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I need a vacation from my vacation!

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jul 26, 2010

My kids and I are home from 12 hotels, 13 states, in 14 days. What a wonderful historical experience–but I am now doing a much-needed “Nothing But Green Smoothies” detox this week! My goodness, we did what we could, but we had little control over when and what and where we ate. I will tell you some fun stuff about my trip over the next week or so, with a few more photos.

But first, two things.

First, I want to post something by “Mom of 3” tomorrow and address the interesting issue she raised, of what happens when Grandma Comes to Town. (Wow, that sounded sinister.)

Second, I want to express my regret about having to cancel the class in Manhattan. Here’s the deal. We had 70 people RSVP’d. I had never been allowed to talk to the manager of the health food store hosting my show despite repeated requests.

Because of that, I got the sense, confirmed only later, that the rooftop where we’d be meeting could hold 25–if some were standing! Further, no electricity–thus, no demo possible. The “in-between” person who brokered the situation had never been to the location, it turns out.

Plus, you had to climb 8 flights of stairs to get to the rooftop. And it had poured rain all day, the forecast 80% rain through the night. (Remember, the venue was outdoors. The in-between said we could meet in the kitchen–it’s 90 degrees in there and holds only 25.)

We were between a rock and a hard place, my friends.

Well, after I made the call and had Chris send out an email to those RSVP’d, of course it stopped raining. But all the other factors still applied. Over 30 people did not get word and showed up, including some ladies who drove 6 hours from Connecticut.

I feel terrible about this, have never canceled a speaking engagement before. (Connecticut friends, Denley got your contact info and I am going to make it up to you.)

Anyway, I’m so very sorry. I hope I have the privilege to visit NYC again and speak in a different location. Please forgive me.

A couple of photos here: attending church in the District of Columbia, at the Smithsonian statue garden, and my children on the banks of the Susquehanna River in PA.

I posted lots more photos on my personal facebook page. (Most of my friends there are actually GSG readers, so come on over! Don’t forget to also “like” the GSG fanpage.)

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19 thoughts on “I need a vacation from my vacation!”

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  1. Hello, Robyn.

    I enjoyed your book, but am now curious about this comment that smoothies do not have much if any fiber:


    Please let me know if you think that smoothies do have fiber. Thanks very much.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Hey Stephanie. I have measured it by putting it into DietPower (a software program that calculates nutrition in various foods). A quart of green smoothie, what I recommend, has about 12 grams of fiber and 400 calories.

      The average American gets 11 grams of fiber daily. By adding a green smoothie to your diet, you double your fiber intake if you’re in that camp (“average American”).

  2. Anonymous says:

    Please stop this mormon nosense, you people are the one supporting hate and homophobia.

  3. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    Anonymous, that’s funny–I just spent the whole evening with a gay friend of mine. Several of my best friends are gay and I love them.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Robyn- you’re great!! And actually what I love about this site most is that even though your beliefs are very evident here, your first priority on GSG is encouraging everyone to attain amazing health through whole foods! I am of a completely different background and upbringing and I hear the message loud and clear just the same! In fact, I really enjoy reading your personal stories on your blog!

  5. Anonymous says:

    mormons can love the gay yet not agree with the morals and values. we are all human and have rights to choose.


    just curious, do you know which fruit has the least amount of fiber?

    Love your website by the way!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    robyn i forgot to ask you how healthy do you think popcorn is if popped in nothing but coconut oil?

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Cheleen, pretty good! I like popcorn sometimes with my green smoothie–just make a goal that all meals and snacks are 60-80% raw.

  7. Unrelated to your post, but have you ever used leaves from your garden pea vines in your smoothies? A friend of ours recommended them after having pea leaves in a sandwich at a restaurant! So after I picked all my sugar snap peas, I pulled the vines and plucked all the soft, green leaves (not the tough older ones at the bottom) and washed them. They are quite sweet and taste like the peas!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Now that you didn’t die from that, Paula, we all know that we can use our pea vine leaves. Didn’t know that, thank you!

  8. Thanks Robyn…I’ve gotten the, “I guess what I do just isn’t good enough.” I’ve gotten the, “I’m the Grandma.” I try to not just explode, educate, be somewhat patient and Grandma obviously knows how I eat too….the last visit was just a mess. I was trying to be kind..and my educating and asking was going OK..sort of…but then Grandpa came and Auntie. Then Grandma went into, “Well…Auntie likes this…Grandpa will eat it. ” I said, “I don’t want my kids to eat x, y and z.” She started to go along somewhat with my requests and letting her know after a couple of days (me asking nicely) (with a few purse suprises thrown in, but at least she stopped sabbotaging the other regular meals and let me just keep doing what I normally do)…but when Grandpa and Auntie came she started to brushed me off with, “It’s OK because….” and then started justifying her behaviour again. I was completely outnumbered at that point, hormonal and sleep deprived. I really did want to explode (I didn’t). “Auntie will finish the cake. Grandpa won’t eat that food. It makes us have tummy aches (yes..I accept this, but what about my kid’s sugar tummy aches?). I’m just giving a little to the kids.” Then it felt like a hostile take over of my kitchen after Grandpa, Auntie and Dad (hubby) were all in the picture. She ‘took charge’ in a big way. It was pretty obvious to Auntie (who is trying to eat healthier too) so much so that she was kind of embarressed by her mom’s behaviour and apologetic after she left. I was beside myself and counting down the hours. My hubby just wants me to go along to keep the peace (and so he can eat his favourites too, I think). I can’t for 8 days! I’m not not recovering from birth and can be more actively engaged (less surprises can creep up since I’m not napping sporratically, falling asleep randomly from sheer exhastion or out of the room nursing lots, etc.)…but Grandpa is going to be here the whole time. I am sensing a hostile take over from the get go because ‘Grandpa won’t eat that’.

    Also, Annonymous….I am certain that my LDS Church leaders speak out against hate and for peace. We can have the right to a moral stance in peaceful ways without hate. Just because we don’t agree, doesn’t mean we hate. I love my sister and spend time with her. She’s my sister. But, I don’t agree with her politically or morally. We have this understanding. She doesn’t hate me…I don’t hate her. I’m actively LDS, she’s gay. I don’t teach my children hate by example. But, I’m not going to support things politically or morally I don’t feel right about. If she chooses to marry, I won’t be there (she wasn’t at my wedding either..that’s OK.) But, I will treat those she associates with dignity and respect..because I am certain that’s what my Church leaders teach..dignity and respect. People are respect radars. If she didn’t feel my respect for her humanity she won’t allow herself to be around me. We agree to disagree peacefully.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Hey Mom of 3, I will start that blog series tomorrow, your original post and my comments. Hostile takeover . . . LOL! (Sorry, laughing WITH you, not at you!) It feels like that, doesn’t it.

      Anonymous, to me “hate” is classifying and writing off or denouncing whole groups of people. I promise to love and accept my gay friends. Will you do the same for LDS people?

  9. LOL, I’m the guinea pig! I had never heard of it before until our friend told us a restaurant served them. I had seen pea vine tendrils at the Asian market, so I figured it’s safe.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    Loved your book, your YouTube videos and your blog. I have excellent friends but only one and half are (finally) coming around to improved nutrition. I have been at it for 12 years and it’s been kind of lonely, not having another woman to talk with about all of this. I’ve had a Vitamix for the same twelve years, but after watching you use your Blendtec, I ordered one thru Amazon and received it two days later. Wow!!! What a machine! I received one Zubi from you. I installed it on the outside of my cell phone and it fell off somewhere and it hasn’t been found. Such frustration!!! I have been using my cell too much, as of late, and have been a bit worried about the increased exposure to radiation, and the Zubi would have been the answer. Oh well.

    Take care, Robyn, and keep up the good work!!!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Lynda, write us about the xZubi. You have peel the backing off the hologram. Glad you love your BlendTec.

  11. Anonymous says:

    robyn, what’s the difference between the BlendTec and the VitaMix. I have a VitaMix and love it and it seems to be able to do anything. Why would I need a blendtec also.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Cathy, if you have a VM, you don’t need a BT, and vice versa. I have both, but then, look at what I do for a living . . .

      Here’s where I compare the two machines:


  12. Anonymous says:

    What about HealthMaster blender?

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