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Taking stock of progress…part 2 of 2

Robyn Openshaw - May 05, 2011 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Once upon a time, my whole diet was Ben & Jerry’s, pizza, French bread, Diet Coke, and a fruit or salad mixed in to make myself feel better about it all. I started to change one thing at a time. Sometimes I’d have periods of big progress, and other periods of slight backsliding.

It was almost imperceptible, the forward motion, but now I find my whole kitchen is full of…..

A container of sprouted flax crackers on the counter.

Bags of buckwheat, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, oat groats, currants, and homemade sundried tomatoes in the fridge.

Coconut oil and extra-virgin olive oil in my pantry.

Jars of homemade raw sauerkraut in my food storage.

Always a quart or two of kefir growing on the counter.

The top shelf of my fridge full of young Thai coconuts. And pints and quarts of green smoothies.

Today I stopped to take stock and chose NOT to beat myself up because of how long it’s been since I made sourdough whole-grain bread.

Instead, I chose to be blissed out today because (a) I did a perfect headstand for the first time, and (b) my daughter asked me last night if she could have a handful each of pea sprouts and fresh blueberries in the fridge.

(There are lots of things to do WRONG as a mom, and there’s plenty of reminders of that when you’re raising teenagers! But apparently I’ve got some things right, and today I’m going to live in that spot, bask in it. They’ve developed tastes for good food, and I know how to shop for,  grow, cook, and store the good stuff.)

Sometimes when something stressful happens, Kristin and I remind each other, “It’s PERFECT!” This is our code for, “What just happened might not be what you wanted, what you would have chosen. But it generally works out to be better than you think. And it teaches you really cool stuff. Maybe even provides you something you wouldn’t have thought to want. So, it’s PERFECT in its ability to instruct and shape you. At a minimum, it gives you a story to tell and something to laugh at.”

Please, today, congratulate yourself on your progress. Let’s spend today ignoring anything we want to do in the future that isn’t part of our current reality, and just BE. When I’m fully present in my NOW, I’m far happier.

I’m so proud of you for being here, on this journey, to being a better you. To influencing people in subtle and positive ways to raise the bar for themselves. I’m just brimming over with gratitude for PROGRESS! Congratulations on yours–wherever you are in the journey! Feel free to share your own here, today and always.

Posted in: Mind/Body Connection, Relationships, Whole Food

40 thoughts on “Taking stock of progress…part 2 of 2”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow……thank you so much for this post!!! I have a very busy weekend ahead of me and will be going in a hundred different directions and I was stressing and fretting about how I was going to get my smoothies in and eat properly and keep my family fed well etc. You are just so right and I’m going to congratulate myself for what I have done right…..which includes making a couple extra quarts of green smoothies so that even if nutrition is perfect the next couple of days………we’ll get our greens:) Happy Mother’s Day Robyn!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s always encouraging to read your blog! Thank you.

  3. Anonymous says:

    My husband emailed me saying I would never guess what he saw… Yup another guy at his work brought in a green smoothie. (my husband takes one every day to work) When you work with a bunch of guys it is surprising to see 2 guys drinking green smoothie’s! yay!!! Due to green smoothie’s and not eating as much meat my husband lowered his blood pressure!!! yay!!! 🙂

    I know I have asked this before on this blog, but does anyone have a good O.B. out there that is in the SLC area. I’m trying to find one that I can go to, I would prefer one that supports natural child birth, won’t kill me when I say I’m thinking of not vaccinating my kids, and takes insurance???? Help please!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oh and Robyn… You are kind of amazing!!! thanks for everything! 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    I had a similar moment this last weekned. When I compare what it looks like when I open my fridge now, as compared to a year ago, the difference is amazing. Sometimes I can’t believe it’s my fridge. Endless ziploc bags of bright, cool crunchy veggies. Before, everything was gold, brown, white, orange – hot dogs, cheese, pastries, leftover macaroni and cheese. Now it’s all red cabbage, lettuce, radishes, parsely, spinach, tomatoes, red onions, bok choy. Bok choy! In MY fridge. Unreal. But I will admit to one thing I still have not tried. Beets. There’s just something about the idea of beets…: )

  6. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, I love this blog entry. I too believe that slow and steady steps is truely the path to lasting change and leading by example to our children is very powerful. I have a quik story also about my three children ages 4, 6 and 8. I was on the couch one evening with a terrible headache and when it came to dinner time the kids said that they would make their own dinner. I let them go to it, when they came to show me what was on their plates I almost had tears. Each of their plates (dinner size) were at least half full of raw spinach, carrots and strawberries!!! I think of that night often when our meals are not all that great, and now when they ask if they can make their own dinner once in a while I say “Sure”.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wow, Robyn. Your blog has made my day. I had tears in my eyes after reading it. I, too, have teenagers who eat amazingly different from their peers. In school my girls speak up in health class when nutrition is discussed, but are mostly criticized for it-especially the sunblock issue! They generally just say, “Mom, they just don’t know.” By the way, my refrigerator and pantry look very much like yours! Today, I have GRATITUDE for you.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Can you talk about the kefir some. I prefer to stay away from dairy products, but I did make kefir last summer using raw milk. Can you go over benefits, how much to use, how often, etc. I am currently having some intestinal problems and wonder if my “gut” is healthy. I know kefir is good for this.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, I have been reading your blog for a year and have purchased the 12 step books, etc. I love the idea and I feel like it is going to take me years to get to where you are–which I am fine with as long as I continually push forward. Your blog and website helps me do that.

    I have a question, though. You talk about saurkraut a lot. I have never had it or even heard of it. What do you do with it and how do you incorporate it into your diet? I hear it is extremely healthy, and would like to get that into my family’s diet.



  10. Anonymous says:

    I would like to learn more about dehydrating. Can anyone tell me what would be great to start out with besides fruit. Thanks!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I loved this post. It was probably my favorite post of yours. So heartfelt! Have a fantastic Mother’s Day!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I will join with all the others and thank you for this post! Very inspiring and just what I needed today. Thank you!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Just what I needed to hear today. Thanks Robyn!

  14. Anonymous says:


    You can dehydrate anything that goes in your green smoothie. I have done this and have all the ingredients in my basement–just in case there is a time when I have to depend on food storage. Just this week I didn’t have any fresh spinach, so I pulled out a bottle of dehydrated spinach and added a handful to my green smoothie. I couldn’t tell the difference

    Start out with spinach because there is really nothing to do with it except lay it out on your trays, then set the temp to “live foods” on the dehydrator. It dries very quickly.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I’m new to all this green smoothie, raw food stuff. I have a VERY LONG way to go and the last few days have been particularly confusing and frustrating for me. I really appreciated your comments today about living in the moment and enjoying the progress that IS being made. Thank you.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, this post if yours is a gift to us all. You don’t personally know the majority of the people who read your blog, and yet you enthusiastically write and share from your heart, in order to help and inspire so many. Thank you for that!

    Us moms (& caregivers) are SO quick to criticize and judge ourselves for what we wish we were doing better. Just tonight after my daughter’s school musical, I was feeling awful that I was supporting the family to get junk frozen yogurt with HFC syrup, etc. But just now, after reading your post, and trying to find positive things to say to myself, I remember what my 6 yr. old daughter said to me this morning. After puting out her breakfast, a warmed corn tortilla with mushed avocado & Himalayan sea salt inside, alongside a glass of fresh squeezed lemon juice with liquid stevia & water (lemonade), she finished it all and put her dishes in the sink and said (unsolicited): “thanks for a perfect breakfast, Mommy”. It will surely help me more, tomorrow and beyond, to concentrate on that and not the yogurt splurge. The more I stay in the positive and in the present NOW, like you said, the better for me AND the family. I’m modeling a more positive approach to life, versus being caught up in the shoulda and woulda’s. Thanks again Robyn for inspiring us all to live and be our best!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Marly! Christa

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hello to another heidi,

    O.B.’s don’t support natural childbirth. That is not what their training is for and most have never seen a natural childbirth. Watch the movie “The Business of Being Born” and you will learn the real story about that.

    You’re best chances for a natural childbirth are with an independent midwife that you find and employ yourself. It doesn’t really have anything to do with chance though, it’s all about educating yourself and choosing the right care provider.


    Heidi in Australia

  19. I can so idenify with these posts! I’ve been on that slow road to china for a few years now. I want to be an 80-90% raw vegan. But wow it’s hard. I’ve tried, and tried again and saw myself failing. But then I did that, I took that well needed step back examined my progress and I can’t believe my eyes! I too (when PMSing) would grab a pint of ben & jerrys, a bag of double stuffed, and a big bag of dortitos and eat till I “felt better” while watching a movie. No more are those days! I no longer eat a candy bar a day. I don’t buy processed foods. I atleast make things from scratch for my hubby and I. I have green smoothies frequently. I love juicing. In the summer I eat breakfast while physically in the garden after I pick it! I eat a fraction of the meat and pasta that i used to (and at least what i do have is healthier). I stopped drinking coffee and hard alcohol! The alcohol was a big one considering that I live on a sailboat in the carabbean… Aka: the land of rum and honey! But your right Robyn, baby steps is all it takes. I have a cupboard filled with super foods and I incorporate them into our everyday diet. I have been getting my friends unknowingly on my same path by introducing them to things like coconut oil & maca. The maca with results the can’t ignore or can’t help but enjoy 😉 so it’s a slow road for me, but when someone mistakes me for a full blown vegitarian, vegan, whole food eating, raw foodie. I smile, because I’m getting there and they recognized me as healthy and beautiful!!!

  20. Oh on another note; can you talk about kiefer cheeses. I’ve been trying to make some out of young coconut water but its hard to tell if I’m doing it right because I’ve never seen or tasted it before! And what else can you kiefer and what does it look or smell like?

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Kristi, you live on a sailboat in the Caribbean….I think everyone is jealous right about now! (The sun came out for the first time, the past two days, here in Utah, and there’s no water in sight!)

      I haven’t ever made kefir cheese. But kefir smells tart and tangy, like yogurt. It separates out into whey (yellowish clear liquid) and the milk solids.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Progress (for me) looks like my husband saying that he was looking forward to a meat-less meal after the Easter feasting. That is also a miracle! Thank you God for progress and miracles!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Robyn for posting this. It is exactly what I needed to read today! It allowed me to stop, take a deep breath, and be thankful for the progress I have made so far. It’s hard sometimes to quiet my ever present, well intentioned negative troll in my head.

    And, yes I’m jealous about Kristi living on a sailboat in the Caribbean :o) Living on a boat is on my bucket list, however, I get seasick so it will be an adventure to get there I think.

    Thanks again Robyn for doing what you do and inviting others to do it with you!

  23. Anonymous says:

    I am slowly……slowly working my way there. I too had a fridge clean out yesterday and in our family…we have two side by side fridges. I realized the “fruit and veggie fridge” now spills way over into the second fridge!! YEA!!!

    My children, husband and I have a long way to go and there are days I wonder if we will ever get there!! But this last weekend my husband also said, “I could start to go without as much meat”. He has never said he was willing to do this!! And with cattle literally right outside our home and living in the BBQ world of our very famous town, I am thrilled he is willing to “go there”. Though….shhhhhhh, I have already been taking us there!! Even my son told me last week, who could eat anyone under the table (!!) that he would try less meat. WHEW! They love the fruits and veggies…..I was just waiting for the last steps and tada(!!) who would of thought they would come to this on their own!!! YEA!!! Like I said, we aren’t there yet but there is progress and more importantly now a willing heart! Baby steps!!!

    Most importantly, thanks Robyn for such a realistic program and opportunity for us all to learn. What a great reminder of successes large and small!!! It all counts!! Keep going!!! You’re doing incredibly and paving the way for all of us!

    Kris M.

  24. Someone spoke about her “feelings regarding sunscreen” and I was wondering what that is about. Are you pro or con sunscreen?

  25. Anonymous says:

    Hey Robyn! About a month ago I decided that my whole family was going to drink green smoothies every day. I make a total of 4 every morning for me, my hubby and my 2 boys.

    The progress part is a few weeks back, my oldest son came down with a stomach virus, and it only lasted about half the day and it was over.

    Then last night, my youngest spiked a fever. It lasted from 9pm until 3am – I gave him no meds – and he is perfectly fine now. My thoughts are their bodies are better able to fight the viruses and I can only attribute that to the green smoothies.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Quick note to Heidi whose looking for an O.B. in SLC. Try looking for a nurse midwife – there’s a clinic in PG/AF area in UT county. I had 6 children with them – they were very supportive of me having “natural” child births and they took insurance. They delivered in the hospital, though. Why do they need to know about immunizations?

  27. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Robyn for your blog. As I think

    about our progress and where I am now I

    smile. We just bought a second fridge this

    winter so we would have more room for vegis,

    fruits, soaked Almonds, and sprouted grains.

    We were constantly running out of room. We

    also no longer have chips in the pantry, I do

    not drink coffee only a daily basis, this is a big

    one for me. Don’t eat sweets everyday like

    I did growing up. Very seldom eat meat, which

    I use to do weakly. There have been many good

    changes. I’m converting my girlfriends baby to

    a greensmootie baby. He had his first one last

    week and loved it. We’re going shopping tomorrow

    so his Mommy will have the ingredients to make

    them, Yeah!!!

    Since your going to be in California, your going right

    past Fresno, any interest in stopping there? We have

    a Whole Foods with a food prep and demo area. We’d

    love to have you.

  28. Anonymous says:

    It has been about 2 months since I saw you in Sandy, OR and what a difference. Since drinking green smoothies I am eating more vegetables in general. Today was kind of a stressful day and I usually go for a donut when grocery shopping, but not today. I came home and drank a smoothie. I just wanted to say thanks and can not wait for your return to the Portland area.

  29. Anonymous says:

    My husband makes fun of me when I beat myself up for eating a piece of whole grain spelt bread (I haven’t gotten into making sourdough bread yet). He says it’s so funny that bread is my junk food!! Man, I have come a long way!

  30. Anonymous says:

    Heidi, I also went to the Mt. Timp Midwives (I’m assuming that is who Igi is talking about?). They take insurance, are supportive of natural birth and I’m guessing they won’t freak out over not immunizing. I also recommend a doula and HYPNOBABIES!!!

  31. Anonymous says:

    MGM – Beets are best! Try a raw beet salad. 2 grated beets (lightly rinsed), 1 grated apple and 1 grated carrot. Toss with your favorite vinagrette, but it;s best with a citrus flavored one. Annie’s makes several flavors. Yummy!!. Enjoy.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Thanks everyone for the comments about the O.B.’s in utah. Does that Mt. Timp Midwives have a website? I will try googling them! Thanks again for all your help!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    Great Blog, it really does help to look back and then recognized how far I have came. Same as you, Pizza, baked goods, chips things like that were the regular. Just this winter we bought an extra fridge to keep in the garage to hold all the fruits and vegis we are buying. We were running out of room. Smoothies are a regular part of our diet along with more salads. Very little meat, I’m even off of Coffee, that was a huge one for me. I do still enjoy it accasionally but its a treat rather than a habit.

    I have your 12 steps book and some of your recipe books and refer to them often. Thank you for all the inspiration.

    Any chance you are flying into Fresno on the 19th. We would love to have you do a class at the Fresno Whole Foods. It’s only two hours from Bakersfield.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Bambi, great job!! Whole Foods Market doesn’t carry my books (yet) and doesn’t let anyone present in their stores unless they carry the presenter’s products. Someone who knows the brass at WFM will eventually rectify that, I’m sure. It’ll happen when the time is right. 🙂

  34. Anonymous says:

    OOPS, did not mean to post twice. I had equipment failure yesterday and thought all that I posted was gone. Sorry!

  35. Anonymous says:

    I am looking for a source of real kefir grains so I can start making my own. I want the real thing, not the commercially processed stuff. Any suggestions.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:


  36. Anonymous says:

    Please help me. I have had an itching problem that moves to different placed on my body. There is no rash and I don’t believe I have dry skin. I have been drinking the green and shocking pink smoothies almost every day since January 2, 2011. I have been to medical doctors and naturopaths. Nobody to date has been able to tell me what to do. I know the answer lies in eating the proper food. Please, tell me what to put in my blend-tec to stop itching. I am scratching myself raw.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Kathy, eliminate one food from even your GOOD recipes, for two weeks. Start with cashews. See if it makes a difference to eliminate just one. It sounds like a food sensitivity?

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