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Excited, just a little scared, to go to TEXAS!

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Sep 26, 2011

A couple of years I went to San Antonio with a friend, just to goof around while my kids spent spring break with their dad. I blogged that in over 20 countries I’d been in, over the past few years, on several continents, it was officially the UNHEALTHIEST place I have ever been.

I’m mostly excited, but a little scared, to go to Texas again next month! The good news is, in Dallas and Houston, we have 550 and 450 people ticketed. And 200 and 250 in San Antonio and Austin. So there officially are plenty of people in Texas interested in eating right. I spoke in Dallas a couple of years ago at a Whole Foods Market to the biggest crowd they’d ever had in their event planner’s 9 years working there—so I know there are truth seekers and healthy eaters even “down south!”

But I just got this note from our sponsor in Dallas, Andie:

“So Robyn may have her work cut out for her here. I wanted to pass on to her about a new restaurant we have called the Heart Attack Grill. They boast the highest fat content in the burgers (they even have one with four patties), sticks of butter in the milkshakes, and fries cooked in pure lard. They make you wear a hospital gown while eating. And the kicker? If you are over 350 pounds you get to eat free!!! The first day they were open they were so busy they had to close early because they got so overwhelmed. Yikes!”

Oncologists who practice in nutrition have to run to Mexico so they don’t get sued for stepping outside “standard of care,” while businesses who brazenly boast that their food will kill you, are welcomed with open arms.

Andie, can you make up some extra green smoothie? Kristin and I just decided we’re gonna stand outside The Heart Attack Grill and film us handing out samples.

Can’t wait to meet y’all, Texans.

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15 thoughts on “Excited, just a little scared, to go to TEXAS!”

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  1. Go get them! They seriously need help there. OMG. I can’t believe that restaurant. Disgusting! I hope you do film outside that establishment. I hope you have fellow greensmoothie lovers there to support you and a flier about your class wouldn’t hurt.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You think Texas is the unhealthiest place? … Obviously you’ve never been in Detroit on Fat Tuesday!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Oh man…I wish I could be there to hand out smoothies at Heart Attack Grill!!! That would be a blast!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Be strong and share your green smoothies! People that choose to eat so poorly, and who are so overweight and unhealthy, I just don’t understand. I bring my 64oz green smoothie container to work and get ridiculed. I don’t care – these folks joke about it – then later complain about various aches and pains, multiple trips to the doctor, and all the meds they are taking. All we can do sometimes is be an example. But Robin, like you said, these Texans have bought tickets so they’ve got an interest in learning about good nutrition! It’s a start and they will certainly spread the word. Go get ’em!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am from San Antonio, but am now a military spouse and have lived in much healthier places because of it including Colorado Springs which claims to be the healthiest city. I do admit that it is a slow process to try to convice the San Antonio culture to change their unhealthy ways, however I moved away 7 years ago and in that time, they have slowly integrated healthier restaurants (including a vegetarian restaurant downtown which is soon to open another on the Northwest side) and the San Antonio marathon which used to be a joke, but is now lively and full of people! I did pass along your website to health conscious friends when I saw that you would be in SA. Please keep an open mind about the people of San Antonio because some are trying and they are not proud of the Unhealthiest City label.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Robyn – One of the common sayings in Texas is “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” = yikes! I went to grad school there, and I remember my first trip to the dormitory cafeteria. Fried okra, Frito “pie” (Fritos, topped with chili, cheese, sour cream – yuk!), fried, fried fried. The menu items were color coded based on the calories/fat content – Red SHOULD mean stop. The little city I went to school in had something like 250 restaurants, most of them boasting fried food.

    Don’t worry, though. The people are some of the most gracious, polite and nice people I have ever met. I am excited to hear your stories – if people are signing up for the class then that means they want to hear your message. You go get them girl!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Are people just thick? Or set in their ways and scared of change? Unbelievably often I find myself in this position: After sweetly complimenting my hair and skin (the most obvious change I saw with GS), the person laments the condition of their own and complain about their weight. Then they tease me about my green smoothie and carry on consuming their sad food. I kinda wanna say “well …?” and then look at their sad food with raised eyebrows. Connect the dots! But I refrain. Sigh.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hey, Robyn, I can’t speak for San Antonio, but Austin and Houston have great healthy restaurants, and in Houston, we have many Whole Foods stores. You’ll have no problem eating healthy in these towns!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hey, Robyn! I’m from Texas and I attended your demo in Colleyville. It was fabulous! I spread the Green Smoothie Message everywhere I go. I’ve even had a few demos in my home–thanks to your inspiration! I’m not sure Texans eat much poorer than the rest of the country, but I’m sure glad you’re coming this way again. Enjoy the River Walk–wish I could be there, too.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      DeAndra, love it! There are certainly “Heart Attack Grill”-type eating going on everywhere in the U.S. and I actually LOVED San Antonio, everything but the difficulty finding good food, haha. Good for you for spreading the word!!

  10. Oh Robyn you will be fine! I am from Texas (now live on the East coast) and have been promoting you ever since I found your 12-steps when you were still emailing it out 🙂 So glad to see you have an actual location so I keep posting to my Facebook page periodically hoping family and friends will make the effort. Wish I could be there to meet you in person and to “drag” all those others with me! LOL

    Keep doin’ what you’re doin’, because it helps us all!

    ~Laura

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’m here in Austin and have been talking to everyone I can to come with me to your presentation. Every single person I’ve told about you is coming (which is a lot) and I’ve even gotten 4 people to start on GS since I moved here. You will be received with open arms in Austin!! We are where Whole Foods started after all 🙂 Can’t wait to meet you…you’re coming to day after my birthday. That’s the best birthday present I’ve had since my Blendtec 🙂 Travel safe!!!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Janet, you’re so great!! See you soon!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I am coming to the Austin class, and am so excited! All my friends are signed up and we are spreading the word! Can’t wait!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, I love Texas it is one of my favorite places, been 3 times. Please take me with you.

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