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They might be enjoying their food more than I am

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Dec 19, 2011

Today I was driving down State Street, trying to drink a pint of beet/carrot/celery juice that I’d brought with me. I had a kitchen towel wrapped around it because when I ran out to the car with it, it was leaking. I’d jumped back out of the car and used the towel to re-trace my steps back to the fridge wiping up the floor, because it looked like someone was bleeding to death all along the path from fridge to car.

So I was at a stoplight, where I took the lid off and was throwing it back. Not very yummy. Really I was just pounding it. Getting it down the hatch.

And I noticed that in a beat-up truck next to me was a middle-aged couple, both eating fast-food burgers and fries.

And I had the thought, “This *!&! well better be making a difference in my life, because they look like they’re enjoying what they’re eating more than I am.”

Then I cracked up, right out loud, no one else in the car, because I just caught me talking to me.

Ten minutes later, though? I had millions of antioxidant molecules neutralizing, literally, the day’s stresses and exposure to chemicals. Giving me energy and a positive mood.

Which is good, because I’ve got a boatload of work to do. And I want to go to Zumba tonight with my friends. And I want my kids to get the best of me tonight, rather than the dregs.

Ten minutes later…..my friends in the pickup truck DON’T have powerful compounds keeping their blood thin and mobile.

Whatever pleasure it gave for the drive down State Street is gone. In fact, they might already be starting to feel sluggish and heavy. Dozens of processes in their bodies are rushing to their rescue to enable their hearts to continue beating despite the assault of chemicals and fats in the bloodstream.

They’ve absorbed the energy of the misery and suffering of that cow, who got pumped up with antibiotics and steroids and growth hormones before slaughter. They have millions of molecules of trans fats and chemicals running around their bloodstream wreaking havoc.

My beet-celery juice is sounding a lot better.

I think I’ll go get another glass out of the fridge.

Posted in: Food Industry, Mind/Body Connection, Nutrition, Standard American Diet

18 thoughts on “They might be enjoying their food more than I am”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Lol. Thank you Robyn. This is perfect to read over and over when I’m wanting to grab a bag of chips or daydreaming about a burger. The cravings are way less than before my green smoothie and GSG journey but I do need to replace and incorporate more healthier options. I had a juice this morning with my Jack Lalane and the energy high was wonderful despite the cleaning and pounds of produce for a small amount of juice. I’m looking into upgrading my juicer. I find the juicing is a nice mix when I need something different from my smoothie. I love the energy with live clean foods so I have to remind myself how awful I feel after chips or ice cream. 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    I love your genuineness and authenticity. I could read your blog all day! With much love!

  3. Makes me feel bad. I was the PREGNANT woman driving down the road eating a cheeseburger today. Ugh. How often do you juice? Time is a problem for me. I’m constantly busy. Smoothies don’t take me as long to make, but juicing is a bitch.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Robin, I found your website about a month ago after I bought a blendtec. Anyway, I am really impressed with everything you teach, I have looked into healthier eating before, but stopped because I didn’t know what or how to prepare healthier foods. I have started to introduce the greensmoothies to my family and discussing healthier eating. However, I have come to a road block with my husband whom I feel needs this healthier way of eating the most as he has many health ailments. He keeps telling me he will feel sicker if he eats this stuff, because vegtables always make him sick. Do you have any suggestions that can help me teach him about the value of healthy eating? Also, I live in a rural town in Utah, but to get to the Orem/Provo area occasionally to go to Costco. To keep costs down, I am planning to buy a lot of spinach and banana’s while there to freeze for future use and I would also like to buy young thai coconuts while up that way since I cannot purchase them in my hometown. Is it okay to freeze the coconut for future use as well? You talked about freezing the meat, but I would also need to freeze the juice. Thank you for any help you can give.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Melanie, yes, you can freeze the liquid and i do it often when I’m leaving town. You can also buy coconut liquid in cans. Call First Oriental Market in Orem before you go, to see if they’ll hold coconuts for you. They sell out sometimes. I’ve had four places in the county, over the past 8 years, to sell me coconuts, and then I tell people about it and eventually they can’t keep it in stock. That’s starting to happen at that market—they have it about 40% of the time we go there, now! Good plan. And your husband wouldn’t say that if he took some time to educated himself about the healing crisis that happens when a very toxic body starts to eat vegetables, and how vegetables are the most important healing food group. (Fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds are the others. Meat, dairy, processed oils, processed everything…..just cause us to place a heavy burden on many body systems.) I hope you’re successful in getting hi to come around! He needs some education—The China Study is a great place to start, and of course my 12 Steps manual is a fast-to-read course digesting tons of other texts and practices in nutrition.

      Jan, I love that you had such a great experience at CHI and feel as moved as I do, watching people who are suffering learn and heal. Thanks for your words, much needed today. 🙂

      Crystal, I confess that I pay someone to make the juice for me. Like you, I was maxed with green smoothies and salads and kefir and all else I do, and that is not something that fit in my schedule. You know, like raising 4 kids by myself, running a business that quite a few employees count on for their income, traveling 10 days out of the month, and playing competitive sports. Just little things like that. When you get a little discretionary income, that’s a GREAT way to spend it, paying someone $12/hr. to come by 3x a week and squeeze you half a gallon of juice.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the smile this brought to my heart, Robyn! Any of us who have wrangled with a dripping jar of smoothie/juice in the car while driving can relate. We receive such awesome rewards for our efforts in living a healthier life, it’s truly a small price to pay!! Your inspiration in my life has been profound, and following your lead, my 11 days at CHI in early November brought about a much deeper, personal awareness of what “the right stuff” can do for this “normal, healthy” person but to watch & share & relish the transformation of those suffering with illness….truly miraculous. Great gratitude to you for sharing your journey, and creating the path for our own. Peace & happiness to you & yours!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    What type of juice do you drink? Is it vegetables or fruit? I thought fruit juice has too much sugar in it? Thanks!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Robyn for this post – very timely for me! Last January I jumped on the GSG bandwagon full steam ahead and now I’m running out of steam. I used to drink 64oz of green smoothies each day and now I do that maybe 1-2x’s a week! A dear friend told me recently “You are the average of the 5 people you hang out with the most.” Well – none of my 5 people practice good eating habits, but I can’t blame anyone but me! I alone am responsible for my healthy eating, but man it’s hard when others are eating juicy steaks, mile-high nachos and cheesecake! How do you stay motivated? Do frequent pep talks (like the one above) help? Do you consciously surround yourself with mostly healthy-eating people? Maybe if I just keep filling my brain with healthy reading (China Study, etc.), and practicing healthy habits (going to the gym), I will start to fill my life with healthy to offset the unhealthy …

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Kathie, you know, I’ve never purposefully surrounded myself with healthy-habits people. With health food nuts. I sought them out as friends, but they weren’t my social life. I have five super-close friends, and I’ve watched all of them make a HUGE transition to eating mostly raw in the past year. (I am definitely not the average of them, and eat healthier than all of them—not EVERYONE can be the average, right?) I don’t lecture them (well, one of them I do, a little, poor Jamie), but the rest not at all, and they just pick it up being around me, traveling with me, attending my lectures. Putting one habit at a time into practice. Mostly, over time, what motivates me is knowing I feel like hell if I eat bad stuff, and I feel great when I eat good stuff. It has just finally gotten to the point where my choices caught up with my education. You can do it! It’s a PROCESS, not an event! Keep going!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this! At work today, someone brought in donuts, which didn’t really tempt me at all, but then, a big selection of pies. And one of them was my favorite–lemon meringue! My co-workers went after it all like crazy people. But I said “No, thank you” and just drank my smoothie, knowing that if I ate the pie, I’d feel terrible later. I do get very tempted sometimes, and sometimes I give in, but it’s getting easier and easier not to!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I juice every morning before heading to work, and it only takes about 15 minutes, from lay-out of veggies to clean-up of juicer. I invested in a Hurom, and have used it daily since I bought it 18 months ago. Very happy with it.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, Robyn for the encouragement you give me by sharing what you do. I laughed while reading your post as I have been on both sides of that scenario. I try to find subsitutes for any of my old obsession foods, and most of the times it works. I do know that if I fill up on my smoothie and then go for fruit before I go for the obsession foods, I’ll be alright and get through the moment. Having developed a way of eating unconciously for so many years, I have to really work at being willing to eat conciously. It doesn’t give me that “dopamine pleasure” that eating unconciously does, but you hit on the perfect antidote for that old crazy thinking. I need to remind myself what I am getting and not what I think I am missing. Today I juiced some things and made a smoothie of some other things to use up what was in the frig. It was awsome. One was more savory and the other thicker and sweeter. Nothing but vegis and an apple in the green juice and a banana in the “shake.” I’m learning how to get the taste and feeling of the old foods without going for them. Thanks you for these examples of what can be done. Lynn

  11. Anonymous says:

    That is exactly what I think when I see people stuffing themselves with death contributing substances. They think I’m the crazy one with my big green smoothie every morning, yet I’m the one who is not tired by the end of the golf round like they are every day. I would much rather live this life feeling “alive”, and eating to live than feeling “dead” and living to eat.

    Keep spreading the word because more and more people are starting to realize that what they’ve always done isn’t working now, nor did it ever work.

    Merry Christmas

  12. Anonymous says:

    I just love deep fried food and fry sauce SO much. Apollo Burger/Burgers Supreme is my favorite place to eat, even though I don’t go there often. I know I can do better!!

    I did want a GSG vinyl for my car window, but I knew you would not be pleased to see it going through the fast food drive through, so that’s why I didn’t get one.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Katie, how would I see your car going through the drive-thru?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Robyn… I used to juice in an Olympic juicer but didn’t like throwing away so much food/pulp. I transitioned to a VitaMix and now drink green smoothies daily. I have read on your site that juicing is better nutrition. Is that correct? Can you explain?? Thank you!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Wow great attitude girl!! I love it.

    I want to know. . .and pardon my delicate question. but how can you slog a smoothie down – – or a juice – – in the car driving to xyz unless you have a porta potty in your car??? Invariably when I slog a smoothie or a juice, in a very way short period of time I’m having to RUN not Walk to thee powder room (shall we call it that). . I’ve done this for 27 years now. . its wonderful and awesome. . but must be near to the Ladies Room shortly after.. or I’m wetting my pants for sure. . Oh dear. .

  15. Anonymous says:

    Okay, , , , I’ll add. . .’wetting my pants, . . . or worse. . – – didn’t really want to quite say that. . but that’s indeed the action these wonderful foods have on my body.

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