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Kincade comes home from Scout camp, my best friend reminisces

Robyn Openshaw, MSW - Jul 27, 2008 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

I wrote last month about Emma coming home from girls’ camp.   Yesterday Kincade, who is one of my two children who is not always supportive of the “nutrition regime” around here, came home from camp.   Tonight at the dinner table this conversation ensued:


Emma:   “Mom, Cade thinks it’s stupid that we eat healthy.”

Cade (embarrassed):   “Emma!   I said that like a year ago!”

Me:   “I know that.   And I won’t lie: it hurts my feelings.   But I believe that someday, Cade’s going to thank me for the way I fed him.”

Cade:   “At Scout camp, where everybody was eating crap all the time, I really tried to eat healthy.   And even though it was better than everyone else, it was worse than how we eat at home.   I felt like crap the whole time.   Now that I’ve been home for a day eating like we usually do, I feel a lot better.”  

I’m in this for the long haul and I really believe that sticking it out, with our nutrition program that makes us different than most people, is so worth the sacrifices.   My best friend of almost 30 years (who makes “rainbow smoothies” for her own three children) wrote me today and said this:

“I thought the shout-out to  your mom  on your blog  on Mother’s Day was so cute.   Of course I remember when you were a teenager and you were so completely disparaging of those whole wheat cookies & carrot juice. . . but what teenager wouldn’t be?   And in the end it led you to where you are today.”

When they’re adults, our kids will have not only lots of nutritious plant food they’re used to and enjoy, and stronger bodies and minds—but they’ll also be smart enough to know why we did what we did, even if they don’t now.   I hope and believe they’ll be more likely to transfer that example to their own children.

Posted in: Mind/Body Connection, Relationships

10 thoughts on “Kincade comes home from Scout camp, my best friend reminisces”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I’ve only been at this for a few short months but already am amazed at the changes we have made so far. We’ve made enough changes now that I worry when my son has the occasional overnight guest. Much of our food is now organic, cereal and so on. Today we have organic 2% milk, soy milk and rice milk in our fridge along with Kefir and green smoothies. Except for one son who drinks his greens straight, no fruit. We also have glass bottles of cold water in the fridge, no soda.

    We still have some meat and other things but we are far enough along that I am aware that a lot of people are not going to easily be able to eat here.

  2. That is true what you said! I am so glad my mom always tried to feed us healthy things. She is still learning new things and now we teach each other the things that we learn about eating right. I told her about green smoothies and she told me about her Lentil Pilaf that she makes. It is fun now and I understand her a lot better. But yes there were rocky times growing up. So for those moms out there with teenagers that act disgusted with your eating habits, stand your ground! Your kids will thank you one day! Either that, or they’ll look back in regret and wish they had eaten like you! In a family, you tend to have similar eating habits because of genetics, I think. In my family we are all hypoglycemic so if we don’t watch it we will all be diabetic. We all get headaches when we eat refined sugars and foods, so we eat healthy to avoid those kinds of things. It is good because we encourage each other now to make good healthy choices in the foods we eat.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It seems a constant battle to get my kids to eat healthy. I wish I had been more firm when they were younger, started them on GS, etc., as now it’s hard to back peddle. Sometimes I feel like giving up when they whine/complain, or constantly ask for sweets, but I just can’t, knowing what I know (and still learning). Anyway, thanks for the encouragement to keep on!

  4. http://? says:

    I can’t say how grateful I have been for all that I’ve learned through you, and the blogs Robyn–I’ve been blessed with kids who are “good eaters”, but really I believe that kids are trained to eat what you feed them. It’s good to know that I’m doing what really is BEST for them in the long run, and that someday my 3 yr old won’t wait until noon to finish the last INCH of smoothie in her cup, lol!

    What’s a rainbow smoothie??

  5. http:// says:

    I dunno, luv, but if Laura P. sees this question, maybe she can tell us what’s in the rainbow smoothie! She says she tells her kids that we need to eat a fruit or veg of each color every day, and I think she throws them all in the blender!

    Oh, and I hear you about the last inch–I have to check the BACK OF THE FRIDGE to see if that’s where the Lovely Resistant One (she of the 8 pints of green smoothie in the treasure chest in her closet) has pushed back her GS. This has a tendency to make me grumpy and momentarily lose a smidgeon of my RIDICULOUS JOY AND ENERGY. 😉


  6. A mother who teaches (especially by example) affects generations! A mother who teaches her children and helps others also along the way(Like you have done with your blog and website and classes etc.) Affects generations that much faster! 😉 Thank you Robyn, thank you so much! I think children who have grown up with the GSG diet will have it that much easier when it comes to teaching their children. I will just come natural to them!

  7. I have just returned home from a 2 week visit from Miami where I had major spinal surgery. I was in the hospital fro 5 days and barely ate the food there(Honestly…just enough to get me to the next meal).

    I came home to my sisters, who is by no means a cook…trust me on this one, but with my daughter being there, I thought for sure shew would be making most of our meals. NOT!

    It then hit me what most people view as the S.A.D.(Standard American Diet) and what is acceptable. It was not my home and I could not make any requests for I was contrtibuting anything to the household expense. But one would think that she would want to let me eat better, knowing I had just come from surgery. Not!

    I am glad to be home so I can get my eating schedule back where it was before I went into surgery. There is nothing more aggrivating then to have your plumbing be out of whack. My husband and daughter are out right now getting fresh veggies and fruit and items for my juicer. Woo Hoo!

    Long live peole who eat healthy.

  8. http:// says:

    Tam: awww, thanks for making my day.

    Danette: thinking of you! Be well soon!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Oh, P.S. Have you read “Living on Live Food”? (I believe that’s the name of the book.) The author has gone to friends’ homes to help them get started on their 100% raw food (new) lifestyle. The first thing she does is to throw out all the processed, refined and unnatural foods.

    I’ve been wondering “How in the World” do I Do That? Toss out my pantry/food storage? –canned, boxed, bagged, jarred foods?

    I’m in and out of the house on most days. I get really tired, and find it difficult to get enough energy to consistently do green smoothies daily. Let alone dehydrating crackers, fruit, veggies, sprouts, etc. In one of my manic weeks, I made several gourmet raw food recipes in just a couple of days. The lasagna had so many steps, and I had to get it dehydrating before it all went bad. I was up until 2:00 in the morning finishing putting it all together.

    (We go in alternating raw food/junk food spurts. It’s Yuck! –sugar cravings (you know) and meds. that cause me to crave the wrong kinds of carbs.)

    I’ve read that people who do the raw food lifestyle long term usually end up eating very simply. –just a couple of different types of foods per ‘meal’ in their original (natural) forms.

    (Long P.S. Ooops!)

  10. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely true: ask any raw foodist, and they’ll tell you that after a “transition” phase of making those complicated foods that mimic stuff from the cooked/processed world (like lasagna), they find that their tastes are drawn toward simpler, easy foods. Like a hollowed-out cucumber with hummus in it, and a handful of almonds. That seems like a crazy meal for most people, but it’s just the kind of thing I LOVE to eat when I’ve been all raw for a while.


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