Clent Manich’s Green Smoothie Experiment (2008)
I called my experiment “The Green Smoothie Experiment 2″ because before I found green smoothies I read about Valerie Winters who lost 127 pounds in 25 weeks of just green smoothies. In my experiment, in addition to green smoothies I added some freshly made vegetable juice and chunks of fresh veggies. I have combined my Raw Lifestyle Diet and Green Smoothies to closely mimic Dr. Donato’s “Get Healthy Boot Camp”.
In the morning I usually drink a 12 OZ fresh carrot juice mixed with wheat grass juice. Next I prepare about a gallon of green smoothie, enough to supply four meals for me throughout the day. I usually add half of an avocado and two tablespoons of ground flaxseed to my daily smoothie. I consume my green smoothies throughout the day, a large cup every two-three hours until I finish it. Along with the smoothie meals I snack during the day on a wide variety of raw veggies, such as celery sticks, baby carrots, asparagus, sweet peppers, zucchini, broccoli, or any raw veggies. Once in a while when I crave something sweet, I grab a banana, or peach, or a handful of grape tomatoes, but in general I consume fruit in moderation. I do not add any nuts, seeds, salt or oils. I drink lots of water all day long. This way I have enough to eat in a day to control my hunger.
In the very beginning of my experiment I weighed over 400 pounds, and I was hurting myself during exercise. Dr. Donato asked me to wait until I was under 300 pounds. I lost 102 pounds in fourteen weeks without exercising. Now I train with weight three times a week at the local gym under the supervision of Dr. Donato, along with a light cardio/anaerobic exercise daily. So far I have lost 204 pounds within 9 months.
I had type 2 Diabetes. I have now cured my Diabetes and currently weigh 197 pounds Lbs. My Goal is to get down to 170 Lbs. by the end of the year. Only 27 pounds to go. Easy! I began January 26th this year. That will be 230 Lbs. lost in less then one year. I am currently training to climb/hike Mt. Whitney in September.
Due to popular request Clent shares his life story and why he drastically changed his diet
Here is a brief summary of my life and how I found the raw lifestyle that’s helping me lose weight and regain my health.When I was a child I always seemed to be a little chunky. My family had to always finish our plates at the dinner table before being allowed to leave.
Growing up my body weight was like a roller coaster, constantly going up and down. As a teenager I became aware of my weight problem and cut back on my food. When I entered high school I was very skinny and ran on the cross country and swim team. And I delivered news papers on my bicycle. I was very active and skinny and weighed about 170 – 190 pounds.
During my 20’s I never really got much exercise and I loved to party with my friends every weekend. At age 25 I had reached 270 pounds. I exercised and starved myself down to 200 pounds . About six months afterward I fell off my exercise routine and quickly gained my weight back and then some. I just couldn’t’ motivate myself to keep exercising. By the time I reached 30 years old I weighed 330 pounds.
I began to feel depressed. It seemed no matter where I went people would stop and stare at my gut as I walked by or would whisper and point to others while shaking their heads at me. I was so embarrassed that I never wanted to leave my house.
I had to do something. I tried one fad diet after another with success then failures. I got burned out and just gave up. People will just have to make fun of me and I will just have to accept it for the rest of my life.
At age 37 in July of 2005 my wedding day, I weighed over 440 pounds. I was very miserable. My family and loved ones were very concerned.
In January of 2006 without even knowing I became ill with the symptoms of diabetes dry mouth, frequent urination, major fatigue, and could never get enough sleep. Later-Doctors also concluded that i had sleep apnea, high blood pressure and arrythmia. I started losing weight and by May I was 375 pounds. I really wasn’t sure why I lost weight without dieting, I just knew I was feeling a little better about myself.
Then Boom! Here came my wake up call
I ended up in the hospital. I was diagnosed with an Acute Pancreatitis. My pancreas had completely shut down. Doctors told my family not to expect me to live. My triglycerides were over 6,000 and my blood sugars over 600.
I wasn’t allowed to eat or drink for three days until my numbers came back down. Luckily my triglyceride and blood sugar dropped enough that I was allowed to eat Jell-O and soup broth. The antibiotics helped cure my infected pancreas and I was able to leave the hospital 10 days latter with the final diagnosis of type II Diabetes.
Doctors told me I would have to inject insulin and take many other medications for the rest of my life. If I don’t lose my weight I shouldn’t expect to live more than 2 – 4 years. Doctors had me visit a nutritionist that put me on a FDA approved diet and exercise program to help me lose weight.
I was so depressed over my condition I still continued to gain weight. The problem with being 300-400 pounds was that I was continuing to injure myself during exercise.
One day, I took a good fall off my treadmill and I hurt my lower back. I ended up with Sciatica. The doctor referred me to Dr. Donato’s office for physical therapy.
After meeting with Dr Donato I explained to him my condition and how I came to see him.
Dr Donato told me that he was a health minister and that he taught a lifestyle class called “Get healthy Boot Camp.” During the boot camp I will learn how to manage my weight and greatly improve my health through eating healthy foods. I can even reduce some or all of my symptoms of diabetes. Weight loss was just a natural side effect. I will be able to lose a significant amount of weight and most importantly, Keep it OFF!
After being extremely depressed over my condition, I became very excited! This is exactly what I needed to hear. I couldn’t wait to attend the Boot Camp.
I enlisted in the first available course, January 2007.
Boot camp was GREAT. I had lots of fun. It was very structured and guided program. Lots of interaction between students and instructor, Dr Donato. Dr Donato showed off one of his science experiments, showed short films, and we even learned to cook new recipes. We also got to eat live food during every class session.
By the third week of Boot Camp, I was completely off all of my medications and insulin. My blood sugars stabilized in the high 90’s, my blood pressure improved, and my cholesterol and triglycerides were almost into the normal range.
In seven short weeks I dropped 49 and a half pounds and 52 pounds by graduation. That night everyone had their opportunity to share their own personal weight loss and personal health successes to all of our friends and family. We also got a certificate of completion.
A month after graduation from boot camp my wife and I went on a over due Honeymoon to Hawaii for two weeks. We went on a cruise around the islands. During boot camp we were taught to prepare for a vacation and how to eat away from home and out to dinner with friends.
When we went to Hawaii I didn’t prepare at all. I thought I would just wing it. The selection of food on the ship wasn’t what I expected. The buffets were loaded with many temping foods. So I ate regular foods and after two weeks I gained ten pounds and caught a bad cold.
I am so addicted to cooked food, salt, and oils that it was difficult to not eat what I knew was wrong and bad for me. I soon found that I had gained all of my weight back and I couldn’t believe I had let myself and everyone else down.
December of 2007, I got back in touch with Dr. Donato and renewed my dedication to my weight loss.
January of this year Dr. Donato sent me an email about a woman named Valerie. Valerie weighed 528 pounds. She read books called “Green for Life” and “12 Steps to Raw Food” written by Victoria Boutenko.
From the information in these books Valerie learned how to make Green Smoothies. By drinking Green Smoothies Valerie was able to lose 127 pounds in 25 weeks (6 months) without exercise. Valerie called what she did “The Green Smoothie Experiment”.Green Smoothies are made using a high power blender (such as a Vita-Mix) and it’s ingredients are 60% organic fruits and 40% organic leafy greens such as Kale or Spinach.
Now I had learned how to make Green Smoothies in Boot Camp and I know how to modify a Green Smoothie to meet Dr.Donato’s Program, I knew I could have the same results that Valerie had or even more.
So I made a flexible green smoothie recipe modified for maximum-nutrition and on January 26, 2008 I began what I call “The Green Smoothie Experiment II”.
Dr. Donato can be reached at (541) 857-2678 at Dolphin Health & Education, 2956 E. Barnett Rd, Suite B, Medford, Oregon 97504 or www.dolphindoctor.org.
Medical and Personal Disclaimer:
The information in this email is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the education and experience of Clent Manich and the individuals mentioned here in. I encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. Take what you can use (learn) and leave the rest. My political points of view and opinions are never intended to offend anyone!