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Green for Life Paperback – October 20, 2005
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Victoria's new book will bring health to millions. A must read! --Dr Ruza Bogdanovich, author of The Cure is in the Cause
It will bring health to millions and make life easier for all of us now. A must read! --Dr Ruza Bogdanovich, an internationally renowned lecturer and teacher on true nutrition, author of the famous book, The Cure is in the Cause.
About the Author
Victoria Boutenko is the author of Green For Life, Raw Family, 12 Steps to Raw Foods and several raw recipe books. She teaches classes on Raw Food all over the world. As a result of her teachings, many raw food communities have formed in numerous countries. She continues traveling worldwide sharing her gourmet raw cuisine and her inspiring story of change, faith and determination. Victoria touches the hearts of her listeners, assuring us that we can choose to live raw, be healthy and live the life we imagine!
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Yes there is a fair amount of testimonial, from the author and her family and other subjects. I like that though, to hear personal stories, because everyone has different health issues and reacts differently to different treatments. Seems like green smoothies are overall GREAT no matter what your ailment, which is rare.
Boutenko does a fairly good job of explaining the science and reasons why green smoothies are so good for you. Perhaps she could've delved deeper in some instances, but really this was/is a pioneering diet movement so I think she did well.
Try starting your day with a green smoothie, and your day can only get better!! Cravings for sweets and carbs, and other generally less/non nutritious food diminish instantly! I mean it! I have a bad sweet tooth, though I eat a pretty healthy fruit and vegetable/raw dairy based diet. When I start off with a green smoothie, I my sweet tooth pretty much disappears, which I consider miraculous :) I also have way more energy and just felt positive. I know I glow when I've had my green smoothie ;)
Boutenko is uplifting and her message is hard to ignore. Even if you don't adopt a raw vegan lifestyle, I think the book is very worthwhile because it offers new tips on nutrition and lets us look at greens in a whole new way. They are not just a side item, to be eaten rarely (or never) as most people do. If you let greens have more of a central role in your diet, you will reap the abundant health benefits! And what better way to consume than whizzed into a delicious smoothie- so the difficult work of chewing up all those greens is done for you so that you can properly digest the nutrients.
If you are considering this book, you should go for it!! Victoria single handedly pioneered the green smoothie movement, and you will be delighted with this book. For the price, it is most definitely worth it! You will feel great!!
I've been eating green smoothies every morning for about a year now, and can attest to the increased energy, general feeling of wellness/health, a significant and noticable reduction in cravings for sweets, and disappearance of colds and illness. (I can't remember my last cold!) The more raw greens and fruits that I add to my diet, the less I'm inclined to desire sweets and overeat. I'm not aiming for a 100% raw food diet, but I try to eat the equivalent of 2 HUGE salads and various tasty fruits, plus whole grains and a bit of healthy fat every day. Green smoothies have been my #1 BIGGEST AID in achieving that goal. And there simply isn't much room left for eating the bad stuff!
Unfortunately, this book is so full of non-research supported claims and irrelevant analogies to animals that it's difficult to take much of it seriously. Maybe I'm someone who needs to understand the research behind health claims, but with so much misleading and erroneous health claims out there, I think all claims need to be backed up by some solid scientific evidence.
I wasn't bothered by the limited number of recipes. It gave me some great, new combinations to try and, realistically, I'll adjust them to my own tastes anyway. I started with more fruits and less veggies (as the author suggests), then naturally evolved to desiring more veggies and less fruit (as she did). Testimonials can be very important for inspiration, so I don't fault their inclusion, either. Overall, the book was inspiring to eat more greens, especially via smoothies, but lacked depth of content.