It’s Easy Being Green

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Unlike Kermit the Frog — who is a frog (and green) — the human has a much easier time being green.

When I say “green,” I don’t mean pigmented skin and floppy arms Kermit green. I mean the ability to eat a diet high in things that are green (of course, excluding Mountain Dew and green M&Ms — which contrary to pop culture rumor are not aphrodisiacs.)

Why eat more green?

If you’re forgetful, irritable, have mental fatigue, depression, insomnia, confused more often than not or have gingivitis or periodontal disease there’s a good chance you’re deficient in green. (More scientifically, folate and chlorophyll, which are the two nutrients that are abundant in leaves.)

If eating green can help you clear away the fog in your brain and make you right again it could possibly be the most effective, and least expensive medicines around. This is why it makes sense to get as much of it as you can, even if you think you already eat enough.

The good thing about green is that it’s pretty hard to eat too much and, most likely, the increase in your greenliness will leave you feeling smart, sharp and trim.

Green is also found in many different shades. This way even the most picky eaters will find one they prefer. It’s dark in kale, collards and chard. Medium in romaine, escarole and rocket (that’s for all the Brits.) And lightest in celery, endive and bok choy.

To be green, as a human, it’s also much easier to keep your anonymity than it is for our fellow froggy friend. No one will know the difference if you’re green or not — your skin won’t change. Whether you’re green or not, you just blend in with everyone else. You can keep it a secret for as long as you want, or shout your greenness from the roof of your home (just be aware this could get you arrested, particularly if you choose to do so in a frog suit.)

To be green, you simply have to change the way you think, which I’ll show you how to do in a second. What’s even better is that doing so doesn’t require extensive supplement programs, traveling across the world to see the primary expert in a field or any time away from your everyday life, your family, your friends.

So now, no matter how much green you think you have in your diet, it’s time to raise the bar just a little bit more (or, first, get a bar if you consider yourself relatively un-green.)

Here’s the trick to doing it, one that your health guru can never sell you. It doesn’t require a system, protocol or program. It’s a simple, seven word question even you can remember.

When you sit down for your next meal ask yourself this:

“Is there enough green on my plate?”

Use your intuition to answer the question and don’t let it down if you answer “no.” Add enough to make it a “yes.”

Just a simple question, and suddenly it’s so easy being green.

Your question of the day: How much green do you eat?

Live Awesome!
Kev

P.S. If you want to see what other greenies like you eat to get their fix, click here.

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. Ed says:

    Green has bigger issues than what I eat. Battery plant smelters have 4 mile dead zones and pay mitigation fees for up to 200 miles.

  2. Fred D. says:

    This is an anecdotal finding that is still preliminary – but I suspect that it is possible to go too green.

    I tried green smoothies twice per day for about four months. It was mostly kale, mustard greens, and celery. My average sleep dropped from about eight hours of deep sleep with a feel-good wake up to five hours with difficulty of waking up. It destroyed my days.

    When I reduced my dose to one green smoothie per day, my sleep slowly improved over the following six months.

    To be 100% sure that it was the greens causing the problem, I would have to try it again. But I do not want to take the chance, so I will stick to a maximum of one green smoothie per day.

  3. Mary says:

    A bit off subject, but may I request that you discuss Vitamin K, which one is advised to avoid under some medical conditions, like blood clots? What is a green person to do?

  4. Liz H. says:

    While I am not raw or vegan I do, for the most part, eat whole, clean foods. I tend to let my green smoothies slip through the winter when it’s cold. But no more. When I had my eye exam in January my ocular pressure was in the low 20’s. My Dr. was concerned due to my age, but in flipping back through my chart saw that it had been about the same level since I first started going to their practice 10+ years ago. She said it probably was just the norm for me as glaucoma would have manifested by now. But she had me come back the end of July for a re-check. I was amazed when 1 eye was 17 & the other 18. The only change in my diet was the addition of the green smoothies. So I plan to keep it up – even in the cold winter months.

  5. Linda says:

    While eating green is an excellent choice for most of us, what about menopausal women who are told not to due to low functioning thyroids? When one is used to eating lots of greens all the time, it’s difficult to just drop them from the diet because of the thyroid. Any solution for this dilemma?

  6. Mist says:

    Barley/wheat grass, chlorella, and spirulina powders are quick and easy ways to increase the greens. They’re convenient when one’s short on time/supply of vegetables or just doesn’t feel like making/eating a smoothie, salad, or any other vegetable dish. Sea greens are also great options to green-up the diet. They keep indefinitely in their dry form, no refrigeration required.

    Mary (#2), you might consider looking into supplements/food with anticoagulant effects, such as vitamin e, omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil), and cayenne pepper.

  7. Nik says:

    i build with a friend a website on edible plant walks in berlin, germany. actually david wolfe just talks on green leafy vegetables and how it makes us alkaline.

    The website, is on a edible plant walk which is two times in the morning.
    and events around the edible wild. its translated in elgish, wild weed breakfast :)

    http://www.wildkraeuterfruehstueck.de

  8. kt mm says:

    @Nik- I so want to go!!! and I want one in my neck of the woods. Back to the question of the day, I notice that when I don’t get my daily green smoothie, I my body shows signs. Rash, or eczema or whatever, but I do notice it and get back on track.

  9. sarah says:

    @Nik,I would love to have a look at your website but doesn’t seem to have translation to English??
    As to the green-we eat very basic foods no processing and so eat very green. I juice greens, lettuce, cucumber, celery, spinach with a little apple carrot and lemon. The kids love the juice but the less green it is the better they like it, so I don’t tell them what is in it until they’ve drunk it. Winter time seems the best time to juice more greens for us because we eat seasonal foods and summertime brings an abundance of tomatoes and peppers etc.
    Our meals consist of steamed veg’s 2 times a day or salads, more raw than cooked and we eat animal protein but very little. This suits us but our friends think we’re a bit strange…go figure, normality seems to be eating everything that is processed and so Not Green. What a shame, I say eat more green..Thanks for the post.X

  10. Danielle says:

    I’m trying to turn the world green by opening Canada’a first Green smoothie bar, 100% organic, 100% raw vegan and 100% compostable everything direct to customer.
    If your ever in Hamilton Ontario come see what we are doing to give out as much greenness as we can, including giving all our tips to giving underprivlaged kids green smoothies at our cost. Like us on facebook as “the green Smoothie bar” or follow u s on twitter as @GSBhamilton ;) making the world a little greener -Danielle

  11. Joe says:

    Actually, I eat lots of green whether raw, cooked, fresh or frozen I always have some kind of green with my meals. In the summer months I’m able to grow my own crops, however, in the cold months I cannot. I’m actually reading up on how to plant winter crops, I’m hoping to get something in the ground soon.

    I do eat meat, but I can’t enjoy any type of flesh, without some variety of vegetable sitting next to it. In most cases the veges will dominate the plate, but still there will always be some form of meat on my plate with it.

  12. Cortney says:

    Great article! I am a Certified Health Coach and even I need these reminders. :-)
    I love kale and eat it like it is candy. Other than that, I eat other dark greens in the form of salads with the salad being mostly greens. One of my favorite things to do is make a huge bowl of greens (about 4 cups worth) and put a scoop of tuna salad on top.
    A friendly reminder to all green smoothie drinkers to maybe change it up in the winter as the body needs warming foods and not cold foods during that time. :-) But listen to your own body and intuition.
    Thanks again for the great article!

  13. Veronica says:

    Hi Kevin,

    We eat LOTS of greens at our house! I have a large garden each summer and preserve more wild greens than my cultivated vegetables. I dehydrate, juice, freeze my wild greens as well as eat them fresh, in salads, stir frys, casseroles, etc. I especially enjoy lamb’s quarter, dandelion, stinging nettle, amaranth, purslane, mallow, plantain, and chickweed, just to name a few.

    Jars and jars of dehydrated greens line my shelves. These I put in everything; I crumble a handful or two into soups, stews, salads, casseroles, pizza, fish, even baked goods. No taste difference, just beautiful green color!

    I juice vegetables every day, and always try to have some wild weeds every day. I juice more wild weeds in the summer than any other kind of vegetable; they are so abundant. I add lemon or lime juice if it tastes too “green”. I especially enjoy a detoxifying 30 day juice fast in May, in which I juice mostly fresh, young wild greens from my yard.

    Freezing wild weeds is a great way to have wild greens all winter long. I lightly chop and then stuff a sandwich bag full of greens. Put about 10 full sandwich bags in a gallon freezer bag and freeze. I try to have at least two large freezer bags of each of the above green in the freezer. Whenever we want a smoothie, I add greens from one sandwich baggie, frozen and all. Yum! Healthy wild greens all winter!

    My friends all know and accept that I love greens, serve to them, and give them away. I even have friends come by the house to collect their own greens. It’s great to have friends get excited over lamb’s quarter.

    Wild greens are free food, more nutritious than our palid, cultivated vegetables. What a wonderful gift from God of which we should take advantage

  14. Sandra says:

    I had terrible psoriasis and my doctor ( who I no longer go to) wanted to put me on steroids along with cholesterol and thyroid meds. My parents were following the Hallelujah diet (hacres.com) and were having great health benefits. I started it and it got much better, I lost 40 pds and my cholesterol dropped 60 points. I found all the research (rawfamily.com )on greens and skin disorders so I drank nothing but fruit and green smoothies along with fresh carrot, celery and beet juice for 2 months. My psorisis cleared up except for a one inch patch on my leg where it originally started. It cleared up completely on my arms, face, trunk and upper legs. I continue to do green smoothies but have gotten a little lazy and eating more cooked veggies. It has not returned after a year, but I need to get back on them. I have recently started a new green product to get more compact nutrition in less time…ck my website at http://phporder.com/45743

  15. Christine says:

    Salads are my favorite meal.
    You kown when you go to someone’s house for diner and there’s a big salad bowl on the table for all the guests?
    Well, that’s just about my own personal evening serving of green. I chop tomatoes, celery, cucumber in the mix too, with herbs and dried sea weeds sprinkled on.
    Yum!

  16. Cath says:

    Daily consumption of greens = 2 green smoothies+1 big salad + 1 green juice + some steamed or cooked with beans and pulses

  17. cathy jeffries says:

    I totally live on green stuff…green smoothies in the morning, super large green salad (with everything in it) for lunch and only think of some cooked veggies at night. Wishing you the Best Health !

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