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My kids and the Sugar Bet

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Sep 25, 2011

The night before my bet with Matthew started—I must pay $10,000 if I eat any sugar—I told the kids. I wanted them to be part of watching me.

(Matthew’s mom and grandma had come to my class in Sandy the week before we started, and I asked his mom to let me know if she saw M cheat. She said, “And my son has to pay you ten grand? No way.” Duh. What was I thinking?)

My kids gasped at the sum and said, “Where would you get ten thousand dollars?” I said, solemnly, gulping: “Well….I’d have to sell one of you kids.”

I think now my children will be rather supportive of the Sugar Bet. Vigilant, even.

The point, though, I told Tennyson, is that I can CHOOSE and I don’t HAVE to eat sugar, so the danger is very low that I will have to sell a kid.

It’s all upside. Kristin said to me last week, “When I eat sugar, my body hurts.”

As for me, when I eat it, I feel anxious when I wake up the next morning instead of positive and excited for the day.

Matthew loves gross-out incentive contests. He has this can of silkworm larvae that he wanted us to bet—if we eat sugar, we have to eat 2 silkworm larvae. He claims a friend of his ate them and they’re the worst food in the history of food.

(I’d eat something yucky, so that probably wouldn’t work with me. After all, I drink wheat grass all the time even though I get chills down my spine—in a bad way—just THINKING about the kind of wheatgrass we have around here. At CHI, it was sweeter and….better, somehow.)

Matthew is a Yellow personality (see Hartman’s Color Code) and makes EVERYTHING into a game. And I’m a Red/Blue, so I hate to lose and I hate to fail. I predict nobody pays anybody a dime and at the end of a year, we’re both happier, wealthier (from no purchases of desserts) and healthier.

Matthew and I were talking after a Zumba/yoga marathon last night, about how my favorite thing, mint-frosting brownies, weren’t tempting early that evening at my neighborhood 9/11 meeting/BBQ.

It’s like when I was in church, as a kid, and they taught us to make up our minds about our values before we’re in a dicey situation. Like, if you have made the decision in an absolute way that you don’t do drugs, then there’s no temptation when your friends are at a party smoking pot. The decision was made long ago.

Making a Sugar Bet takes all the decision-making away. There’s no choice about the brownie. No way is it worth $10,000. And my health gets to stay outstanding, instead of just great, as a result.

It’s ALL upside! Two weeks in, I haven’t even been tempted. I am loving the Sugar Bet. In fact, I want to make it stricter. It’s too easy right now. I’ll get Matthew on video soon, to negotiate that.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn–It’s interesting to me that in your most recent email you set yourself up to be regarded as closed-minded, and maybe even (for lack of a better word) uneducated. You called the practices of Oncology “barbaric”. The irony of seeming uneducated in saying this, is that Oncology is actually just the “Study of cancer or foreign bodies within the Human body.” I am not a doctor of any kind, and quite frankly wouldn’t have the patience to fix people and watch them break their bodies again once I had worked hard to fix them. What I am is someone who pays attention (for the most part) to what people say and/or do. The original Oncologists had no practices other than observing and recording, as they just studied and recorded tumors, foreign bodies, and other lumps or hardened tissue within their patient or test-subject base. On a more positive note, I love the smoothies I have incorporated into my life. Thank you for that. I am planning on starting a one week all smoothie cleanse next week.

    Thanks for listening,


    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Hi Jason, oncologists doesn’t just study foreign bodies in the human body. They treat with chemical poisons and burning, almost exclusively. Even the cutting just removes the tip of the iceberg, the outer manifestation of the disease, but not the disease itself. Thus my comments. I believe the current practice of oncology will eventually come to be regarded as blood-letting via leaches of the 1700’s is now seen to be.

  2. Hi– good for you on the bet- sounds fun. I have been researching cavities and regrowing them etc. since I finally took my kids to the dentist and they all had some. I saw that your teeth are perfect and I was wondering what your dental hygiene practices are and how have your children’s teeth fared. We’ve added goat milk to our diet and kefir to the smoothie and I think it has helped, but what do you do? Thanks so much!

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