My name is Renee. I wanted to share with you the impact that green smoothies and the live food lifestyle has had on me. Let me just give you some insight into the kind of girl I was this past year. Last year I was a freshman in high school. I truly was your typical teenager. I was in a constant battle with my parents about every little thing that I could possibly think of. I lied to them to be able to attend high school “parties.” I experimented with drinking and smoking. I was always trying to be in the “cool” clique. I cared extensively about my physical appearance and was never satisfied. I was annoyed easily by my friends and talked about one to another thinking that would solve the problem of the other being annoying in the first place. It did not. I was convinced that I was invincible and could never get hurt. Hurt in the sense that I would never get kidnapped, robbed, or assaulted like my parents always said to be careful about. I went through a cycle of depression and hated everyone. I was involved in sports but only for social status reasons. I was smart but had no care for school. I received straight B’s and B-’s my freshman year and I don’t remember ever studying for one test. I talked in class continuously and always was given negative comments on my report card about being a distraction. My teacher for English was so upset with me that she insisted that I go to get tested for ADD. The test came back negative. I would read an entire book and could not tell you one thing about it except for a vague plot analysis (I also hated reading to begin with). My relationship with my family and also extended family was very weak. I never took interest in any of my other family member’s lives and had at least one fight a day with my sisters. In the summer of 2009 though, all of this was about to change.
I found a website that promoted raw live foods to help clear acne which was starting to slowly plague me. I could never thank that acne enough for appearing when it did, for if it hadn’t, my life would be totally different. So, after this discovery I slowly started to transfer onto the raw diet. By October 19, 2009, I was eating a 100% raw diet. At first, I dropped weight rapidly. I think that every ounce of fat on my body was eliminated within the first month or two. I am 5’6” and was 120 lbs but now am about 112 lbs and my weight never fluctuates. My skin is flawless and so soft that if someone touches my arm or face, they always are in awe and then touch me again. I am happy with my body and wouldn’t change anything about it. I have shunned drinking and smoking, not because of the ads you see on TV, but because of that fact that I truly do not want to harm my body. I never talk about other people now because no one annoys me to give me a reason to. I attend parties but never without talking to my parents before and after about it. I am not worried or feel any need to try to be part of a clique. I dress and act like myself. I am more aware about my surroundings and know how avoid and handle bad situations. I have more focus than I have ever had and am driven to do well in school. I have received grades ranging from 87 to 100 percent. I started taking notes in class, which I had never done before. I am in love with reading and read whenever I don’t have homework. I am currently reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I look forward to getting assigned a paper to write and have become a fantastic writer. My thoughts are much clearer and easier to express through words. I am never tired. I go to sleep at 11 and my body wakes up at 6:00 or 6:30. I love my parents and talk to them everyday. I don’t ever fight with them. My sister and I talk about her 7th grade drama. I don’t stick my nose up at her and call her lame for liking Zac Efron anymore. She shares with me everything. I felt so warm and thankful when being with my whole extended family over winter break. I have higher sports stamina and can easily sprint for a long distance after not running for a month. I am not depressed anymore and sometimes even have outbursts of joy and bliss. I drink a green smoothie everyday and am totally obsessed with them. I drink 40 oz+ every day. I am suddenly interested in history and art, two topics I would have vomited at the thought of taking last year. I am interested in astronomy, ancient cultures, Greek mythology, biology, physics, art history, evolution, and creation. Last year the only interest I had was about whose house I was going to go to that weekend and what boys would be there. I enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the snow. Last year I was ecstatic about the idea of only having to take 4 majors for senior year. Now I am trying to convince my school to let me take 6. Last year I declared myself atheist for the simple reason of rebelling against my parents. Now I am open to all religions and searching for the one best for me. I am constantly enthralled by the skill of language, the comprehension, and the roots being so deeply linked to the culture. I want to travel the world and be involved with helping others experience the mental enlightenment that I have. The world has opened up to me and I am ready to embrace it. I must sound insane for a sixteen-year-old girl, but this is now my mentality about life.
Green smoothies complimented by a raw food life style, has turned my world upside down. When I come home I plan to get my friends involved so they can understand what it truly feels like to be a 100% healthy and happy human being. I like to imagine what it would be like if everyone in the world was in this mental state. There wouldn’t be any murders or rapes, drunk driving crashes, drug smuggling, kidnapping, stealing, deceiving, or lying. Everyone would be at peace because there wouldn’t be any jealously or cruelty. The human race would work harder toward preserving their environment because they would realize that this is their only home. I know that this is a far-fetched idea to happen in my lifetime, but I believe that one day, the posters will changed from “got milk?” to “got green?” I am a whole new person from the girl I was back in June and I hope to change the world with my discovery. I thank you so very much for taking the time to read my experience with raw food and green smoothies and hope that it opened your mind to the possibilities and wonders of just changing your ways of eating.