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By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jul 08, 2011

Kristin is my closest friend and just came on working for GSG full-time on June 1. She was here all the time anyway, putting in nearly FT hours, especially with all the traveling we’ve been doing. She has made my classes SO much more efficient and effective. I love her–she’s the best thing that has happened to GSG.com in a long time. She’s strong in all the places I am weak, and she’s so loyal to me and helpful to a fault. I am so blessed.

On May 26, at a class for almost 250 people in Sandy, Utah, she said to the crowd, “You can’t hang around Robyn and not be affected by this movement.” I’d described how for a long time we’d have staff meetings and I’d have my quart of green smoothie, and she’d have her quart of Diet Coke. Then one day we suddenly BOTH had a green smoothie at staff meeting. (I was secretly–and kind of openly, too–so thrilled!) I am watching Kristin change before my eyes. She said to me recently, “If I drank TWO quarts of green smoothie a day, I basically could never get fat again.” (She’s lost 40 lbs.)

On June 3, she said to me, “I think I’ve accidentally become a vegetarian.”

LAUGHING OUT LOUD! (Keep in mind, this girl is from IDAHO. They don’t eat their potatoes without meat there!) That’s what hanging out at my house all day, working, will do to ya. She said that the only problems with this are:

(1) “I like meat!” I told her, I used to, too. You’re not me, of course, but I literally never miss it now. The only time is if I walk into someone’s house, when I’m really hungry on Sunday night, and they’re cooking a roast. (And the once a year that happens? I have a little! I can only stand a little anyway—and maybe it’s good for Vitamin B12. I’m not actually sure that’s important, since your body stores a 3-year supply, and since there are a handful of plant sources of B12 or an analog. But I digress.)

And, Kristin’s other problem with “accidental vegetarianism”…

(2) “I have all these memories of my family past, and my kids will tell anyone, ‘My mom is the greatest cook!’ And the dishes they tell people about, that I make, are pot roast, homemade rolls, and chicken-n-dumplings.”

But like so many Americans, Kristin now finds herself seriously gluten intolerant. And feeling better and better the further she gets from the S.A.D. Eating white flour once a week does not cause her a problem, but if she eats white bread a few days in a row? She’s practically doubled over with abdominal pain and bloating.

Her semi-final comment today, on that subject, was, “Well, I’ll limit it to once a week. Sunday nights.”

Sounds good to me. I always say:

“Incremental progress is progress.”

When you find something else you love on Sunday nights, you might replace the roast like I did (I made a mean roast on Sunday nights, too, 20 years ago!).   I believe no one shifts these family traditions till they WANT to. So I’m not going to pound on Kristin about that one meal a week. (Or anyone, actually. Pretty proud of all the cool stuff she’s done lately, though!)

And, just another plug for young moms: if you do this NOW, you don’t have to “undo” family memories in order to shift to a healthier, plant-based diet later. Then the family memories that your kids will remember you for in 20 years aren’t worse, they’re just different. That pint of GS always waiting for them in the fridge after school, stuff drying in the dehydrator…..Sunday night lentil tacos, black-bean burgers, hummus quesadillas….or whatever! (The possibilities are endless.)

If it makes anyone feel better, my mom never made a roast, in my childhood, not once. I seem to have survived.   😉

Posted in: Green Smoothies, News, Parenting, Standard American Diet


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  1. Anonymous says:

    I like that last sentence. I am 31 and had to learn to make mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving last year for my husbands family (with butter, sour cream, more butter). My mom never made them growing up. Everyone was “appalled” to learn that we had been denied this dinner staple.

  2. I agree, my mom raised me eating healthy and I am so grateful for it! Starting out raising my kids eating the same way has made things so much easier. My little boy isn’t picky and I don’t ever have to make two meals. It saves me so much time, money, and doctor visits. Thanks for spreading the good word. Not only does it help my little boy but it helps me too, I have energy to take care of my little ones. I notice a difference in my day when I eat good and when I don’t. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Funny you should talk about pot roasts! My youngest daughter got married a month ago. She recently posted a picture of the first Sunday dinner she cooked for just her and her husband–a pot roast with potatoes and carrots, plus canned fruit cocktail and pillsbury cresent rolls–just like the dinners I used to cook for the family!! We didn’t switch to a veggie lifestyle until she was just about out of the home, and even then, I cooked two main dishes every night–one for my husband and I, and one for the kids! They did eat more veggies, but refused to try most of our meatless meals.

    So I want to add my plug to young moms–start now and never look back!! You’ll be happy you did! And your kids will be healthier than their friends!

  4. Anonymous says:

    A word about Kristin from someone who just met her……….you can’t hang around her long without feeling inspired. She is strong and organized and smart and thoughtful and kind and beautiful and friendly and just like you Robyn…….someone I am so happy and blessed to have met in person. She is right when she says that you cannot help but be affected by this movement………it is the most powerful thing I have experienced in such a long time. I am giving Kristin a standing ovation…….hold on a second while I literally stand and do it because she deserves it………………every thing we do for good nutritionally in a day does count and does matter and will absolutely influence others for good!!! The power of one………………says it all! Kristin is an inspiration to us all!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I’m curious about B12, so far I’ve been researching all over the web to find out how much my 94 yr old Mom & I need & how to get it. What I’ve read in the sites I’ve been to is that we cannot store it & that we can only get it from meat or fish. I don’t really care that much for meat, but I like fish. Would you be able to tell me where to search for answers about where to find B12 in veggies? Also, I’ve been reading that our bodies don’t store B12, I’d love to read more about it in the places where you’ve gotten your information. I am 61 yrs old & have been trying to eat healthy. I’ve switched to organics as much as possible, but here in the southwest its hard to find. I thank you for any information you can provide. God bless & keep you & your family.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Marguerite….carnivores have as much B12 deficiency as vegetarians do, and B12 or B12 analogs can be found in aloe vera and nutritional yeast.

  6. Anonymous says:

    That’s so awesome! Go Kristin. I feel the same way now too. I very rarely eat meat and gave up cows milk long ago. Hmmm Funny how all those allergies and head colds and even acne has cleared up. Not to mention I feel lighter and more energized. I really need to work on the exercise part a lot more but green smoothies have changed my life!! All my GSG lifestyle habits have rubbed off on my BF too and he just told me other than a tiny tiny bit of cows milk he has been drinking ALL rice milk and is down over 90% in his consumption! I slowly added 1-2 things monthly into our diets such as coconut oil, flax oil (sprouted flax too) and the sprouted nuts/seeds and with excitement he told me that 6 people have individually asked him what he has been doing as they are noticing positive changes physically in him. 🙂 I can’t wait to someday soon be able to get the dehydrator and more recipes to incorporate more of a variety with our meals but this transition with GSG has been an exciting one. Thank you Robyn!

  7. Anonymous says:

    It was so good to read this because a lot of my reasons for not wanting to cut things out were emotional or sentimental. I love to bake and I wanted my kids to come home from school to certain smells and comforts like I did. But after getting going on green smoothies and 12 steps, I started to lose some desire for baking. I think it was a blessing! And my kids don’t complain too much, especially when I make some healthier muffins instead of some of the old stand-by’s. We’re definitely not perfect at it, and salads and green smoothies have been a turn off for me during the last few weeks of morning sickness, but they’re starting to sound good again and that makes me excited. I even made a hot pink smoothie this morning (with no ill effects to me) and the kids loved it too! Thanks for all your work!

  8. Anonymous says:

    love this post!!!! so encouraging and loving. my mom never made pot roast either, though we did have a lot of beef stroganoff, lol. for her healthy was not having a meat main dish but just small chopped up bits in the main dish (lots of casserole!) and always having a big green salad. for me healthy is having meat only incidentally here and there and always having a big green salad. incremental progress is progress!! i think i’m going to embroider that on something so i can remind myself when i’m feeling like i’m not becoming perfect quickly enough…

  9. What an encouraging article! I was at your Mesa event last night and can’t wait to make our first green smoothie. I am so excited that this might actually help my daughter…we’ve done the Feingold diet with limited success and now she is off all food dyes, but we are still having some issues. Thanks for the wonderful information last night!


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