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Green Smoothie the Camel
by Victoria Boutenko, from the Raw Family Email
One of the world’s well known spiritual leaders, Avatar Adi Da Samraj, has recently read the book Green for Life and is now recommending green smoothies to all his devotees. In the ashram in Fiji where he resides, the chef Allan George now makes fresh green smoothies twice a day for more than 100 people. This week we received this message and photograph:
Last night a new baby camel was born (April 23) in our zoo at The Mountain of Attention Sanctuary in Lake County, California. Adi Da named her “Green Smoothie”. He said she has all kinds of food names in her family line, all un-straight (bad food). So this introduces some healthy food into the family line.
Green Smoothie's lineage of camels here on the Sanctuary includes (by name): a very sweet "Muffin", a rich, dark "Jelly Baba", a huge, wooly "Peanut" and a mysterious, decadent "Smokey Joe"!
When I wrote Green for Life, I never knew how popular it would become!
A Talk by Victoria Boutenko on the Raw Diet
reported by Michael Harings, August 30, 2007
I like eating food, but it's not otherwise something I'm very interested in. So I begrudingly agreed to go to a raw food talk because my intimate insisted... wondering to myself how I'd ever stay awake for a three hour talk about eating lettuce that started at 7 PM, I brought a book to read (and sat near the back so I wouldn't offend the speaker).
As soon as Victoria started talking, she was truly passionate and inspiring. She mentioned that her family emigrated to the US from Russia, and adopted the “American diet”. A couple years later, however, they were all suffering serious health problems: she had gained a hundred pounds, had edema and arrhythmia; her husband had a number of surgeries and the doctor said he needed to have his thyroids removed; her son had signs of type 1 diabetes and her daughter had developed asthma. She was desperate!I'm writing this on saturday, and since I didn't take notes, I'm referring to her book Raw Family to check the facts. It's remarkable how much more revealing and candid she is face to face! In the book she says when she started asking healthy looking people about diabetes:
The one day at my bank, I got in line behind a radiant and healthy woman. I asked my question and she smiled... Elisabeth answered all my questions, and then gave me a book about raw food. No matter how scary everything sounded, it made sense. My heart told me it was right. --pages 5-6
What she said in person was more amusing and revealing--she asked her out to TGIF (a type of restaurant where a raw foodist would have nothing to eat!), and Victoria's emotional reaction was-- (paraphrased) "Oh, one of those crazy vegetarians!" She was very dismayed at the fact that she might have to change her diet.
Well, to make a long story short, their family went vegetarian cold-turkey--or shall I say, cold-lettuce! And started to get healthy remarkably fast.
After they had been vegetarians for some years though, their health lessened. So Victoria went back to researching what to do. She eventually studied the chimpanzee diet, because they share an estimated 99% dna likeness to humans, but their diet is very different from ours, and their immune systems are much stronger. So in the book Green for Life, she writes about how she figured humans should be eating a lot more greens, because chimps live mostly on fruits and greens.
The Three Stages of Vegetarianism
Like Victoria, I have a limited appreciation for salads! My intimate, Jill, eats like a rabbit--she can eat salads all day long. For me however, I always get nauseous after the first few leaves, so when Victoria said she had the same reaction, this really got my attention. I was not alone. She said she was talking to a leaf in her office: "Leaf, I have to eat you! How can I do this?" She couldn't stomach a smoothie made of greens, or wheatgrass, so what to do? She finally added fruit, enough to make a smoothie taste sweet, but still have a lot of greens in it. That was the turning point that helped make their family healthier than ever.
To really appreciate and enjoy their full story, visit their website and get some books or dvds. And then try some of their diet experiments. Even though I'm not a salad fan, I'm finding that Victoria’s “Green Smoothies” are energizing and taste pretty good. My apologies to Victoria if I mangled anything she said. --Michael
|A Juice to Boost|
Your Immune System
Add the olive oil to the juice after blending. Ginger and garlic are natural antibiotics that boost the immune system, while parsley helps build blood. The pears have pectin which will stimulate a bowel movement, thereby draining the lymph system of toxins. The olive also helps the build blood by supplying monosaturated fats.
So go ahead and buy a few of these foods/herbs/supplements, start chewing on them, and store some away for a cold rainy day. I felt a remarkable sense of well-being and increased energy after I started moving my diet toward more raw food as outlined in The Sunfood Diet Success System book by David Wolfe.--Michael
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