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Spreading the word!

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Sep 10, 2009

Email from a reader:


I just got off the phone with my mom and had some great news! Several weeks ago, I went to my step-sisters pool with my kids and mom. Of course, I toted along my big jars full of green smoothie. I got the usually, “What the heck is that?” comment. I told my step-sister all about them, gave her some simple suggestions and let her taste mine. She loved it. What I didn’t know is that now she is hooked!!! She and her oldest son have become green smoothie drinkers! She started telling my step-dad all about it and how much better they feel even after just a few days. Now, he wants to know more. The best thing is, my once unbelieving mom, is now extrememly interested as well. I would love to see her on start drinking green smoothies. She is a coffee/soda drinker, her diet is poor, she gets constant migraines, has fibromyalgia, and multitudes of other problems.

People think I am crazy when I start singing the praises of this super simple drink, but their minds are quickly changed when they feel it for themselves.

I have an older neighbor that lives next door. We talk occassionally and she tells me what’s going on in her life and health, she has not been well lately. She told me she was trying to lose about 15 lbs since her doctor told her she had to. She has been drinking the sugar free Slim Fast drinks. I asked her if I could come over and share with her a way that was much more healthy and more likely to help her regain her health and ideal weight. She agreed. I went over today and she is just so excited. Her son is to have his tonsels burned out!!???!!! because of bad allergies. Plus, he is about 50 lbs over weight. Her grandson and daughter-in-law are both very over weight as well. She wants to get all the information she can so she can share it with them too!

I love that I can freely share this love with some many people and see so many changed by such a simple drink and natural substance that we all take for granted!

One question I have…my neighbor is diabetic. How will the fruit smoothies affect her blood sugar? It’s hard for someone to drink a veggie based green smoothie when they are first introduced to the green smoothie concept. It’s easier to give them the sweeter drinks and let them work up to the stronger greens and no fruit green smoothies. Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated!

By the way, I have been religiously drinking my green smoothies everyday for 6 weeks. I drink from one to three quarts everyday. I eat a mostly a vegan diet and very high raw. I have lost 17.5 lbs. I have gained incredible energy. I can now run a mile and sometimes more, which I do every other day. My skin has cleared. My PMS is virtually gone, to the point that my cycle snuck up on me last month. My moods have leveled out and I don’t have severe mood swings anymore. I am so much more calm and things just don’t bother me like they used to. I haven’t gotten sick even though I have been around a lot of sickness. I am just amazed at the difference a whole foods diet is making in my life! 🙂

Thanks yall,

Posted in: Green Smoothies, Reader Letters, Testimonials, Whole Food

10 thoughts on “Spreading the word!”

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  1. Replace some of the fruit with stevia for sweetness with zero carbohydrates for the diabetic.

    I’m so glad you could help others.

  2. Anonymous says:

    My husband is 30 yr old type 1 diabetic. He consumes a pretty standard diet (meat & potatoes guy) but eats mostly whole foods and grains, very little “junk foods” with the exception of a treat once in a while. Despite being advised to limit fruit intake due to his diabetes, he would eat a lunch of completely fruit (5 whole apples, or 3 apples and 2 pears for example) and found he did not need insulin to control his blood sugar levels when he did this. He generally does with most carby meals.

  3. My dad has Type II diabetes and he started drinking green smoothies fruit and all, and he found that his blood sugar levels stayed level even if he missed his exercise for the day or ate a little something that should have been a no-no. I think all the good greens in it compensate for the fruit. Plus, it’s way better for them to have sweet than anything else!

  4. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    Kari, I love your story and the way you are extending yourself to help others! Just wait till your periods become very light and sometimes even non-existent (search for my blog entry on that topic). Even better than reducing PMS!

    I agree with Ashley and Lauri and have heard that many times. While diabetics may want to monitor blood sugar carefully with any dietary change (including using green smoothies to bump out other foods), often when refined sugars are removed and replaced with fruits only, the outcome is very positive for blood sugar control and many are able to go off insulin or reduce it dramatically after a fairly short period of time.

    My good friend and tenant of my basement apartment is a Type 1 diabetic. I taught her green smoothies and she adores them and all the health benefits she has achieved.

  5. I want to go raw but I have heavy cravings for sweets. How long do you think it will take to get over these cravings?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, ladies, for your help! I will share with her what you have told me.

    She actually lives on artificial sweetners and handles her diabetes through diet rather than taking insulin. I strongly encouraged her to stop using all the aspertame products and switch to stevia for her occasional sweetners. I also highly suggested that she get rid of the diet sodas that were abundant in her fridge. She told me that she keeps candies and OJ in the house just in case she needs them to pick up from a low. However, she said that she couldn’t even touch bananas because they shot her blood sugar up so high. I can’t imagine that a glass of processed OJ or a chocolate bar/M&M’s would not effect her as much as a banana, but that was what she told me.

    I am going to tell her that maybe she should try to get off all the artificial sweetners, diet sodas, white flour and white sugar and just watch her blood sugar everyday while switching over to using green smoothies in place of these products. I will see if she will keep me posted and I will let you know how it goes!


  7. Anonymous says:

    I just read that many fruits might have a high glycemic index, measuring how fast a food increases the blood sugar, but they have a low glycemic LOAD, which is the measure of the blood sugar raising power per serving of food. I think all the fiber in some fruits counterbalances the glycemic effect on the blood sugar, and that’s why they don’t have an impact. Makes sense!

  8. Anonymous says:


    This was actually a big issue for me when I first started eating an all raw diet. It takes some commitment and determination, but there are things that help. Drink the sweet green smoothies. Even with my HUGE sweet tooth, I never add sweetner to my fruit smoothies, even when I first go started. Just added an extra banana. As your sweet tooth starts to become satisfied, you will be surprised at how much you start craving the non-sweet green smoothies. I still have cravings every once in a while. When I do, I find a really yummy raw sweet treat. Examples: almond butter with some honey or agave on celery, almond butter with honey and coconut made into candy balls (could add “raw” chocolate if you eat that), avocado mixed with soaked dates or honey and chocolate powder (greated chocolate pudding ever)!!! There are tons of ideas, just search around, but use them sparingly!


  9. Anonymous says:

    I know my Type I diabetes husband gets a very fast sugar high with ripe bananas. It’s just how it is. Bananas in a green smoothie should work well because the overall glycemic index of the smoothie should be low due to the addition of greens.

  10. Anonymous says:

    There is a documentary about some diabetics switching to a raw food diet, guided through the process by a doctor. I think it’s important to consider that every body is different and you don’t know how you will react until you try. This video is wonderful and I show it to all of my friends that ask about my food habits. Search “Raw For Thirty Days” trailer on youtube to get a look.

    Also, “Dr. T in Three” (on YouTube) explains why blood sugar changes when animal products are eliminated from the diet…….it may not be the fruit that causes the elevated sugar levels but the continued inclusion of animal products. I have seen this Doctor and he is a raw food advocate that really understands the science behind why raw food/vegetable based diets work. His information on diabetes is solid and would help prevent you from guessing your way through a change.

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