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4/22/12 11:33 A

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Dara- thanks for the info. When you buy that juicer, do yourself a favor and buy a really good one. I killed a Juiceman Jr on the first day!

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4/22/12 9:59 A

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CaseyQC-I don't see myself going 100% raw either, but you never know :) I just think I would miss my hot soups. I usually make two separate smoothies every day so I have one for breakfast and a different one for lunch. I have tried to make more at times and it doesn't seem to work for me either. It just depends on the density of ingredients.

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4/21/12 11:27 P

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Pinkhairedmom, no I haven't tried that. You could try a small magic bullet. It would do the softer fruits and greens. The smoothie is a tad bit chunky but I like to chew my food. :) Or you could plot your trip around Jamba Juice or Whole Foods or other stores who do smoothies. :) Good luck with whatever you come up with and have a great vacation.

A juicer is on my list. I'd like to do carrot juice to add to my smoothies as well as beet. My blender doesn't do the really hard veggies. The one draw back to saving some $$ but I can live with it for now. Great thread, thanks!

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4/21/12 10:18 P

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Question for you all: I'm getting ready to go on vacation and I want to smoothie, but not enough so that I'd actually drag along a blender. i'm contemplating making a couple of big batches, freezing them and then stashing them in the cooler. Anyone had any luck with freezing green smoothies?

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4/21/12 8:03 P

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I have one smoothies a day. The amount is different all the time. It can be anywhere from 20 to 32 ounces. I keep trying to make more so that I can have some for lunch but it never seems to work out. I keep adding more and more greens and fruits but I don't make any more than 32 ounces. I will keep working on it. I think if I have some in the fridge I would drink more.

I am about 80% vegan, I don't ever see me going raw. I like my food cooked and hot. I love salads and only put apple cider vinegar on them.

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Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Lamentations 3:22-24 Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait on Him."


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4/20/12 9:43 P

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Yes, I do juice when I'm having a flare, which is rare. I've been VERY, VERY lucky with my crohn's. I was diagnosed in 1986 when I was 19. I had my first flare then which was really bad. I perforated when they did the biopsy and have had an ileostomy since then. I was in the hospital for 9 weeks. I was put on prednisone and azulfadine which rehospitalized me because of pancreatitis (which sucks, FWIW.) After that they let me go with no beds and I went that way until 2009 when I had a minor flare. 3 foot surgeries and the discovery of poppy seed bagel things caused that one. Now I take a minor dose of immuran and that's it.

The bigger issue that I have with raw veg is not crohn's related, but actually blockages behind my ostomy. That's why smoothies work so well for me. The rest of my veggies I eat well steamed and I do pretty good with that.

The biggest issue for crohn's is that what works for me doesn't work for my friend Jen and what works for her doesn't work for the next person. Different foods trigger for different people. It's odd. Tonight I had naked tenders with hot thai curry sauce and it's no problem but raw mint or basil would give me the bends. I followed a blog for a while of a lady with crohns who eats 80-90% raw. I didn't even do well as a vegetarian! (Didn't absorb enough nutrients from plants.)

I haven't heard of the specific carb diet, but I will google it. I actually do well with a modified version of the Paleo diet. Grains don't give me gut pain, but they really drag my energy level into the basement. I do keep in some dairy in the form of yogurt and cheese. I try to keep local and/or organic and I raise alot of my protein myself. We currently have chickens, ducks, rabbits and goats.

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4/19/12 5:42 A

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Pinkhairedmom,

I'm so sorry to hear that you have crohn's disease. I had a friend who had crohn's & unfortunately he died because of it.

I wondered -- have you ever tried juicing and is it good for you or bad for you? I'm just curious, I'm not giving you advice. My friend told me he had no idea what foods would help him be less sick. He was vegetarian for ethical reasons, but I remember he ate white bread.

Also, I have followed the Specific Carbohydrate Diet a few years back even if I do not have any intestinal disease. Is that something you have tried?

It's good that you can have daily smoothies -- they are so nutritious!

May you be healthier and healthier,
Johanne



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One smoothie a day is it for me. I have crohn's and more than that just overloads my system.

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4/18/12 2:44 P

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Thanks everyone. I am sticking to my green smoothies for a bit just to see what will happen. Over the last week and a half I have lost a few pounds. I actually am not sure how much because I haven't gotten on the scale for awhile. I can say that this week alone I have lost 4 pounds. I am very happy with these results. The way my body is I need extra fiber (enough said). I think once we are ready to purchase a juicer we will search around and see what others say is the best one to get and why :)

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4/18/12 11:43 A

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Jenniferlynn, juicing doesn't have to be complicated. I'm doing a juice feast right now with just my Vitamix and a nut milk bag. I make my juice combinations in the blender and then pour them through the bag and that's it. I can make about 4-6 cups that way. You kind of have to squeeze the bag to get the juice out...reminds me of milking a cow!

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4/18/12 11:14 A

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Hi, Kim,

At least 2 years back, I was considering buying a 3-horsepower super-blender, namely the Vita-Prep 3 that I mentioned in an earlier post. At that time, 3blenders.com was selling 3 super-blenders, including Vita-Prep 3 (same company as Vita-Mix), Blendtec and another one -- can't remember.

I ended up buying a Cuisinart Smart Power for $60 Can. (on special). It's similar to the Magic Bullet, in that it comes with four 16-ounce glasses for blending smoothies directly in. The larger 32-ounce jar is pretty useless but I like the 16-ounce glasses, sometimes I make 2 glasses at a time for myself. It has 350 Watts (approx. ˝ horsepower), crushes ice easily, far from the smoothest results of a super-blender, but the cleanup is way, way easier than any other blender that I know. (The VitaMix is not as easy to clean, especially since I don't own a dishwasher.)

A few months ago when I was thinking of upgrading to a super-blender, I checked back on 3blenders.com and found that the only blender they now sell is the Omni V. I have spent a lot of time reading stuff on the 3blenders website & I believe they are trustworthy. They even tell you in which cases you may not be a good candidate for their product. They would prefer you not buy rather than having to refund your money. If I buy online, it will probably be from them. All I know about the Omni blender is what I read on that website. I do not know anyone who owns one & I have not checked if it is sold elsewhere.

I know this thread is not for how-to's, but I added a video this morning on the you-tube thread in this team & I'll just tuck it in here anyway. titled How to Make a Green Smoothie Tasty Every Time, by Valya Boutenko (daughter of Victoria Boutenko, the author who got me started on green smoothies). www.youtube.com/watch?v=552mPSVfFWo
This video taught me something I had not read or seen anywhere else.

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4/18/12 9:29 A

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I have this grocery store near us that has an area that juices. I asked them about getting not just the cup that I get everytime I go to shop. She said sure. I went to the dollar store and picked up a gallon jug and when I brought it there to have them fill it. Now my husband who never wanted to even try the green drink due to it's color, also gone one for himself. I am continuing to try to get him eat the fresh living foods, but just doesn't like green, LOL. He loves this dring.....that's one for me! (winning)

Now, interestingly, they put in: spinach, celery, freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh cactus, and fresh aloe. It is so delish!!!!

@Elledani-Thanks! That's good to know, good advice!
@Petitelune- OmniBlender, huh? Looks good (I clicked the link). Where do you purchase this? Only online?
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Jennifer the main benefits I was referring to was my weight loss and my energy level. I lost almost 20 pounds, gave up coffee, and can get out of bed easily each morning, ending my love affair with the snooze button.

Also, I've had a juicer for a couple years. I like it, but green smoothies are just SO much easier to make. To me, the juicer is too time consuming from start to finish. I still use it sometimes but not nearly as much as I thought I would when I got it.

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4/18/12 8:01 A

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Johanne,
Thank for you the tips :) I was actually just following this recipe I had for a green smoothie. I should have just blended the orange instead LOL Sometimes I follow instructions a bit too much.
I will also research the juicer before I buy one to make sure that we are getting a good one. I don't want to waste anything :)
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Jennifer-Lynn,
You talked about juicing oranges before putting in a smoothie. When I include orange in my green smoothie, I use a whole peeled orange (along with banana and blueberry, I love it along with spinach and sometimes parsley). Often, I start by blending the fruit before adding the greens. Oh, I slice the orange in quarters before adding to the blender (because my blender is not a super-blender). Having to juice ahead of blending sounds like a lot of work.

One of the many things I like about the green smoothies is how little work is involved (even less than making a salad, I would say).

Another thing: buying an 'inexpensive' juicer may turn out to be more expensive in the long run. Inexpensive juicers may extract a lot less juice from your food. If the pulp goes to the garbage or the compost heap, the juice left in the pulp will be wasted. I remember putting the pulp through more than once in an attempt to extract as much juice as possible.

One type of juicer I may buy in the future is one capable of extracting wheat grass juice. I know my sister uses one juicer for wheat grass and another for all other foods.

Bon appétit! Enjoy your smoothies!
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4/17/12 9:16 P

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I just saw an "inexpensive" juicer at Target. I am sure if I don't have one by Christmas my husband will buy me one. I would probably start off with a shorter time frame hee hee I know I read you are following a specific program too. I would consider doing this one day, just for a shorter amount of time.

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Juicing is an adjunct to a healthy program. Many have problems digesting fiber and still need the nutrients. Also a big part of health is doing an extended rest of the colon. I myself am on day 59 of a 92 day juice feast. The benefits on all levels is beyond expectation.

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4/17/12 7:46 P

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Kim, I also heard that Montel's blender isn't worth the price. I am glad to know that the Ninja blender isn't worth buying, because I have considered trying it.

If & when I decide to upgrade to a super-blender, I will consider buying the Omni Blender ($250. plus S&H) available at www.3blenders.com/index.html Omni is much less expensive than the VitaMix (a 2-horsepower blender), but it is a 3-horsepower blender. My sister owns a Vitamix 5200. One consideration is that the Omni's jar is not BPA-free. I would need to buy the base without the jar and then buy a BPA-free jar elsewhere.

At one point, I was considering buying the Vita-Prep 3 (3-horsepower bleander), which is made by the same company as the VitaMix. I know people who use VitaMix are very enthusiastic about it, especially people who eat only raw foods.

I have not been using my (Champion) juicer since I discovered green smoothies. I now believe that eating the whole food including the pulp is better for health.

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Kum its a piece of crap. Dont waste your money.

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Elledani What benefits did you get from the smoothies?

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For a while I was having 16 oz of green smoothie every morning for breakfast, and I enjoyed some wonderful benefits from this. Then over time some of those benefits started to fade, so I bumped up my intake to about 24-32 oz per day.

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I agree, seems everyone's definition of clean eating is a bit varied....One thing I know for sure is that if people are becoming increasingly aware of what they are putting in their bodies, all is well. Less chemicals and toxins, more of the vitamins and nutrients in their natural state. I think just cleaning up your diet in that way, will make you feel better and your body perform better for you. In doing so, it just seems natural for me to rid myself of the dead foods altogether....that's just for me. Hey, I think it's great you are going for the new blender! What are you looking at? I know most people have the blendtec or the vitamix, but I have the ninja. I just recently bought it (just before going raw, darn it) and want to upgrade already. I was watching an infommercial with Montel Williams and his healthy eating something, where he introduces another type of blender......anyone try that, or know anyone who has? worth it or not? I just can't afford the $400 (on the low end even) for the two major ones.

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Karen Thank you :) I might have convinced my husband to buy a juicer. Yesterday I was trying to just get the juice of some oranges for a smoothie and he was appalled at the little plastic contraption I have that I was using LOL He said he didn't realize that was all we had. I have been thinking of juicing eventually because then I would eat even cleaner :)

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PetiteLune It is great to hear that you have found what works for you :)


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Jen you hear the body much louder when you deep clean with a juice feast. I like what you are doing.

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My answer if very different from the others. After reading a few books by Victoria Boutenko, I decided to try adding green smoothies to my usual food, as did the subjects in the trial she helped conduct (the Roseburg Study). At first I took 32 ounces every day as did the subjects.

What I found is that my overall eating got worse, less balanced, less clean. So I decreased the amount of green smoothie to 16 ounces a day. I've been doing that for 5 or 6 months and I truly am a green-smoothie lover. I salivate when I'm preparing a smoothie. I don't intend to eat 100% raw -- I love vegetables and fruit and it is not an effort to eat a great deal of them, some cooked, some raw. But I also eat meat/fish/poultry, organic when I can find it and I eat (mostly cooked) whole grains and legumes. And I'm doing a whole lot better than I did before starting the smoothies. It's not necessary to go all out to get benefits from green smoothies.

Some of my smoothies are 100% greens - spinach and Swiss chard especially. I like to eat my fruit whole and I don't want to eat too much fruit in one day.

To me, 32 ounces a day was too much. I think we can each tell whether our overall eating is improving after introducing green smoothies. Good luck, Kim!
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My definition of clean eating does include cooking some of my foods. For the most part I am doing raw, but not 100%..more like 80%. No processed foods, no canned, no preservatives, etc. Most of the difference between your diet and mine is that I do cook some of my foods. I eat some meats, but I am transitioning out of eating meats. It is difficult when at the in-laws..they are not exactly supportive ha ha At home it is much easier to transition :)
I can't believe how many chemicals are the foods we eat! That is one thing that got me started on this transition. I am sure that there are other things I will change as my body tells me to. I really am just listening to what my body is telling me to do :)

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Kim, sorry to say it isn't available except in paperback. I got mine and another copy from Amazon.com It's a chunk of change but you won't regret it. It's filled with tons of great info.

Jennifer how do you define "clean eating". Truly I am not certain what that means really. Each person that says it has another idea of what it means.

To me it means raw, organic, 100% organic whole living foods in their natural state and no added oils, fats and salt/garlic/onions. Gee, that's 80/10/10. LOL LOL

I do want your understanding and experience of it. Thanks!

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Also it is important to slowly change your way of eating, but I say that depending on how you eat now. Psychologically it is difficult to switch the way we eat fast and much healthier to slowly change it.
I am mostly just trying to eat healthier than I was previously. I can say that I didn't really eat all that unhealthy compared to a lot of people. There were just some fine adjustments that were needed :) I am not 100% raw nor do I think I ever will be, but that is just what my body is telling me at this time. I have cut out processed foods which was a huge problem for me. At this point, I am still researching clean eating. That is what I am looking in to for myself :)

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I think you are correct. Much of this is listening to your body and adjusting to what works well for you. I know that any incorporation of more fruits and veggies will definitely help the body when processing food. My ultimate goal is to become more of the 100% raw and I keep saying it but need to really get out and get the 80/10/10 book. I want to get it for the iPad though so I can just take it with me that way. I can't seem to find it though. BOO! I also tried to get it in an audio and it doesnt seem to be out there yet. I want to know how that all works.

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I think it is a matter of listening to your body and what it is telling you. Every recipe I have tried has either more fruits or equal amounts of fruits per greens. Mostly the green smoothies taste more like fruit smoothies, but I know there is added nutrition in there :)
I just started to incorporate two green smoothies in as meals. I don't make huge ones though because I just can't drink that much. I end up eating fruits or nuts in between meals. I think my green smoothies are only about 15-20 ounces each. I eat one regular meal a day. It varies a lot with what I eat then, but everyday it seems it is getting to be more healthy as I am making smarter choices.

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I drink one quart of green smoothies a day. Usually start at breakfest and drink it through lunch. I eat fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds for snacks. I eat a salad and soup for dinner. Sometimes some fish. I'm not 100% raw. but I'm about 60%. I still love my warm soups and fish :). I don't like salad dressing though. Once in a great while I like alittle oil and vinegar.


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Kim compared to the SAD that salad dressing is very nutritious, LOL. Compared to what I make it is lacking in nutrients but I certainly know it tastes wonderful.

I'm a 100% low fat 80/10/10 raw foodie. I can't tolerate processed or cooked. It took me most of my life to figure that one out. Go figure! LOL



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See, that's kinda what I was thinking, a 2:1 with the green being more than the fruit....then I'll do a huge salad at lunch (which is typically my biggest meal of the day) and then another smoothie or just some fruit at dinner (snacks of veggies or fruit in between).

Hey, thanks for the salad dressing tip. I have roasted some colorful bell peppers and blended them up with a garlic clove and basil for my dressing today.

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1 quart of fruit smoothie with a base of at least 2 bananas and mostly more, with only other fruit added.

2 quarts of green smoothie with no milk products added and no oils or nuts. Rotating greens throughout the week.

All organic produce.

A huge salad at night without bottled dressing and again very low added fat - perhaps 1/2 of a small or medium avocado. Home made vegie dressing or 1 tsp of high grade oil with Braggs apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp of seeds on top.

Snacks are either more fruit and more vegies.

Too much is what you think is too much at the time you are consuming the item.

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FOR RAW FOOD SUCCESS READ 80/10/10 BY DR. DOUG GRAHAM! EAT FRUIT! CARB UP!


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How many green smoothies (and ounces) do ya'll drink a day? And then how many fruit smoothies...or what else do you eat?

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