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Simple Habits Change Lives


Robyn Openshaw - Aug 30, 2010 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links


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

Posted in: Green Smoothies, Healthy Weight, Lifestyle, Whole Food

16 thoughts on “Simple Habits Change Lives”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    ‘the dark side of nutrition’ – I love that imagery! Things like that help me. One of my favorites is to look at a donut and instead of saying ‘Oh, yum’ tell myself it’s a ‘nutritional cigarette.’

  2. You gotta love that! Makes what your doing all worth it doesn’t it!! Even if you do have to expose your “weirdness!” 😉 I’ve told you before Robyn but thanks so much for doing what your doing!

    With Love and Health, Tammie

  3. Anonymous says:

    Scott, this is very impressive! Can I ask, are you eating only raw food now, then?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Robyn is truly the Dave Ramsey of Nutrition. You’re weird but being normal is being fat, unhealthy and making all the wrong choices. I want to be weird too. My life has also been changed in the last 7 or 8 months for the better so thank you from me to you too Robyn!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Wow, thanks for sharing. Your story makes me even more determined to get my husband off that blood pressure medication! Wonderful to hear such testimonies.

  6. MGM, I love the term “nutritional cigarette” and will have to steal it (well, not steal, I’ll give you the credit for it). It’s brilliant.

    Thanks,

    Jane

  7. Anonymous says:

    Jane F- Oh, I can’t take credit for it. Dr. Rozien said it on a PBS special, and it really made an impression on me.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hey Scott, I totally understand what you are saying… I was in the same boat & green smoothies is what changed my life. Keep up the good work!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wow Good 4 you!! I can’t see my life without green smoothies. I’ve been making this work Without a BLEND TEC too. Saving up for one. I figure I’m still benefiting either way so I have no excuses.. 🙂

  10. Anonymous says:

    I am so happy to hear all the positive support and accomplishments of Green Smoothie drinkers. I started in May. I haven’t been able to get off my blood pressure medications or really lose much weight but I do feel better and I know I am getting much more nutrition now. i am continually adding more raw into my diet and cutting down on meat. I have cut out sugar and white flour completely. I take a lot of teasing from coworkers who can’t stand to even look at my “lawn mower mulch” but it doesn’t stop me. I know this healthier way is better.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Has anybody tried to put powdered grean tea in their smoothies? If so, how much?

    Thanks!

    LaLaGirl

  12. Anonymous says:

    Way to go Scott!! It is sad that people so young have to worry about… well, dying so young!!

    I think its time I became a full convert to the green smoothie way of life (I still eat meat… I’m working on it -but I have managed to cut sugar, and flour when I’m “on track”, and I truly enjoy eating and drinking raw veggies daily, etc.).

    Thanks Robyn for inspiring us, and thanks Scott for the example and living proof!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for posting this Robyn and for writing it, Scott. Today is my birthday (52 years old) and I am so disappointed in myself for not “having it all together” by now and by how out of shape I’ve continued to get myself. Get not let, because I have chosen all along what to eat and do. No one forced me. I’ve let my focus issues, my depression issues and my life issues lead me around rather than writing my own life script. This post was exactly what I needed to read.

    I found your site at the beginning of the summer, like Scott, I don’t remember how I got here. I did the green smoothie thing for a few weeks and liked them, but then took a break for some unknown reason and haven’t started back up again.

    I had told my DH that I wanted to get a BlendTec because our Oster blender left the greens grainy in the smoothie. Not the texture that I would be able to convince him or our DS to try and one that wasn’t very pleasing to me either. I received a $100.00 monetary gift for my birthday from my folks and I’ve been trying to think what I wanted to buy with it. I haven’t really been satisfied with the things that have occured to me, but reading Scott’s post and one of the comments above it struck me that I could put the money towards a BlendTec. I am now off to find the best price I can on one so I can post to you success story of my own in six or seven months. Thank you again.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Julie, I’ll be here . . . hoping and waiting for YOUR story like Scott’s! God bless you in the journey,

      Robyn

  14. Anonymous says:

    Congrats on the impressive health changes you’ve made, but I am wondering how you plan to get your good cholesterol up? 25 is the lowest I’ve ever seen and it’s dangerous!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know the recipe for green smoothies and I need to loose 70lbs. I can’t drink smoothies because they give me very bad stomach pains and gas. I am trying to kill H Pylori in my gut with Prilosec, Mastic Gum capsules, and high Probiotics. I can’t eat fruit yet, as I had a flare up when I tried a fruit smoothie three weeks ago. My sister is a vegan and lost a lot of weight and tho’ age 70, looks about age 50! I am six yrs younger but look like I am the older sister. She also has a Kangan water machine. I can not and will not purchase one, but I’d drink FiJi water if it could help.

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