FABULOUS Skin Food = Goodbye ACNE!

~**`*GREEN SMOOTHIES*`**~

πŸ™‚ An EASY, TASTY way to eat your greens! πŸ™‚
~ Leafy greens combined with fruit might become your new best friends! ~
Joel Fuhrman, M.D., one of the country’s top experts on natural healing and nutrition,
is a big promoter of green smoothies, stating they are nutritional power houses,
and he advises lots of leafy greens for those prone to acne!
Click here: Food For Thought: Green Smoothies

Joel Fuhrman, M.D. has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows including:
ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, Today, Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel,
TV Food Network, CNBC and many more.
(www.drfuhrman.com & www.diseaseproof.com).

πŸ™‚ What are Green Smoothies and Why are They Fabulous?
After consuming “blended leafy greens” on a daily basis for 6 weeks, by making quick and easy “green smoothies,” I noticed a huge difference in my skin. My skin doesn’t break out like it used to, and it now has a healthy glow. Green smoothies are leafy greens mixed with fruit smoothies, and the great part is that because you’ll be mixing the greens with fruit, you’ll only taste the fruit! (If you don’t like fruit, please see the recipe for the veggie based smoothie below). This is one of the quickest, easiest, tastiest, most nutritious ways out there to get in your daily leafy greens.

πŸ™‚ Why Do Them:
If you’re suffering with acne, there’s a very good chance that the smoothies will greatly help (I believe this may be due to the high content of Vitamin A, which is non-toxic and safe when you obtain it from food in the form of beta-carotene). They’ll make your skin look healthy, you’ll be getting tons of nutrition (blended greens give you 4 X the amount of nutrition compared to eating them, because the blender is able to more thoroughly break down all the cell walls in order to release nutrients. So, drinking 1 cup of blended greens is like eating β€œFOUR” cups of greens!!), you may notice your appetite going down (because your body will be getting so much nutrition, you may feel the need for less food), you may find that you feel calmer and happier (greens are great for this), and a host of many more health benefits! For acne sufferers, to jump-start the benefits, I recommend doing 6 – 8 cups a day, or 2 handfuls of greens, for the first month and then going down to 4 cups (2 pints) a day, or one handful of greens, for maintenance.

πŸ™‚ What You Will Need:
A blender – preferably a high-powered one, fruit, frozen fruit Optional (Frozen fruit is great for a flavor kick – especially frozen pineapple, and often, you can find certain frozen fruits, like strawberries, raspberries, etc., cheaper than fresh. Whole Foods has a wonderful selection), leafy greens (For simplicity, I recommend getting a couple bags or containers of pre-washed lettuce. Baby romaine, baby spring mix, and baby spinach are all mild in flavor and great to start with.), flavoring Optional (cinnamon, honey, blueberry concentrate, etc), and water. Fat can help with nutrient absorption, so you might want to consider adding in a small amount of nuts or seeds. I add 1 tbs of ground flax seeds.

You can disguise the green color of your smoothies by using dark colored fruits like blueberries, raspberries, etc.

If you don’t like the noise of your blender (or if it’s over 90 decibels), you can use earplugs, ear protection from Hope Depot, or just figure out some way to cover your ears. We DO want to protect our hearing!

πŸ™‚ Recipes: πŸ™‚

Traditional, Fruit-Based Green Smoothie (Make about 4 cups):
β€’ Cut up 2 pieces of fruit (apples, pears, bananas, plums, etc) into 8ths
β€’ Throw in 1 large handful of greens (romaine, spinach, kale, chard, etc.)
β€’ Add about 1/2 a cup of frozen fruit Optional (tropical fruit mix, pineapples, mangoes, raspberries, etc.)
β€’ About 2 cups of water (Be sure to add enough so it’s drinkable).
β€’ Fats Optional (Nuts or Seeds – I use 1 tbs ground flax seeds)
β€’ Add flavorings Optional (Cinnamon, honey, cocoa powder, etc.)
β€’ Blend ingredients (Use ear protection if blender is loud.)
β€’ Rinse out the blender with water (or blend with hot, soapy water, then rinse), and let it air dry.
β€’ You’re done! Enjoy your smoothie. :dance:
β€’ Note: If you’re new to smoothies, be sure to use plenty of fruit (*sweet* fruit, like the kind mentioned above) and only using a small handful of greens (preferably baby spinach, as it has a mild flavor). If your first smoothie isn’t a hit, be sure to experiment with different fruit and leafy green combos until you come up with something you like!!

Vegetable-Based Smoothie (a.k.a. A Blended Salad):
β€’ Β½ bunch parsley (gives a wonderful *fresh* taste to the smoothie!)
β€’ 1 handful spinach
β€’ Β½ cucumber
β€’ 2-3 stalks of celery
β€’ 1 or 2 pieces of fruit (an apple or a pear)
β€’ 1 lemon (peel, cut in half, discard large seeds, add to blender)
β€’ 2-3 cups water
β€’ Blend
β€’ Note: It’s important to add at least one fruit and the lemon, otherwise, the smoothie may taste a little bitter. However, with these ingredients added in, it tastes very refreshing! Feel free to experiment with different veggies!

Blended Greens Vegetable Soup:
Although not a smoothie, this is another great way to get “blended greens” into your diet. Simply blend some greens up with water, veggie or chicken broth, carrot juice, etc, and add to vegetable soup as your soup base, or, follow a version of the recipe below (a variation from Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book, Eat to Live, my favorite book on nutrition), which is very quick and easy to make! This makes a creamy, β€œcomfort food” soup.

β€’ 1 lb bag of frozen broccoli (or a head of greens, like Bok Choy)
β€’ 1 lb bag of frozen mixed veggies
β€’ 1 cup almonds
β€’ 1 quart chicken broth (or veggie broth)
β€’ 1 Β½ cups lentils (uncooked)
β€’ 2 tbs turmeric
β€’ 4 tbs cinnamon
β€’ 2 tbs nutmeg
β€’ 1/2 cup dried onions (gives an onion soup flavor)

Instructions: In a high powered blender, blend the frozen broccoli, almonds, chicken broth and dried onions until thoroughly pureed (if you do not have a high powered blender, you may need to cook the veggies first in the broth in order to soften them, and then cradle the veggies and broth into the blender). Pour mixture into a big pot. Add frozen mixed veggies to the pot (you may pulse the veggies on low power in the blended to dice them into smaller pieces if desired – only pulse 1/3 of the bag at a time for best results), and add lentils and seasonings (I guessed on the measurements for these, so you may need to tweak these a bit). Cook on low heat for 1- 1 Β½ hrs until everything is cooked. If mixture gets too thick, you might need to add a cup or two of water. This can be made every week if you like and simple re-heat it throughout the week (a great *fast* food!). It makes a *big* pot of soup and will keep refrigerated for 4-5 days. Total Prep Time: Less than 20 minutes.

β€’ Note: You can vary up the ingredients in this soup to make all sorts of combinations. For example, instead of the chicken broth, you could use tomato juice, and then add some diced tomatoes, cilantro, pinto beans instead of the lentils, and add seasonings such as chili powder, cumin, onions, garlic and lemon juice for a great chili soup. Carrot juice makes a great base as well. You could also add things like pumpkin puree or butternut squash puree and use different veggies with the liquid soup base. I like using frozen because it’s quick and easy. Sometimes I blend a head of leafy greens, like kale or bok choy into the liquid base as well for extra nutrients. You can also use other nuts besides almonds. Walnuts pulsed on low will give a meat texture to the soup and is really great in chili type soups.

Enjoy!

** Be sure to eat a variety of greens!! This is very important, because not all greens are alike, and they must be balanced! Also, some of you were getting confused about leafy greens being vegetables, like broccoli. Basically, if it’s not a leaf, then it’s not a leafy green. πŸ™‚

** For better results, try to eat at least an 90% healthy diet by cutting out things like sugar, hydrogenated oils (trans fats), processed foods, eating less animal products, etc. Focus more on eating vegetables, fruit, leafy greens, nuts/seeds, beans/legumes, and whole grains. See the links at the top for advice on a healthy diet. Also, www.goveg.com has lots of good information on vegetarianism/veganism.

** For more information, search “green smoothies,” or, click here: Most Popular Green Smoothie Questions Answered by Victoria Boutenko

Green Smoothie Videos:

  • This is more of a “grass smoothie,” but it’s a really cute, fun and happy video. πŸ™‚ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_36YaRbmOXM
  • Jenna’s Healthy Kitchen – Green Smoothie Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IQcSYHiovI
  • GreenSmoothieGirl’s Healthy Green Smoothie Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXr8-jru1KE
  • Trev4Raw’s Blended Greens Raw Soup Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVFSm0QiQW4

 

Please post or send me a private message if you have any questions! I am happy to help! πŸ™‚

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114 thoughts on “FABULOUS Skin Food = Goodbye ACNE!

  1. This sounds like a wonderful idea. Thank you so much. I’m going to try it right away. You mentioned lettuce, kale, spinach and spring mix. Are there any other types of greens that you recommend using? I’m glad that you mentioned the oxalates in the raw spinach. They can bind with iron and leech iron out of the system. I wanted to mention that raw agave syrup is also good in smoothies and is supposed to have a low glycemic index (doesn’t spike blood sugar levels like other sugars do).

  2. This sounds like a wonderful idea. Thank you so much. I’m going to try it right away. You mentioned lettuce, kale, spinach and spring mix. Are there any other types of greens that you recommend using? I’m glad that you mentioned the oxalates in the raw spinach. They can bind with iron and leech iron out of the system. I wanted to mention that raw agave syrup is also good in smoothies and is supposed to have a low glycemic index (doesn’t spike blood sugar levels like other sugars do).

    Great! And you’re welcome! πŸ™‚ There are other greens you can use. If you go to http://www.rawfamily.com you’ll find more info on the smoothies, or just do a google search. The agave syrup is a great idea!

  3. Try it again. Somehow a comma got added into the link, but I fixed it. πŸ™‚

  4. The website is working now, thank you. There’s an article there called "Ode to Green Smoothies" but the "Click Here to Read More" button wasn’t working at first. It eventually did work though. The link to the pdf file is:

    http://www.rawfamily.com/articles/odetogreen.pdf

    I tried to copy and paste the text here but it loses all of its formatting when I do that. There was a woman on an acne board, Veronica, who claimed to have strictly followed a raw foods diet for 6 months but said that it didn’t clear up her skin. I don’t know that a raw foods diet would necessarily be a cure-all for everyone’s acne, but I’m sure that eating more raw foods, particularly raw greens, has helped a lot of people with acne.

  5. Yes, that article is pretty good! I recommend Victoria’s book if you’re really interested. The raw diet is a good one, but as Victoria states in her book, most raw food eaters don’t eat nearly enough greens. Greens really are pretty hard to eat. To get the same nutrition from a green smoothie, you’d have to eat a really huge salad! When the greens are blended, the cellular walls are broken down which releases much more nutrition than chewing alone. Drinking one cup of blended greens is equal to eating 4 cups of greens!! So, I suspect that the reason some raw food eaters don’t find their skin clearing up is possibly because they aren’t getting enough greens. With the smoothies, it’s so easy to get them. πŸ™‚

  6. I bought a mixed herb packaged organic salad today and plenty of fresh fruit. I’m going to start doing the smoothies tomorrow. I hope that my old blender is up to the job. Are you affiliated with that website? It’s okay if you are because there’s a lot of free info there (articles, recipes, excerpts from the books, etc.) that people can avail themselves of so I don’t equate it to spamming. I very much believe in fresh organic foods and I have high hopes that getting more greens down my throat in the smoothies will help a lot of health issues (e.g. fatigue, insomnia and depression). Grinding up fresh flax seeds and eating the meal in smoothies or on cereals is really good for the skin also. My sister, who is a mostly raw foods vegan, says though that I should soak the flax seeds first for like 4 hours and then put them in the blender. I own 4-5 raw foods books already but haven’t really been using them much.

    I am interested in Victoria’s books, but don’t have a lot of extra money to spend right now. Maybe in the future. I don’t own a dehydrator. My sister thinks that dehydrated foods clog the system though. I eat Ezekiel 4:9 bread, which isn’t raw but at least is sprouted and has no flour in it. I also buy the raw almond butter made by Rejuvenative Foods (very expensive though). I’m trying to eat a lot more raw foods (fruits and veggies) now.

  7. Hey Lenore!

    I hear ya! I went down the all vegan, raw path too for a while, but my energy just got worse and worse. I knew a lady that was teaching raw food classes, and she eventually ended up adding fish to her diet, because she started suffering from fatigue as well. This is still a LOT of great info among the raw food sites/books, but I believe in supplementing it with cooked foods as well. I’m not affiliated with Raw Family – I’m just a HUGE fan of Victoria’s raw smoothies, because they saved my skin! πŸ™‚ http://www.hacres.com is another excellent raw food website – they are all vegan, but they recommend one cooked meal a day, which to me, is so comforting. πŸ™‚ http://www.rawfood.com and http://www.rawfoods.com are two other great sites. I’m also a big fan of http://www.mercola.com – which is funny, because it’s just the opposite of the raw foods websites. He recommends a lot of meat. I believe in a mostly plant based diet with "small" amounts of animal products. However, as Dr. Joel Fuhrman (a medical doctor with an excellent philosophy on diet – and not see extreme – http://www.drfurhman.com) states, the most important thing is to be eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. He recommends huge salads as well, and that’s hard to do (but not with the smoothies!). I figure as long as I’m eating plenty of fruits and veggies, I’ll be okay. The greens will help you to feel calmer and happier and will hopefully help with your insomnia. Leafy greens are great for that. Sorry… got a little long winded here. πŸ™‚ Oh, I have many raw food books too that sadly, I haven’t even read through! I need to get those out. I really just go for simplicity though, and sometimes those raw recipes can get really complicated!

    You don’t need to buy Victoria’s book – just start making the smoothies. I have a dehydrator and never use it anymore. I agree with your sister. The Ezekiel bread is considered a raw food because of the fact that its sprouted. There are also sprouted tortillas which are yummy as well. The almond butter is great – I like to mix it with raw oatmeal, honey, and cocoa powder for a chocolate treat. πŸ™‚ I like brown rice cakes (brown rice is very healthy, although I’m sure cooking it would be a better choice, haha), whole grain crackers, and Ezekial pasta as well.

    The mixed herb salad might be a bit bitter. If so, try all romaine, spring mix or spinach. Let me know how the smoothies go for you! πŸ™‚

  8. I’m a "veg-aquarian", i.e. the only meat I eat is fish. I eat eggs but no milk products. The mixed herb salad had exactly the same ingredients as another one marked "spring mix" so I bought it. I hope it’s not too bitter. It contains:

    organic baby lettuces (red and green romaine, red and green oak leaf, red leaf, lollo rosa, tango), organic baby spinach, organic red and green chard, organic mizuna, organic arugula, organic mache, organic frisee, organic radicchio, organic parsley, organic dill, organic cilantro.

    What’s in your spring mix? Which brand do you use? I hope I don’t get too much raw spinach using this. Some of those raw recipes can be extremely labor intensive. I tried the Ezekiel pasta and tortillas. The pasta was too dense for me and had a strong flavor I didn’t care for. I prefer the rice or quinoa pastas, although they’re not sprouted. I liked the Ezekiel tortillas, although they’re pretty chewy. I love the Ezekiel raisin bread. It’s pretty sweet though. When you say "raw oats" do you mean rolled oats? I believe they’re actually pre-cooked to some degree.

    Thank you very much for all of the good website referrals and recipes, etc. This is the kind of information I really treasure as it is in line with my beliefs and philosophy. You wouldn’t happen to know of a good holistic doctor in Los Angeles would you? Maybe the smoothies will help the symptoms enough to where I don’t need to see a doctor, take hormones, etc. I want to start doing some yoga tapes that I have here also. What I really need to do is curtail the time I spend on the computer and start actually doing these things! I’ve been on the computer for two hours now, which is way too long considering how much I have to accomplish. I’m glad you’re on the board, Acne Be Gone Fairy. I could use some magic in my life for sure.

  9. I just made my first green smoothie. I used a whole mango, a plum, some blueberries and some frozen tropical fruit mix (banana, pineapple, strawberries, etc.) and the herb salad mix. I also put some ginger powder in it (from capsules). It was very good and I drank the whole thing. I want to try some fresh ginger next time. It’s supposed to be a very good health tonic. I wonder if raw carrots would blend up well. Maybe I should grate them first.

  10. Thank you very much for all of the good website referrals and recipes, etc…. I’m glad you’re on the board, Acne Be Gone Fairy. I could use some magic in my life for sure.

    Thanks Lenore! πŸ™‚ I use Earthbound Farm Spring Mix, and the ingredients are: Organic Baby Lettuces (Red & Green Romaine, Red & Green Oak Leaf, Lollo Rosa, Tango), Organic Baby Spinach, Organic Red & Green Chard, Organic Mizuna, Organic Arugula, Organic Frisee, Organic Radicchio. The ingredients in each package may vary.

    I do mean the rolled oats – they’re so yummy. πŸ™‚

    Good luck with the yoga! I know a lot of people really like it. I’m getting back into an exercise routine myself. I’m just going to stick with the basic aerobics and weight machines – I did that in the past and gained much energy from lifting weights. I’m joining a gym, http://www.ladyofamerica.com that has a far infrared sauna as well, and those are one of the top ways to detox your body. I can use the sauna whenever I want!

    I know what you mean about too much time spent on the computer – it’s so easy to do, especially knowing that there are so many answers out there just waiting to be found. I find it helps to make a list of my priorities and goals for the day and to accomplish that list before I do other things that get me side-tracked, like research on the computer. I make using and implimenting what I "have already learned" my top priority over learning new information.

    I’m so glad you made your first smoothie and liked it!! πŸ™‚ Sounds like a yummy one, and I like your creative ideas! I’ve never tried carrots or ginger – I’m actually very uncreative with mine – I haven’t tried many new things. haha I’m starting a 6 Week Green Smoothie Challenge over at the Pioneer Thinking Boards next Monday, and you’re welcome to join us! I’m Green Smoothie Queen over there. πŸ™‚ http://www.pioneerthinking.com/cgi-bin/mb/YaBB.pl?board=skin;action=display;num=1154902025

    I’m sending a little magical fairy dust your way in the form of a website. πŸ™‚ Be sure you’re viewing it as "high bandwidth," which you can chose at the top of the page. Click here: Magical Wishes, and start clicking and keep clicking on the castle. πŸ™‚ I just love this website. It gives me such a happy, magical feeling. πŸ™‚ Best wishes for a magical day!

    ~ Acne Be Gone Fairy

  11. Shoot, I wrote you a reply but got a MicroSoft error message that shut down the window. I enjoyed the Disneyland fireworks graphics, thank you ABG Fairy.

    Our salads mixes are almost identical except mine has a few extra ingredients in it. I O.D.’ed on sugar today myself. I had a lot of Bear Naked granola that contains honey and maple sugar and some soy yogurt that contains evaporated cane juice. They’re supposed to be less harmful sugars but sugar is still sugar. I shouldn’t even buy that stuff because I can’t resist it. Wildwood makes a plain yogurt that is unsweetened that is great with fresh fruit and a litte raw agave syrup. I didn’t do my green smoothie today either and I hesitate to make it because I’ve already eaten so much sugar that I probably shouldn’t even eat fruit. Maybe I’ll just eat the salad and chew it up really well so that I’ll get all the nutrition out of it.

    Funny thing, just yesterday a friend of mine who heads a chronic fatigue organization suggested Dr. Fuhrman’s book to me, Eat to Live. I put a hold on it at the library. I’ll check out your green smoothie challenge and the other websites later. We’re on the same page philosophically with this stuff. Thanks again.

  12. Ah, sorry the window shut down on you! How frustrating! Glad you liked the fireworks! hehe πŸ™‚ Your yogurt concoction sounds really good. http://www.mercola.com has some articles that go against soy. I’ve decided since then that soy is no longer my friend. So much conflicting information out there!

    About the sugar in the fruit, my thinking is that it’s better to do a smoothie and get some good greens along with the sugar than to do no sugar and get no greens at all. It seems to be that the fiber and the greens would help to balance the fruit sugar out – I really don’t understand all that though, and again, more conflicting information. If you added a healthy fat, like coconut oil (which I think would digest well with the fruit since it’s from cocount), that would help balance out the sugar as well.

    I’m glad that you checked out Eat to Live! I really think you’ll like it. Dr. Furhman really simplifies things in my opinion – he’s a breath of fresh air! His enormous salad recommendations are a bit much though! I bet he’ll start recommending the smoothies soon!

  13. I did make a green smoothie yesterday and today so I haven’t missed a day yet since I started (3 or 4 days now?). I love those smoothies; I could drink them all day. I’m thinking of adding some raw cashews to them to thicken them up a bit. I think I’ll ascribe to your philosophy of "better greens with fruit than no greens", because I have a lot of resistance to eating that amount of greens by itself (or any amount, really). I was thinking about grating some root veggies like carrots and beets and throwing them in the blender also.

    I looked over Dr. Foster’s website. I’m going to call her about the "medical yoga classes" — they’re not too far from where I live. I’ve got to do some kind of detox, an internal cleansing program, but I’m not sure how to do it yet. Maybe I’ll just have nothing but the green smoothies for a few days to cleanse my system out. I’ve stopped taking all my supplements for now. I really feel that I was being over-supplemented. They make me nauseous — I was absolutely dreading having to force them down my throat every day and the powders were constipating me. (I can’t swallow pills so I have to open all the capsules into applesauce — hideous.) I feel like I’ve been sicker in terms of chronic fatigue than I was before taking all of those expensive supplements.

    As to soy, there doesn’t seem to be any concensus about it. Dr. Andrew Weil and my naturopathic doctor, Dr. John Lynch, feel that soy foods are beneficial if not overdone (1 to 2 portions a day). I still eat soy but try not to overdo it. I just don’t know… Here’s a link at Dr. Fuhrman’s website about soy: http://www.drfuhrman.com/faq/question.aspx?sid=16&qindex=5 . I haven’t read the whole article yet though. I read something pretty disturbing at Dr. Furhman’s website, at this link http://drfuhrman.com/library/article5.aspx :

    The most recent scientific evidence is both overwhelming and shockingβ€”apparently what our parents choose to feed or not feed their children during childhood has a greater effect on the cause of certain cancers than dietary intake over the next 50 years.

    It’s amazing that some of us even survived our childhoods considering what the "standard American diet" is and was when I grew up in the ’50’s and ’60’s. I didn’t even know what a green vegetable was. It was strictly meat and potatoes, some iceberg lettuce, minimal fresh fruit, white bread, canned foods, milk, ice cream, processed American cheese, etc.

    I was listening to Dr. Mark Hyman on PBS last night and he was very interesting. ( http://www.drhyman.com/ ) I would like to read his books. He sells something called "the detox box" ( see http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1591791006/sr=1-1/qid=1155278433/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-5301849-1072657?ie=UTF8&s=books ). The box contains a book, CD’s, a questionaire and flash cards but doesn’t include the supplements needed during the detox. Those cost somewhere between $100-250 according to the reviews written. He has a doctor referral section on his website but the referral is just to doctors who have taken his 6 day intensive course. That’s the extent of what he knows about them as doctors, which I don’t think is much of a referral. It would indicate that they’re at least interested in "functional medicine" (what he does) though.

    I’m considering going to a Dr. Jack Gindi who is near where I live. Some friends of mine recommended him. He’s an M.D. who’s also into wholistic medicine. There’s an article about him at http://www.theacorn.com/news/2003/0911/Health_and_Wellness/051.html . Anybody here familiar with him?

    I’m going to check out the Lady of America gyms, although I doubt I could afford it. I used to be an avid exerciser but I’ve been a complete blob for years now. It’s time to get moving again. I’m really glad you’re here ABG Fairy — so many wonderful ideas and great up energy.

  14. I’m really glad you’re here ABG Fairy — so many wonderful ideas and great up energy.

    Thank you so much! That’s really nice to hear. πŸ™‚

    I’m so glad you’re liking the smoothies! I actually learned the other day that the fiber of the greens balances out the fruit sugars! In the wild, chimpanzees (who we are most closely related to) will eat fruit and greens together – they’ll roll up a banana in a green leaf – must be something to that!

    The green smoothies really are designed to be fruit and leafy greens, not fruit and vegetables. Greens are really in a seperate class from vegetables like carrots, brocolli, etc. Vegetables don’t combine well with fruit, but leafy greens do.

    Besides fruits and vegetables, I actually follow the laws of the Old Testament too. The hygienic laws of the Old Testament were SO advanced for that era – nobody knew why they had to follow those hygienic laws, but yet, the Jewish people weren’t coming down with all the plagues. I believe the laws about food are still just as applicable, and studies do show that "scavenger" type animals the Bible forbids to eat, like pigs, shrimp, etc. do actually have high amounts of toxins. The Makers Diet explains other reasons as well that explain why these types of animals were never meant for human consumption. I don’t eat many animal products anyway, but when I do, I try to eat them from clean sources.

    Have you ever heard of Wellness Formula by Source Naturals? This stuff has kept me from getting sick in years! It’s been years since I’ve had a cold, the flu, etc. As soon as I start feeling like I might be getting sick, I immediately take 2 or 3 of these pills. If you wait too long, it doesn’t work. I have small jewelry/make-up pouches in all of my purses/bags, and they each contain food enzymes and Wellness Formula, and I always, always take Wellness Formula whenever I fly, because there are always so many germs flying around. Getting sick just isn’t an option, and this stuff is a life saver.

    I’ve read that what we eat in our childhood quote before – kinda scary, but I really do think we have a lot of control though too. The reason I think this is that there have been so many people that have gotten over cancer by changing their diets, and I have seen people get over various health problems by changing their diets. Look at how the smoothies have changed by skin. Maybe our childhood diets laid the foundation, but we can chose how we decide to build upon that.

    Thank you for the Dr. Hyman link!! I looked up his doctors referral list and found two well respected doctors in my area that showed up, so that to me tells me that his list has a lot of credibility – or at least that there are some really good doctors out there that think a lot of his program!

    The Lady of America gyms range from $20-50 a month – at least where I am. I think that’s extremely reasonable considering that they have lots of cardio machines, weight machines, hydraulic machines, classes, and far infrared saunas. Just the sauna access alone makes it worth it. I really like the environment too – fairly small and very relaxed, especially during the day. I lifted weights a few years ago, and I had so much more energy when I was doing that.

  15. I looked on the website and there isn’t a Lady of America gym anywhere near me. I think the green smoothies are starting to help my energy level. I hope and pray that they will help a lot of health issues. I think I need a better blender though. The smoothies are coming out pretty "chewy" even after blending them on "liquify".

  16. Sorry there aren’t any gyms close by. πŸ™ I’m glad you’re noticing positive changes with the smoothies! If they’re coming out chewy, it may be because you need a more powerful blender. Victoria, the green smoothie creator, recommends a Vita-Mix. They are expensive, but you can buy a used one on eBay. A 10 year old Vita Mix would be better than a regular blender. Regular blenders don’t have enough speed, and their blades become dull. Vita Mix’s are so powerful, that it doesn’t matter if they blades are sharp or not. You may also try just blending a little longer at a high speed and see if that helps. πŸ™‚

  17. Good luck with everything Lenore! I really hope doing the smoothies will work out for you! πŸ™‚

  18. I think this is a great thread – Lenore – make it into a sticky!

    In around a week or so, I’ll post the link to the website I’ve been creating, it’s all about alkaline acid pH balancing and I think you’ll resonate with it deeply Acne be gone fairy!

  19. I think this is a great thread – Lenore – make it into a sticky!

    In around a week or so, I’ll post the link to the website I’ve been creating, it’s all about alkaline acid pH balancing and I think you’ll resonate with it deeply Acne be gone fairy!

    Maya, that’s great!! πŸ™‚ Feel Free to copy and paste too if you’d rather, and I’d love to visit your website – sounds great! πŸ™‚

  20. The website isn’t about acne, it’s about healing ALL types of disease – acne is just a symptom of disease.

    I definately agree with you about green smoothies though! Have you tried Dr Schulze’s superfood? It’s one of my favourites – taste good too! I also like to juice wheatgrass.

  21. The website isn’t about acne, it’s about healing ALL types of disease – acne is just a symptom of disease.

    I definately agree with you about green smoothies though! Have you tried Dr Schulze’s superfood? It’s one of my favourites – taste good too! I also like to juice wheatgrass.

    Yeah, I figured your website was about more than just acne from what you wrote. πŸ™‚ I totally agree with you that acne is just a symptom of disease. When I started breaking out, I knew there must be an internal imbalance going on. I figured I would have to do cleanses and herbs to regulate my hormones – I had no idea that just doing green smoothies would solve the problem! πŸ™‚ I think they’re the best thing since sliced bread – not that sliced bread is all that great, but you know what I mean. hehe πŸ™‚ I haven’t tried Dr. Schulze’s superfood. Now that I have green smoothies, I’d rather get my greens fresh rather than freeze dried, but I still think the freeze dried products can be great and especially if you’re traveling and don’t have access to fresh greens!

  22. Maya – wow!! I have not yet heard of a refractometer!! It sounds very cool though, and definitely something I want to look into more. I also like the idea of testing your saliva after eating. Thanks for these great tips! I am really looking forward to visiting your website!

  23. Your website looks great! And very interesting! I bookmarked it. Definitely want to browse around there more. πŸ™‚

  24. There’s an article about refractometers and Brix charts at http://www.rawfoods.com/articles/fruitquality.html . This website also sells kitchen appliances (juicers, dehydrators, blenders, water purifiers, etc.) at discounted rates. There are also classified ads there with people selling used appliances. I didn’t see any refractometers there though. I’d never heard of this before Maya. Very interesting.

  25. There’s an article about refractometers and Brix charts at http://www.rawfoods.com/articles/fruitquality.html . This website also sells kitchen appliances (juicers, dehydrators, blenders, water purifiers, etc.) at discounted rates. There are also classified ads there with people selling used appliances. I didn’t see any refractometers there though. I’d never heard of this before Maya. Very interesting.

    Thanks Lenore – Will definitely check this out. πŸ™‚

    I bought my refractometer from this seller:
    I started a brix blog: http://www.askmoreless.com/brix_blog (read from bottom upwards) I think you’ll find it interesting.

    Cool! Thanks for your great info! πŸ™‚

  26. You’re welcome ABG Fairy. I like your sign off. Is this a new one? One thing about the sign-off program I don’t like is that when you change the quote it changes it globally in all of the past postings also. I need to remember that Biblical quote ABG Fairy as my natural tendency seems to be to dwell on the things that upset or scare me. I have to consciously make a decision to focus on the Good. I’ve slipped off my green smoothie routine also, and my face is reflecting it. I zapped the zits with my SkinLift light though and they’ve shrunken down already. Got to get back on the green wagon…

  27. I agree – I like that sign off too – there is nothing more healing than positive thinking!

    I saw this veggie juice guide that I thought might be applicable here: http://www.freedomyou.com/fasting_book/Vegetable_Juice_Guide.htm

    I’ve been gently simmering some lovely savoy cabbage, with some ginger and carrots – I then drink the warm broth, adding some himalayan sea salt .. it’t tastes gorgeous and has a high mineral content .. very good for digestion.

  28. You’re welcome ABG Fairy. I like your sign off. Is this a new one? One thing about the sign-off program I don’t like is that when you change the quote it changes it globally in all of the past postings also. I need to remember that Biblical quote ABG Fairy as my natural tendency seems to be to dwell on the things that upset or scare me. I have to consciously make a decision to focus on the Good. I’ve slipped off my green smoothie routine also, and my face is reflecting it. I zapped the zits with my SkinLift light though and they’ve shrunken down already. Got to get back on the green wagon…

    I have to remind myself of this scripture at times too! Of course, sometimes it’s okay to be sad, and you just have to work through that, but in general, I try to focus on the good, positive things in life. I barely pay attention to the news, because most of it is so negative, I don’t watch dark, depressing TV shows or music, I listen to music that makes me feel happy, I’m picky about who I spend my time with and am choosy when making new friends, and I try to practice positive self-talk. πŸ™‚

  29. This smoothie came out yummy:

    1 fresh mango

    1 frozen banana

    (Peel a fresh banana, slice into small chunks, put in a plastic bag and lay flat in the freezer in one layer of slices. After they’re frozen, then the bag can be put upright.)

    3-4 fresh mint leaves

    4-5 leaves of butter lettuce

    1 cup or more of freshly squeezed oranges (2 med./lg. oranges)

    Blend it all together. Yum!

  30. hey guys πŸ™‚
    i HATE veggies and generally stuff that is good for me.
    somehow the sound of these green smoothies doesnt sound that revolting :wink
    i dont have a blender… but i am seriously thinking of getting one this weekend and trying it out.
    im guessing the berries and bananas and pears and stuff help in the taste? does it tast like lettuce or spinach?
    and DOES IT WORK?? πŸ™‚

  31. He really pushed it, but honestly the green smoothies really do help. Actually, most smoothies help as long as they are homemade.

    The ONLY downside I can think of is the fact that it really takes a while to get used to the taste.

  32. Hi my name is gabby,

    im really really getting depressed about my skin i have been on droxycyclyn tablets for about 5 months i have noticed a change but i still do break out quite a bit? i am very interested in the whole vegetable smoothie thing. I dont have n e confidence or n e thing :oops and its just getting worsdes:( please help me i need a change in my skin very fast.

    gab

  33. mmm, i tried the whole green smoothie thing and it was GROSS!!!

    i gave up on the lettuce and now just have fruity ones for breakfast each morning.
    MUCH better tasting! I’ll stick to lettuce in salad!

  34. Hi Gabby,

    if we knew of any quick fixes, we would be millionairres! unfortunately i have yet to discover a miracle cure that leaves you looking gorgeous when you wake up the next morning!
    There are lots of suggestions on this site, and support for people on accutane etc… but no quick fixes πŸ™

  35. im currently on roaccutane (for the past 2 and a half months) check out my journal in the accutane section…
    πŸ™‚

  36. on the main page… there is a Accutane Adventure link… click it and there will be a bunch of topics all about accutane… mine is called Geckogirl’s Journal, but ther are loads

  37. mmm, i tried the whole green smoothie thing and it was GROSS!!!

    i gave up on the lettuce and now just have fruity ones for breakfast each morning.
    MUCH better tasting! I’ll stick to lettuce in salad!

    Geckogirl, I’m sorry your smoothie turned out gross. When using the right greens and fruits, they can really be quite delicious, and the greens can be undetectable. My brother "refuses" to try my green smoothies, but I’ve offered him smoothies before without him knowing they had greens, he never knew and loved them!! I would use spinach is his, because spinach has a "very" mild flavor and blends really well. I would use apples or pears as a base, add about half a package of frozen mango or pineapple (very sweet), and a handful of frozen raspberries, oh, and some cinnamon. They were delicious. If you follow the recipe, use mild greens and some sweet tasting fruits, I think you’ll find that you like them. πŸ™‚

    As for just doing fruit smoothies, they are high in sugar. Greens help balance out the fruit sugars. As for just getting your greens in salads, you’ll get four times the amount of nutrition out of your greens if they are blended, because the blender more thoroughly breaks down the cell walls, which releases more nutrition (according to Dr. Fuhrman). Drinking "one" cup of blended greens is equal to eating "four" cups of greens! πŸ™‚

    OgabbyO – I hope things get better for you! I highly recommend giving the green smoothies a try. I’m so glad I gave the smoothies a fair chance. If I hadn’t, my skin would be a wreck right now, as it had started leaving behind scars. My skin is now great!

  38. Skin eruptions (ie: acne, eczema, psorisis, etc.) are often an indication that your body (INTERNALLY), most particularly your LIVER, is congested with toxins, unwarrranted substances, and indigestion and is simply not absorping essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals which can result in DEFICIENCIES of all kinds, ultimately leading to illnesses and diseases. Food has a direct relation to acne / overall skin health. Unfortunately in this day and age, our diet is full of processed foods, which are depleted of essential ENZYMES that perform vital functions in our body. Enzymes from RAW FOODS contain these essential enzymes (ie: organic fruits and vegetables), but we simply do not consume enough. Making matters worse, the processed, refined foods that we eat are extremely hard to digest when you lack the basic enzymes needed for optimal digestion.

    My recommendation: taking DIGESTIVE ENZYME supplements (capsules) before each meal is extremely beneficial in replenishing your body with essential enzymes needed in the digestion and absoprtion of foods, vitamins and minerals. These enzymes breakdown & digest carbohydrates, proteins, fats, sugars, and lactose (milk-derivates), which eases the burden on the oh-so-congested liver. When food is properly digested, it can readily be absorbed, and at the same time readily be disposed by the liver. Undigested or poorly digested food particules (which become toxic) seep through the congested liver and into the blood stream, where the skin attempts to excrete the toxins; too much toxic waste expelled through the skin is grounds for acute skin disorders.

    Enzymes are the catalyst behind every single bodily function, so it’s imperative that we constantly replenish and maintain these vital subtances. Taking a DIGESTIVE ENZYME capsule before each meal makes a world of a difference not only in the appearance of your skin, but overall health (ie: bloating, flatulance/gas, indigestion, constipation, fatigue, as well as chronic illnesses and various diseases).

    I HIGHLY recommend everyone to visit the following website: http://www.enzymedica.com which will provide much more detail about the role and importance of enzymes. I purchased DIGESTIVE ENZYME supplements from this particular company since they have retail locations (ie: Mother’s Market, Whole Foods, and are accessible online); their products are of superior quality.

    Within the first 2 meals supplemented with these enzymes, I noticed an immediate difference of how well I felt after eating; and I slept very well! In a matter of days, my skin complexion improved a lot (the redness went down substantially), and my zit-like acne began drying up.

    The DIGESTIVE ENZYMES perform their job optimally to the extent of effectively digesting food, converting them into nutrients for absorption and easing up the load on the liver; HOWEVER to make sure your body rids itself of all waste material so it doesn’t contaminate the blood stream, you have to maintain healthy bowel movements. If you’re experiencing constipation, that’s a sign of toxins/waste build up in your system, so whether you have to resort to a liver cleanse, fiber intake or colon cleanse, you have to get rid of that build up, otherwise your skin will do it for you on an acute, inflammatory basis. Look up Liver Cleanse or Colon Cleanse on the internet for more info and comparative methods.

    As far as topical care for the skin, keep it simple and gentle — use pH balanced skin care products (ie: Earth Science is perfectly pH balanced at 5.5, identical to the skin’s normal pH level; anything higher than that creates an alkalinity in the skin which is a breeding ground for acne bacteria). Their clarifying cleanser alone is very soothing and does not strip the skin of its acid mantle which serves as a barrier against external pathogens. Skip the toner, and if you must moisturize, use a light, oil-free lotion or serum intended for hydration as opposed to creams that can clog pores regardless if its oil-free, non-comedogenic. MD Formulations Moisture Defense (pH 3.8 ) is light weight and non-irritating, but a bit pricey! Even if you can get your hands on a tester/sample just to feel the consistency, that will give you an idea of what kind of lotion I’m talking about, and perhaps you can look into a more affordable/comparable moisturizer.

    Any feedback is greatly appreciated since I’m approaching a near-end struggle with skin eruptions/acne, malabsoprtion and the like; and I think I have the holy-grail formulation/regemine that addresses not only the root cause of acne, but several other common and chronic disorders. Hope this bit of information was helpful.

  39. He really pushed it, but honestly the green smoothies really do help. Actually, most smoothies help as long as they are homemade.

    The ONLY downside I can think of is the fact that it really takes a while to get used to the taste.

    Kaybee, if you’re using a mild green, like spinach, you can’t even detect it in the smoothie, so there’s no getting used to the taste, unless you just don’t like the taste of fruit. πŸ™‚

  40. ABG Fairy!! Where have you been girl! I’ve missed you. How are you? Actually, the board has gotten awfully quiet lately — not a lot of postings.

    My skin’s been pretty clear for the most part. I get a few small pimples here and there and some bumps under the skin that go away quickly, but I rarely get the big nasties anymore. I have some big blackheads that are really stuck in my pores and look like they’re going to be with me until I die at this rate :roll but other than that my skin’s been pretty much behaving. I keep thinking that I’ve finally outgrown acne completely, but then when I stop using the Mychelle acne products I start to break out again. I have cut down on her acne products though and am using more of her products for dry, sensitive skin. I haven’t been keeping up with the green smoothies I’m sorry to say. I need to get back into it.

  41. Hi Lenore!! How are you? How are you feeling? Did things come together with your new living situation? I sure hope that worked out!!

    I have been doing very well, especially of late!! I am now fully (not just half way like I was, haha) following the guidelines from the book, Eat to Live, by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. It’s too soon to tell major differences, but in just a few days, I do think I’m feeling better, especially mentally, seems as though I feel more "clear-headed" and alert. What I especially love with ETL is that the food is creative, fun and tasty!! I am having SO much fun with all these different recipes, and it’s fun experimenting too. In fact, right now, I’m eating a homemade pudding that tastes like Mexican flan, and I just now made up the recipe…although, I’m sure it’s been thought of before. I threw in raw cashews, almond milk, vanilla extract and frozen peaches into the blender and then added cinnamon…..oh my gosh, it’s to die for!! ETL has really great message boards too – so much to learn there, and the posters are so nice and supportive.

    I’m glad your skin is doing well, at least you know that Mychelle products work for you. With me, it’s the green smoothies, they are my life line when it comes to keeping my skin clear. Although, with all the extra veggies and greens I am now eating with ETL, who knows, I could probably due fine without the smoothies now. hehe

    About the blackheads, this article might help shed some light: http://www.cosmeticscop.com/learn/art.asp?ID=202.

  42. So glad to hear you’re doing really well ABG Fairy. I’m going to see if I can find his book at the library before I buy it. I bought his pixie vites (they’re yummy) and I bought the vegetable powder seasoning stuff (forgot the name). I need to get an empty shaker bottle to make it easier to use. I really want to go on his program also. Does he have another book with more recipes? He’s going to be speaking in a healthy living expo in Burbank on June 2. I’d really love to hear him speak but it’s $50 a day to hear the speakers and I need to watch my finances these days. I sent an e-mail to them to see if I could volunteer in exchange for tickets. I bought some red kale yesterday for using in green smoothies. I want to get back into the habit. The hard part has been finding ripe organic bananas. I found an organic frozen tropical fruit mix at Whole Foods that has bananas in it in case I run out of ripe bananas. Sometimes I cut up and freeze banana slices myself also.

    I’ll check out the link, thanks.

  43. Hi Lenore!

    I’m happy to hear you’re interested in Dr. Fuhrman’s information! I love the vegizest – I like adding it to soups. I hear he’s coming out with a recipe book (sometimes this summer maybe?). Volunteering in exchange for tickets is a great idea!! Otherwise though, I think that money might be better spent by becoming a member. The member benefits have been a huge help to me, especially the member forum – I have learned so much, especially in the way of cooking/recipes, from the other members. You also get access to his newsletters, teleconferences, recipe center, etc.

    I’m glad you’re getting back into the smoothies! Most people doing Eat to Live have them for breakfast. I still like spinach, romaine and spring mix best – I don’t do too well with kale in mine, it’s too fibery and a little too strongly flavored for me. I need to start steaming kale and find a good sauce to go on top. I’m glad you found the tropical fruit mix at Whole Foods – that’s one of my favorites, along with pineapples, peaches and mango. πŸ™‚

  44. I may become a member of his website then, since you recommend it. It would be really nice to go to that health expo though. You can read about it at http://www.healthylifestyleexpo.com or at http://www.vegsource.com . I don’t put the part of the kale ribs that are really thick and fibrous (the middle bottom part of the leaves) into my smoothies. I think that the red or purple kale has a milder taste than the regular kale also.

    I made some yummy vegan creamy mushroom soup yesterday using his Vegizest (no salt). I just improvised so I don’t know the actual quantities, but I will guess:

    (Quantities are approximate)

    Spectrum organic olive oil pan spray
    (you can use a few TBLS of water instead if you want to avoid oil)
    1 lg.onion, chopped
    10 lg. white mushrooms, chopped
    1-1/2 to 2 cups Rice Dream original flavor rice milk
    2 TBS. Rejuvenative Foods Luscious raw almond and seeds butter
    1 TBS. Dr. Fuhrman’s Vegizest powder

    Saute the onion in the oil or water and cook for a few minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook until both are tender.

    Put the cooked onion and mushrooms into a blender with the rice milk and blend until creamy.

    Pour the blended liquid into a saucepan and add the vegizest and the almond/seed butter and stir well. (Don’t overheat in order to retain the enzymes in the raw nut butter.)

    It also makes a great gravy for mashed potatoes. I’m not sure if Dr. F. approves of store bought rice milk though.

  45. Lenore,

    Thank you for posting this recipe, it sounds delicious!! I added it to my recipe file – I was actually wanting a good "mushroom" recipe, so this sounds perfect!

    As for the rice milk, Dr. Fuhrman says it is low nutrient. He advises soy or almond milk instead. Westsoy makes an unsweetened soy milk. Look out for carageenan in soy/rice/almond milks – many react badly to it.

    Thanks again for the recipe!!

  46. Hey, what’s good food for helping get rid of the oil on my face and also as a supplement diet to my antibiotics and bp cream? Right now, I wouldn’t say I have a lot of pimples but mostly scars and what remains from when I had acne. I currently drink filtered (and boiled afterwards) water as well as fruits, apple and orange are the most common and occasionally from most to least common: strawberries, watermelon, melon, grapes, mango, and kiwi. I try to eat some fruit at least once a day but sometimes my mom or I just forget. Are there any fruits or vegetables that I should target? I’m usually up for vegetables, except beans since I’m allergic to them. Let me know if there’s an additional natural way via foods that I can eat to help my situation.

  47. ^ It’s important to eat plenty of veggies (especially green) and fruits. Greens are the most important for acne prone skin. I just updated the first post with more info on all this. πŸ™‚

  48. Hi folks

    This is my first post, so be gentle! I was on here yesterday and was fascinated by the Green Smoothie posts. I’ve been trying on and off the follow Karen Jesset’s recommendations in her book ‘Clear Skin’ which basically advocates binning the toxic junk foods and eating lots of fresh fruit and salads as a way to clear your skin.

    I’m ok with eating fruit but struggle a bit to motivate when it comes to salad. So imagine my joy to find that thread on green smoothies and discover a way to incorporate a lot of greens without having to – um – chew them!

    I’ve invested in a Vita-Mix (not arrived yet) so this is what set me out on the hunt for good smoothie recipes.

    Today I made my first green smoothie using the following:

    handful baby spinach
    tinned pineapple chunks
    tinned pears
    frozen raspberries
    Bit of juice from tinned pineapple / pears
    mineral water

    And it is YUMMY! I know its probably better to use fresh pineapple and pears but I couldn’t find any ripe ones in my local supermarket, so thought tinned fruit (in juice rather than syrup) was better than nothing!

    Anyone else tried / currently trying the green smoothies? Had any good results with clearing your acne?

  49. I just responded to your PM – it’s so great to find another excited about green smoothies! Your going to love your Vita-Mix!!! I use mine several times a day (and not just for smoothies!! I make salad dressings, veggie dips and sauces, sorbets, guacamole, you name it!).

    I’m glad the tinned fruits you’re using are in fruit juice rather than syrup – I like to keep fruit juice to a minimum, but a little should be okay. It sounds like what you are doing will be just fine – the main thing is getting some fruit and especially some greens in there.

    So glad you like the smoothies! Give them at least 6 weeks – if your acne is mild, you should definitely see results. If you’re acne is moderate, you may need to make some overall changes in your diet as well. In that case, I recommend the book, Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman!

    Thanks for posting, keep us informed on your progress, and let me know if I can be of anymore help! πŸ™‚

  50. Sent you another PM – thanks so much for your reply!

    Can’t wait to see the results I’m sure this will bring in helping clear up my acne – and to try out all those recipes with my vitamix when it arrives :wink

  51. No problem Bampot!! The green smoothies have been so life changing for me, so I’m always happy to help people with green smoothies! πŸ™‚

  52. Hi ABFairy

    Can I ask if you had any detox symptoms when starting out with the green smoothies? I’ve been doing them for a couple of days and have broken out in a lots of little spots (whiteheads) – bit worried, but hoping it is just a detox reaction and that it will pass! πŸ˜•

    Haven’t had any other problems with stomach discomfort or gas so I don’t think it’s an allergic reaction or anything.

    Thanks in advance! πŸ™‚

  53. ^ Glad you asked! Yes, breaking out can be a detox symptom at first – nothing to worry much about. It should resolve soon. πŸ™‚

  54. Phew!

    Just a bit disheartening when I’m being so healthy! Had green smoothie for breakfast and another mid morning, then homemade hummus and oatcakes for lunch, and planning to have another green smoothie for dinner.

    By the way, I’m quite keen to get the Eat to Live book you were talking about – sounds really interesting. Had a look on Amazon (the UK site) and unfortunately its not sold in this country so you have to have it shipped over from the US which is a shame. Will have to wait till next payday, but def think I will get it!

    Also from the research I’ve done it seems like in the US you have a lot more frozen fruit for sale – here it’s just frozen summer fruits like strawberries and raspberries, no mango or pineapple, which is a shame. πŸ™ Also makes it a bit more pricey to keep buying fresh fruit – but never mind, I will persevere, sure the results will be worth it!

  55. The frozen fruit thing sounds frustrating! There are ETL members from the UK – I don’t know what regions they are in though. Maybe the live in an area that has greater access to produce. If you keep talking to people that are into health in your area, I bet you’ll find out about some other sources.

    I’m glad you’re interested in Eat to Live! You’re right, it’s definitely a shame that Amazon doesn’t sell it in the UK. πŸ™ I looked, and wow, some people are trying to make a fortune selling their copies to UK residents! πŸ™ It might be cheaper for you actually to just become a member for a while? You get a copy of Eat to Live as an ebook when you become a member, and you get access to lots of other things too – I’m sure you’d want to know more before becoming a member though. Have you checked your local libraries? You might have fun for now just browsing Dr. Fuhrman’s two websites: http://www.drfuhrman.com and http://www.diseaseproof.com.

    You’re doing great with your green smoothies! Wow!! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you’re motivated to keep going – I’m sure you will see great results!

  56. It might be cheaper for you actually to just become a member for a while? You get a copy of Eat to Live as an ebook when you become a member, and you get access to lots of other things too –

    Oh right, I didn’t know that you got the book as an e-book if you signed up to the website. Maybe it’s worthwhile me doing that then – I’ll check it out and see how much it works out as! It does sound great.

    One thing I’ve already noticed with the smoothies is that I’m not as hungry as normal. It’s weird. I had my smoothie for breakfast and what was left of the batch midmorning. And wasn’t as hungry as I normally am by lunchtime. And then tonight I got home and had a wee bit of hummus and crackers and thought I’ll just eat dinner later when I get hungry – and I didn’t get hungry! So I’m just trying to listen to my body.

    Trying to lose some weight as well as tackle the acne, so looks like this could work out great! Just hope the smoothies aren’t too high calorie with all that fruit in? Do you know if they are?

  57. That’s great! Most people exerperience the opposite at first, so you must have already been eating pretty healthy!! From my understanding so far, the more high-nutrient foods you eat, the less hungry you get, because your body is being fed good nutrition. When you eat junk, you feel the desire to eat more often, because your body is trying to get more nutrients.

    Glad you’re going to check out the member center! It was invaluable to me fully starting out a month ago, as I scanned through the message boards and got tips/recipes not included in the book that made starting out a breeze (I’ll send to you in a PM the best tips I discovered if you decide to try out Eat to Live). πŸ™‚

  58. Glad you’re going to check out the member center! It was invaluable to me fully starting out a month ago, as I scanned through the message boards and got tips/recipes not included in the book that made starting out a breeze (I’ll send to you in a PM the best tips I discovered if you decide to try out Eat to Live). πŸ™‚

    Hey – thanks for the offer of tips, I’d appreciate those anyway if you don’t mind sending them!

    I had a good look at the dr fuhrman website yesterday and it does look good, but the only thing I’m slightly worried about is that the sample recipes shown all seemed to use ‘Dr Fuhrman’ ingredients which aren’t available in this country (can’t remember exactly, but things like dr fuhrman fig dressing). Are all the recipes like that, or can you just substitute other ingredients instead?

    And can you print out copies of the e-book or do you have to read it online?

    Tried the nut milk yet? You should do as I have read that while soy is good, it can also cause thyroid and other problems if you have too much of it, so that’s why I’ve always stayed clear. Another alternative if you don’t want to make nut milk, is rice milk which is nice too. :wink

  59. Found a online bookstore in the UK which sells the Eat To Live book so I’ve ordered it πŸ˜€

    Think I’m going to see how I get on with the book first and then maybe I’ll join up to the website later.

  60. I’m so glad you found the book!!! That’s great! I’ll will send you the tips very soon! If anyone else would like them, feel free to PM me. πŸ™‚

    You don’t need Dr. Fuhrman’s products. I’ve been doing ETL 100% for about 4 weeks now, and I’ve only used his vegizest about 2 or 3 times and his vinegar once. They aren’t necessary at all – no worries. πŸ™‚

    I haven’t yet tried the nut milk, but I will!! Dr. Fuhrman says those claims about soy are unproven. Here is a link that discusses it: http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/healthy-food-too-much-soy.html. However, I think variety is key, and right now, I’m using soy milk everyday, which I don’t like doing, so I will be making the almond milk very soon!

  61. I can’t get that link to work ABG Fairy. I am really curious what it says. The naturopath that I went to claimed that the studies that depicted soy as being unhealthy were actually funded by drug companies that made drugs that soy was effective in helping (like drugs for menopause, e.g.).

  62. Ah-ha, thank you. That’s why I’ve learned to always put a space before and after a link because punctuation likes to get too up close and friendly with the link name ("Take me with you! I don’t want to be stuck here at the end of this sentence forever! πŸ™ )

    ABG Fairy, I wanted to ask you, does Dr. Fuhrman talk about internal cleansing at all in his book? Do you know what his opinion of enemas and colonics is? I’m hoping he doesn’t approve of them so I can have an excuse not to have to do them. I’ve done some enemas and I really hate the whole process. Yeccccchhhh.

  63. LOL Lenore about the punctuation thing! hehe πŸ™‚

    About colonics… Dr. Fuhrman…. wait for it….. does NOT promote colonics!! haha Yea!! He says that in some cases they can even be dangerous, and he has seen proof that the colon doesn’t have pounds of you know what sitting inside…. eeek! My dad can testify to this as well. He was one of the very, very few patients who opted to stay awake during his colonoscopy, and he said he was clean as a whistle inside – I saw pictures too… no yucky stuff rotting inside that many of those colon cleansing things try to make you believe! Dr. Fuhrman says, "The need for colonics only reflects a bad diet. Once you eat right, colonics are not needed." :rock

    Lenore, it’s amazing how easy I’m finding it to eat right after incorporating the Eat to Live guidelines. Basically, one just aims for:

    * at least 4 pieces of fruit
    * 1 pd raw veggies
    * 1 pd cooked veggies
    * 1 cup beans
    * 1 oz (by weight) nuts/seeds
    * 1 cup or less starchy veggies or grains (optional).

    These are my basic daily guidelines for my meals:

    B: Green Smoothie

    L: Blended Salad (about 1 pd of veggies (greens, avocado, cucumber, carrots, celery, onion, etc), with about 1 cup of beans and one piece of fruit), or a large salad with beans and Caesar Dressing, or maybe Coleslaw with dressing (would then add beans to dinner), followed by a piece of fruit.

    D: 2-3 cups veggie soup (or 1 pd of steamed veggies – I just dump frozen veggies into my steamer – easy!), maybe with a small salad, followed by a fruit sorbet.

    For seasonings, to steamed veggies, I like adding Butter Buds (Dr. F approves, and these really do taste like butter!), garlic, minced onions (dried onions – have tons of flavor), and balsamic vinegar.

    A basic sauce/dressing is: 1 cup soy milk with 1 cup cashews, blended. You then add whatever seasonings you want. For example, for salad, you could add lemon juice, dijon mustard and garlic (for a Caesar dressing), for a veggie sauce, add minced onions, for a coleslaw sauce, add lemon juice (the bottled kind is really tangy – I like it better than fresh for this) and turmeric, the options are limitless.

    For soups, you can really enhance the flavor by making the base carrot juice. I just made one yesterday with 1 quart of store bought carrot/orange juice. I then added turmeric, cinnamon and vegizest. I blended 1 pd bag of frozen veggies with the juice, and added one more bag of frozen veggies to the soup base after blended. I also added the basic cashew sauce – it was delicious, and this soup will last me for several days. πŸ™‚

    Sorbets are awesome, just combine some frozen fruit in the blender with either soy milk or some fruit juice. If you want to add a creamy flavor, add some cashew nuts. Blended dates add sweetness. My favorite sorbet (and most everyone else’s too) is

    Chocolate/Cherry Ice Cream:
    * 1 bag frozen cherries
    * About 1/4-1/2 cup soy milk
    * 1 1/2 heaping teaspoons cocoa powder
    * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    * 1 -2 dates
    (blend)

    Lenore, if you want to know more about Eat to Live, I’ll send you my compilation of helpful tips – if anyone else wants it too, feel free to PM me. πŸ™‚ This is the first time in my life that I really feel good about what I’m eating and "know" that I’m eating a balanced diet. Plus, it’s easy and tastes great! I can’t say that I feel better yet (my skin looks great though! hehe), but I’ve only been doing ETL 100% for 4 weeks now, so it’s too soon to tell. I’m hoping for the best!!

  64. Thank you so much ABG Fairy! The recipes sound yummy.

    Here is a link to Bryanna Clark Grogan’s website with a discussion of soy:

    http://www.bryannaclarkgrogan.com/page/page/3476771.htm

    Here is a detailed rebuttal at the Eden Foods website against the anti-soy claims:

    http://www.edenfoods.com/issues_soyconfusion.html#ref6

    Here is another article about the soy controversy by John Robbins, the author of Diet For A New America:

    http://www.foodrevolution.org/what_about_soy.htm

    I still haven’t found anything corroborating my naturopathic doctor’s claim that drug companies funded the anti-soy studies to discredit soy because soy helps the conditions that they sell drugs to help (like menopausal symptoms, etc.).

    Re your father’s colonoscopy experience (gutsy [no pun intended] man!), I had read the same thing in an article written by a surgeon who said that colonics and enemas were unnecessary and risky. He said that the colons that he operated on were pink and clean as a whistle, not all crudded up like colonics proponents claim. I think that patients are given laxatives and a liquid diet before a colonoscopy though, which would probably clean them out pretty well. That does it — I’m sold on Dr. Fuhrman! πŸ˜€ I’m going to get his book. Here’s a funny anti-colonics article written by an M.D. (or so he purports to be anyway):

    http://www.greatwhatsit.com/archives/436

  65. Hi Lenore!

    That colonic report was funny! haha

    Thank you so much for sharing those links with me! I really like Bryanna Grogan’s website, and her site led me to vegcooking, which also looks to have lots of great info… and recipes!! I’m wanting to cook some Indian dishes, and I’m sure that site has some great recipes, since the founder of the website grew up making Indian dishes. Yum!

    I’m so glad you’re going to get Dr. Fuhrman’s book! It has made my life SO much easier!! It’s given me so much peace of mind. If you decide to go for it, let me know if I can be of any help!

  66. Thanks ABG Fairy. I forgot, are you a vegetarian? I actually started eating poultry again because I was craving it and felt I needed more protein. I don’t feel good about doing it, but I think I feel better physically when I do eat poultry. I still don’t eat any mammal meat at all (no beef, lamb, or pork). With the exception of a 3 month period of being vegetarian, I’ve always eaten fish though. I didn’t eat poultry for some years though.

    I’ve got a rather nasty zit on my chin. I guess the Evan’s Garden skin care products that I tried are too rich for my skin. I didn’t try their acne line though — I tried their sensitive skin line. They are such lovely products though (sigh). They made my skin feel so soft. I need to use my SkinLift light more regularly also. I haven’t been keeping up on the green smoothies either. I really need to get more disciplined.

  67. Thanks ABG Fairy. I forgot, are you a vegetarian? I actually started eating poultry again because I was craving it and felt I needed more protein. I don’t feel good about doing it, but I think I feel better physically when I do eat poultry. I still don’t eat any mammal meat at all (no beef, lamb, or pork). With the exception of a 3 month period of being vegetarian, I’ve always eaten fish though. I didn’t eat poultry for some years though.

    I’ve got a rather nasty zit on my chin. I guess the Evan’s Garden skin care products that I tried are too rich for my skin. I didn’t try their acne line though — I tried their sensitive skin line. They are such lovely products though (sigh). They made my skin feel so soft. I need to use my SkinLift light more regularly also. I haven’t been keeping up on the green smoothies either. I really need to get more disciplined.

  68. Lenore, most days, I’m vegan. haha I rarely eat animal products, but if I were to add them back into my diet, I would eat eggs or turkey – these are the two that Dr. Fuhrman recommends for people that don’t synthesize proteins well enough from plant foods alone (most people do just fine with only plant foods though).

    Sorry about your new skin care line not working out for you! πŸ™ That’s frustrating! I know what that’s like!

    With the green smoothies, I just had to make them a habit. I do them everyday now for breakfast. I don’t have much of an appetite during the day, so I kinda have to drag myself into the kitchen to prepare food during the day. πŸ™‚ I have my basic Eat to Live guidelines though that I try to follow everyday, and those tend to keep me accountable, because I want to make sure I’m getting in all of my daily nutrients. For the most part though, eating this way is really easy! I thought it was going to be so complicated, but it’s not. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting myself to take a break and go make breakfast/lunch – dinner is easier – I’m always in the mood for dinner. πŸ™‚

  69. I’ve been really bad about not eating regularly. I get very obsessed with with some task and just don’t eat. If I were my own parent I’d be reported to social services for neglect! This is not good. Got to get back into a routine here. I really want to get that book. Is Dr. F. against fish? I love salmon…don’t think I could give that up. I eat the organic poultry when I do eat it.

    I came out on an allergy test as being allergic to egg whites, but I do eat just the yolks sometimes (although there’s always a little egg white stuck to it). I sometimes wonder about those allergies tests. I came out as being allergic to ginger, navy beans and egg whites. I thought ginger was such a good tonic for everyone. It didn’t even show me as being allergic to dairy or wheat, and I know those foods mess me up big time. The doctor said that if I hadn’t eaten a particular food for a long time, then it might not come up as an allergy on a test.

  70. LOL! I’ve thought the same of myself before! I can definitely forget about eating during the day – I do have to remind myself, otherwise, I wouldn’t get in all of my veggies for the day. I think a routine is a good idea – if you eat lunch around the same time everyday, maybe that would help. I try to tell myself that whatever I’m working on can wait while I go make lunch.

    Dr. Fuhrman is not against fish, but he strongly recommends eating clean, uncontaminated fish. You wouldn’t need to give up your salmon. πŸ™‚ He says to not eat more than 12 oz. of animal products a week though.

    I think I heard Dr. F say that allergy tests aren’t reliable?? I’m not sure. I think he recommends doing an elimination diet where you go several weeks (at least two) without a particular food, then reintroduce it and see what happens.

  71. Shoot, I wish I knew that before spending all of that money on the allergy tests. I do try to get wild caught or other Whole Foods fish that are supposed to be farm raised better than normal.

  72. Here’s a quote from Dr. Fuhrman, "Allergy tests are not accurate. So even if the allergy test comes out negative, it does not mean you are not allergic to it." But hey, there might be a bright side – maybe you’re not allergic after all to the foods you thought you were! πŸ™‚

    I’ve seen that wild caught brand at Whole Foods – I think their salmon is from Alaskan waters? I think you should be just fine with that. πŸ™‚ I bet cashew cream sauce (equal parts soy milk to equal parts raw cashews, blended) with some lemon juice and maybe some dill would be really yummy on salmon! πŸ™‚

  73. Boy, that sounds just delicious. ABG Fairy, would you please look at this website and tell me what you think? http://www.E3Live.com I went to a raw foods restaurant in West Los Angeles called Leaf Cuisine and they were selling bottles of the frozen E3 Live there. Do you know what Dr. F. thinks of this type of algae? She gave me a sample, and I had a hard time getting it down. It tasted kind of like wheat grass juice, which I despise, but I might be able to stand it diluted in a smoothie or juice or water with some stevia added. There’s a nectar version of it also which contains agave syrup.

  74. Lenore,

    I’m a big fan of algae, because I have seen what it can do for people – it can really change people mentally as well. My family used to get Blue Green Algae from some lake in Oregon I think – it was supposed to be a very clean, uncontaminated source. Dr. Fuhrman’s concern with algae is that it may be contaminated with toxins, so seek out a clean source, and you should be fine.

    Happy 4th! πŸ™‚

  75. It’s so hard to know whom to trust re the clean source for algae though. They all claim to use a clean, pure source. Dr. F.’s DHA Purity is made from algae — I trust him. I just ordered more Pixie Vites, some Osteo Cal and also the DHA Purity. Another question please ABG Fairy: would Dr. F. approve/disapprove of organic Earth Balance whipped spread? It contains:

    expeller-pressed oils [soybean, palm fruit, canola seed, olive], filtered water, salt, natural flavor, soy protein, soy lecithin, lactic acid [from beet sugar], beta-carotene color

    I’m getting some nasty zits on the right side of my chin. Could you please tell me what you think of the ingredients in Evan’s Garden’s foundation powder?

    Mineral Foundation Powders Ingredients:

    arrowroot, brown oxide, chromium oxide green, hydrated chromium oxide green, mica (serecite), modified cornstarch, tapioca starch, titanium dioxide, ultramarine blue, ultramarine rose, ultramarine violet, yellow oxide.

    None of the ingredients are bad according to the zerozits.com list but I’m wondering if the foody ingredients (arrowroot, cornstarch and tapioca starch) could possible invite bacteria to come feast on my face. I have been using her powder foundation samples for the last couple of weeks, even overnight sometimes on the zits. Thanks.

  76. Hi Lenore!

    You’re right – it is *very* hard to know who to trust!

    About the Earth Balance spread… I’m afraid Dr. Fuhrman wouldn’t approve. πŸ™ He is not a fan of processed oils, or salt, or isolated soy protein. He suggests getting your fats from the whole source, like nuts/seeds. I love making dressings out of soy milk and cashews!

    I don’t know enough about mineral ingredients to comment, but I think this article by Paula Begoun might help explain things for you: http://www.cosmeticscop.com/bulletin/MineralMakeup2007.doc From what I have read, and from others’ experiences, mineral make-up’s can be quite drying. I agree too that the food type ingredients you mentioned could certainly be a breeding ground for bacteria.

    Hope this helps Lenore! πŸ™‚

  77. Great article, thanks. I just skimmed it so far though. I found this sentence in it:

    Powder contains rice starch, which may contribute to blemishes because food-based ingredients can feed the bacteria that cause acne.

    I think it’s too late for me to cancel the order because she’s already worked on matching the color to a sample that I sent her. I may just ask her what I can pay her to cancel the order. It would be good to put that link onto the make-up forum.

  78. Lenore,

    Yes, back when I skimmed that article, I thought it was very helpful as well. I’m glad you found it helpful too, and I do hope you’re able to cancel your order!

  79. I was able to cancel the order. They’re very nice over there. I put a hold on Dr. F.’s book at the library a couple of days ago. I received the supplements today. The Osteo Sun (non-vegan) is in capsule form so it’s easy for me to empty them into applesauce and the powder is pretty much tasteless. I put the DHA Purity in there also and I don’t mind the taste at all. I actually rather like it. I haven’t tried the Flora powder yet because I haven’t used up my Ayush probiotics yet. So far so good. I bought a couple of jars of Pixie Vites but I want to switch to the Gentle Care multi’s because the Pixie Vites have some sugar added (they’re yummy, like candy) and because the Gentle Care are cheaper per daily dose. I think they’re tablets that I would need to crush though. ABG Fairy, I have a favor to ask of you. If you have the Gentle Care tablets and a pill crusher, could you try crushing one or two, putting it in applesauce and then telling me if it tastes really nasty or not? I would really appreciate that. Thanks.

  80. Lenore,

    Sorry for the delay in my reply! I’m so glad you were able to cancel the order – that’s great! πŸ™‚

    I don’t have applesauce and won’t be going to the store for another few days, but I just "ate" a gentle care pill. hahaha It was so easy to break up – I just barely had to bite down, and honestly, it doesn’t have that strong of a taste – definitely tastes a little vitamin-ish, but not bad! I think you might do okay with it in your applesauce.

    I’m glad you have Dr. F’s book on hold!! I think you’ll be excited about what you read inside! πŸ™‚

  81. That was brave of you ABG Fairy, thank you! You’re a true blue friend. :angel I’ll get the Gentle Care for my next order. The book is ready to pick up now at the library.

  82. Aw, thanks Lenore! And, you are very welcome! πŸ™‚ You’ll have to let me know what you think of the book – so excited that you’ll be reading it! πŸ™‚

  83. I got the following response from Dr. Fuhrman’s company:

    Dear Lenore:

    The D3 in the non vegan Osteo Sun is obtained from sheep’s wool. The animal is not harmed in any way.

    You can certainly crush the Gentle Care and mix in into another food. It will not lose any nutritional value. You just need to make sure that you eat the entire portion of food that it has been mixed into.

    It would not taste nasty but it might have a slightly medicinal flavor. It is more cost effective to use the Gentle Care especially since an adult should be taking 2 Pixie Vites per day

    To Your Good Health!

    Linda Popescu, M.S., R.D.
    Registered Dietitian
    DrFuhrman.Online

  84. Dr. Fuhrman sends out monthly email bulletins called "What’s cooking?" You can read past bulletins by going to this link http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/bulletin.aspx , and clicking on the dates under the heading "Archives". The recipe links within the bulletins only lead to the current recipe of the month though, not the previous months’ recipes. You have to pay to become a member to access the archived recipes. Also, he only gives you one free recipe from the monthly menu of recipes. It took me a bit of time to figure all this out — it’s kind of a teaser to get you to pay to become a member. At least you can get the sample recipes (they’re repeated every month) and one free new recipe a month though. There’s a "Sign Up Today" link there (below the picture of the bulletin) if you want to sign up for the monthly bulletin.

  85. Lenore,

    Thanks for reminding me of the bulletins! I had forgotten about the archives. I just got Dr. F’s bulletin today, and he has some great recipes that I want to try out. I like getting a few new ideas each month that are in season. I’m really having fun lately experimenting with different flavors and cuisines – even within the vegan choices, there’s a whole world of fun cooking out there to be discovered! πŸ™‚ I’m not one to like paying monthly fees, but I have so far found Dr. Fuhrman’s member center to be worth it – especially in the beginning while I’m starting out.

    …..I’m sprinkling a little "fairy dust," :wink , with this link ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n8zTWjo9sE ) and beautiful song, Just Beyond the Dream, by Lea Salonga (voice of Disney’s, Mulan, among others)…. πŸ™‚ This is the only place on-line I’ve been able to find it. Someone was kind enough to capture the song on video, but no need to watch the video – just listen to the song and fireworks. It was played during Macy’s 2007 4th of July Fireworks display in New York City. It’s a really beautiful, magical and inspiring song. To all who hear it, enjoy! πŸ™‚

  86. hi, lenore and acne gone fairy

    I am new in this. from a long time i am seeing your chat and also visit to the sites described by you both. such tricks of vegeies really work.

    advice pls…
    :angel

  87. Rosenn,

    What advice are you looking for? Are you wondering what types of vegetables to use? The most important thing is to use leafy greens like spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, etc. These can then be combined with whatever fruit you like. Sweet fruits, like pineapple, mango, etc. work really well.

    If you want to do a mostly vegetable smoothie, you can add veggies like cucumber, celery, bell pepper, etc to leafy greens, and add in at least one apple or pear and also a lemon or lime. Throw in some parsley for an especially fresh tasting smoothie.

    Hope this helps. πŸ™‚

  88. hi abfairy,

    I heard that with this using of natural remedies adds a good looks on a face.
    shall I try this, my friends also give me some sites name i visit or saw some
    easy remedies for acne or for glow on a face. Should i try this or its not of any use advice pls….

  89. hi abfairy,

    I heard that with this using of natural remedies adds a good looks on a face.
    shall I try this, my friends also give me some sites name i visit or saw some
    easy remedies for acne or for glow on a face. Should i try this or its not of any use advice pls….

  90. Rosenn,

    Yes, I definitely recommend giving the green smoothies a try – they can definitely help with giving you that glow you’re looking for. What you put inside your body is even more important than what you put on the outside. You cannot go wrong with doing green smoothies! πŸ™‚

    Good luck! πŸ™‚

  91. hi abfairy,

    Yes, you are right me and my friends like your advice especially "What you put inside your body is even more important than what you put on the outside". we want that you share your knowledge with us.

    Thankss.

  92. Just wanted to let everyone know that I updated the first post and added some new recipes and new information. πŸ™‚

  93. Nini,
    You’re welcome! I am happy to spread the word about green smoothies. Please let me know if you have any questions! πŸ™‚

  94. I’m glad this thread is still going. ABG Fairy, have you ever tried Dr. F.’s cocoa powder? I’m thinking of trying it, although too much chocolate can give me a headache. It’s got something in it that’s similar to caffeine (theo- something or other) and caffeine sometimes gives me a headache.

    At the Cru raw foods restaurant in Silverlake ( http://www.cru-silverlake.com ) they make amazing desserts using raw cacao and raw gelato (fruit, nuts, agave, etc.) and such. They make raw chocolate mousse raspberry crepes that are out of this world! (Sprouted grains for the crepes.) The raspberry cocoa smoothie reminded me of it. Hannanay, I’ve always shied away from raspberry smoothies because of the little seeds. Are you using whole raspberries in your smoothies? If so, do the seeds bunch up on the bottom? Maybe if I had a more powerful blender it would blend the seeds into the smoothie(?)

  95. Hi Lenore!! πŸ™‚

    I have not yet tried Dr. F’s cocoa powder but would like to! I just buy the organic stuff at the health food store.

    Those desserts at Cru sound amazing!!!! I love crepes!

    I actually don’t notice the seeds in my smoothies from the raspberries. Guess the Vita Mix blends it all up pretty well. I "do" notice them though when making raspberry sorbets – probably because the mixture is thicker, and I don’t blend as long. I love using raspberries. They are so tart and give such great flavor. Anytime I make a sorbet with raspberries added, it’s always a hit!

  96. They all sound real good. Hoping the work involved pays off, as that’s a lot of different ingredients to mix.

  97. Chinchillables,
    I average 3-4 ingredients per smoothie, which isn’t a lot of ingredients or a lot of work at all… It’s fast and easy, and it definitely pays off. πŸ™‚

  98. hey there people,
    i’m curious if these green smoothies are going to help with my acne?
    sounds like you’ve all had some experience with them.
    i’ve been battling forever, started some new treatments a while ago that i believe will work, but i’ll try anything i can to help!!!
    keep a smile…

  99. ^ The only way to know if they’ll help is to give them a try. πŸ™‚ If you’re acne is severe, I’d try 2 handfuls of greens a day, and make sure they are cruciferous greens, like spinach, kale, collards, etc.

  100. Hi, I am new to this forum. I just started making green smoothies in the morning for the last 3 days and LOVE the taste! However, I have to say that I am a bit wary of adding fruit back in to my diet. I have been on a low to no sugar, high protein, low glycemic diet for years to control acne/PCOS symptoms. I am now trying to follow a more veggie/fruit based diet, and cut down on meat. I never felt right about eating so much meat. Has anyone had experience with this transition? In the past, eating too much sugar, even fruits would make me break out. I’ve read some things about how high fruit mixed with high meat and fat diet can cause that. I’m hoping that by cutting down on meat and bad fats, fruits will no longer pose such an issue.
    Any comments?

    Thanks!

  101. Flux1111,
    Glad you stopped by and posted! πŸ™‚ First off, I’m happy to hear you enjoy the smoothies!!

    I can understand your concern with introducing fruit into your diet. The greens actually help to balance out the fruit sugars, and since you’ll be eating the whole fruit, the fiber within the fruit helps as well. If you’re still concerned though, you could add some nuts/seeds into your smoothies for added protein and fat, which would also help to counteract the fruit sugars.

    Also, I’d like to add that because you have PCOS, it’s very important that you include lots of cruciferous greens/vegetables like kale, collards, spinach, bok choy, cabbage, brussel sprouts, etc into your smoothies and diet. These are the most powerful foods at balancing out your hormones. You can easily do this by adding them to your smoothies, making cooked veggie soups with them, and also by steaming them. I have easy, healthy, plant-based recipes that I can send to you if you’d like. Just e-mail me at my screen [email protected]. Also, you might want to check out this same thread over at Soul Cysters, a place for women with PCOS. Many of the ladies over there have gotten wonderful results. You can view the thread here: http://www.soulcysters.net/fabulous-skin-food-no-more-acne-182165/ There is a bit more info over there in the first post as well. πŸ™‚

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