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I fantasize about being stranded on a desert island with……

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Feb 06, 2013

I was sitting at a table at Supply Side West in Las Vegas last month, thumb-typing emails on my Blackberry. I’d gone there to learn about more sourcing options for our new GreenSmoothieGirl line of products.

Everyone was eating lunch, and seats were limited, so I sat with strangers.

bad diet guy Pizza Guy looked as if he’d spent a lifetime of eating pizza like the one he was working on. What does that look like? Inflammation shows up as puffy dark bags under his eyes, he’s carrying extra weight, and he has saggy jowls.

Burger and Soda guy looked…..about the same.

salad absThen Salad and Fruit Bowl Guy came over. Well HELLO. In his 50’s, about the age of Pizza Guy and Burger Guy. Salad Guy was fit, thin, and energetic, radiating positive energy in his conversation with a colleague.

I wish I could have taken a photo for you. I wanted to. It was like those photos of dogs with their owners: see how they look alike?

But that would have been so rude. (How does PeopleOfWalmart.com get away with it? Questions like this keep me up at night.)

waistlineSomeone should show all the 25-year old men age-progression photos. Here’s what you look like eating that for the next 20 years. Here’s what you look like eating this. It might influence outcomes.

After lunch, I stop at a booth at the trade show and the two women running it offer me a sample of their protein bar. I look at the ingredients and say, “Sorry, I can’t eat sugar.” One turned and said to the other, “Well, of course you don’t. That’s why you look like THAT,” pointing a finger up and down the length of me.

This applies more and more as we age: that lifestyle shows up on us. Some  young people can eat crap and get away with it for a while. It will, however, catch up.

(Luckily, we can repent at any age. Our cells regenerate, heal, and aging reverses. Nobody would have said that to me 20 years ago when I was 200 lbs., eating lots of dairy and sugar and diet soda and Processed Whatever daily.)

romantic island coupleTurns out real men do eat salad. If I were going to sail off into the sunset with one of those three guys at my table, it wouldn’t have been with Pizza Guy or Burger Guy.

I’d choose to be marooned on an island with Salad and Fruit Bowl guy. Not just because I wouldn’t have to worry as much about a repeat of the Donner Party, with a guy who eats only plants.

Call me shallow, but he just looked handsome and youthful and positive and all good things.

Posted in: Nutrition, Standard American Diet, Weight Management

5 thoughts on “I fantasize about being stranded on a desert island with……”

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  1. Holly J. says:

    This is very motivating! Excellent job…ok all your posts are excellent. I really love all your cancer posts too. Thank you

  2. Suzn Reazin says:

    Awesome post! As always! 🙂

  3. Laura says:

    You crack me up Robyn! People watching is an all time favorite of mine. Your experience makes me think of a sequel to “Adventures of Junk Food Dude”….the high school years where he turns into the handsome and fit “Salad and Fruit Bowl Guy”! No thanks necessary…just a signed copy of the new book LOL.

  4. Pam says:

    That cute salad guy is my hubby, Rick. No kidding. At executive power lunches, he’s the one with a plate loaded with greens and the few clean veggies they offer. He eats it dry, not wanting their sickening oil-packed dressings. Of course, he’s already skipped out to the car or men’s room to chug his Green Smoothie first. And at the lunch table, inevitably, someone in the vicinity will comment on what he’s eating. He jumps all over the opportunity, proceeding to tell them about greensmoothiegirl,com first, then about whole foods vs. the SAD, why we don’t eat meat, dairy and eggs. It’s amazing how many people up and down CA are now doing their best because of a chance conversation with Rick. And by the way, he is tall and lean and handsome. A good witness to healthy eating. And I’m so proud he does this on his own. We have taken this journey together, so that he is just as knowledgeable as I am at this point. I share all the new things I learn with him, so he is armed when out on his own in the crazy business world. He’s a true Health Warrior. And I’m proud he’s my husband.

    1. Robyn says:

      Pam, well dang, they’re all married! 😉 Lucky you!

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