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does anybody in Idaho care about nutrition?

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jun 06, 2010

My son Ten turns 10 in ’10 (I feel a theme for birthday posters coming on). He has, along with yoga, raw plant food, and “a little help from my friends,” gotten me through the toughest 18 months of my life. I can’t overestimate the power of his love and loyalty in healing me. He’s emotional and sensitive, like his dad, and he can’t stay mad for longer than 90 seconds, like me.

He and I just got home from Idaho Falls for his baseball tournament. He’s smart, funny, smiles constantly and is a ridiculous athlete. Teachers and coaches whisper to me, “He’s my favorite.”

He schooled me for hours, to and from the tourney, in the finer points of baseball. For instance, what a “pass ball” and a “two-seam fastball” are.

Just when, after 10 years as a baseball mom, I am finally recognizing the “balk,” there’s more to learn. From a 9-year old.

It’s kind of monumental that we went to Idaho Falls. Here’s why:

When he was 4, the children’s organization of our church asked me to fill out a “spotlight” survey for each of my 4 kids. I recorded, for each of them, a “favorite place on Earth.” The oldest three said Goblin Valley, Disneyland, and Grandma’s house in Arizona.

Tennyson pondered for quite a while, and said, very thoughtfully,


For “Where in the world I’d love to travel someday,” the other kids said: Australia, China, and France.

Tennyson again furrowed his brow to really give this difficult question all his focus, and said:


(We live in the bordering state of Utah.)

Anyway, he got his fantasy trip this weekend–we stopped at Costco and went to Idaho Falls!

The weather was wet and cold, but each morning I went for a run along the beautiful Snake River. The first morning, the 5 miles I intended to run became 13 miles (in the rain and mud) in 2.5 hours because I got lost. How do you get lost running along a river? That is a very good question. Unfortunately telling you the answer will not rehabilitate my credibility.

Of course, as with all my travels, I posted my intention to go, last-minute, on the GreenSmoothieGirl facebook fanpage. Readers immediately hooked us up with ideas of who might want to host my gig, so I could share a little green love in spud-land.

The first idea was Wealth of Health, apparently the ONLY health food stores in town! This is what the manager told us:

“Nobody in Idaho cares about eating whole foods. We don’t even sell any.

We tried selling organic produce once but nobody bought it. We don’t have room for 100 people, but even if we did, nobody would come.”

(Apparently you will only achieve a wealth of health eating supplements and the like. Not food.)

Well, facebook reader Lori pounded the pavement and found the Eagle Rock Coop, and the manager Lisa (who rocks out loud, incidentally, and looks just like people do who eat right) “got it” right off the bat.

She set up a class for me, and TOMORROW I will answer for you whether people in Idaho are just as the Wealth of Health dude says. Is it true, what I always say, or just true everywhere but Idaho? (This is what I always say: “People want to eat right. They don’t know how.”)

I will prove the truth or falsehood of that, tomorrow, with photos.

Posted in: Events, Nutrition, Standard American Diet

12 thoughts on “does anybody in Idaho care about nutrition?”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I live near Idaho Falls, you have a class here tomorrow at Wealth of Health? When?

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Kathy, you missed it, sorry about that!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I just want to thank you for coming to Idaho Falls! I was one of the….oh, at least 75 or so there?! I bought your books and went immediately to the store after your presentation to buy lots and lots of greens. Today is day three of my smoothie challenge, and tonight my meat-n-potatoes husband asked if we could have green smoothies for dinner. Yep, that’s right. My friend and I were discussing at the presentation how we could get our husbands to have smoothies, too. One taste convinced mine. He asked if we could make them the night before and have them in the ‘fridge…yep! However, I’m about to blow my blender up, so I guess I need to make that big purchase—yikes!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Anna, ha . . . you stole my thunder, but that’s okay! Nice to see you!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I loved what you wrote about Tennyson. I too have a “ridiculous athlete” who is 8. She is just amazing and I want to feed her the best I can, and thanks to you, I feel like I am. The problem is my three little girls, ages 16, 12, and 8, just don’t always want their green smoothies. I am lucky to get them each to drink a cup a day. Any suggestions? The littlest will eat them frozen at least, but that equals only less than a cup. When I read once that you have your boy sipping them in the dugout, I marveled. My kids would not do that (on the soccer bench.) Maybe more bribery?

    Just wondering about JuicePlus products. I know it doesn’t take the place of our delicious green smoothies, but wondered if you have ever looked into them. I have two friends who take it. I did look into it enough to see it has some soy protein but have no idea if it is enough to stay away from it totally. Sorry for asking here, but wasn’t sure where else to ask.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Vickie, I am determined to capture that photo in the dugout–Ten with his GS flanked by the other kids and their junk food. It didn’t happen this weekend (despite me lugging a cooler full of GS to Idaho, enough for 3 days). Hopefully this week. And when I do, it will be here!

      As supplements go, Juice Plus is one of the very best. I’d just rather see you eating FOOD. Vitamins and minerals are unnecessary (in some cases even potentially harmful) if you’re eating primarily whole foods.

  4. Anonymous says:

    We do care!! My family loves them already as well! Thanks for coming Robyn. My nephew played in the baseball tournament too and got rained out once, but the weather was a bit nicer on Saturday! Hope you enjoyed beautiful Idaho Falls!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Oh, I’m sorry! I didn’t mean to steal any thunder! I guess I was just very excited. 🙂

  6. Anonymous says:

    First of all, there is not a Costco in Idaho Falls. I really wish there was. I love Costco! Secondly, I live in Idaho Falls and I would love to see more health food stores and a bigger selection than Wealth of Health or our tiny co-op has. If you really want to find out more about how healthy people in Idaho are, you should visit Boise. They have an amazing co-op with all kinds of health food and organic products. IF is just a little bit behind. 🙂

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Lily, I know. I was kidding. We did go to a Costco in Utah and drive to Idaho, the same day–does that count?

  7. Anonymous says:

    I almost hesitate to mention it…only because they’re so hard to get, but Bountiful Baskets is an awesome way to get LOTS of produce for very little money. You can even get an organic version (I haven’t tried it yet). Each week I take home my Rubbermaid container full of (always different) fruits and veggies—for $15. I’m really hoping someone else in Idaho Falls will sponsor a location soon because they’re selling out too fast!

  8. Anonymous says:

    so sad I missed it!

    I think I’m on the right track with the kiddos though–I felt like a success when my daughter who turned 2 years old last week said at dinner last night, “I need more salad!” she and my almost 4yo son remind me to make smoothies in the morning too! Thanks for all you’ve taught me. we’re on our way (and hopefully this baby in my tummy will have a great start!)

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