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Green Smoothies Help an Autistic Child
From Green Smoothies Blog by Victoria Boutenko
Yesterday, my day was brightened by the following letter:
My six-year-old son has Asperger’s which is an Autistic disorder.
He had a very tough time with food lately and about 3 weeks ago chose to start drinking smoothies.
I honestly don’t know how to describe my gratitude to you. He is a changed child. A lot of the challenges we used to have are just gone! I knew green smoothies and raw food is good for you and that it could help people that are sick to get better – but I never imagined it would have such an impact on an autistic child. Thank you!
A few months ago I came across Sergei’s video “Green Smoothie” that a friend of mine posted on Facebook. I ordered ‘Green for life‘ the same day. I’m sure you receive many letters from people all around the world, telling you how raw food and smoothies changed their lives. It has changed mine. But that’s not why I’m writing you. I want to tell you how smoothies changed the life of my 6-year-old child. He is beautiful, and smart and has Asperger’s (Autistic spectrum disorder). After reading your book I chose to go ‘raw’ cold turkey (My family chose not to join me). At first I tried to have him taste green smoothies and he wouldn’t hear of it. In fact, he looked at me as if I’ve gone crazy even suggesting that.
Textures are an issue and food in general is a complicated thing for a lot of autistic children. I left him alone and just continued offering a taste every once in a while. He always refused.
About a month ago he stopped eating for some reason. We tried anything we could think of to convince him to eat but nothing helped. About 3 weeks ago he had a very bad ‘eating day’: came back home with a full lunch box from school and refused to eat dinner. I gave him a choice: Either eat chicken, rice, and vegetables with dad or drink a smoothie. I was ready to give him the full motivational speech about the importance of food when to my surprise he asked for a smoothie. I gave him a small glass (honestly, I was expecting for him to change his mind) – he drank it and asked for more.
The past 3 weeks he has been drinking smoothies every day. At first, I was just happy he was getting all the nutrients and that I didn’t have to worry about food any longer. Gradually, I started noticing that things where going better.
It’s only been 3 weeks but I still can’t believe the change I see in him. It’s like he’s a different child: Happy, healthy, calm, sleeps well, and a lot of our day to day challenges are simply gone. Even at school they have noted the change. I can’t thank you enough for teaching me about raw food! I knew smoothies could help people that are sick but I never imagined it could have such an effect on an autistic child. (And he’s not even eating pure raw, Just the smoothies!) Thank you for the work that you and your family are doing!”
From The Netherlands
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