Funny and Cute New Video from Sergei and Valya

Dear Friends,

We are currently working on several child-friendly projects, which help to deliver a message of health to children in a kind, non-violent way. I am publishing a children book that is going to be released in spring 2012. It has beautiful illustrations created by a famous Russian artist.

Last weekend Valya was doing her Christmas shopping and accidentally discovered these amazingly cute toys. The next day she and Sergei were shooting this movie. Enjoy!

Green Smoothies with Friends Video

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Pomegranates are More Vital than V`i`a`g`r`a

Dear Friends,

I was greatly surprised by e-mails that I received after my birch juice joke that I posted on our blog ( People told me that the birch tree juice is now beginning to sell in America and the world as another super miracle food and is quite expensive. On one hand it could be flattering for me to learn that so many average, everyday Russian foods are now marketed as super foods. On the other hand when I visit Russia they seem to not care about their kombucha on the window sill, the birch tree juice in the fridge, the sea buckhorn syrup, and sweets made with goji berries. Russians pay top money for mangos, avocados and cherry tomatoes which are promoted on Russian television as an absolute must for being healthy. I invite you to be more aware of possibilities of exaggeration from marketers. When I hear about a new super food I check what nutrient it claims to be high in and then I see what local food contains that same nutrient. My favorite website for this search is This is how I discovered that grape leaves have 200 times more resveratrol than grape seeds; red cabbage is comparable to acai berries in phytonutrient antioxidants, and that pomegranates are comparable to v'i'a'g'r'a.

Researchers report that long-term consumption of pomegranate juice may help combat erectile dysfunction. Studies show that there is a possibility that pomegranate compounds might prevent prostate cancer or slow its growth. (1)

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Joy for Life Retreats in Thailand and Sweden in 2011

Joy for Life Retreat

Dear Friends,

We invite you to join us for a week of green smoothies and "The Work" of Byron Katie at two new locations, in Thailand (May 7-13) and in Sweden (June 6-12)..

The retreat in Australia in April of 2011 is now sold out, please email us if you would like to be placed on the mailing list.

We still have several places left at our retreat in the Pacific Palisades in February, 2011.

For more details, please click here.

With Green Love,
Victoria Boutenko

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