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Are Green Smoothies Good for Athletes?

0 Comments 27 May 2014

 Are Green Smoothies Good for Athletes?

Dear Friends,

For several months we have been reporting to you about the pilot study Sergei has been conducting. Now he is done and his documentary is available for digital rent, for instant download or for sale as a hard copy. The hard copy DVD contains closed captions in two languages: English and Russian.

Enjoy the first 15 minutes of “Powered by Green Smoothies” at no charge:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca5jp5BosM8


A Note from Sergei:

In the summer of 2013 I rounded up 10 endurance athletes (five ultra-runners and five CrossFitters), put them on a green smoothie challenge for six weeks, and documented everything with my camera. So as to ensure that my experiment was scientific, I put my people through a series of blood tests, demanding endurance tests, and consulted with numerous medical professionals throughout the experiment. The results of this project were fascinating! Even though all of my athletes were healthy and fit to begin with, they managed to further improve their health and endurance simply by drinking whole-food based green smoothies.

Perhaps the most distinguished change we (my team and I) discovered in the before and after blood work of my athletes was a significant reduction in C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is a test that measures protein particles in the blood. These protein particles are directly linked to levels of inflammation. The higher the CRP the more inflammation is present in that body All but one of my athletes managed to reduce their C-reactive protein significantly by drinking green smoothies. Less inflammation translated to athletes feeling lighter on their feet, healing their pre-existing, workout-related injuries, and improving their post-exercise recovery times.

After a year of working on this project, I can confidently conclude that green smoothies support the health and performance of athletes in a way that it is scientifically measurable and physically noticeable. The testimonies of the athletes who took part in this experiment are so surprising and inspiring they will make everyone who watches this film strap on their running shoes and reach for their green smoothie.

If you’d like to see the film in its entirety you have several options. The hard copy of DVD can be purchased on our website (http://www.rawfamily.com/products) for $19.95.

You can watch the film for $7.95 or download it directly onto your computer for $14.95 at: http://poweredbygreensmoothies.com/purchase

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Greens

Healing Power of Wild Edibles

0 Comments 12 May 2014

Healing Power of Wild Edibles

dandelion wild edible Healing Power of Wild Edibles One of the common questions I am asked almost daily is: “You have dandelions in your recipe but where can I buy them? None of our local stores carry them.”During the past two years, I have been working on two new books, for which I have done a lot of research. I have come to the firm conclusion that many of wild edibles don’t have equally beneficial analogues among cultivated plants. For example, the nutritional value of purslane, borage, dandelion, and stinging nettles, greatly exceeds the nutritional worth of commercial greens. I don’t want to discourage you from making smoothies from your store-bought greens. Rather, I invite you to learn identifying the edible weeds and really use them.

Here are three recipes from my up-coming book. Wild greens are so rich in certain nutrients that they can literally heal your body. (Please ask for my written permission before sharing these recipes)

Brain Clarity
4 cups purslane
2 peeled kiwis
2 cups blackberries
3 cups water Copyright © 2014 by Victoria Boutenko

Hypertension Remedy
2 cups borage (greens and flowers)
3 stalks celery
5 guavas, any kind (with skin)
1 cup strawberries
1 lemon, juiced
3 cups water Copyright © 2014 by Victoria Boutenko

Prevent Diabetes
2 cups dandelion greens
1 cup red lettuce
1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
2 apples
1 cup meat from young (Thai) coconut
3 cups water Copyright © 2014 by Victoria Boutenko



Sergei to Create A Practical Guide To Foraging

Sergei decided to shoot an instructional video. We’ve seen many of Sergei’s clips on YouTube, and now he is going to create a simple video guide, so that we all can safely forage and benefit from it. Below is a link to his Kickstarter project. If you’d like to participate and be one of the first to receive Sergei’s up-coming video, click here.



Join Us in Sweden for a Week of Green Smoothies

We still have a few spaces left at our Green Smoothie Retreat in Sweden, This is our only retreat this year. We invite you to spend a week with us at a spectacular healing retreat. Here us a 30 second video about it:

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You may find more information here.

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Greens, Health & Testimonials, Raw Food, Recipes

Wild Edibles In Your Smoothie

0 Comments 02 May 2014

In this Issue..

Wild Edibles In Your Smoothie
Sergei’s Favorite Springtime Green Smoothie
Mood Enhancer
Half Price Special Offer

Wild Edibles In Your Smoothie

miners lettuce Wild Edibles In Your Smoothie Dear Friends,
The time for wild edibles is here again! These nutritious plants are wildly delicious. Here is what scientists say about miner’s lettuce:Composition of miner’s lettuce (Montia perfoliata).

“Miner’s lettuce, a wild, edible plant that grows prolifically in the western U.S., was analyzed for proximate composition, vitamins, minerals, and oxalic and phytic acids. In the raw state, it contained 20 kcal per 100 gm, and 33 per cent of the adult U.S. RDA for ascorbic acid, 22 per cent of the vitamin A allowance, and 10 per cent of the iron. Oxalic acid concentration was low. Nutrient density ratios, compared with 100 kcal of the U.S. RDAs, were greater than one for all constituents analyzed. In terms of nutrient content, miner’s lettuce also compared favorably with twenty-one other green, leafy vegetables.”

(Source: Schelstraete M, Kennedy BM. “Composition of miner’s lettuce (Montia perfoliata).” Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 1980.)



Sergei’s Favorite Springtime Green Smoothie

In his new short video, Sergei demonstrates how easy it is to benefit from wild edibles in your backyard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICd1NI-Cc18



Mood Enhancer

good mood smoothie Wild Edibles In Your Smoothie All ingredients in this recipe are known to lift up your mood.

1 cup dandelion greens
2 cups miner’s lettuce
1 sprig mint or lemon balm
2 cups strawberries
1 ripe banana
3 cups water
Blend well and enjoy!



Half Price Special Offer for DVD about Wild Edibles

miracle of green Wild Edibles In Your Smoothie The Miracle of Greens: how greens and wild edibles can save your life
In “The Miracle of Greens”, Sergei outlines why it is important to incorporate more green leafy veggies into your diet. During part 2 of this DVD, Sergei introduces the importance of eating more wild edible foods. He takes the viewer on a virtual wild edible walk in which he demonstrates how easy it is to stay safe while harvesting nature’s free superfood.

To watch the preview, click here
Length 70 minutes
Regular price…. $19.95

This week: $9.95 To order click here.



Sincerely,
RawFamily

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Green Smoothie Questions, Greens

Chlorophyll is Essential for Human Health

0 Comments 09 April 2014

Fragment from Victoria’s up-coming new book. Copyright ©2014 by V. Boutenko Please do not copy without written permission from Victoria!

Chlorophyll for Health Chlorophyll is Essential for Human Health

Look at these two molecules and compare them:

The molecule on the left is a chemical formula of heme, oxygen carrying portion of Hemoglobin, which is an important part of human blood. The molecule on the right belongs to chlorophyll. These two molecules are very close in their structure, and the main difference is that that heme contains iron in the middle, and chlorophyll has magnesium. Obviously, green plants are vitally important for the human nutrition.

According to the USDA, 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient, and magnesium deficiency is a major contributor to our epidemic of chronic and degenerative diseases, including heart disease, osteoporosis, depression, and various autoimmune disorders. Here are some other diseases and symptoms associated with magnesium deficiency:

back Pain
chronic Fatigue Syndrome
stress and depressiongreen smoothie Chlorophyll is Essential for Human Healthinsomnia
headaches and migraines
ischemic heart disease (angina)
hangover and alcoholism
muscle cramps and spasms
constipation
fibromyalgia
cardiac arrhythmia
osteoporosis
arthritis
diabetes
hypertension
asthma
kidney stones and gall bladder
dental caries
painful menstruation and premenstrual syndrome
processes, accelerating aging (calcification)
Eye twitching
sighing
hiccups

Indeed, magnesium is essential for humans. “The ratio of calcium to magnesium in the diets of the Paleolithic man was 1.3 to 1, but the diet that is commonly used now has shifted that ratio to 5 to 1. The worst foods that can hurt calcium-magnesium ratio are dairy products. The calcium-to-magnesium ratios found respectively in milk, yogurt and hard cheeses are 7:1, 11:1, and 26:1.”1 Even people who don’t eat dairy often still consume too much calcium with other foods or supplements. According to Ukrainian chemist Nikolay Druziak, excess calcium makes human bones brittle similar to glass, and only proper ratio of calcium to magnesium creates really strong bones.

Since each molecule of chlorophyll contains an atom of magnesium, consuming more greens is a great way to get your magnesium. Here are the greens that have the highest magnesium content.

•    Swiss chard (one bunch or 340 g) contains 276 mg magnesium

•    Spinach (one bunch or 340 g) contains 270 mg magnesium2

•    Stinging nettles (one bunch or 340 g) contains 195 mg magnesium3

Enjoy your green smoothies!


Copyright ©2014 by V. Boutenko

Please do not copy without written permission from Victoria!





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Warmly,
Victoria Boutenko

 

1. “Magnesium Deficiency: A Growing Health Crisis,” Charles Poliquin, 2009.http://www.poliquingroup.com

2. www.usda.gov

3. http://skipthepie.org/ethnic-foods/stinging-nettles-blanched-northern-plains-indians/

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Green Smoothie Questions, Greens, Health & Testimonials

Why Seven Days

0 Comments 10 March 2014

canned green smoothies Why Seven Days

By Victoria Boutenko, © Copyright 2014

In August 2013 my family and I conducted the nineteenth green smoothie retreat. This time it was in Canada. Before green smoothie retreats, we have conducted approximately forty other different kinds of retreats, such as raw food retreats, juice fasting retreats, water fasting retreats and spiritual retreats. Some were weekend retreats, two-, three-, four- and five-day retreats. I noticed that two, three, four and even five days are not enough, mainly because of the detoxing process. When we were doing four or five-day retreats, many of our participants were leaving at the peak of their detoxing process, with headaches, fevers, nausea and other discomforts. Obviously, that was discouraging.

During seven-day retreats, most people complete the first cycle of detoxification and feel significant improvement. They all had discoveries and some profound “aha” moments. In addition to their own healing, people witness thirty or forty other participants reversing some conditions with which they have been suffering for a long time.

Does it make sense to do longer than seven days? I don’t recommend that, because your daily smoothies eventually begin to feel like routine, boring and never ending. Sometimes people choose to go longer than a week, for example in cases where someone’s detox has not finished and they enjoy the process and feel comfortable to continue for longer. In such cases, people individually go for two, three or four weeks on green smoothies. My friend Clent Manich decided to live on green smoothies for an entire year, after his doctor told him that he had only two weeks to live. You can read his story in my book Green Smoothie Revolution.

Seven days is the natural measure of time; the moon cycle is twenty-eight days and one week is exactly a quarter of the moon cycle. This fact has found its place in most traditional religions and philosophies in the world. Here is how the days of the weeklong green smoothie retreat go for most participants, from my personal reflections.

On the first day, everyone is excited and scared at the same time. They are still connected to their work, families and world events through their phone calls and thoughts, emails, etc. It is usually disturbing and somewhat frightening for people to leave the habitual rhythm of life and yield into the new, slower healing mode. For this reason, we usually make an effort to surround our newcomers with maximum attention, delicious green smoothies, uplifting lectures and organize positive entertainment, such as listening to live music or watching a documentary.

On the second day, many are surprised to wake up with headaches and stuffed noses. Usually people get disappointed and some even panic. To comfort our participants, we explain in our presentations the importance of the detox process and encourage them to appreciate and embrace the detox symptoms. By the end of the second day, roughly two-thirds of people develop one or another sign of cleansing.

The third day could be the hardest day of the week for most people. It is understandable because they feel hungry, they feel bad, often slightly depressed and tired. That day, we usually go from person to person and listen to them; trying to engage them in warm dialogues, reassuring them that all this discomfort is a good and normal sign. This is an opportunity for people to carefully watch their personal process of healing: to notice every part of their transformation to understand how the body restores its homeostasis. It is very important not to get distracted from this learning experience, but to consciously observe all the activity that happens within their organism. On that day, we encourage people to share with each other how they feel in detail, and to write about it in their journal.

The fourth day could still be hard for many people, however, there are always a few who have already passed the peak of their detox. They show up to the green smoothie breakfast with a big smile and announce, “I feel like a million bucks!” or “I don’t remember ever feeling so well as now!” Or they state, “The numbness in my left foot that I had for ten years is gone!” Or, “My cravings for smoking disappeared!” Or “I never slept so well in my life!” And so on. On that day, we intensify our exercise program and provide more information in all our classes.

The fifth day is when most people feel profound improvement. They still have minor symptoms of detox, but they notice that their health has positively improved and liked their reflection In the mirror. Everybody experiences the presence of extra energy, clearer thinking, improved vision and ability to concentrate. This is the best day for learning. We encourage people to read more, attend all the lectures, and exercise actively as well as engage in dialogues with all the other participants in order to exchange unique and valuable information.

On the sixth day, most people feel even better. Many people comment that they haven’t felt that great since their teens. They begin to ask many questions; they want to learn more about this cleanse in order to share with others. They feel happy and inspired.

The seventh day is the day of total happiness and love. Usually all people sense the groundbreaking accomplishment on that day. Everyone feels as a hero: “I made it! I believe that my body can heal me!” People are grateful for the amazing experience. They usually comment that the hunger is completely gone and they begin to drink fewer smoothies and feel more satisfied. These observations are extremely important, as many people come to green smoothie retreats with a fear of suffering from not being able to eat habitual food. Contrary to that, by the end of the week most participants feel accustomed to healthy eating. The body becomes used to eating healthy and begins to crave healthy food. People say, “I can do it!” which is more than they initially anticipated from this retreat.

That is why I recommend the seven day green smoothie retreat.

© Copyright by V. Boutenko, 2014





Green Smoothie Retreat in Sweden, June 2014

green smoothie retreat sweden Why Seven Days
Dear Friends,

We invite you to join us for the weeklong Green Smoothie Retreat in Sweden in 2014.

It will take place from June 8th to June 14th, 2014 at Mundekulla, Sweden.

During our retreat we will prepare and serve you four times a day freshly made, delicious green smoothies prepared from the best organic ingredients. All of our smoothies are accompanied with detailed recipes. In the course of a week we will share with you all our secrets and tips on how to make the most nutritious and delicious green smoothies.

Considering the importance of lymphatic system for our health, we have added several fun exercise programs totaling at least five hours per day. In addition to yoga in the morning we will teach you during the day breathing techniques, hula-hoop fun workouts, barefoot running, salsa dancing in the evening, and other activities.

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Payments for the accommodations will be made directly to the resort upon your arrival to our event on June 2nd. All rooms are designed beautifully and are eco-friendly rooms with soft beds. Some rooms have a private shower and bathroom, some share communal showers and bathrooms. All rooms are insulated with ecological material such as wool, sawdust, linen, hemp, or recycled newspapers. You may choose from several various options from double-occupancy rooms to sleeping on mattress on the floor, prices ranging between $40 to $75 dollars US per night. To inquire about the rooms, email Victoria

In order to hold a space for you we require a $200 non-refundable deposit at the time of reservation. The balance is due upon arrival.

For more information about the Mundekulla Resort you may visit http://www.mundekulla.se

Important note: Please pay for the retreat in a separate transaction. If you need to buy books or other items, you must purchase them separately. The Internet Discount Program does not apply to the retreat.

Once you register and make the deposit, you will receive an informational e-mail with more details on the retreat.

If you have any questions you may email: Victoria

We hope to see you in Sweden in June, 2014 at Mundekulla resort!

 

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