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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Going Green has a new definition

 
  It has now been a few years since my eyes were opened to the role that good nutrition plays in how our body functions, and 17 months since I headed down the mostly Raw food path. I can say with confidence that with most of the issues that plague our society, food is at the heart of it.
 The concept of putting more Raw and less processed foods in our body addresses a number of societal issues: our health, the health of our health care system, the health of our government, the health of our land, the reduction in trash which leads to a reduction in pollution., the reduction in crime as I believe that the SAD (Standard American Diet) effects behavior.
 
  Although I have found that for myself, consuming a mostly Raw food diet gives me amazing energy and health, the act of consuming just a green smoothie for someone on the SAD diet is also very powerful.
 Instead of preaching the benefits of a 100% Raw diet, which I do feel provides optimal health; I believe that just the addition of the green smoothie first thing in the morning to anyone’s day will have a huge positive effect.
 The green smoothie is so packed with nutrients and enzymes blended in a way that our body can absorb easily, that it feeds our body like it has never been fed before. At some point of the day, we need to feed our body some real, fresh, organic, raw fruits and greens, and before breakfast is the optimal time.

  When I take my program into the shelters, I promote the green smoothie to be available between 6-8am so that the residents drink it before they put anything else in their stomachs. This allows the body to fully absorb every ounce of this powerfully nutritious drink which also satisfies their hunger* and sometimes satisfies their appetite.
*Hunger is the body’s way of asking for nutrition, not just any food.
When the body is fed nutrition, it gets full, when the body is fed empty food; it is still hungry which is why people overeat.
  I am working on a pilot program for schools. I will provide the breakfast for the children consisting of 100% fruits and greens in the form of smoothies, whips and whole fruits. This will allow the children to:
  1. feed their bodies nutritiously
  2. Feed their minds so they can think
  3. Energize them so they can be calm, alert and focused in class.
When we feed the children nutritiously, it gives them the tools to be able to learn. Also, a side effect of the green smoothie and good nutrition in general is weight loss for those who are overweight.
 Childhood obesity is a major problem and this program addresses that issue directly.

  I challenge everyone to try adding the green smoothie to their morning routine for 7 days straight. You will feel energized and your body will thank you. Just the addition of this one drink first thing in the morning can make a difference for everyone. Please try it, and pass it forward.

1 comment:

  1. Basic recipe for a deli:cious and nutritious Green Smoothie

    2 organic Apples (approx. 16 oz)
    3 to 4 ripe Bananas (approx. 12 oz)
    2 organic Pears* (approx. 16 oz)
    4 oz organic Kale* (approx. 2 cups)
    2 cups of filtered water

    Preparation:
    Wash fruit and leafy greens. Cut apples and pears into quarters. Add all ingredients into blender and blend to a smooth consistency.

    Helpful hints:
    *Apples and bananas are permanent staples in the recipe but feel free to vary the fruit and leafy greens. Instead of pear you can try mango, pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc. Other leafy greens include spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard, etc. Have fun!

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