How GreenSmoothieGirl.com was born–it’s a crazy story!

Welcome to GreenSmoothieGirl.com!

I put this site up in August, 2007 when I went on a reality show and ABC/Disney told me I’d better prepare for an onslaught of publicity and requests for information.

My family eats a rather unusual diet that has led to exceptionally good health.  People notice because we buck American trends, and it shows.

I frequently have people who know about our diet show up on my porch, call on my phone, and stop me in public.  People are sick, they are overweight, they lack the energy to get through the day . . . and they want help.  They have lots of questions.  My experience as a nutrition educator has led me to this conclusion: People want to eat right. They just don’t know how.

The reality television experience was just the impetus I needed to make information about my family’s lifestyle more accessible to more people.

Little did I know what GreenSmoothieGirl.com would become!

A year and a half later, I have a small group of people working on the site, have written two books, and we are getting 80,000+ visitors monthly.  I take my responsibility to teach people how and why to eat whole foods very seriously and am willing to do whatever it takes.

This newsletter is my first-line effort to educate a terrifyingly underinformed public about basic principles of good nutrition, as well as, very specifically, how to live a healthy lifestyle.

I’ve had a wide and varied career. But besides being a mom, I’ve never done anything I feel is as important as my role teaching, helping, and nurturing people towards good health.

Today, a woman stopped me at the grocery store.  She said, “I have been seeking answers to my health problems.  I saw your car and the web site burned into my mind.  I’ve spent three hours reading your site, so far, and trying some things you suggest, and I’m amazed how when I eat right, I don’t crave bad stuff!”

That’s the beautiful thing about whole foods.  They are what God put on the planet to nourish us.  When we eat them, we don’t need anything else.  We get off the roller coaster of craving bad food and succumbing to the temptation and then hating ourselves for our indulgences.  GreenSmoothieGirl.com is the summation of my 15 years of studying exactly how to implement good nutrition in a real American family’s diet.

When we eat whole foods instead of the Standard American Diet, we have the boundless energy to not just dream big, but also fulfill those dreams.

In future newsletters, I’m going to tell you a little more about my story and introduce you to some fun parts of my site.

Thanks for joining me—I’m thrilled to have you along.

To Your Health,

–Robyn Openshaw

 

Childhood Obesity Facts

Before I go on to list some sobering childhood obesity facts, here’s the one that hits me hardest:

 

Yale University found that overweight children are routinely teased and bullied by peers and even teachers and parents.   That’s now 35 percent of all kids, half of whom qualify as obese.   The Yale study concludes that “obese children had quality-of-life scores comparable with those of children with cancer.”

Clearly, buying your child a treat every time you’re at the store, eating fast food a couple of times a week, and stocking your home with high-fat, sugary snacks is hurting your kids in more ways than physically.

It’s not “baby fat.”   It’s FAT.   It leads to a lifetime of health (not to mention emotional) problems.   Many of these kids have atherosclerosis—hardened arteries full of plaque.   Overweight children have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight adults.   And I believe that statistic will rise without major societal change, since we haven’t yet tested fully what will happen with this generation of overweight children, never before seen in history.

The U.S. spends $177 billion on obesity-related health care.   That’s $0.83 of every health care dollar.   No surprise when obesity is the primary cause of cardiovascular disease, our top killer.   Then, of course, we have the meteoric surge in diabetes, also related to obesity.   What happens in 10-20 years, when these “childhood obesity facts” are adults in the health-care system?

My next blog: what effect just one factor—SODA DRINKING—has on all this.   Because if you feel overwhelmed by all the ways your child’s health (physical AND emotional) is at risk–at school, social events, and at home–simply having a talk about soda and getting the whole family off it could make a huge difference.