The Birth of Green Drink

Everyday for lunch I have green drink. 64 ounces of green drink. My drink has gone through several different reincarnations. First it was just a salad blended up in my Vita-mix at the beginning of my lymphoma diagnosis. This was a survival tactic since I hated salad. It once brought me to tears to eat it, and now raw vegetables made up 90% of my food! After learning more about Ann Wigmore’s Living Foods lifestyle, it transformed into her trademark “Energy Soup.” She incorporated living sprouts in her recipe along with avocado and sea vegetables. During my pregnancy I began to play around with more known cancer fighters like kale, cabbage, broccoli, and broccoli sprouts to create “Cortney’s Cancer Fighting Concoction.” Once I was declared in remission at 4 months pregnant I began to add more flavorful vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, and carrots into my drink. This really is close to my current version I fondly call “Green Smoothie.” When it tastes too green I will add an apple to it to take the edge off, but this only lasts a few days before I’m ready to go hard-core green again. It contains only organic vegetables, tastes green and smells green.

I recommend the Vitamix to blend your Green Drink. Many popular smoothie chains such as Smoothie King or Tropical Smoothie use a Vita-mix to make their super smooth smoothies. You can buy their basic model for about $400. If you have a standard blender at home, your smoothie will be much grittier which I find more difficult to consume. Try blending it a bit longer to remedy the gritty texture.

Another tip is to drink your smoothie at a COOL temperature. If it’s too hot it tastes even nastier, but if it’s too cold it gives you a brain freeze! The key for me was to hold my nose and gulp my smoothie about a cup at a time. Then, when I was done drinking I would swish water around my mouth and swallow. I would also visualize my cancer cells being restored to healthy ones or even exploding from the oxygen being brought to my cells! I was so proud of myself after I was done. It may have tasted gross, but what a miracle it was performing in my body!


Cortney’s Kick-“Butt” Cancer Fighting Concoction (During Cancer)

4 cups filtered water

1 cup filtered ice
1/2 avocado

2 brussel sprouts (ends cut off)

1 leaf kale

1/2 apple
3 handfuls of baby greens or spinach
1 cup broccoli

1 cup broccoli sprouts
1 cup lentil or mung bean sprouts (or both)
1 handful of sunflower sprouts
1 handful of buckwheat lettuce sprouts
1 tbsp dulse or kelp
¼ tsp cayenne pepper

“Green Smoothie” (Post-Cancer)

4 cups filtered water

1 cup filtered ice
½ avocado (no pit!)
3 handfuls of baby greens, spinach

1 cup broccoli sprouts

1 handful of sunflower sprouts or buckwheat lettuce sprouts

½ any color pepper

1 medium tomato

2 whole carrots (even the leafy tops are really good!)
1 cup lentil or mung bean, sprouted 2 days (if I don’t have these I will put cooked blacked beans or canned if I’m desperate!)

1 apple if desired (cut in 8 pieces)

Other additions or substitutes: cilantro, cucumber, 1 cup raw broccoli, cayenne pepper, oregano, coconut oil, or anything else you want to try!


Beating Cancer Without Chemo?


As I sat down to write a “mission statement” for this blog I stared at my computer screen for a while and then closed my laptop. I couldn’t think of one. There were so many ideas and yet none I could focus in on.  Did I want it to be about curing cancer without conventional treatment? Did I want this blog to be geared towards moms only? Did I want to talk about the benefits of natural unmedicated childbirth or breastfeeding your babies for at least a year? And did I dare touch on the heated issue of vaccines?

“AM I on a mission?” I finally asked myself. Or am I just a late-20’s-something new mom with a passion for good nutrition and its benefits? It turns out that I am mission-minded, and my mission involves all of these things. Because all of these issues have to do with one concept: Thinking for Yourself. And sometimes (let’s be honest- MOST of the time) we don’t have time to think for ourselves. If I had to research all of the choices I had to make, I wouldn’t have time for anything else. Making informed decisions is time-consuming but incredibly important to me. I look forward to sharing the knowledge I have researched for and learned along my health journey. This is what Green Drink Diaries is about.