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Groundbreaking Green Smoothie Research: Be a Part of It

Robyn Openshaw - Jan 21, 2009 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

I want you guys to be thinking about something.

In about two days, I will have an interactive  questionnaire posted on GSG.   Be thinking about what the changes are you have experienced as a result of drinking GS regularly.   The questionnaire will automatically generate tabulations for me to use as research, to be published in The Green Smoothie Rx (or The Green Smoothie Diet . . . depending on the day,  based on my  conversations with the publisher).   (Any opinions on that, the title controversy?)

Be thinking about whether you’ve evangelized, teaching others about this easy, 10-minute step to get 1000% more raw plant food in the daily diet than most Americans are getting.

Be thinking about your chronic conditions or diseases that may have improved as a result of drinking GS.   I cannot and will not make claims about the curative effects, but I can certainly report testimonials and reports from my research.

Thus far, the only GS research out there is Boutenko’s Roseburg Study of only 30 people for 30 days!   I hope to get 1,000 responses (which will be less than 1/3 of my mailing list), so be prepared to be part of this.   At the end of the questionnaire, you’re asked to optionally write a GS testimonial, which will be published with part or all of your name, whatever you choose to give.   (You’re also asked optionally for a 12 Steps to Whole Foods testimonial.)

I am ESPECIALLY INTERESTED in the testimonials of mothers of children!   (But, everyone’s input is highly encouraged and valued.)   I want only those who have been drinking at least a pint, at least three times  a week, for at least a month.

Watch for an upcoming blog and be thinking about even the minor things you may not have noticed since you started drinking kale, collards, and chard after a lifetime of “greens deprivation.”   Thanks in advance for participating!

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15 thoughts on “Groundbreaking Green Smoothie Research: Be a Part of It”

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  1. Anonymous says:


    Great idea on putting together a study, unfortunately I can’t participate because my husband and I just started drinking green smoothies. I was wondering if you might know why my stomach gets upset before I even finish my green smoothies? I don’t do anything different from your recipe, and my husband doesn’t get the same upset stomach that I do.

  2. http:// says:

    Britta, sure you can participate–it’ll be on the site for quite a while, so just wait until you’ve been doing it 30 days and THEN take the questionnaire.

    I read the nausea thing as a detoxing side effect in the small Boutenko study (that a few people do experience that, and others experience diarrhea, headaches, or skin breakouts as their bodies begin to use materials from GS to clean out and begin rebuilding). The organs of elimination can get overwhelmed! But cleansing reactions usually don’t last longer than two weeks. Try eating something else WITH your green smoothies. I usually have mine while working here at the computer, with a handful or two of almonds.

    Another person I read about said that she noticed that if she drank GS when feeling stressed out, it made her nauseous.

  3. Anonymous says:

    That would be awesome if you can get that many responses from people who are actually doing this. It seems that people get so fired up about things, but as for actually following through. . . that’s a different story! I need to jump back on the greensmoothie bandwagon myself.

  4. I am so looking forward to the questionnaire. Plus I am a mommy of two small toddlers that also partake in the GS.

    Cheers, Laura

  5. Yeah, I’ll do the questionnaire. By the way I like the title “Green Smoothie Diet” better than the Rx one because when I hear Rx I immediately think of hospitals, prescriptions, doctors, and pharmaceutical companies. And then I turn and run the opposite direction! I do know what the point is, that green smoothies are better than any drugs you take…but still it is the immediate response when someone sees the title that makes the most difference. That is just my opinion though. Maybe other people would think differently.

    I don’t exactly know what all the book is, but I’d be most likely to pick up a book that promises life changing experience on the cover, and not just a quick fix- so “diet” kind of has that connotation. So who knows, maybe someone would be wondering how Rx tied into green smoothies if that was the title. Oh well I’m sure it will be wonderful!

  6. http:// says:

    Haha, my thoughts exactly about Ulysses Press’s decision on Green Smoothie Rx (I don’t much like it). And Diet . . . sigh. I don’t want to write a diet book. But the publisher, of course, says, THEY SELL! Yes, they do. ‘Nuff said.

    In The Food Revolution, John Robbins details his outright battle with his publisher over them making his earlier book title “Diet For A New America.”

    We purists in nutrition HAAAAAATE the word “diet.” But what are you gonna do.

    Speaking of this, if anyone has a DIFFERENT title to propose altogether, BRING IT ON!


  7. Anonymous says:

    Super idea re the study.

    I would not call the book with anything like *diet* in the title. It makes me cringe. This is a lifestyle and life long progress/journey. And for those who just want to dabble, then that is what it is.

    Re feeling nauseous, how about chewing the smoothies rather than swigging them down. It is not a drink, but a liquid salad. And yes, depending what your previous food intake was like, maybe your digestive cant handle so much green. Stay with it! It only gets better.

    I would not want to be without my litre smoothie mason jar. Love it.

    As to testimonial, not sure if it is due to going raw or just smoothies, but my hyperthyroid meds have gone down from 3 per day, 2 months later to 2 per day, 2-3 months later to 1. The doctor saw that my blood work results were not compromised, and suggested that I might want to go off them completely. I almost fell off my chair. Gasp … was that the doctor speaking? I am now on half a pill per day – my choice!!! This is after being on PTU meds for 15 (yes fifteen) years. I started drinking green smoothies about 6 months ago, and going 90% raw (I do cheat from time to time), here are my results above. Amazing.

    I have also learnt not to evangelize but to show by example. Tons of energy and a different approach to problems and opportunities. Also more in tune with that quiet still voice.

  8. http:// says:

    I am going to respond to your comment here, Hal, which is VERY EXCITING, in this blog tomorrow. Stand by.

  9. I LOVE the title Green Smoothie Rx. Made me think of alternatives to prescriptions, take responsibilty and nutriton is important. “Diet” makes me think of another fad diet. I LOVE the RX and I find myself prescribing green smoothies. Don’t use diet.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the info and encouragement! I will definately continue to drink the green smoothies and give it some time to clear out the discomfort. I thought I had a pretty good diet before hand but, wow, I sure guess I didn’t. 🙂

    “The Green Smootie Challenge” isn’t the best title but I guess at least is doesn’t have “diet” in it. Just a thought 🙂

  11. Anonymous says:

    Just barely got recommended to the and it is all new and exciting. Just getting caught up on the information is making me excited.

    I have always done smoothies with fresh fruits and vegetables and try to give them to my husband but they give him bad heartburn. Do you have a suggestion on what I can put in the smoothie to help him drink it better?

    Again so excited to just put good food into my families body.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I, myself, don’t like the word “Diet”. That is something to break and not stay on. How about “The Green Smoothie Revolution” or I like “The Green Smoothie Challenge” & I do like “The Green Smoothie RX” for the same reasons as Denise does. How about “The Green Smoothie Way of Life”, “Green Smoothies for Good Health”? Diet is such a nasty word with negative connotations!

  13. What about the Green Smoothie Solution? Heck, anything other than “diet”, shudder.

  14. I agree about the “d” word. I really like Leslee’s suggestion “The Green Smoothie Revolution”.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I like the Green Smoothie Rx but what about The Green Smoothie Remedy

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