We are the Boutenko Family. We are a family that was fortunate to get sick at the same time! In 1993 we were each diagnosed with unique, supposedly irreversible, health ailments. My mother, Victoria, was diagnosed with arrhythmia, my father, Igor, was told he had arthritis and hyperthyroid, my sister, Valya, had asthma, and I had diabetes. Going the generic medical route did not offer us much hope so we decided to look for a more promising alternative. After getting second and third opinions from the medical community we dove into our own research, reading book after book about disease, health, and nutrition. My mother was so desperate to restore our health that she began asking healthy looking people on the street what they knew about health. This eventually panned out when a lady in a bank line told my mother that the secret to perfect health started with the fork and spoon. In January of 1994 we made the joint decision to eat a strict plant based diet of fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, and berries to see if diet could positively influence our health. It worked! Over the next six months we each reversed our health problems completely. Our family doctors were shocked beyond belief when they saw the improvements in our blood work and exams. To learn more about our journey through raw foods please pick up a copy of our book "Raw Family: A True Story of Awakening." Since that day we have maintained our health through a high raw diet, exercise, and a positive attitude. We have gone on to conduct years of research about what it means to be truly healthy, testing anything and everything we believed was conducive to health on ourselves. Perhaps the greatest advancement to health came from my mother's research on the importance of eating enough green leafy vegetables in our diets. Victoria discovered that dark greens such as Kale, Spinach, and Collards are some of the most nutrient dense foods known to man. When we begin to incorporate more greens into our diets, our bodies get the proper nourishment they require and our health restores itself. The only problem is, we are all conditioned to hate eating greens because of their taste, smell, and fibrous consistency. Through further research and experimentation, we discovered that if we blended green leaves with fruit in a blender, we could improve on their taste, as well as, reduce the amount of chewing needed to eat them. With the invention of the "Green Smoothie," a blended drink made from 60 percent fruit and 40 percent greens by volume, my mother discovered an easy, delicious way to enjoy health on a regular basis. For more information about green smoothie, please pick a copy of "Green for Life" by Victoria Boutenko. Please also check out our website: www.greensmoothiesblog.com This is pretty much my family. A friendly bunch of kooky people running around and spreading the word that health is not a privilege, it's a birthright!