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Old 02-26-2010, 07:04 AM   #1
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Has anyone else tried buying a blender and making their own nutritious smoothies? I took the step and bought a $30 blender yesterday and about an equal amount in fresh organic (and some non-organic and frozen as well but mostly organic) fruits and some veggies. I'm experimenting already on finding the perfect base for a smoothie. I believe green tea would add more nutritional value but I don't want something that's going to overload the smoothie.

However, I did get crazy stomach pains from a smoothie I made with kiwi, carrots and spinach as well as one other ingredient that escapes me.

Is it possible that my body is not used to so many nutrients in a short time? I feel better and have more energy already.

Just made a chocolate banana milkshake as well. Yum and I could get the hang of buying fruits/veggies and making drinks out of them to get my nutrients.

Does anyone know of a way to stop a smoothie from congealing and separating after a few hours of refrigeration? I was thinking of freezing them in the cups I use, which are regular coffee mugs with BPA-free plastic (or something like that) on the inside. I could always thaw them out when ready to drink.
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:28 AM   #2
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If your trying to go this route look up the homie on youtube. Liferegenarator changed my whole outlook. He will amp you up and get you off ground.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw0fiTCp6ac
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:53 AM   #3
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Humble Janitor, I love your posts!

Some food are toxic when eaten raw: http://www.beyondveg.com/tu-j-l/raw-...tural%20toxins
Raw food can contain salmonella occasionally.
My friend who makes a raw veggie smoothie every morning said that beets & bananas are key to good taste.

Eating raw can get pretty expensive!
There are some smoothie recipes here, but the ingredients maybe expensive:
http://gliving.com/category/greenchefs/drinks/

This book recommends the following pricey equipment:
  • Excalibur Dehydrator
  • Champion Juicer (Heavy Duty Industrial Model)
  • Vita-Mix Blender (TurboBlend 4500)
  • Sumeet Grinder
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:51 AM   #4
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Humble Janitor, I love your posts!

Some food are toxic when eaten raw: http://www.beyondveg.com/tu-j-l/raw-...tural%20toxins
Raw food can contain salmonella occasionally.
My friend who makes a raw veggie smoothie every morning said that beets & bananas are key to good taste.

Eating raw can get pretty expensive!
There are some smoothie recipes here, but the ingredients maybe expensive:
http://gliving.com/category/greenchefs/drinks/

This book recommends the following pricey equipment:
  • Excalibur Dehydrator
  • Champion Juicer (Heavy Duty Industrial Model)
  • Vita-Mix Blender (TurboBlend 4500)
  • Sumeet Grinder
Great article on toxins... Lisa... not as scary as it might seem at first if we just accept...all things in moderation...

HJ.. I have read that people who do not eat a lot of fruit... as soon as they start, they might expect to get diaorreah... I believe this has something to do with the energy in the new good food being used to purge the system. Maybe the cramps is a similar issue. However...I'm no medic! if it doesn't settle down you should see someone who knows...

But I ate a LOT of raw salad last year... and always felt better for it. the book Never Be Sick Again is well worth a read (see his video on mediaconsciousnetwork to if you're interested )

Good luck with becoming healthier ! It can't hurt !

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Old 02-26-2010, 09:56 AM   #5
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If you want to get some foods with a punch then I suggest to added

Blue-Green Algae Powder
Cheapest I could find
http://www.capsuline.com/product_inf...roducts_id=162

And Chlorella
http://www.chlorella-alg.com/

Get some seaweed powder like dulse or kelp for iodine supply etc

I just purchased 1 Kg Chlorella and 2 ponds of Blue-Green Algae that is the greens I need to have.If you have does then you have enough for a year or so depending on how much your adding this to your smoothy.

For fruits I use durian as a base that tastes good

And If I had more money I would have added the fruit/veggie poeders from this one
http://www.aussievitamin.com/Morlife/

I purchased also a juicer in 2005 which is still working good!!!

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Old 02-26-2010, 12:56 PM   #6
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Great article on toxins... Lisa... not as scary as it might seem at first if we just accept...all things in moderation...

HJ.. I have read that people who do not eat a lot of fruit... as soon as they start, they might expect to get diaorreah... I believe this has something to do with the energy in the new good food being used to purge the system. Maybe the cramps is a similar issue. However...I'm no medic! if it doesn't settle down you should see someone who knows...

But I ate a LOT of raw salad last year... and always felt better for it. the book Never Be Sick Again is well worth a read (see his video on mediaconsciousnetwork to if you're interested )

Good luck with becoming healthier ! It can't hurt !

K
Well, no diarrhea but just cramps. Not horrible and I feel ok now after I just made a berry smoothie. For now, I'll stick to fruit and veggies and add in some nuts and perhaps only a bit of dairy and grains since I need my calcium and won't give up dairy (but won't overindulge in it either).

It can only help because up to recently, I had been eating too much junk food, especially sausage & egg sandwiches as breakfast, lunch, etc.
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Old 02-26-2010, 02:48 PM   #7
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It can only help because up to recently, I had been eating too much junk food, especially sausage & egg sandwiches as breakfast, lunch, etc.
I've got a coupon for Subway for a bacon and egg sandwhich.. that's just staring at me from my kitchen counter.... !

A little junk is no bad thing I'm sure.... I've had practically no dairy for the past year... and I'm having some trouble with aching joints (could be all the time spent at PA!) so I'm not sure really what's healthy and what's not... for sure my calcium intake must have reduced...

though they say that the calcium in cow's milk needs huge quantities of potassium for us to assimilate...so the jury is out on whether you get much calcium from milk in reality.

Again.. I'm no nutritionist... definitely though, eating less junk and meat and milk makes you feel 'lighter'... more pure kind of energy i think...
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Old 02-26-2010, 03:28 PM   #8
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Hey there! Just wanted to say that zucchini's are really good smoothie ingredients. They blend well with sweet things like strawberries and bananas, and help you get some extra green packed in there.

Also, for protein, throw some good peanut butter into your chocolate banana shake. IT MAKES IT SO GOOD!

I lived off of veggie/fruit smoothies for an entire summer (for the most part, it would equal my breakfast and lunch because I would make a lot... then eat dinner with my family.) That's the best health I was in that I can remember.

Hard to continue, now that I live with roommates. I think the blender has collected dust

edit: Also I don't recommend freezing or refrigerating the smoothie unless you plan on finishing the rest of it in a few hours... especially when its heavy on the greens... it REALLY starts to congeal. you may have to end up choking it down. Fruit smoothies at least freezes a little better, and can be a cool treat, but honestly I think everything is best consumed fresh!
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Old 02-26-2010, 03:32 PM   #9
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If your trying to go this route look up the homie on youtube. Liferegenarator changed my whole outlook. He will amp you up and get you off ground.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw0fiTCp6ac
Lol! I just have to say that I love the intro of this video....

"Hey guys, hows it goin.... Dan the Man here. East coast or west coast!? How about NO COAST!"
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Old 02-26-2010, 03:44 PM   #10
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I really like this book:The Seasonal Detox Diet: Remedies from the Ancient Cookfire by Carrie L'Esperance. She is a chef and extremely knowledgable about creating healing and nutritious combinations. She targets specific foods for specific areas of the body. She also believes in the "seasonal" attributes of food. She has recipes and juices. I have done juice fasts using her recipes and loved it.

http://www.amazon.com/Seasonal-Detox.../dp/0892819820

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Old 02-26-2010, 04:29 PM   #11
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Go for it!

We have been doing fruit smoothies now every morning for a year.

Typical smoothies have:

Apple
Banana
Orange
Pear
Grapes
Berries

We also add supplements in including liquid calcium/magnesium, cod liver oil,
coconut oil, and green superfood.

It's a great way to start the day!

Lots of veggies for dinner.
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:38 AM   #12
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I drink a green smoothie daily- eat primarily raw foods too. Usual blend is spinach, celery and some fruit (mango, bananas) enjoy!
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:50 AM   #13
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Humble Janitor, I love your posts!

Some food are toxic when eaten raw: http://www.beyondveg.com/tu-j-l/raw-...tural%20toxins
Raw food can contain salmonella occasionally.
My friend who makes a raw veggie smoothie every morning said that beets & bananas are key to good taste.

Eating raw can get pretty expensive!
There are some smoothie recipes here, but the ingredients maybe expensive:
http://gliving.com/category/greenchefs/drinks/

This book recommends the following pricey equipment:
  • Excalibur Dehydrator
  • Champion Juicer (Heavy Duty Industrial Model)
  • Vita-Mix Blender (TurboBlend 4500)
  • Sumeet Grinder
I just bought a BlendTech from Costco. It's pretty pricey at almost $400 bucks but it is way superior to the Vita-Mix. Not to mention that if anything goes wrong a month from now or 5 years from now.....I can return it for a full refund. You gotta love Costco sometimes....
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:13 AM   #14
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Still blending away here but I need to stock up on more fruits/veggies. They lasted about a week so that's good. Saves me money and I can get what I need for nutrients in a manner that won't break the bank.

Will invest in more organic, frozen fruits/veggies from now on.

Any advice on breaking up the pulpiness of an orange smoothie? Using a whole orange seems to be an issue because it creates a ton of pulp.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:24 AM   #15
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You are what you eat.


It'll be hard to subside the "craving of hunger" if you were used to getting a full feeling in the past. But if i were you, I would fast for a day with tons of liquids (mainly healthy water), and then switch to a low amount of super-foods (honey, goji, spiroulina, etc.) but still at a small amount.

Come a week, if you meditate, you'll start to notice some things.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:15 PM   #16
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I joined this forum a few weeks ago HJ;

http://www.giveittomeraw.com/

There are other Avalon members on there too.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:33 PM   #17
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People need to understand that the craving are not a result of needed to eat. It more a result of an addiction thats is why many people have a difficulty in switching over.

If you do not know why are you have this feeling that you call hungry ??? combating this will be then difficult

The key thing here is the get your body detoxed from all kind of poison.
I Just received my chlorella and this is a superfood which keep your body protected against toxic elements and remove any of that is stored in to your body.

I added fresh cilantro to pull the heavy metals out of your system and chlorella will carry it out of the body.

From my experience I noted that the cravings go away after a while when you start to change your food habbits. But depending on how many toxins are in the body when the cravings go away.

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Old 03-02-2010, 12:49 PM   #18
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And an other thing Ill like to add is the addiction to bad food is not you that craving for it =)

The main cause is a trans dimensional parasite that makes you want to eat bad food or do bad thing it is not you!!!!

ill give you example of this when you have listen to music and it keeps playing in your mind, but you can't stop it!!! How in gods name can't you controll your own mind. Then you know why =)
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:51 PM   #19
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hi hj ...
i've been creating and drinking smoothies for years now ... my boys have always loved them ... now they make their own ...
takes a bit for the body to get used to especially if one hasn't been eating many fruits and veggies prior ...
my advice would be to keep it all in moderation initially ... perhaps not adding a gazillion ingredients at the same time ...
some veggies are not very compatible ... i.e. growing together in a garden stunts their growth so when ingested together ... doesn't make one feel too good either ...
keeping ingredients to a minimum per smoothie in the beginning will allow you to know what goes and what doesn't ... what if any culprits are a discomfort to your system ...
blending's alot of fun and healthy too ... for myself it has become a part of daily life ... after a few days of travelling from home i begin to crave my smoothies ...
have fun creating hj ...


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Still blending away here but I need to stock up on more fruits/veggies. They lasted about a week so that's good. Saves me money and I can get what I need for nutrients in a manner that won't break the bank.

Will invest in more organic, frozen fruits/veggies from now on.

Any advice on breaking up the pulpiness of an orange smoothie? Using a whole orange seems to be an issue because it creates a ton of pulp.
You need a good blender - Blendtec or Vitamix. Most prefer Blendtec (my old model was a disaster though) as these blenders could gring up wood to a pulp
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The cramps will go away…
wow, just gave me some flashbacks when I first started this back in the day. Your stomach is probably saying wtf? haha. Yeah some raw foods are high in acids so certain experimentations in blending might send you scurrying to the commode. You sound like a real smoothie alchemist there LJ…just be careful you don’t blow a new hole in your rear tire...sometimes the body needs to make adjustments if it isn’t used to something.

Like Greetings suggested… every ones body takes different time periods to adjust and sometimes fasting allows for a smoother transition. The body will get used to it as it continues to purify itself.

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Old 03-02-2010, 05:42 PM   #22
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Smoothies are awesome. My favorite is stawberries, blueberries, whey protein powder, and avocado in almond milk. Not totally raw, but delicious, creamy, and nutritious.

If one of my smoothies congeals, I just add a tiny bit of liquid and re-blenderize it. Bingo.
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:53 PM   #23
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There are different combinations which make for interesting juicing flavors. One power drink is beet, apple, ginger root & carrots.. sometimes I will throw in a garlic clove if it is a veggie type drink. The apples help sweeten the taste as well.

One smoothie is protein powder, an apple (skin and all), (banana, or mango, or blueberries, or papaya) with a handful of almonds. I also add flax oil or liquid vitamins depending on what is being made.

If there are left overs you can put it in a glass jar with lid where you can shake it before drinking again. I use jelly or mayo jars that I save for left-overs like this.
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:18 PM   #24
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The most powerful organic food additives I have found are at this website:

http://healthforce.com/home

These products are actual food and not just supplements. VERY good for you and great in a smoothie - which I enjoy. Don't forget to grind up some nuts and seeds in a coffee grinder and add them to your smoothie's.

Enjoy...
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Old 03-05-2010, 07:48 AM   #25
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If found that juniper berries ward of evil spirits , hmm Ill give it a try.
It is a healty herb also, so already order 500 grams of Jb powder.


Have a look -->

http://www.glenbrookfarm.com/herbs/juniperberries.htm

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/lea...iper_berry.php

http://www.orthovitaal.nl/ov-artikel.php?art_id=3112
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