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

Robyn Openshaw - Nov 19, 2010 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

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.

a little kid with a green smoothie mustache

Posted in: 12 Steps To Whole Food, Green Smoothies, Health Concerns, Healthy Weight, Whole Food

11 thoughts on “Testimonial: green smoothies, whole foods, Crohn’s disease”

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  1. Now that is a powerful testimony! Melissa, keep up the good work and we all look forward to hearing about even more improvements. Thanks, Robyn, for your continued inspiration!

  2. Melissa, I also have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and have found the green smoothies extremely helpful! Robyn also turned me on to enzymes, and I take enzyme supplements with every meal and its made a BIG difference. The other small miracle that I’ve noticed with the 12 steps program is the fermented foods – especially fermented vegetables. When I eat a little of this every day my bm’s are “Dr. Oz perfect!” I haven’t actually tried fermenting on my own, but I buy kimchi and raw sauerkraut from the health food store and they are very delicious! Best wishes for your good health.

  3. Anonymous says:

    AWESOME testimony. I’m currently working on reversing 61 years of toxins and poor choices (61 years of being sick and tired (from birth)). Green smoothies rock. 6 months of these and enough improvement (though a long ways to go) to keep going. Even to of my kids are interested. Keep up the good work and I’m looking forward to your next testimony.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Melissa, Crohn’s and UC are not fun. I was diagnosed with UC at age 12. I am 38 now and have had my colon removed with an internal pouch. Along with the smoothies I have found Patient Heal Thyself to be an amazing book. I eat a lot of yogurt and have found the toto washlet s300 to be a lifesaver. The Japanese and europeans have it right when it comes to hygiene.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am very happy to have read your story. My step mom also has Crohn’s disease, thyroid problem along with many other illnesses that are taking a huge toll on her energy and over all health. She is a wonderful mother to 3 kids two of which are toddlers with lots of energy. My dad is terribly heart broken when their son comes to him asking if mommy is going to be ok, no child should have that much worry especially at such the young age of 3. I’m hoping this will help her regain even the slightest bit of energy and health she once had, considering her doctors are useless and just pumping her full of pills.
    I would like to thank you Melissa for your story. It has inspired me to share my knowledge with my step mom in hope that it will help her as it has you.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful this green stuff thank The LORD God !! for it all and pioneers like Robyn Thank you all for sharing your stories LOve Philippa xx

  7. Anonymous says:

    What kind of enzymes and do you take enzymes when you drink smoothies?

  8. Anonymous says:

    I thonk you all for sharing. I’m a health minister I get many asking for help with crohn’s. We need probiotics and enzymes and green smooothies and some cooked veggies. No foods with additives and preseriitives.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Lost 20# in 14 weeks!!!
    Green smoothies ROCK!!!!
    15# to go

  10. MJ – I take Garden of Life digestive enzymes, and yes I take one with a smoothie, and i often take 2-3 with meals that have fewer raw foods. The book Jason mentioned above was authored by the founder of Garden of Life, Jordan Rubin, and I use several of their supplements. Other than that, I take absolutely NO drugs whatsoever for Crohn’s and I’m doing great. Thank goodness for Robyn and Jordan and others like them doing all they can to help us experience better health!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Robyn for all you have done for us! My husband and I have been drinking Green Smoothies for 6 months now. We have 5 grown children. One of them started drinking GS several months ago after visiting us. Now his room mate is also making and drinking them. I have a grandson, thr first thing he wants to know when he comes over is if he can have a green smoothie 🙂 I’m so proud of him…sure beats asking Graandma for chocolate chip cookies!

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