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“what do you eat in a day?” [and more true confessions]

Robyn Openshaw - Feb 04, 2011 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Every now and then I do a “what do I eat on a typical day” blog. It’s been a while! And I get asked this question constantly. So here’s what I ate yesterday, below. Since I’m doing True Confessions, here’s more. I don’t count calories, but long ago I did. I learned from logging everything I ate into DietPower, and also logging my exercise, that I need 1600 calories a day with NO exercise to maintain. I am just over 5’8″ and weigh 135 lbs. My body fat is 20%, and my BMI is also 20%.

I actually eat 2000 calories or more because I burn 400-800 a day doing 2 hours daily of cycling, running, playing tennis, doing yoga–and I’m finally back to weightlifting after an almost 2-year hiatus. (It went by the wayside when I started playing 4 seasons a year of competitive tennis.) (NO, you don’t need to work out that long! I do it because it makes me happy, as I’ve played sports since I was very young.)

Anyway, I give you all of this to compare, if any of those stats are relevant to you. For quite a few years, I have not gotten on the scale more than a few times a year. When you reach ideal weight, only addictions are going to get you into trouble. Sugar, white flour, caffeine, chocolate, meat, fried whatever, salt. Whole foods aren’t addictive, so generally you don’t overeat them. (Some people with heavily addictive patterns can overeat even complex carbs like oatmeal. Nobody really overeats greens, vegetables, fruits–hard to do!)


So this was my yesterday:



Hot Pink breakfast smoothie (Ch. 10, 12 Steps–1 quart, about 400 to 450 cals., 10% protein, 10% good fats)



Orange-Banana Squash (banana squash with orange juice, dates, cloves) (Junk Food Dude’s Yummy Healthy Recipes, not yet published, stay tuned)

1 pint green smoothie

Some black licorice (get a good kind at a health food store or Costco, sometimes you can find a brand with whole-wheat flour–the sweetener should be molasses only, no HFCS or sugar)


1 pint green smoothie

Hot cocoa” (coconut milk powder, really nutritious cocoa)


Green salad with romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, orange bell pepper, sesame seeds, and Sun Drenchers Asian dressing

Big baked potato with some salsa and cashew-based “sour cream”

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15 thoughts on ““what do you eat in a day?” [and more true confessions]”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    White potatoes aren’t good for you because it converts to sugar really fast & increases your blood sugars really fast! How come your not eating a sweet potato?

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Sweet potatoes are better. Unfortunately I don’t much like them, cooked. In soup or pasta sauce, or RAW, I do love them.

  2. Can I pat myself on the back that I’ve got the same body fat and BMI as green smoothie girl?? 🙂 I weigh a bit less but I am shorter. I definitely do my best to eat only whole foods and it’s payed off. I am 35 pounds smaller and have much more energy since moving to a diet of only whole, unrefined foods. Your green smoothies definitely revolutionized that change, so thank you!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Well Kami, good job! (Just so anyone reading this knows, I’m not holding myself up as the ideal–just giving you a benchmark to compare your own calories, etc. based on your own height and other stats.)

  3. Anonymous says:

    okay… so this is totally helpful. thank you for the down and dirty of your life. i’m all over the hot pink smoothie for breakfast. thanks for that one robyn! but mid day i’m dieing for a green one, i’m glad to see you are too 😉 i love that you’re totally real. thank you again for that too.

    i used to be a total treat freak, but since having so many green smoothies, i have changed. they don’t even taste good anymore. i am in love with the chia snowballs (THE BEST!) and my friend made your almond joys… both tdf. those snowballs are dangerous!

    you have motivated me and i finally feel like i can do it! i can eat whole foods that are yummy and feel good about what my kids are eating. thank you thank you thank you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m on step three – salad dressings. What do you think about putting a very small amount (1tsp.) of feta cheese and a few dried cranberries in salad? Is it best to stay away from any kind of cheese when dressing a salad?

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Kathy, a few of my salad recipes include a dairy product too. I minimize animal proteins in my family’s diet to under 5%.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing Robyn. I remember awhile ago when you first shared with us how much you enjoyed Sun Drenchers dressings. I thought you mentioned that we might be able to pay to get the recipes, is that going to be possible? I love the simple ingredients, yet to know the measurements would be easier then guestimating.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Camille, some recipes are in the freebies Ruth is giving away to those who sign up for our retreat–other than that, I don’t know how you would acquire Ruth’s proprietary recipes.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love the hot pink breakfast smoothie. I have been doing the mcdougall program and like it, but I feel it lacks a lot of the greens. I have been drinking green smoothies for a couple of years now and I love them. I have been trying to add more greens into it and less fruit. My problem is that I worry about eating any fat or nuts in that I am going to gain weight. I am trying to lose this last 14 lbs. and it is taking forever to lose. I have lost almost 50 lbs. but it has taken me quite a few years to lose it. I have been vegan for a long time. Another problem I have is that I lack energy and am shedding hair. I figure I am only 42, I should not be so tired all the time. I do workout and workout hard for an hr. a day, but I feel so tired most of the day and wake up tired. I want that energy you are all talking about.


    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Kathy, that sounds like anemia and/or a hypothyroid issue. It can take awhile to turn that around. I am familiar with that because I used to have those symptoms. I suggest Liquid Light in my store, for long-term cell permeability to address mineral non-absorption–it’s also very electrolyte- and mineral- and trace-mineral-rich. Right before bed, and in the morning too. I also recommend getting off sugar.

      A small amount of nuts is good, not bad–worry about refined oils, and if you want to eliminate SOME fat, get rid of any oils rather than getting rid of a bit of nuts/seeds each day. Even with the cashews in Hot Pink, it’s still only 9% fat! Your body needs fats to keep cells supple and permeable–you don’t want to age fast! Don’t let the 1980’s get so deep in your psyche–fat is one of the THREE macronutrients for a reason. And that reason is that you NEED it. Macdougall, et. al. are docs who work a lot with heart patients and thus they are preoccupied, then, with fat. Keep fat under 10% of the diet, yes–but plant foods provide that, on average, so we shouldn’t have to obsess about it unless we’re eating a lot of meat and dairy and processed food.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thankyou for your advice, I appreciate it. I guess I need to look at it that God created the nuts and seeds and that they can’t be all that bad for you. I generally don’t eat sugar. I usually use stevia and occasionally I use agave nectar and dates.

    I can’t wait to come to your class on the 24th at the Riverdale Good Earth. You are definetly an inspiration.


  8. Anonymous says:


    wish you would hold a workshop somewhere in Louisiana, like New Orleans or Baton Rouge, Shreveport. People here need to learn to eat healthy.


    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Deb, sure…..if someone set it up!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I just discovered your site today. I am hypothyroid and have a long laundry list of health issues. I recently stopped taking my thyroid medicine and am 40 lbs lighter than I was when I was taking it. Not sure what is going on. Ayway, I’m almost 31 and have no energy, sluggish adrenals, and no vitamin d, b, or magnesium. Im wondering if your program may reverse my thyroid issue, or at least help it. Not sure where to begin. Have you considered doing a class or retreat in Boston?

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