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What Changed When We Switched to Whole Foods

Robyn Openshaw - Oct 02, 2008 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

My publisher for The Green Smoothie Diet, to be released next spring, wants me to tell my “story” in the beginning of the book.   I’ve been compiling a list of what happened as my family transitioned to a diet of whole foods.   It was certainly a sea change, to go into my pantry and dump all the Tupperware labelled flour, sugar, cornmeal, spaghetti . . . and relabel those same containers with things I’d never heard of before: quinoa, spelt, Kamut, oat groats.   And to fill up the fridge with produce instead of milk.

It’s helpful to make a list like what follows so you see the gains you’ve made (12 Steppers, I nag about this all the time, right?!)   Please feel free to share YOUR list or any part of it!   I know you are experiencing profound gains, because you email me all the time about this.   Sharing here helps others.

  1. Kids’ asthma more or less disappeared, never again a steroid prescription or an emergency visit
  2. I lost pounds I’d been carrying for several years and achieved my ideal weight, easily and without dieting or deprivation
  3. I regained energy I’d lost in my 20’s
  4. My really scary migraines (right arm going numb, unable to see or talk for several hours) stopped
  5. I needed 2 hours less sleep at night and no longer had insomnia
  6. I didn’t crash into coma-like 90-minute naps in the afternoon anymore
  7. I bounced out of bed in the morning instead of needing 20 minutes to drag myself out
  8. Panic attacks / anxiety I’d had since childhood gone (only returns if I eat sugar)
  9. Digestive problems gone: all of us totally regular, all the time, no hard or foul-smelling stool, eliminations complete
  10. Nobody gets sick anymore, besides an occasional mild cold (no strep, bacterial infection, or flu in 10 years)
  11. All four kids grew strong and tall and dominate in competitive athletics
  12. Menstrual irregularity gone, PMS symptoms dramatically lessened (I didn’t get so cranky, didn’t have cramps any more, didn’t break out)
  13. I loved people more naturally and purely, and I took frustrations with people in stride, even when their behaviors are negative–instead of wanting them to just leave me alone!   My siblings and parents commented on the dramatic change in my personality.
  14. My nails lost their white spots, grew quickly, and became strong and flexible
  15. Cravings for bad foods lessened (not gone, unfortunately, but lessened)
  16. People in the family who had warts lost them (they just went away)
  17. Nearly all of us had eczema, and it went away for everyone
  18. Two of us had hayfever, which dramatically decreased, no longer requiring drugs
  19. I used to be a terrible runner and hated it; now I look forward to running 15-20 miles per week and sometimes run races
  20. My hypoglycemia (since childhood, causing me to be unable to fast for even one meal, and causing me to not dare even going for a walk without an apple in my pocket while pregnant) . . .  GONE.

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23 thoughts on “What Changed When We Switched to Whole Foods”

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  1. I’ve been struggling still. I am still suffering from (the opposite of) these #s: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 19. I had my cravings all but gone for quite a while and then suddenly they started back up again. So I haven’t been as good as I should have been. And now I have less energy again so I don’t feel like running to the store for some more produce at the moment! Ahh!

  2. Some of the positive changes I’ve noticed:

    – More energy, especially in the evening! I don’t need to “crawl” into bed at 9:30 p.m., can still complete projects in the evening.

    – Have given up iron supplements which I have been chained to most of my adult life due to decrease hematocrit, hemoglobin, etc. etc. etc. Love it!

    – Decreased cravings for unhealthy foods. I have not been a refined sugar/meat person, however, there are other foods best left alone.

    – Increased gardening activities which not only produces wonderful produce, but has such a healthy connection to nature, reducing stress, etc.

    – Love, love, love learning new ideas, facts, information. Meeting so many wonderful people via internet community who are willing to share. Able to share this information with family, friends, anyone who will listen!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this. I wish we could all print up (organic!) t-shirts with Green Smoothie Power on the front and our little health improvement list on the back. :o)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Alrighty, then. . . my hair color is returning, or at least I think it is. My husband mentioned this before I said a word about it, although when he mentioned it, I had already found two gray hairs that had some color to it. The first one I found had about an inch of color to it. I sort of thought, “hmmm. . . ”

    Then, I didn’t say a word, I just waited to see if I found another one–and I have been looking only occasionally as hair is combed out. Another found, then another found, and just today, I found another that has only about an inch of gray to it (reverse the first one found).

    Do you think I’m smiling about this? Oh, Yeah!

  5. Robyn says:

    Janelle, WOW! COOL!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I wonder why Victoria Boutenko, the originator or green smoothies, is so fat? Don’t mean to be catty, but is that the direction after drinking green smoothies for years?

  7. I have been 100% vegan raw for around 8 years.

    My sinitis, hives, hayfever and anaphylactic shock has virtually disappeared.

    Bye bye bloating

    No more candida

    I literally have 0 period pain and I am able to feel the onset …

    My hair is still it’s natural color at 49

    I have gorgeous, smooth skin

    My eyes are clean and clear and truly sparkle with new-found inner happiness

    I have lean muscle mass and a trim, slim physique

    I have absolute clarity

    Huge synergy

    Like a flower … fragile and feeling … Yet, so strong and able to offer myself any support I may need.

    Lucid dreams

    Extreme heightened sense of awareness

    Amazing memory re-call

    Empathically connected

    Enormous compassion for Goddess’ creatures big and small

    Incredible energy

    A ton of strength in the weight room

    Stamina galore .. on my intense bike rides

    Positivity ++++ Plus!

    Sooooo much unconditional Love for all and everyone

    Far less f- word ( fear ) than ever before

    Grounded – without even trying!

    Consciously connected to the all-giving universe


    Rawsome Regards,

    Katherine Marion


    Wait til you hear what a total unbridled joy it is ito raise my raw son. At 13 years of age … onset of puberity – quite a chore for most. Another success story ….Raw should be mandatory!!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I hope you will make an ebook version also. I want to go paperless. I have enough stuff but I would buy an eversion.

    Thank you.

    1. Robyn says:

      GSG Admin said,

      You can find “The Green Smoothies Diet” in PDF format from this online store:

      Thank you!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn

    When you tell the people that have eaten poorley for there entier life about this they think your crazy.. I tell them just try anything for two days and see the differance, but some won’t try. Too bad.

    Keep up the good work.


  10. Anonymous says:

    Yes, within two days of green smoothie drinking, I’m inspired to continue in this quest for everlasting health and a renewed way of thinking.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I need some help. We are full timers in a 45 foot motor coach. I only have a very small convection oven & 2 burners. The storage is VERY limited in all areas.

    I really would have no problem: I eat to live …. but my husband lives to eat. To keep up with the demand of variety is over whelming. What would you suggest … I know of several other full timers who are having the same problem.

    We are in our 60’s and I have been trying to figure this thing out for some time.


  12. Thank you all for wanting to help the world for better health l all so want to know more about bender how much and if l buy more bender’s would be cheaper to buy l love wholesale price’s so if you can sent me infor on price’s apreciate thank you all love lorna and zoe

  13. Anonymous says:

    Genesis One

    1: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

    2: And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

    3: And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

    4: And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

    5: And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

    6: And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

    7: And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

    8: And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

    9: And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

    10: And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

    11: And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

    12: And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

    13: And the evening and the morning were the third day.

    14: And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

    15: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

    16: And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

    17: And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

    18: And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

    19: And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

    20: And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

    21: And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

    22: And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

    23: And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

    24: And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

    25: And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

    26: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

    27: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

    28: And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

    29: And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

    30: And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

    31: And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

    Genesis Two

    1: Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

    2: And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

    3: And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

    we wake up each morning on the seventh day already blessed and sactified waiting for our confirmation. Love all, Eddie Jones , another earth citiZen.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I love my green drink in the morning but am having a problem with being a bit constipated. Not a normal for me. Any suggestions that may help. I don’t remember having this before. I’m using a juicer and I wonder if I’m not getting enough of the pulp. I’ve been using only greens – should I be adding carrots, fruit or ? I have started using flaxseeds but wonder if this will all balance out. Suggestions please

    1. Robyn says:

      If you’re using flaxseeds, try “chasing” the green smoothie with a glass of water. Give it a little time, as any dietary change often makes the GI tract slow down or speed up.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Day 5 down! Feeling fresh!

  16. Anonymous says:

    I am 73 and my “liver spots ” which were quite severe hav all disappeared 🙂 I wonder if my silver grey hair will get darker ?? I am in teriffic shape for my age and am as sharpe as ever I was at 37 !

  17. Robyn

    I agree with you about the plastic containers, My wife and I knew that we shall stay away from the number of recycles is 3. 6. and 7 those are really posion but all other 1,2 4,5,8,9 are safe but, I dont felts comfortable about this containers and now about “tupperware”, I was suprised and wondering if we all have to dump that plastics stuff out of it, we need to get a glass bowl with cover rubber lid. we can store the onion breads, flax seed crackers, pudding, etcs… what your recommend about store the foods into refridgators? the one most bothering me about the rubber lids on the top of glass, that should effect our health problem… still puzzle and figure it out!

  18. Anonymous says:

    It looks like it is helping my sugar count. Have not done it long enough yet to be sure. But hoping…

    Would it really get rid of my liver spots? My goodness. that would be great, a little too much to hope for, but one never knows.


  19. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn. Thanks for this topic. I have only been doing this for a few months, but have lost 25 lbs. fast at first and now slower, but am on a path that I will not be getting off. The smoothies are my favorite. My insides like the constancy of the fiber. I too am 73 and would love to see the sun spots disappear, but have to say that my skin is a lot better. I am not sweating at night. Never did know what that was about, but it was a lot of sweating. My heart is mostly beating normally. I thought I was going to die every night when I went to bed because of the horrible palpitations. I was losing hair at such a rapid rate that I thought I would go bald and I always had a lot of hair. I was going to blame the hair color and stop coloring, but this last few weeks I stopped losing my hair and I thought I’d try one more time. It is not falling out and I hope that is from the diet. Also before I colored it this time, I couldn’t notice the gray/white as much. I’m going to watch that to see what happens. The cramping diarrhea and constipation that I have suffered from forever are mostly under control and don’t occur as long as I am consistent about the food and water. The horrible “acid reflux” I lived with and was medicated for is mostly gone. I maintain the raw diet and stay away from a couple of fruits that I am a little sensitive to. Greek yogurt can call to me and my elimination seems to be better when I eat it, but it’s a lot of calories and a lot of fat. I don’t want the non fat. It is Better than when I take a probiotic pill. I really don’t want to eat any dairy any more, but I worry about alcohol content of homemade rejuvelac and I don’t know how to find that out. My joints are better and the bumps on my thumb joints have gone down considerably. As long as I stick to it, I have a lot more energy. If this continues, I will be a happy girl. So far, so good. Lynn

    1. Robyn says:

      Lynn, great work, fabulous results! The rejuvelac alcohol contents are well under 0.005, which is negligible.

  20. Joyce says:

    I have played around with greensmoothie (what was available youtube) after juicing brought me to a plateau, I am scheduling to attend a seminar in Jacksonville FL. My interest is has anyone delt with parkinson and seizures from a brain tumor removal?

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