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Why you will always be nurtured here on

Robyn Openshaw, MSW - Sep 23, 2010 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

On the internet, if you’ve been around a while, you know that many of the comments people make in public forums are angry, negative, and nonproductive. On the rare occasion I read these forums, my stomach ends up tied in knots after a few minutes.

I hate conflict. I grew up in a home with a lot of it. It took me many years to figure out that it’s toxic, and that you can choose not to indulge, encourage, and embrace conflict. That you can defuse it or at least walk away from it. I now choose to minimize it in my life. When I’m exposed to it, I try not to wallow in it and relive it, after the fact.

The best thing is to find unusual ways to neutralize it and move on from it. I interrupt the thought patterns that revisit it, break down conflicts in my head as honestly as possible if they’re bothering my heart, and then when I’m done with it, discipline myself to think about something more productive.

I like when people comment on my blog with views contrary to my own. You can’t grow or learn without other ideas and people pushing back on your own. So bring it on!

I promise not to get offended if your opinion differs from mine.

If you dig deep on this site and blog, you’ll find that I won’t engage in conflict that doesn’t seem productive. If someone is hostile or abusive in a blog comment, I delete it. If someone is a bit contrarian and lively in their disagreement, even if it’s a personal criticism of me–I approve the comment.

But there is precious little anger and hostility even in others’ comments here. Generally GSG readers almost always take the “high road.” I hope that’s because my goal is consistent and comes across clearly: to nurture people on their journey. Not tear them or their choices down. We do enough of that to ourselves to last a lifetime!

It isn’t productive to be negative. And the corollary is this: it’s infinitely valuable to praise good first steps, good efforts, towards a healthier and happier life. I have always appreciated comments that are constructive and helpful.

Ideas and experiences abound in the comments made here on my blog. Those who contribute, thanks for helping me build valuable resources for others!

Posted in: Detox, Mind/Body Connection

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I recently purchased a Blendtec blender. It was being demonstrated making spinach ice cream. It was great but I did not get the recipe. I was wondering if you have a recipe for spinach ice cream. It was made with powdered milk I think but that’s all I can remember and of course the fresh spinach. Hope you can help me out.



    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Ooh, no, but I just might have to make up a spinach ice cream, for the entertainment value! I do have a chocolate pudding with KALE in it (Ch. 11). I wouldn’t use powdered milk though . . .

  2. Anonymous says:


    Recently I had my 4th child. I gain well over the “healthy” 30lbs in my pregnancies. At my 6 week mark I joined a Biggest Looser Competition to motivate weight loss. I knew I didn’t want to DIET while nursing and I also knew getting to the gym with all 4 kids over the summer wasn’t going to happen. Instead, I purchased your 12 Step Manuel and spent my entire summer in the kitchen eating, and learning from your book.The weight melted off! I lost an average of 3 pounds a week and after 13 weeks WON the title of BIGGEST LOOSER!!

    I never went hungry and didn’t spend hours in the gym!

    I love how I feel and look. I am thinner than I was when I got married!

    When people ask what I did to loose it I tell them about you.

    My family is converted- we drink green smoothies as often as possible. (ages, 9,7,&5) and salads everyday!

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge, it’s changing my future generations!

    If you make it out to NY I’d love to attend your class. I live in CT.

    To your Health!


    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Ember, EXCITING!! I will put this front and center on my blog soon! Hope I get to meet you in NYC–so far no one has the space to host my show. It’s gotta seat 60+. CONGRATS! XOXO,

  3. Anonymous says:

    What do you do with people who have “failure to thrive on green smoothies” experiences?

    I have been trying to figure out what it is that is going awry. I love your green smoothie idea, and for about three weeks, I enjoy drinking them. Then suddenly one morning, I make one and start to drink it and have a gag reflex to it. I feel like if I drink it, I’ll throw-up. Once, I even tried to force myself to drink it anyway, and nearly lost it all. It was several months before I could even think about green smoothies again without shuddering. Recently, I got into it again, but in the last few days I have been noticing that I’m starting to get sick of them. I know they are good for me, and I love the method of getting in my daily raw greens, but something is not quite right. Has anyone else had this trouble? How do I overcome it? My family is starting to like them, and I don’t want to stop our excellent progress in healthy eating!

    Thanks for your wonderful site, and example!


    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Deanne, eat something else with it, don’t drink it all at once, don’t drink it in the morning, thin it with more water, use more fruit, use MUCH more variety so you don’t dread them, and experiment with what INGREDIENT is bothering you. That’s what I would suggest. You may be a very “taste-oriented” person–maybe you are really “picky?”

  4. Anonymous says:

    can you make your chocolate cake that was in your email newsletter without the coconut cream concentrate for the frosting? I was hoping to make it soon, but I don’t have access to that ingredient locally. Thanks, Sarah

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Sarah, yes of course, you can make it with butter too!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I love your openness and never will I be offended, you are amazing and got me doing more of the green smoothies rather than the “blended salads” that I was doing before you. It has been 2 years and my testimonal is in your book and I am so happy for that. Thanks. You really are the one who introduced me to the green goodness as I refer to them as, Thanks Robyn. If you come to Spokane washington let me know I would love to have you here. It would be awesome to have you come up here and host a show.

    Thanks Lisa

  6. Anonymous says:

    Deanne – I can relate. I got to the point where I just couldn’t face them. What solved my problem was two things: serve it really cold, so I dropped some ice cubes in the glass before I poured the smoothie in – and drink it with a straw.

  7. in response to dean on the green smoothies , my way is to be more with fruit than green and use as many as you like as their are so many to choose from ,DONT GIVE UP.! i green from monday to friday and not over weekend it works for me. make them simple

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    It looks like you are looking for a place in NYC to host a show. A possibility might be New York Open Center, which as their website states, they are New York’s Leading Center of Holistic Learning and World Culture. Their website is They present classes and programs and also have space available to rent out. I don’t know the particulars of how you or they work, but your program would certainly be a good fit there.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I can also relate to the green smoothie’s being hard to swallow sometimes. What I do when that happens is; I incorporate more salads and I lay off the smoothies for a bit, at least I am still getting my greens, just not drinking them for a while. When I start back on them again, I add frozen bananas and cinnamon and it seems it’s just like starting over again, where I love them just like the first time LOL. Too funny how that happens but it does. I would also suggest ordering Robyns 12 Step Program – there really is so much variety in there and so many helpful tips – It’s awesome.

    Good Luck to all of you <3

  10. Anonymous says:

    Also for Deanne: . . you might have hit a layer of dirt in your system (depending how toxic your diet was in the past) that needed to be cleansed. Heaving, while not pleasant, is one way of detoxing that poison quickly . . and that may have been your body’s intention. Don’t give up on green smoothies – – or any thing green and containing chlorophyll. Once you get past the poisons in your system.. you won’t have that problem. But realize that could take quite a while. You don’t know how many layers of dirt you have built up there. .

    Clean it out though because by doing so you’re halting the disease and premature aging process..

  11. Anonymous says:

    I agree Robyn. I never engage in conflict as I grew up with that too. There’s no room in my life for that now. I walk away from those people. . and feel like I’ve dumped 100 pounds of weight off my chest..

    Way to go girlfriend.

  12. http://? says:

    Deanne – I have also read that you need to rotate your greens. If you don’t some people will have different reactions after awhile, which sounds like what happened to you. So Kale one day, spinach the next, collards, swiss chard, beet greens, carrot tops, parsley etc. By the way, at farmers market some people throw the carrot and beet tops away, so request if there are any discarded and they will usually throw them in for free along with your purchase!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I can’t have a green smoothie everyday. I get tired of them if I do. I usually do every other day, and change up the greens and fruit as often as possible. I do have a favorite though that I can seem to drink whenever: kale, spinach, banana, pear, and kiwi (sometimes added). I love the super bright emerald green color of this smoothie, and it always tastes like sweet, ripe pear (a favorite flavor of mine). I also have to drink them SUPER cold; they are not palatable to me otherwise.

    I’m a professional chef and baker by trade. I am passionate about food, very knowledgable and skilled, and I love to cook, so I cannot, for my mental health’s sake, make green smoothies the center of my diet. I am a hard core veggie lover though, so I try to get the bulk of my veggies in my lunches and dinners. A favorite book I use is Mollie Katzen’s _Vegetable Heaven_. I never get bored w/ the recipes in this book: unusual and unique flavors and dishes and they are super healthy as well as tasty (I can’t get enough of the tomato-fennal soup and Cuban black beans w/ mango).

    Healthy eating is a marathon, not a race. 😀

  14. Anonymous says:

    I’ve had smoothies every day for 6mos. I never get tired of them because I rotate all my greens and fruits, I also add my super foods. I have never felt better and if I’m too busy and miss a meal I have all this good stuff in my body to keep me going I never feel like I’m starving.

    Love my smoothies.

    Gina G.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I have a question regarding kale. I love it. However, every time I eat it either as a salad or in a smoothie, I notice some enlarged taste buds (I guess) on the back of my tongue. I can feel the enlarged “bumps” against my soft palate. There hasn’t been any itching or anything like that. I wondered if it might be an allergy, or is it common place when eating kale, in particular. As far as I can tell, I don’t think I’m allergic to any food. I do have to watch how much whole wheat I eat….that can bother my stomach.

    Any ideas are welcome. I know it is so wonderful, full of calcium. I’m 52, so would really love to get that extra in such a simple and healthful way. 🙂

    Thanks for any help/insight,


  16. Anonymous says:

    I just finished reading “Seeds of Deception” about GMOs. Octotober Nongmo month. I hope everybody out there takes the opportunity to really understand what GMOs are doing to our food supply.

    Demand NonGMO food and work to make it a requirement that all of food be labeled according. Take a look at

    Thanks for showing people that good food can be easy.

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