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GSG Mom Gets Off the Couch and Life Starts at 48 Years Old

Robyn Openshaw - May 15, 2013 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

eugene oregon mapDon and Donna have been married a long time, and live out in the sticks in Oregon, where they’ve raised three children. They’ve recently hit some very hard times, with many losses during the recession, including unemployment and much upheaval.

So Donna’s big request of Don, for her birthday, was that he drive her to my first-ever lecture in Eugene, Oregon.

Donna waited patiently to tell me her story, the last person in line. She was raised on soy formula and was sickly and depressed, from her earliest memory. Her dietary staples were candy. The corn-syrup fruity kind, like Skittles. Until 15 months ago, the ONLY effect Donna understood that eating candy has, on her health, was that they cause cavities. (After all, Skittles are LOW FAT, right?)

One day Donna was on the couch, terribly ill and desperately depressed. Her married daughter found a Juiceman juicer collecting dust in the back of a cupboard and asked Donna if she could use it. “Only if you clean up when you’re done,” Donna said.

Soon her daughter presented her with a glass of fresh-pressed vegetable juice. The next day, she made her another glass. Donna found herself feeling……rather different. Rather better!

She felt guilty, though, with family finances the way they were, about throwing out the mountain of pulp that are a byproduct of juicing. She prayed to God, feeling horribly ill, “Please help me find a way out of being sick all the time.” She walked to the family’s computer and googled,

“What can I do with vegetable pulp and a Vitamix?” (She also happened to own a Vitamix blender.)

What came up was As Coach Loretta from Spokane said to me during our Pacific Northwest tour that same week, of the three days after she discovered GSG online, wherein she sat on the couch reading content and watching videos, telling the kids to get their own dang dinner……..

… Coach Loretta, Donna then fell down a rabbit hole of watching many GSG videos, reading, and absorbing information. New, revelatory information she wished she’d known decades before. About shifting the body towards alkalinity. The power of raw foods. How easy a green smoothie is. How to make whole foods, and why we HAVE to, if we want to be well.

She was ready and motivated to put new habits into play.

Donna instantly became a green smoothie girl. She said to me,

a fruit shaped heart“That was 15 months ago. I have felt better since then, than at ANY other time in my whole life!”

Don, luckily, is “fully on board.” His father, grandfather, and brother all recently died of colon cancer! Don himself was diagnosed with high blood pressure, and polyps in the colon. He’s given up drinking Monster and eating fast food. He loves green smoothies and whole foods and supports Donna in everything she is doing for their health. (A bunch of women reading this are jealous right now.)

Both Don and Donna have lost more than 20 lbs. and have seen radical changes in their health. I’m so delighted to have met these new friends and hope you’re inspired by the story of a mother who is up off the couch, and thriving in the life she was always meant to enjoy. Thanks for sharing with me, Donna, and for driving the distance to my class, Don!


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4 thoughts on “GSG Mom Gets Off the Couch and Life Starts at 48 Years Old”

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  1. Jeff says:

    Funny how you mention Don is fully on board and that a bunch of women reading this would be jealous. It is the other way around in our house. I’m the one trying to get my wife fully on board. My wife straddles the fence with one foot in the SAD diet and the other plant based whole foods diet. It is a challenge when both spouses are not on board. It makes it even harder when the one buying the majority of the groceries is still half in the SAD world.

  2. What an epiphany…”candy causes cavities”! It is so true and sad that everyone knows that statement….but when it comes to fast foods, over processed foods, etc. people wonder why they are so sick.

  3. ann says:

    I think this is great for Don and Donna. I really really do. I’m so happy for them and also extremely jealous. It’s terribly discouraging because since early in February I’ve been extremely consistent in drinking green smoothies for breakfast and lunch – and no I don’t eat that much for dinner. My diet is quite ‘clean’. What changes have I seen??? I’ve gained weight! Everywhere. My husbands keeps trying to talk me into quitting green smoothies because, well, quite frankly he doesn’t necessarily like the fact that I’ve gained weight. Neither do I!! I would give them up but I’m so used to them now I don’t know what else to eat. Honestly. I’d love some advice from you Robyn.

    1. Robyn says:

      Hi Ann, green smoothies don’t cause weight gain. They’re nutrient dense, low calorie, and high fiber. So…..something else is going on! I wonder if you could get some help ascertaining the cause of it! You’re doing at least HALF greens, right? (Not a “fruit smoothie” with a little green thrown in.) Get a FULL blood panel hormone workup and have a bioidentical hormone specialist evaluate it? Often it’s a thyroid issue. And “thyroid” is far more than just your T3.

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