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6Hypnone
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Can anyone recommend a recipe or green powder? I have 3 veggie servings a day and I hate it. Be nice if another could be a shake.

Is it ok to use green powder rather than grinding up actual greens?

And what are the benefits of spirulina?

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How funny, I just saw your post after I posted my morning ultimate smoothie recipe on tryingtogetwell's ' last post.

I don't know about spiralina but I use cilantro. Cilantro is known for cleaning the blood.

How are you feeling these days 6Hypnone ?

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Just be careful of the high oxalate foods like spinach. I got myself into real trouble with green smoothies.

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I also had problems with oxalates....being careful is good advise. Lettuce is the only green I use now in smoothies. Watch out for almonds and chia seeds, both are very high in oxalates, and non-organic almonds are also high in glyphosate, which can metabolize into oxalates in the body.
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Smoothies, even of green, can cause blood glucose - and insulin - to spike, creating damage in the body. Even the green liquid can turn to sugar soon after it sloshes into the bloodstream.

It's better to find vegetables you enjoy eating and ways of preparing that are enjoyable.

If you had 2 - 4 oz. of a smoothie AFTER a whole foods meal, that would one thing. But a smoothie is just like a meal of refined fruit juice inside us and that can lead to high triglycerides, insulin damage, etc.

No matter the color of the veggie going into the blender, it becomes super refined carbohydrate: simple sugar as it's poured out.

However, not of the veggie family and a highly nutritious green & complex way to augment your diet, not substitute for though:


http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/3/36235?#000000

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I have this almost daily —

http://realfoodrebel.com/super-healthy-green-smoothie/

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I just read so many lymies have these smoothies. I used to have greens mixed w/protein powder, but after a year, I got sick of it. I couldn't get it down anymore.
I'll check out the spirulina. TMK those are both detoxers

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That is good. Green smoothies are not all they are cracked up to be. Lyme causes so many food intolerances that it's not funny.

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You might want to make an appointment with someone in the produce section of your best real foods market. There are so many vegetables that many of us never consider.

I've been learning a lot about how glucose signals insulin in the body - about insulin resistance and diabetes. When we avoid eating whole foods and go more for liquid, we are seriously setting ourselves up for pancreas / insulin troubles that can come back to haunt us.

Many veggies do best lightly steamed or sauteed to bring out the nutrients and make them more tasty.

And spices & herbs can make something old new to us. Today's breakfast of delight for me was sardines with steamed red cabbage, with garam masala dry spice blend as the seasoning that brought it to life.

Chinese Five Spice, or Allspice would be similar. And the next time you steam kale, you might enjoy adding just a touch of cinnamon.

It's so vital to eat our vegetables - 7 to 10 cups a day. And there are plenty that are low oxalate:

https://www.celiac.com/articles.html/journal-of-gluten-sensitivity/journal-of-gluten-sensitivity-spring-2016-issue/get-your-super-foods-eating-high-nutrition-without-the-oxalate-r3 706/

From Celiac.com Super Foods, High Nutrition, Low Oxalates


http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=19

Red Cabbage - World's Healthiest Foods
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I use Greens First drink mix by Doctor's Nutrition, which has spirulina and chlorella in it. I add it to my smoothies. It's the only green drink I've found that does not have items in it that I am allergic to, like alfalfa.

My smoothie is made with avocado or coconut oil for good fats, and 8 oz. of plain keifer for protein. I put everything I would put in my salad and a piece of whole fruit or berries as well as antimicrobial spices and 1 tsp. cinnamon to lower the effect on blood sugar.

The greens drink mix has stevia, and I also add unsulfered blackstrap molasses and a spoonful of real maple syrup to improve taste. My A1C has gone back down to normal since I've been doing this and my IBS is a lot better.

I cannot digest raw food unless it is blended this way and do not want to eat only cooked food. I use romaine lettuce mostly, though spinach does not bother me.

I did follow a strict low oxalate diet for two years and it made no difference in my mild IC. What has made a difference for me is using Prelief tablets with very acidic foods.

I also eat a lot of Plum Organics Mighty Four baby food pouches. They have kale, broccoli and other veggies, greek yogurt, amaranth, millet.....it varies with their different formulas.

I also take a digestive prescription called Creon and have not been able to eat anything w/o it for about 15 yrs. OTC digestive aids have done nothing for me. I've had Lyme for 33 yrs.

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