the healthiest shopping cart in Costco

I was in Costco a few days ago and the lady behind me in line said, “That is the healthiest shopping cart I have ever seen!”

I told her I write books teaching people how to eat whole foods and I have a site called GreenSmoothieGirl.com. I told her about GSG because she looked like a young mom. And you know how I feel about young moms–I see them as having tons of power to change the world, and I want to know them all! Before their kids are McD’s addicts and so much harder to change.

And it turns out her name is Marla and she is already a GSG reader. I don’t know if the camouflage shorts I was wearing actually WORKED, or if it’s the fact that my hair has morphed excessively blonde, that she didn’t recognize me as GSG.

That’s one thing that isn’t entirely “natural,” my need to change my hair color. Also. I do weird things sometimes. A couple of weeks ago I wanted to make a gift basket of “favorite things” for the guy I am dating. I would love to tell you that his favorite things are green smoothies and sprouted hummus with flax crackers and wheat grass juice. But alas, I had to go to the grocery store and slink out of there . . . ducking my head, hoping not to be recognized . . . with a six-pack of MOUNTAIN DEW. Then I went somewhere else to find really good, made fresh daily, CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. (He has been telling me that he could blackmail me with that info, should he ever need to–”GSG was seen buying Mt. Dew!” he guffaws. Might as well pre-empt that by coming out of the closet.)

I was also “in and out” of an In-N-Out Burger last night. This is because my children asked their father what he wanted for Father’s Day, and he wanted a gift certificate and t-shirt from there. Even though I have never eaten their food, and I would not eat in that establishment unless I were completely without other options (notice I didn’t say “wouldn’t be caught dead”), I aim to please. He can eat what he wants. (Sure wish he wouldn’t feed it to my kids, but again–no use fighting unwinnable battles.)

I also ate at Texas Roadhouse Grill last night. Okay, I ordered the vegetarian platter for both me and my son! But I’m just sayin. I ate there. That’s where my friends and sister-in-law wanted to eat after we watched Ten’s baseball game.

I seem to be rather cavalier with the nutrition of those close to me who are not my children. Here’s why: people will eat right when they want to, and not a minute sooner. So I’m not going to expend my energy trying to change anyone else’s diet or feeling frustrated about it.

He, Dixon, of the Mt. Dew, started drinking green smoothies even before he read my book. He said when I asked a couple weeks ago, on Day 17, that he notices no health benefits. (I told him that a green smoothie doesn’t cancel out the deleterious effects of the Coke and Mt. Dew. And he is still making and drinking GS because he knows academically that they’re good for him.)

A couple of other close friends, though, who have finally taken the plunge, told me this month they notice more energy and no need for caffeine, less than a week into the new habit.

It’s philosophical for me: I won’t wreck relationships over food! I was talking this week to a certain person who is a huge presence in raw food, on the internet. She and I bonded a while ago in our common mission and in our single-mom status. Sometimes we talk about world domination via raw food. I asked her what happened with the last guy and how it’s going with the new.

She said, “Turns out the raw foodist had no personal ethics. Now I’m with a meat eater and I think I’ll keep him.”

True enough, that. Let’s live our healthy life, speak up when it’s appropriate, shut up when it’s appropriate. In general, be as “normal” as possible while doing what’s right.

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  1. You have two green drink products in your store. The powder form (ormus Greens) and then the green vegcaps. I have bloged befor that I was having trouble drinking another brand that was just awful. My question is this, Is the powder form better then the pill form? Does the Ormus Greens really taste better then most, cause wow some are really bad. LOL

    Thank you for being so helpful.

    1. Ormus Greens really does taste good. To me anyway.

      I kept the VitaMineral Green in my store because the ingredients are incredible, but I kept them only in caps form.

  2. I couldn’t agree more with you Robyn.

    A huge part of the reason why I am vegan is because I HEART the EARTH. I mean, I really love and respect all living things, including animals, and I personally like to feel like I am living the best life I can while being the kindest I can to all things around me. (Ex-boyfriends not included) I am a huge believer in karma and I think food karma is one of the simplest and purest ways to show that. Even though I really, really love how I live, I don’t find it necessary for others to do the same. While I can’t hide the fact that I so wish we were all rocking out to our inner veganistas, I understand that not everybody’s lifestyle is conducive to that. I don’t feel the need to judge nor do I want to preach my point. Don’t get me wrong, I can talk for hours on why I choose to live my life the way I do if someone asks. But, never do I find the need to push my beliefs on others. The people I love most in my life aren’t vegan at all, in fact, they probably single-handedly keep meat and dairy farms in business.. Hey, at least they are boosting local consumerism, right?

    In fact, the problem I do have with being vegan is that the guys I love to love aren’t vegan at all. My personal choice in men is raw, unfiltered sexiness and I happen to find that in men who are a little rough around the edges. I really don’t want that nurturing, ‘nice’ guy and by default, that’s sort of what vegans are about.

    So, basically, just because being vegan totally turns me on doesn’t mean that veganism should get you off. You might, in fact, be totally turned off by it. But, what I love about veganism is it really turns me OUT. In a good way…In a great way.

  3. Robyn,

    I also am very interested in the difference with powder and pill form as Penny is. Please fill us in!

  4. It is interesting that no matter how much we talk about our diet and try to help others, they are not really interested until it is a matter of life or death. We have a friend who went through a very serious bout of cancer about 3 years ago to the point where they had to “kill” his immune system and replace all of his bone marrow. After he recovered, we would see him drinking sugar-filled “fruit” drinks. At church dinners, he would always help himself to our veggie trays and whatever vegetarian dish we brought, but he would still eat the other foods and desserts. He just couldn’t seem to understand the need to cut out all the good-tasting stuff that really isn’t good for you! Mind you–he is a very intelligent man with a law degree and a degree in physics! Food issues seem to bring out the worst in all of us!

    Well, yesterday we received a phone call from this friend. The cancer has returned in an extreme way. He may not make it out of this battle. He wanted to know if changing his eating now would help. Unfortunately he is going into the hospital tomorrow for intense treatment and will be there at least a month. If he makes it back home we told him that he would have to change the way he eats if he wants to keep the cancer away. We are all praying that it is not too late!

  5. What I see more and more these days is that people really lack a huge amount of faith, and hope….and charity! Because they are so filled with the opposite of those things— fear, doubt, and self indulgence!!

    Those are the reasons they keep eating junk, I believe. If they acted with faith, hope, and charity then perhaps they might attain to a higher understanding. It really is simple!

  6. I will certainly add my prayers in as well for your friend Chris. Somtimes it’s just too painful to see the truth. Or, in this case, too difficult to change our habits. That is truly heartbreaking to see his health return to him just to proceed carelessly. It is hard to always make wise food choices, but starting over every day, or even every minute, is all we can do. Hopefully his body will find the strength it needs to fight through this once again.

    1. I agree . . . with cancer, sometimes time is on your side and sometimes it’s not. I became friends with a woman who was 40 and her youngest was 3. She had been through three bouts of cancer and chemo/radiation. She was married to a wealthy M.D. I went to her home with my friend Shelley Abegg (who cured her own cancer with raw food). She begged Shelley and me for help, said she knew that lifestyle change was the right answer for her. I left her all my books, but she was fading fast and we attended her funeral just a week or two later. It was awful, like my cousin’s funeral a year ago I blogged about–young moms/dads are the most tragic of all deaths, IMO, worse than a child’s funeral even (if that’s possible), because they are so desperately needed.

  7. I am a couple of weeks in now and I have completely lost cravings for processed sugar. Last night I was going to get some ice cream just because. I pulled out the bucket, took off the lid, and was actually kind of repulsed at the idea of eating it. I had some yogurt with a naturally sweetened cranberry granola. Thanks!

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