who writes. That I can’t write back to every personal email.

Please keep asking your questions. I will address them as I can on this blog.

Thank you for caring not only about your own health (strap the oxygen mask on yourself FIRST!) but also your children, your parents, your friends, your community.

Thank you to those who ask me to come speak. I am getting a bit more organized and am making a list of the requests I get, so I can watch for an opportunity to speak to your group when I’m in that area. My goal is always, first and foremost, to help you get enthusiastic about returning to the way your body was biologically programmed to eat. That is, less refined/processed/animal foods, and more whole/raw/plant foods. And learn quick and inexpensive ways to do that.

Please write support123@greensmoothiegirl.com if you have a location (seating 75 or more) and would like me to come. We’ll keep you on a list and I very much hope to get to your area.

Stand by for details we are finalizing on upcoming classes in Ogden, Lehi, Layton (all Utah), and New York City.

XOXO,
Robyn

Breast Cancer and ObamaCare . . . part 1 of 3

The headline in my paper, Mar. 26, is “Up to a Third of Breast Cancer Cases Could be Avoided.” Western countries could avoid 25 to 30 percent of breast cancer cases if they ate less and exercised more.

(That’s lowest-common-denominator stuff. What if they not only got thinner and exercised, but they ate POWERFULLY HEALING RAW PLANT FOODS EN MASSE EVERY DAY? Then how much breast cancer would be avoided? Two thirds? Almost all? I don’t know–but it’s exciting to think about.)

Carlo La Vecchia, head of epidemiology at University of Milan, said that what can be achieved with screening has been achieved, and now it’s time to move on to other ideas. Like prevention with nutrition.

The research discussed by researchers at a conference in Spain (sponsored by an agency of The World Health Organization) revolved around what is known about breast cancer AND what a sensitive subject it is.

Who wants to “blame” breast cancer patients for their disease? Certainly not their oncologists. Not me either! If you’re reading this and have breast cancer, I just want you to get well!

On the other hand, would any breast cancer victim deny those 7 out of 8 women who haven’t contracted the disease the opportunity to avoid it? To have the information necessary?

Your chance of contracting this disease is 60% higher if you’re overweight. In 2008, 40,000 women died in the U.S. and 90,000 in Europe. The more fat tissue you have, the more estrogen you produce–fueling excesses that put you at risk for this ugly disease dreaded by women everywhere.

We can’t avoid teaching people how to avoid breast and other cancers (and our #1 killer, heart disease) because we don’t want to hurt their feelings telling them it could have been avoided.

For the sake of everyone else, and for the survivors who have the chance to make lifestyle changes, let’s talk about prevention rather than just mammograms and chemo and radiation.

If we are going to continue to put up with outrageous rates of women cutting off , burning, and poisoning their breasts, well, we have to look at completely insane solutions like ObamaCare.

But if we’re willing to abandon the insanity and become calm, logical, and practical about our health, we must begin the journey back to our roots.

Back to the days when breast cancer was very rare.

The days when we ate greens, vegetables, fruits, from our gardens. When we also ate legumes, whole grains, clean animal protein in the winter, cultured milk and vegetables assisting our digestion and immunity. We didn’t have as much variety and choices. But we made our food in our homes, with simple, whole ingredients.