Fragment from Victoria’s up-coming new book. Copyright ©2014 by V. Boutenko Please do not copy without written permission from Victoria!
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:
chronic Fatigue Syndrome
stress and depressioninsomnia
headaches and migraines
ischemic heart disease (angina)
hangover and alcoholism
muscle cramps and spasms
kidney stones and gall bladder
painful menstruation and premenstrual syndrome
processes, accelerating aging (calcification)
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!
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1. “Magnesium Deficiency: A Growing Health Crisis,” Charles Poliquin, 2009.http://www.poliquingroup.com
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
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.
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!
When my grandchildren come to visit we love having deep conversations together. We never get tired or bored of these dialogues. Sometimes my grandchildren refuse to watch cartoons, play, or draw, in order to talk about something in a philosophical way. There is never a shortage of topics for us because there is so much I would like to share with them both. For example, last Saturday, we have been discussing different merits of human beings, such as courage, cowardliness, dignity, pride, neatness, and others.
My grandkids were especially interested in the integrity. I explained to them my understanding of integrity. A person with integrity is not able to act in a destructive manner, and is not capable of hurting anyone. We had a long discussion about which action would be considered constructive and not destructive. Curiously, we came to the conclusion that to be a pizza-deliverer would not be a very constructive thing to do, because pizza is not a nutritious kind of food. In order to be constructive, one would have to deliver any kind of nutritious food, that’s all. Then we were trying to imagine the world where all people had integrity.
Today I was happy to hear from my son that my grandson shared his thoughts about integrity at school today. The teacher asked what are the most important qualities of the human. My grandson said, “integrity!” and was able to explain what it meant. Both the teacher and his classmates were very interested to discuss this subject.
I believe it is vital to teach our children to observe, to think critically, and to be healthy, especially in today’s world when so much is happening. I would like to emphasize that todays children will be our tomorrow’s leaders. If you’d like to teach your children to be healthy, consider buying our beautiful children books for them.
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Many people are asking me these days if I am buying gold or silver? If I had some extra money I probably would buy some precious metals, but I don’t have any savings except for my books. I will tell you how I prepared for any possible weather disaster or economic problems.
In 1986-1997 my family survived the collapse of the Soviet economy. I recall how my mother told me to stock up on food, which I never did. I replied to her that the Soviet economy was strong and didn’t have any crisis for 70 years. One time when my mother visited us, she bought a large box of yellow split peas and hid it in my apartment.
Then in January 1987 food began to disappear. First, it became very expensive and there were long lines at each store, and then the food vanished completely.
All the stores were closed and they each had a note on the door that read: “Closed indefinitely.” I recall how scared people were. I had to feed my three children. My oldest son Stephan, was thirteen. Sergei was two, and Valya was one. The morning came when we had no food. Igor ran around our entire town and didn’t find any stores that were open.
At that time my mother called and told me about the split peas. For one whole month my family of five survived on those split peas, which I boiled until they became soft and fed my family. We ate them without any salt or oil, as we didn’t have any. Though we quickly grew tired of the same food that we consumed day after day, it saved us during that long month of scarcity. Shortly thereafter, some stores were re-opened and we were able to buy food again.
Based on these memories, I try to keep a small stock of food on hand in case anything were to happen that would prevent me from being able to purchase food from the grocery store. Here is an example of what I currently store.
By sharing this story I am not intending to alert or scare anybody but simply answer a popular question and share my approach to it.
Knowing your wild edibles is another great way to be prepared for tough times. Nature is full of food that’s easily accessible if you know where to look. This is an incredible gift that nature provides for us.
My son Sergei constantly promotes how to eat wild edibles in his books, videos, and on his website. Recently he released a deck of wild edibles playing cards. These cards are a great way to learn how to identify wild edibles without feeling overwhelmed or bored.
We now offer Sergei’s Wild Edible Cards at our Raw Family online store for $9.95 plus shipping.
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Sergei has been dreaming of them since we were hiking a Pacific Crest Trail in 1998. At first, we knew only dandelions and sorrel. Then other hikers showed us wild onions and miner’s lettuce. Soon, in a small town, we bought a used book on wild edibles. It was helpful but didn’t have good pictures. Little by little, as we were learning new wild edible plants we became amazed at how much good wholesome food was available in the wilderness.
I recall how my children were fighting for the thistle. Each one of us had a small pocketknife attached to our belts that we used for harvesting. One day, we discovered that the thistle stems were somewhat sweet inside. Of course, my teenage kids started to search for these “treats” along the trail. Like on this photo from 1998, where Valya, myself, Igor, and my niece Katya are snacking on the wild thistle stems.
Now, sixteen years later, Sergei has produced such pack himself. He carefully selected the most common and useful edible plants, photographed them and put together an easy-to-use guide in the form of cards. To add fun to the process of learning wild edibles, Sergei made them into poker cards. Now you can study wild plants by playing cards.
Today, we have received the cards from the printer and they look wonderful! Here is a sample card on both sides:
|These are the rest of them:
||Of course, remember to be cautious:|
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