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Today is Health-Nut Appreciation Day!

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Apr 17, 2011

My friend Matthew made me realize that bucking popular culture to eat a different, healthier, plant-based diet, is so much easier when your support system is…..well, supportive.

Matthew: thank you for always ooh-ing and aah-ing when you come over to my house for a green smoothie, or when I bring you one. For loving whatever is in my dehydrator, or my fridge, or whatever I bought you at Good Earth that day, that I feed you. You always make me feel so happy about the effort I make to feed my family right and nurture my friends to a better place in their nutrition. You help me feel that just because I’m not quite “normal” doesn’t mean I’m “bad.”

Last night, after Zumba, Matthew was drinking green smoothie, and munching on sprouted almonds and flax crackers and brown-rice crisps with guacamole. I said, “That basil-tomato soup I got you today? It’s the best thing that’s ever been in my mouth–and you haven’t said anything about it.”

He said, “It’s so awesome! But look at me! I’m surrounded by amazing food!” (He lists it all.) “It’s all so good that my ADD is off the charts here, I’m having so much fun!”

OMG, I love you so much, Matthew. (In the middle of the snack-fest, he got up and did a parody of a video he wants to make with me: searching my house for Twinkies and cans of Coke. Inappropriately walking behind me and checking me out. Noisily ransacking cupboards, yelling WHERE ARE THE CHEETOHS?!, while I talk to the camera.)

I won’t dwell on this, but many of my readers feel torn down and discouraged in their beginning stages of a nutrition overhaul, or even a year or two into it, by friends and family who criticize.

On behalf of anyone who sends you a link to this blog, I want to offer our most sincere thanks for supporting us….and to anyone whose support we WISH we had, let me say this about that:


Regardless of your own dietary path, thank you for supporting mine! I’m trying to eat lower on the food chain, to be kinder to the Earth and animals. I’m trying to eat natural foods rather than things from cans, boxes, and the drive-thru, because I want to nurture my body. I want to offer these foods, with love, to people I care about. Including you. It’s okay if you say no, or if you don’t like it.

But thank you so much for encouraging me. Because it’s a difficult path! There are landmines everywhere–my old addictions, fast food on every corner, people showing me love with gifts of food I’m trying to eliminate, social eating. My path is so much easier and more enjoyable with the love and support of “my people!”

(Feel free to send the link to this blog to those YOU love, who encourage you, who bravely try your samples, who take a minute to tell you that you AND your food are beautiful. Like Matthew does for me.)

From me (GreenSmoothieGirl) to your friends and family: thank you a MILLION times over, if you are encouraging one of my readers! Because of your support, they will do many cool things.

They will influence others for good, they will support good agricultural practices and over time make produce and organics less expensive. They will raise children who won’t tax our economy with health crisis. They will be more productive, more healthy (body, mind, and spirit), and more even-tempered, kind, and loving as they continue down this path.

If your friend is trying to go down a path to MORE whole foods, and FEWER processed and animal foods, know that he or she needs support more than anything else! Just because she has a commitment to natural, healthy diet doesn’t mean you won’t see her make a less-than-optimal choice sometimes. But please tell her how impressed you are with her progress.

Know that he isn’t judging you, and it’s not relative to your choices. He knows you are on your own path. When you’re ready, come along with us.

I am so grateful to those who support us in our quest to learn the truth about nutrition and then practice it!

XOXO, much love from

Robyn (GreenSmoothieGirl)–and the friend who sent you this link!

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

29 thoughts on “Today is Health-Nut Appreciation Day!”

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  1. Hi Robyn, I know what you mean about support. I had to tell a friend of mine,after she thoughtfully ordered veggie pizza, that i COULDN’T eat it because i was lactose and gluten intolerant. I almost said yes, to not injure her feelings and then i thought why am i saying yes, when i mean NO!! so i called her and said i’m allergic to wheat and cheese.

    I had an amazing experience last month, i want to share with the world. I’ve always eaten animal with the exception of one year, because my family would look in the fridge and say the fridge is full but there is nothing to eat-ever been there? I’ve always justified eating animal because the native americans ate it and they were spiritual, my mentor is 103 years old and he eats just alittle, Weston A Price condoned it. Soooo i was at my kitchen table with a fork in hand and i got ready to take a bite of the sonoma chicken salad– when it hit me like a (bolt of lightning), bam! I looked down at my chicken and i said this is “d.e.a.d.” “oh my GOD.” why didnt i see it before? I felt slightly queasy, for knowing and i felt guilt for not knowing. I always knew it was acidic, and my swimming had been reduced to 75 laps from 150, when i would consume red meat. But this was a spiritual lesson, that came from the heavens to say DEATH-that’s what your eating. I realized that i didn’t want to be part of a society that kills, because they can, esp. when we have OPTIONS now. Now that i know better i can’t go back!! I just have to remember to eat this for that. I know i’m going to have to get iron from another source and B-12 from another source. Maybe if the penney finally dropped for me, it will drop for others too. Maybe we won’t live in a society that condones killing, full stop!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Amen Robyn for “collecting” like minded folks, it is quite imperative, 4 most 2 keep thier structure strong.

    I am pretty much a loaner always have been and really do not give a hoot to what others think when I do what I want, that is right 4 me, never had an issue, never needed support.

    I had 2 survive from what i grew up in, so I am blessed 4 insane growing up environment.

    However it makes life more fun when I surrond myself w/like minded folks.

    U see I am here 2 turn other folks word ‘s around, I do not waver, I do not criticize, hound, harp on, ..what others eat..and eat what i want.

    If others that try to tempt ( ha ha even makes me stronger when on track) me and ask if I want some Ham, turkey, cake what ever..I do not argue, say u know i don’t eat that, Ijust say no thanks i am full..gives them No Ammunition.

    Meanwhile they see I am healthy glowing..they KNOW what I am doing and let me tell u it does knaw away at them subconsciously..so in due time it just may change them…we never know what we do in the world with our actions

    I call it seed planting…so go plant seeds and let them lift the can to water the seed u just gave them.

    hugs & blessing geri

  3. Hey GSG, thanks for sharing Matthew with us. Tell him to look in the mirror because if he stays on this raw food path, he will be even better looking 20 years from now. Us raw-foodies are ageless!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dear Robyn-

    Over the past few years, I have unsuccessfully attempted to eat healthier (smoothies/macrobiotic) and present healthier meals to my family. My husband and kids prefer some type of meat and potatoes or rice with every meal. A couple of weeks ago, my 50 yr old husband suffered a third heat attack. He now has 5 stents holding arteries and vessels open. In the ER room with him (AGAIN), I realized that I can no longer allow the types of meals HE prefers, but instead MUST start a healthier lifestyle not only for myself but for my children as well. A friend recently invited me to your San Diego lecture and I was re-charged and am ready to start down the path of healthy eating once again with a new fire for being the healthiest I can be for myself and my children. Unfortunately, my husband is not interested in changing his eating habits. I know I cannot change him, but I CAN strongly influence my children’s health and their future.

    Robyn…THANK YOU for telling your story and planting those beautiful seeds of health and wellness. May your days be filled with much joy and many blessings from God!

  5. Anonymous says:

    My biggest supporters are first, my husband Tom, he cheerfully eats whatever I put in front of him. He supports healthy financial investments like a treadmill, blendtec, excaliber food dehydrator, infarred sauna, spiral slicer, bulk food purchases of raw almonds & chia seeds, informational books… he even joined me for Bikram Yoga classes last year (awesome for detox) His philosophy is to support whatever I need to improve my health.

    Second, my son Jesse & his wife Aleina. They are moving on their own path toward improved health & lifestyle choices, we compare notes & learn from each other. This is great for me because he’s a far better cook than I am. It’s Spring break here in our corner of Washington, so we’re meeting up next week for a raw food buffet. 🙂

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi ! i loved your blog today GSG, thank you. I have certain friends like matthew that go gaga over my creations and really boost me up like that. In the past year I have really learned to accept other people’s food paths because i know what it feels like when people make fun of the food we choose to eat; it doesn’t feel good. Especially when I am eating all live beautiful vibrantly lucious food, it has been hard for me to understand that some people consider that gross!

    I live in a town that has one of the best local food movements and a great farmers market and a lot of really organic farmers. In that sense I feel supported by my community. I wish I had more support from my family though! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    To all the Health Nuts and Health Nut Appreciators I raise a glass of Green Smoothie to you all!

  7. My partner in health tends to be my daughters. My oldest is 9 and embraces most things green and healthy (followed by 2 typical brothers although one leans to vegetarian) rounded out by my youngest daughter who is 14 months and struggling with multiple food allergies. I eat green and drink green for them. They encourage me and I do this for them.

    I have a friend who is a very quiet vegetarian and she quietly supports me. She is not the huge cheering section but the gentle support that yes, I am doing the right thing.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have started green smoothies and been doing great withit! Is it normal to actually crave them instead of eating? Seriously…I find I don’t even want to eat but live on these wonderful drinks! Is that okay? I do eat nuts and beans and brown rice but not a lot of anything else that’s not a fruit or a vegi!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, thank you for your blogs. I am young in this journey (two months). There are days when it’s one step foreward, two steps back… but I keep going.. even when all isn’t perfect I keep to my one quart a day commitment. Reading the blogs and about other people who are on this same journey (doing what’s best for our bodies) helps to keep me motivated. thank you.

  10. My angels of good health are my coworkers Ana and Kim. Ana suggested I try a gluten free diet and Kim told me about green smoothies life changing!

    And that led me here…..thanks for all the great inspiration!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’m on my own in this whole adventure. My husband believes what I say, because he can feel the differences, but so far doesn’t practice it a whole lot on his own or say too much to me about it. My family doesn’t think I know anything, but are usually amazed at what I can do with food. My friends don’t want to talk about food at all. A few people ask questions and tell me they could never do it, and don’t know how I do it. Most people think I am nuts. Some times I just totally suck at it because of all of this and sometimes I question the route I am going.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Well, Joelle, you’ve got US! You should form a support group or join an existing one where you live! Seriously, it’s important to not get too isolated on this journey! Hugs,

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  13. Anonymous says:

    Am 63 yrs old, have been on WF diet for about 7 yrs, still with a few problems , though too many to mention. But, since my greensmoothie regime the last month or so, I have been so ‘sorted’ !! When my ‘few’ friends of my age or thereabouts pop round for ‘coffee ‘ they now pop round for a green smoothie, My youngest son at 32 has schizophrenia, and is not good with food, and smokes a lot, not at home now – in a supported house nearby, he calls in and has finally started to take a geen smoothie from me, yureka he can feel some energy there, he has a lot of unhealthy habits but has i feel taken the first step. It seems he thinks I am looking good for my age and wants to do the same…..I feel so inspired by all the recent events in my life and my diet is central to everything I’m sure.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Robyn for all the information that you have out there. I have been trying to find something different to do to regain a healthy life style, I knew for a long time that what I was eating was not good but I just didn’t know which way to go. My husband is my greatest support, he is so open to anything I want to try and does it along with me. So when I heard about the green smoothie and studied it , I was very excited and it all made sense to me that this was exactly what I needed. I did not know if I could handle the green look but I love it I crave it and it is fullfilling. I do feel much better and have more energy and excitement.

    Thank you Robyn you are a good person for sharing all of this with us.

  15. Thanks for this beautiful post. It’s so important to acknowledge the support we do have in our lives.

    For weeks, I’ve been struggling with feeling like there are so few people in my geographic area who can possibly ‘get’ me. A health food store? 30 minutes down the highway from my home. The closest raw food restaurant is over 60 miles away. Easter is upon us, and if it’s like Christmas, my husband’s family will be serving a meal that doesn’t even include vegetables.

    But, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Last week I attended a Living Foods lecture here in my town and there were 150 people in the audience. Your post reminds me of all of the loving and supporting people I do have in my life – like the friends who go to great lengths to prepare a vegan meal, not just for me but for everyone, when I’m invited to dinner; my ultra-supportive husband who was raised in a meat and potatoes family and yet is willing to try anything; my own family who are dying to try everything I cook and beg for recipes; and the friends who are out there in the rest of the world cheering me on.

    Thank you for your beautifully written post. It is yet another reminder about why this path is so important.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for letting me know about “Health Nut” Day. It is my 23 wedding anniversary so gives me a date I can recall. ALL THE POSTS WERE SO HELPFUL AND I will recommit to my favorite lifestyle I have been trying to follow since reading “Be your own Doctor” many years ago

    Thanks for emails with inspiration they help alot. Patricians?



  17. Anonymous says:

    I seem to be following in the path of my parents, aunts & uncles who have all been diagnosed with diabetes. It’s an epidemic as far as I am concerned. My health nut is my sister VERONICA she introduced me to you to help me change my eating habits & hopefully put me on a brighter, longer life path. I’m fighting some weight issues but for the most part I feel like I’m winning the battle & I hope to get off insulin when I accomplish my goal weight. I crave my green smoothie shakes & now my husband is starting to consider drinking them also for his health issues. My children have heeded my warnings on a healthier life style. The future looks brighter & definitely healthier. I’m so blessed for having a sister that doesn’t rest when it comes to caring for me. Thanks Veronica & Robin

  18. It’s been an unexpected surprise and delight to me that my husband, who literally ate hamburgers every night for dinner from age 10 (when he was old enough to use the stove unassisted) until he left for college, has been nothing but supportive and encouraging since I’ve been exploring going raw.

    Plus he’s learned through personal experience that green smoothies are a gateway drug. “You start drinking the green smoothies, next thing you know you start voluntarily eating salad, and it’s all downhill from there!” he warns friends. “By the way, here’s a great recipe for a maple-date-pecan-bok choy smoothie I make…”

  19. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Robyn… I sent this to Zoe my 19 yr old daughter who has always been my biggest supporter and partner in (no) crime (against animals)! We met you a few weeks ago in Seattle and Ive thought of you ever since wishing you were closerso I could spend some more time with you.

    I just wanted to say to Sandi you are SO fortunate!! My husband (of 10 months after dating for 5 yrs) informed me a few days ago he no longer wants to be married to me in part because of our food differences and because he wants to drink beer (I have systemic Candida and his beer drinking most likely caused it and definitely makes it worse). He is unsupportive and selfish and I know Im better off but its heartening to hear stories like yours about your husband. If you know of any raw food gathering in the Eastside or Seattle Id love to hear about them!

    Peace and love…Traci

  20. This blog is my primary support group! Thank you x 100000000000!!!! When I feel like I am falling off the GS wagon I start ready the blog and instantly get recharged.


  21. The simple way to eat 50% raw; green smoothie for breakfast (make double for easier tomorrow). On rushed days, just grab whatever fruit and eat in car.

    A salad for lunch with an avocado,etc to feel full. A traditional dinner sans meat – there are so many comfort foods like Thai soup or hearty veg soup, and AWAYS beans/rice combinations. Discovery: sugar increases wrinkles/tired look cuz it’s a stress factor and depleates the body of B vitamins. And, ever notice – u feel tired after sugar?

    xxx Love to my support group friends!

  22. Robyn thank you for YOUR support!!! My husband is very slowly, almost coming around. But he is thankfully patient and supportive of my choices. But thank you for being here and inspiring me to get up off my butt and make a smoothie!!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    Thank you for being here and for all that you do. I am on the right track with healthy eating even though I still often have bumps in my road. My husband is supportive though not fully understanding but I have noticed that he often makes better choices for himself now and will come home from the store stocked with with fruits and veggies for me. Progress, one day at a time.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn and everyone,

    I’m changing the subject a bit but I have something that is really bugging me and I need ya all’s input. I went to a Health and Wellness Expo this weekend and during a raw food demo the man said that “agave nectar” is very unhealthy for us and compared it to high frutose corn syrup. I was really shocked so I went to our local health food store and they said they are hearing the same thing. Robyn can you shed some light on this? Anyone else hearing anything about this… That has been my choice of sweetner for the past year now because you don’t need much and it’s a natural sweetner…I’m so confused… Thank you ~ Marie

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Marie, search this blog because I have done this subject in detail before, and Dr. Mercola came on to rebut me. Fun stuff.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Robyn…I’m convinced ~ Madhava’s Raw Blue Agave is the way to go… That’s what I’ve been using and that’s what I’ll will stick with… You are so awesome, I knew you could un-confuse me : )

  26. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Robyn = ) I think in my podunk town (Price, Utah), I am the only one. My husband does tell me, I know more than anyone else in this town about food. Everyone just has their own opinion, and what in the heck do I know – I am a nobody. People are slaves to their taste buds, and addicted how their food makes them feel – if only they knew food is still good without all that…I so miss grilled cheese sandwiches and bagels with cream cheese – I have not figured out how to replace them, and the thing that keeps me away is how they make me feel now physically, but they taste so good in my mouth!!! My biggest struggle besides for the lack of support is managing my food and time. I have a large family, and a busy schedule, and if I don’t do it right, we eat too late or I end up serving something that I feel guilty about later. I have will power, but the others are just starving and scarf up whatever I say is “OK”

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