Our beautiful template for infinite variety of greens and superfoods in your smoothies— print this and eliminate the need for recipes!

get it now for free!

Thoughts after BYU’s Education Week, and hope for young moms

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Aug 25, 2009

Part 2 of 5

In a very huge curriculum across all topics, I found next to nothing on nutrition. I should really teach at Education Week. Somebody make that happen and I’m there.


On Friday, though, I went to a class called Stocking A Healthy and Convenient Pantry.  Please make careful note of the way that title is phrased, for my later comments. I had low expectations of the class, since the LDS (Mormon) people attending the campus event (at the Mormon university) have adopted all the ways of the larger culture, in terms of the Standard American Diet.  We embrace processed food and a heavily meat- and dairy-dominated diet, despite counsel against that in both ancient and modern scripture. (One of these days, LDS friends, I’m going to start posting loads of public comments from the prophets and apostles over the past 150 years on diet.)


My low expectations went even lower when I walked into the class and saw the teacher, an older lady who is about 80-100 lbs. overweight. Please know that I love everyone (I am already bracing for the responses to this blog entry), but I say that only because I prefer classes on health to be taught by people who are healthy.  Just like I expect a class on Old English to be taught by someone who has read Beowulf, and a class on dance to be taught by someone who can cha-cha.


Before I go just all-out nuts on what was taught in this class—representative of what’s being taught in America—let me tell you the two interesting and valuable facts I learned from the highly academically qualified source:


First, in the 1940’s (before Betty Crocker and prepared foods), guess how much time women spent in food-related activities, and guess how much time they spend now? 


1940’s:  6 hours a day

Now:    20 minutes a day


Sure, we have more pressures now.  More of us work.  But wow.  We could do better.  We don’t have to spend 6 hours.  But maybe we could commit to spending a bit more than 20 minutes?  Remember that includes shopping and drive-thru time . . . ALL food-related activities!


And here’s the other interesting fact.  Google “food neophobe” about children who are very “picky,” a new phenomenon that I’m sure is also a spawn of the Standard American Diet and its addictive chemical “foods.”  Children who won’t try new things need 9 to 10 exposures, according to research, to embrace a new food.


So don’t give up if you gave them green smoothies three times and it didn’t go over well! Be patient and persistent.

Posted in: Food Industry, Green Smoothies, Nutrition, Standard American Diet

11 thoughts on “Thoughts after BYU’s Education Week, and hope for young moms”

Leave a Comment
  1. Anonymous says:

    “I should really teach at Education Week. Somebody make that happen and I’m there.”

    I’ve always assumed you would teach at Education Week. YOU make it happen – you kind of have an ‘in’ already, since, oh, I don’t know, you’re already a professor at BYU!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely right!! I live in Northern Mexico sister, and there is too much resistance of the Mormon community to make changes in the meaty-dairy diet moving to the mostly vegetarian menus that can go most accordingly with the Word of Wisdom. Though, for what I can read in the W of W, I understand it is about being vegetarian…..unless the earth do not produce fruit. Thanks for your newsletter!! this is the first I get and I enjoyed it too much.

  3. I remember going to a class a few years ago that was pretty good and about nutrition. All I remember is her showing pictures of two sets of desserts: one super high in fat and calories and paired with a big colorful bowl of fruit. The fruit always looked better. I know she talked about other stuff too, and it was good but I don’t remember!

  4. Anonymous says:

    i understand about the wanting to learn from someone healthy–that is my problem right now (which will change someday when I figure out some stuff) but since I’m still overweight and don’t look great–I feel people don’t really want to know how I’m eating healthy because “it’s obviously not working” right?!!! one day people will line up and want to know what I’m doing (which I’ve already been doing over 2 years)

    I can’t imagine what they said to stock up on in the pantry–ha

  5. I agree with the desire to have an obviously healthy person teach a class on healthy “anything!”

    I think you should ask them if you can teach some classes there.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wanted to comment on the picky eaters – I was just thinking earlier that I needed to e-mail Robyn about my kids. Everyday while I’m getting dinner ready – I share my green smoothie with my 1 1/2 year old twins (my 5 year old has his shake before breakfast). I ask the twins if they want some shake & they start babbling/squealing in delight. Some days I’m upset at how much they had (since there isn’t a lot left for me)! If my friends who tell me their kids will only eat chicken nuggets/cookies/etc – could see my kids!

  7. Anonymous says:

    A few years ago we ate at a buffet restaurant in Southern Utah. I was very amazed to see the number of women in there who were very obese! However, I am also overweight, despite eating very healthy for the past 6 years!! For some reason, it is very difficult for me to lose weight, but very easy for me to gain weight. One week of bad eating and I gain 2-3 pounds. One week of very strict, healthy eating and I lose 1/2 pound!! My husband, on the other hand, has lost 40 or so pounds and still eats a lot more than I do!! So, I try not to judge when I see overweight people talking about eating healthy!! But we are well known in our LDS ward here for our vegetarian eating style and are constantly asked for eating and gardening advice.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have a question for anyone out there, particularly Robyn. I have been reading a book by Victoria Boutenko and she said when you make green smoothies that it is important to change up your greens after a while and not use the same ones cause they may accumulate oxalic acid and you can experience symptoms of poisoning.
    Is there truth to that cause I really like spinach in my green smoothies and it is a “basic” green for me. |How can something like greens that are so good for you now if usued in excess can all of a sudden be dangerous. I dont get it.

  9. Anonymous says:

    She claims “alkaloid poisoning.” She says that she could tell she and her child were eating too much of the same green because they had a funny look in their eyes. That’s some very squishy “evidence” at best. I would like to see some research and documentation before I believe anyone is being “poisoned” by eating too much of the same green food. I know of no actual evidence of this “alkaloid poisoning.”

    I often get weary of the fear mongering about NUTRITIOUS FOODS. I eat tons of spinach, almost year round. I don’t see any symptoms of “poisoning.” Animals are often exposed to the same foods that are in their environment, for a lifetime.

    Yes, get a wide variety if you can.

    I would take that strange, unfounded counsel with a grain of salt!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Chris, you may want to go to a hormone clinic specializing in bioidentical hormone replacement, and get tested with a FULL blood panel to see if you have a hypothyroid condition. Diagnosing accurately requires more than just a T-3 test, as several factors’ interplay (including T-4) give the full picture. At least 1 in 4 American women are hypothyroid and most of them don’t know. Hypothyroid is the major cause of low metabolism.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I have enjoyed the green smoothies for a year now. Along with many of Robyn’s recipes. I was 70 pounds overweight and felt as though I have had thyroid issues for years, yet no Dr. would ever listen to me. All any of them would do in the past 24 years was the standard test and say you are in the normal range so you are ok. My weight was not do to over eating and I knew that, those around me would keep telling me I needed to eat more. Anyway, I had been on green smoothies faithfuly for 6 months and able to release 10 pounds, not near enough. Shortly after that time another blessing came into my life, another nutritional program that I could use in conjunction with GS. In four months of adding this program that has given me more nutrition than I could get eating all the greens I could everyday, and cleansed my body on a cellular level, I have been able to release another 34 pounds. I totally agree with Robyn’s program, all though we need to realize that our bodies need a whole cleanse also. For some of us this is the answer that we need in conjuntion all the great stuff Robyn has for us. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.