My daughter Libby writes this essay

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Libby Pay

What makes entrepreneurs tick?

 By Libby Pay (my youngest daughter)

I think that for an entrepreneur to be successful they have to be in it for success and not for money. My mom is an entrepreneur; she started her own business and what drives her is the desire to be successful in everything she does.

She didn’t start her business because she wanted to get a bunch of money out of it. She didn’t need the money because my parents were married when she started it, and my father is an engineer; we had plenty of money.

She wanted to help people. She runs a health food site and travels around the world teaching people how to feed their families well. She sells many health products and books. She has always been driven by the desire to help people and to be successful.

Entrepreneurs have to be passionate about their business and not about the money. Entrepreneurs have to love their job or they will fail. If an entrepreneur hates their job and can’t handle the stress of running a business then they will fail.

They have to have the ability to stand up and brush the dust off of their shoulders and keep trying, and keep working when someone tells them that their ideas are stupid, or that they can’t do it. Being an entrepreneur is hard, hard work and it will take up time and effort and if they are willing to put everything into their business and never give up then they will succeed.

Not everyone is meant to run a business. Some people just don’t have the dedication and work ethic to maintain a business, and that is why they can thrive where others have failed, because they are willing to keep trying until they have succeeded. To be successful in the business world, one must be willing to work hard, and never give up, but they also have to want success for the right reasons.

The new Pepsi commercial

Pepsi sugar 1I’ve been hearing this ad on the radio lately. For Pepsi, or maybe it’s Coke. It reminds me of how the media has people so twisted up, with messaging, that the vast majority of us have NO IDEA what’s good for us, and how our diet affects our health, in hundreds of critically important ways.

The ad said, five times, Pepsi is now made with REAL SUGAR! This was their entire pitch. This is what makes Pepsi such a quality product, such a good choice.

I guess on the gradient, REAL SUGAR is now not as bad as many of the even-worse baddies. Somehow the OLD BAD is now the NEW GOOD. Because there are thousands of products containing chemical Nutrasweet and Splenda. Because high-fructose corn syrup as gotten such a deservedly bad rap. Can we just remember that REAL SUGAR started the diabetes and obesity epidemic? It’s still terrible. Our great grandparents got an orange for Christmas, and it tasted so sweet, they’d make it last for days. Cultures that have no disease eat no processed sugar.

But somehow, REAL SUGAR is now a health food?

Please help your kids, your friends, and anyone you might be able to influence, learn the little truths that add up to a huge difference in someone’s health. These are things that I’ve taken the opportunity to educate regular folks in my path, just THIS WEEK, about:

  1. How the Synthroid she is taking is cancer-causing, a drug, and not molecularly the same as what her body produces. That she has a choice. I sent her to Kristie Rosser, my own bioidentical hormone specialist, in American Fork, Utah. How M.D.’s, even those who hang out a shingle prescribing “bioidenticals,” don’t do the deep and detailed homework, to ascertain the variety of interventions needed to balance a 40+ woman’s hormones. That usually includes several blood tests, over the course of a year, allergy testing, and adjustment using natural substances, of several hormones and precursor hormones. That women are programmed to begin dying at about age 40, so in order to “stay young” till we’re 90, we need to have balanced hormones.
  1. That taking salt pills is not a way to stay hydrated and keep electrolytes up at a tennis match.
  1. keep-calm-and-no-sugarThat it’s easy to start remembering to take water everywhere you go, in glass, from your RO (or alkaline!) water faucet at home, rather than drinking out of plastics. That plastics leach into water and cause hormone system malfunction for men, women and children.
  1. That gluten in bread isn’t good for human beings, anymore. It’s been too altered. That it may be why you’re hanging onto 5 pounds and your belly is never flat.

Ah, I could go on. The point is, I love that I get to play a role in teaching people small details that can make a vast difference in how they feel and look. Take the opportunity. Do it non-critically. Tell them you’re happy to help anytime they need it. That you love to share your own research and discoveries in nutrition and wellness.

 

 

Kathy Supports Her Co-Workers in the GSG Detox!

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Chuck and his brown smoothie.

I recently blogged Kathy’s story. I met her in Baltimore, on speaking tour, and then again 6 months later when she looked like a different person! She lost 40 pounds doing the 26-day GreenSmoothieGirl Detox.  You can see the before and after photos she took with me, here. An amazing testimonial to the miracles that happen when  we eat clean, nutrient-dense, healing plant foods and give up our vices…..even if it’s just for a season.

Kathy has been sharing with us how her co-workers about to finish the GSG Detox, and one she has converted to green smoothies, are doing:

Ron and Brian have started Day 15 (Watermelon Extravaganza!).  Ron has lost 13.5 pounds!  He can now fit into pants he had outgrown. He has struggled with lower energy, and I told him his body is working overtime to detoxify, and that energy comes back.  Brian shared that he cheated a little because he was afraid of losing too much weight.  It was a minor cheat.  I told him that 98% of a detox is better than 0%!  Brian has been able to keep his weight loss to just 5 pounds.  In his case, that is good news as he doesn’t need to lose any weight. He likes the Hockey Pucks recipe in the program, and his kids ate them all, so he had to make more. His 5-year old asks for “pucks!”

Chuck is getting used to drinking brown smoothies.  Chuck and I are having a debate as to whether to peel a beet or leave the skin on before putting it in a smoothie.  He is determined to convince me that I should leave the skin on the beet.  (I peel my beets.)  I know that most of the nutrition in a potato is in the skin.  I also scrub carrots (instead of peeling).  But beets?  I think the skin of a beet is pretty “earthy”.  I’d rather peel.

The pictures were taken shortly before our Tuesday lunch-time Bible study began.  Our group is small.  It consists of myself, Brian, Ron, Chuck, Jean (Ron’s girlfriend), Cole, Louie and Bill (a recent addition to the group).   Bill entered the room with his lunch and sat down at the conference table.  He looked over at my mason jar filled with a brown smoothie (FYI:  blueberries!) and commented, “That looks disgusting.   You’d never catch me drinking that stuff.”

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Kathy and her Bible study friends.

I looked over at him and said, “Just for that, I’m going to get you a drinking cup from the water fountain so you can taste it!  I know you chew tobacco so tasting this smoothie won’t kill you.”

Bill quipped, “Yeah, but I don’t swallow my tobacco!”

Jean suggested, “Why don’t you get 3 cups so he can taste them all?”

Bill looked around the table and saw that the majority of people had a green smoothie in front of them.  I arrived with the cups and poured Bill a sample from my smoothie.

Bill commented, “That’s pretty good.”

“What was that, Bill??”  I said.  “Say it again!”

“That’s pretty good.”

Next, Bill tried Chuck’s smoothie.  “Yuck!  That’s nasty!  What’s in it?”

Jean pipes in.  “It’s probably his gall bladder medicine.”

“There’s no medicine in this.”  Bill countered in disbelief.

“Yes, there is.”  responded Chuck.  “I put gall bladder medicine in everything I drink.”

The entire room busted out laughing.  Bill’s expression was priceless!

pura-vida-costa-ricaI later found out that Chuck had an entire (unpeeled) beet in his smoothie as one of his ingredients.  Bill, to his credit, did try Brian/Ron’s smoothie and liked it.  I asked Bill if he was willing to sample a smoothie some other time, if I thought I made a good one.  He was willing.  The next day, I left Bill a sample of Robyn’s delicious, famous “Hot Pink Smoothie” recipe on his desk.  (It’s part of the Detox, and also 12 Steps to Whole Foods.) He emailed me and said it made him smile.

Note from Robyn: Kathy, thank you! Here’s Chuck’s green smoothie recipe she shared. He has embraced the idea of “green smoothie with whatever you have on hand.” Cheers to NEW CONVERTS to an amazing lifestyle in a world full of toxic food that destroys “la vida pura!”

Chuck’s Good Stuff (Green Smoothie)

2 cups water

Spinach

Kale

Berry-Green-Smoothie1 small banana

1 ½ cup of berries

1 TBS agave

3 TBS concentrated lemon juice

3 TBS olive oil

One peeled and pitted avocado

Cilantro (to taste)

Added enough spinach and kale to 2 cups of water until the blended mixture reaches 4 cups.  Add remaining ingredients.  Blend.  Enjoy.

Elementary School Teachers and the GREEN SMOOTHIE SCIENCE FAIR!

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Coach Beckie shows the kids how to make a green smoothie

I hope my readers send a link to Beckie’s story, to teachers they know, to give them ideas. Teachers WANT to motivate and educate their students towards good nutrition choices, and they want good Christmas gift ideas too! Thank you for sharing, and for being a great teacher, Beckie!

Dear Robyn:

This is the story about how Green Smoothie Girl has impacted Kazoo School, with its progressive philosophy of education. This means that students get to have a say in what they want to study. I decided November would be a great time to introduce them to healthy eating, with the holiday season coming.

BeckyW8One morning I read them The Adventures of Junk Food Dude and did a simple green smoothie demonstration. They loved it! They even requested I read the book to them again the very next day. This mini lesson sparked their interest and we had many discussions about healthy food choices.

For Christmas, I gave all my students their very own Ball jar to make smoothies at home!

When everyone returned from the Winter break, I heard many stories of green smoothies made and I even had parents coming to me asking for tips. It was exciting to learn that the information was reaching home, and that is when I realized how big of an impact I could have on their food education. So my co-teacher Whitney suggested we make our Science Month a “Healthy Bodies” theme. She knows how passionate I am, and she basically said, “Whatever you have in mind, go for it!”

Music to my ears! I started by taking information I had learned from the 12 Steps to Whole Foods Manual and Greensmoothiegirl.com and adapted it into activities appropriate for 1st and 2nd graders.

During the month they:

1)     Had to find two food labels. The first one had to contain, only, ingredients that they recognized and could pronounce. The second was a label with ingredients they could not pronounce or know what they were. We then proceeded to pick one ingredient they could not pronounce and research what it was. We made a bulletin board display of our findings.

BeckieW12)     They kept a food log for two weeks. Each student rated how they felt, what they ate and how much exercise they got each day. At the end of the two weeks they charted the healthy food choices they made vs. the “not-so-heathy” choices.

We also did two experiments. We recreated the McDonald’s experiment you wrote about HERE. We also did one that showed how our bodies use and absorb sugar.

BeckieW2The culmination was our Science Fair night where we presented all of our findings to the whole school, friends and family. I did a green smoothie demo at the fair, and it was a huge hit! I could tell that the parents were really starting to take notice of all the information their children had accumulated over the year.

It was great to see the response from the whole school (I have become the Green Smoothie Girl of Kazoo school), but there were two moments where I really knew my students had retained what they learned.

In our after-school program, we offer a snack to each child. The bin is full of the usual choices: granola bars, crackers, fruit snacks etc. But one day I noticed one of my students taking their time choosing and I inquired as to why. His response blew me away.

BeckyW7He said, “I am checking the food labels to find the healthiest choice.” I almost fell over!  The second moment happened after a parent brought in cupcakes at 9:30 a.m. for a birthday treat. Around 11:30 everyone was grumpy and tired.

I took that moment to point out that this is what we call a “sugar crash”. The very next day there was another birthday and this child’s parents chose donuts. One student raised his hand and asked, “I don’t want to crash, can I not have the birthday treat?” Even if only a handful remember what they learned this year about healthy eating and continue to make better, more informed choices, I feel accomplished!

I have attached some pictures from the year. Thank you so much for providing the tools for me to educate my students!

Let’s develop a GreenSmoothieGirl curriculum for teachers!

Beckie Waalkes

 

Do all your husbands hate GSG?

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Mathew and his greensmoothie “beer”

Matthew texts me: Look, I’m drinking St. Patty’s Day Beer again!

[Robyn aside: Hmm. Genius. Tell your husband that his green smoothie is a St. Patrick’s Day beer.]

Me: Niiiiice!

Matthew: Does it ever crack you up that there are guys out there who used to eat bacon and eggs for breakfast, who now hold their fist up in the morning and yell, “Curse you, green smoothie girl!”

Me: Yep. I meet them in 60 cities, USA, annually. More like, I meet their wives.

I think that secretly these guys, robbed of their bacon and eggs, like to make jokes about it, but they’re GLAD that they’re healthier because of you ladies who care about them enough to put a big jar of green in their hands. They like to play dumb about it, but they’re thankful. Most of them.

And it seems I always get one guy who tells me after class, “I’m the green
smoothie GUY around here, and I dragged HER here.”

I get a lot of women telling me stories about their husbands’ resistance to the new nutritional regimen, occasional outright sabotage. But I love to hear stories from women whose husbands are their PARTNERS in a shift to smarter nutrition. (Tip: get him to come to my class next time I’m in town, and get him to do his own reading, of The China Study, for example.)
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Tip: if you want to make smoothies taste more like beer, learn how to make Rejuvelac or even better, kefir, from Step 8 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods. Make that the base of your green smoothie rather than water.

Thoughts on changing habits

images-57I built my house 9 years ago on the culdesac of a quiet street of just 12 homes. My house backs up to the canal that carries irrigation water for hundreds of miles along the base of the Rockies on the Wasatch Front. I have illegally run thousands of miles next to this canal, since Utah has no trail system so we’re left with few options.

This summer, they piped the canal with a billion-dollar federal grant.  Then they put a through-street over it.

Until this happened, you could only turn West at the top of my street, and go far out of your way. Even if you wanted to go East, you had to turn right, wind through a junior high school, and double back up towards the mountains. Everyone in Utah knows, the mountains are in the East.

So I’ve calculated how long it takes, taking the new through-street, compared to the old, out-of-the-way route. Going right, the old way, it’s 1 minute 35 seconds, to arrive at Main Street. That’s the straight shot to the gym,  the kids’ high school, etc.

Going left? Only 1 minute flat.

So why is it, that every single time I leave my house, I turn right?

It’s infuriating!

Entrenched habit. It’s far more powerful than I want it to be. I WANT to go the faster route! But I get in my car, and I’m on mental auto-pilot. I’ve driven this route thousands of times, so I start thinking about

–what I’m going to do at the gym

—some issue one of my children is having

–my to-do list for the day

……and BAM, next thing you know?

I’ve turned right and am wasting time and gas driving through the junior high again.

images-58I literally go the wrong way 90 percent of the time. I am determined, this month, to completely break myself of this habit.

But I’ve been reflecting on how powerful HABIT is. How significant, and even powerful, it can be when we break a habit in favor of something better. Some things we do not because we want to, or even like it or are addicted to it, so much as that it’s simply the default path. It’s what we know.

I’m going to learn to go left—after 9 years straight of going right. I will I will I will.

Matthew would tell me to pull my ever-present ponytail elastic I keep on my wrist, and then release and snap my wrist, to cause myself pain, every time I go the old way. Pain avoidance is one learning technique. It isn’t my favorite.

What old habit are YOU determined to change this year?