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New Yorkers are nice, and GSG.com just tells the truth

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Oct 05, 2009

My daughter and I just had a big laugh this morning. She fulfills book orders for me of The Green Smoothies Diet. If you get the book, you’ll see her 14-y.o. handwriting on your package (but the autograph is mine, LOL!).

She just walked into my office and said, “That lady who asked for two free books because she’d already bought 12 Steps and then bought a blender, is so nice! We didn’t hear back from her so I didn’t send her the books, but a month has gone by and her email, reminding us, is so nice. I thought New Yorkers were mean, but she isn’t!”

I said, “Yeah, she is, and plenty of New Yorkers are very nice. And actually, people everywhere who read our site are actually THE BEST, even when we screw something up.” (I love that my daughter gets to do customer service and learn that people are lovely all over the world.)

But then I remembered a notable exception and told my daughter. A woman took the nutrition quiz on the site, which admittedly has a high bar. If you haven’t taken it, here you go:


Those on my site who are already well down the path of getting away from the S.A.D. do well on it. Those who are newbies but feeling good about the fact that they are making a first step or two–quitting the coffee habit, starting green smoothies after a lifetime of S.A.D.–are sometimes frustrated by it. Sometimes they want to be told they get an “A” for those first steps.

But one woman wrote me recently and screamed, “I eat better than my co-workers and I got an F on your quiz! AN F!!! Fix your stupid quiz!” Well, I wrote her back a nice email. She wrote a week later and said, “I just looked at your quiz again and you haven’t changed anything! F*** YOU, GREENSMOOTHIEGIRL!”

Anyway, Emma and I ROFLOBO. That’s internet/text-speak for Rolled On The Floor Laughing Our Butts Off. (It’s the nice Mormon version of the more standard ROFLMAO.)

Please don’t have your feelings hurt because my bar is high here. Don’t slash your wrists if you get a bad score on the GSG quiz. We’ve strayed so far from good nutrition like billions of indigenous people have eaten for thousands of years, that the comparison (like what’s on my quiz) can be SHOCKING. If knowing what a phenomenal, disease-preventing diet looks like will upset you, please DON’T take the quiz and just start with Step 1 and enjoy the journey.

If I gave my college students an A for high-school writing, no one would try to write outstanding upper-division papers worthy of an elite business school at an outstanding university. That’s where you are if you’re reading this blog/site: I’m teaching you elite nutrition–on a budget for busy people.

I could certainly tell you a bunch of raw-food sites to go to, where the bar is HIGHER.

But this is, in fact, a high-bar kinda place. If I could find a way to TRUTHFULLY tell you that much of anything about the Standard American Diet is good, I would! You’d certainly love me more. (Ditto letting my kids sit around here watching TV without responsibilities–they’d think I’m nice, and fun, but my parenting would be lousy! It’s not going to happen.)

I’m going to just tell you the truth here at GSG. Unvarnished and plain though it may be.

Posted in: Books, Nutrition, Parenting, Whole Food

20 thoughts on “New Yorkers are nice, and GSG.com just tells the truth”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    yippee, got an A! Would have been an even higher one if you didn’t include beans/legumes as important. As a long-term raw vegan, they’re not necessary as long as one is eating other healthy foods.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i see the coconut and apricots are oganic now? (were they always? can’t remember)–does this mean that aer preserved in something else? or still sulfites? (is sulfite free available if I’m not drying my own?) THANKS!

  3. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    I have REPLACED those two items, Lala, with organic. NO SULFITES. (The apricots are now also NOT DICED, but rather, whole.)

  4. Anonymous says:

    We just returned from a two week tour of the northeast and I have to say that the people in NY were by far the nicest people we encountered. I often visit local Whole Foods Markets for my vegan snacks and ‘take alongs’ and while our tour guide (from Boston) didn’t even know what store I meant, the New Yorkers sure did! We saw people with bags when we left dinner and asked. Good directions and when we got stumped, as it was a bit of a hike from our hotel, we just followed the bag trail and asked… always with encouragment that we were almost there. It was a great experience!

  5. Anonymous says:

    oh you are the BEST!!!! THANK YOU!!! so excited! (I would put no sulfites listed on the website–since others that previously looked at the items may be confused before you changed them) HOORAY!

  6. Anonymous says:

    in the Q&A section (about sulfites)

  7. Anonymous says:


    I have a question relating to the group buy. Did you say that you place group orders twice a year, or just once?



  8. Anonymous says:

    I’m so glad to hear about the apricots and coconut. I’ve searched your site and cannot find where this info is posted, other than here. The FAQ still says that there are sulfites. Is the pricing still the same?

  9. Anonymous says:

    oops, found it in the Store. Sorry.

  10. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    We have thus far done a group buy ONCE a year. I don’t know if we’ll had a biannual event, but I like to do this once a year not just because it’s a lot of work, but also because the almonds come out of the trees in October.

    We are updating the FAQ to state that those items are not preserved with sulfites.

  11. If you love avocados, try this recipe found at smoothie-recipes.com… http://www.smoothie-recipes.com/others/avocado.html

  12. Anonymous says:

    Can you please find out if your walnuts and chia seeds are organically grown, even if not certified? Thanks.

  13. Anonymous says:

    also the other products like sunflower seeds

  14. Anonymous says:

    I just placed a group buy order and I realize that I should have included some other items, is it too late to add these things to the original order?

    I just don’t want to pay more shipping than I already am!

    Thank you!


    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Jenni here, GSG admin

      Just email me at support123@greensmoothiegirl.com with the changes that need to be made. Thanks!

  15. I took your quiz and even though I had made some changes I did expect to score much lower than I did. A 71C is not to bad concerning where I started from.

    Love Green Smoothies. Starting out with a well balanced green smoothie helps to keep my sugar balanced through out the day. Tomorrow starts week two of a green smoothie every morning.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Hi! I got an 89 on the quiz. I just gave up coffee in July, then dairy, and 10 days ago my daily red wine (which was more than a glass :). I have a smoothie every lunch and eat only raw until then. I have just started the smoothie habit a week ago, and, am I imagining it, but I think my tummy got a little smaller… There are four of us in our neighborhood doing this and we all inspire each other and taste each others smoothies. I am so surprised how filling they are!

  17. Anonymous says:

    I scored 84 (B) on the quiz. I know where I feel short and feel like an (A) is in my future.

  18. I got a 105 – A. It’s funny I was afraid I might get a B because I eat more fruits than vegatables, but I guess when compared to SAD eaters, this raw foodist still fits in the top of the class.

    I totally have to laugh about people that get mad when point out in the kindest way possible that they could be eating better.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Hi-I’m a long time follower/lurker and I’ve been drinking green smoothies every morning for breakfast for over a year. I just took the test and I admit I was a bit disheartened to get a 68D. Maybe I underestimated my fruit/vegie servings but I was trying to be honest. Yes, I do eat fast food maybe once a month. I’ve never been a coffee/soda drinker either. I do have a suggestion-maybe if your test could analyze our scores-tell us where to improve-with references to the proper 12 Step program-chapter that would be helpful. I’m not going to give up but I do feel a bit depressed about my score. I did buy the 12 Step program by the way-and I’m trying to slowly implement it. Thanks for your web site. I check daily on the blog for ideas.

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