Green Smoothie Challenge

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Green Smoothie Revolution - A Radical Leap Toward Natural Health by Victoria Boutenko

I have Fibromyalgia. I don’t know how long I’ve had it, but I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2001. CFS is often attributed to Fibromyaglia. My symptoms have fluctuated over the years, from mild to bad. Last year I was having severe symptoms a couple of times a week and could barely function. My doctor discovered my Vitamin D was low and gave me a prescription. Vitamin D made a huge difference. I had more energy and only had bad days once a week or two.  But now, a year later, my symptoms are creeping back in. I’m tired and run down. My energy is low overall and it makes me depressed. I’m having a lot of muscles spasms and soreness. I’m waking up stiff and sometimes dizzy. Basically, I’m a mess. So I started researching what I could do.

My research led me to raw foods, juices and smoothies. I found a book called Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko. Her book is fantastic and has a ton of recipes. She suggests that you drink at least one green smoothie a day. I decided to take on the challenge. I plan to drink at least one green smoothie a day and I plan to drink at least one vegetable juice a day. I am hoping that all these live enzymes, vitamins and minerals will reduce my Fibromyalgia symptoms. I’ll post weekly updates of my progress.

Today my green smoothie was:

2 cups frozen blueberries
1 banana
1 cup water
1 cup of kale

Blend up and  sprinkled it with cinnamon.

My veggie juice was:

1 beet
3 carrots
1 green apple
1 inch piece of peeled ginger

Juice and sprinkled it with cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg.

I noticed that I felt less run down this morning after starting the day with veggie juice.  I had celery sticks and peanut butter as a snack, and the smoothie for lunch. So far I have better energy, but I still feel tired. 

Are you up for the green smoothie challenge?

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