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The Essential GreenSmoothieGirl Library . . . part 8

Robyn Openshaw, MSW - Nov 05, 2008 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

More important books for parents to own:


Denise Punger, M.D. is a GreenSmoothieGirl 12 Stepper and a brave new voice in modern medicine.   She’s a board certified doctor married to another medical doctor, but she’s also a mother who has breastfed for 12 years and delivered her last baby via home birth.   She’s an advocate of home birth, doulas, breastfeeding, and trusting a mother’s instincts.   Her Permission to Mother: Going Byond the Standard-of-Care to Nurture Our Children is an important book for young mothers to own.



Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation and Chew on This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food are geared towards teens.   Give your kid an incentive to read one or both of these books.   My 11- and 13-year old kids loved these best-selling exposes and never wanted to set foot in a fast-food establishment again.   Okay, they never set foot in fast-food establishments anyway, except to make a bathroom stop on a trip.   They inspired my oldest daughter to become a vegetarian, and she later converted her sister.   Written for preteens and teens, this is an excellent education in why you want to avoid all fast food.   I overheard my daughter after she read Chew On This telling a friend regarding the friend’s sugar habit, “You know that children diagnosed with diabetes by the age of 8 shorten their lives by 25-30 years, don’t you?”   (Heh heh, my evil educational plot is working!)   Too bad the author states in the introduction that his favorite meal is a fast food burger.



Ron Seaborn’s The Children’s Health Food Book is a seriously weird book!   A friend recommended it to me, and when I picked it up at a health food store, my then-four-year old son went crazy for it.   I read it to him several times a day, because he begged me non-stop, until I just couldn’t take it any more and was making up my own words.   The antiheroes are the Starch Creature, the Dairy Goon, the Meat Monster, and the Sugar Demon.   Of course, the vegetable, fruit, and whole-grain superheroes come in and save the day.   This book is good for younger kids–just beware that the preschool teacher might call you and say your kid is scaring the other kids by pointing out how bad their snacks are (this actually happened to me).

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10 thoughts on “The Essential GreenSmoothieGirl Library . . . part 8”

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  1. THANK YOU for including my book! I value your wisdom and opinion and your other product and nutrition reviews. It is an honor for me to be on your ESSENTIAL list. Thank you!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Robyn can you talk to us about Vitamin D? while Bfing–should I atleast supplement myself in I probably have low levels already? –we haven’t gotten much sun and now it’s winter (she’s 5 mo old)—if so do you know a good source?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m excited to read your book Denise!

  4. http:// says:

    Lala, I am still studying that. I have read some scientific papers on it. It’s definitely the hot topic right now with some compelling evidence that we (especially in the northern latitudes) have a problem, with no real food or sun source to cure it.

    I don’t think supplementing is going to HURT you, and this may be (I don’t yet feel confident saying this) one of those rare situations where supplementation is necessary for some. But I haven’t yet researched the quality of the various supplement sources.


  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi all,

    my experience with raising animals is supplementation didn’t work for me. I tried alot of different vitamin D products. Some where calcium with vitamin D or just plain vitamin D.

    Everything I tried didn’t work that well. Better than nothing though. Just a little sun goes a long way and fixed all the problems I was having with my animals. What I have heard on the subject is that fair skinned people need less sun exposure to make the vitamin D they need. Supposedly just the sun on your face and arms will be enough.

  6. Anonymous says:

    one more question (haha wouldn’t that be great if it really were the last question I asked you 😉 —so did you not even take prenatals while opregnant and Bfing or during chilbearing years? I am taking one from whole food sources–but wonder if i’d really feel confident to get off all supplements —-in your research eating this way will I be getting enough of everything (particularly folic acid) ?!! THANKS (is this where you want random questions that don’t have to do with the post or is there a better way?

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    During my first pregnancy, when I was conducting what you may have read me refer to as my own personal SuperSize Me experiment, I did take prenatals. After that, for the last three pregnancies, I did not. Whole foods, especially raw greens, vegetables, and fruits, provide nutrients in synergistic compounds that are highly available to the body, unlike synthetic, isolated “nutrients” found in pills. When you read the large literature surveys on the benefits of taking these pills, you can’t help but come away disillusioned, in general, about the promises that supplement manufacturers make.


  8. Anonymous says:

    I am looking for your green smoothie recipe that was on your blog. Has anyone have it

    thanks in advance

  9. Anonymous says:

    Can anyone give me the green smoothie that was on Robyns blog

    thanks in advance

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