Hello everybody and welcome to the fit to fat to fit experience podcast. I’m your host, drew Manning and I’m your cohost Lynn Manning and we’re super excited to be back again with another episode. You guys, another great one with the green smoothie girl and Robyn Openshaw is, her name is it. A lot of people don’t know her as row. Robyn Openshaw, she’s known as the green smoothie girl. Uh, she is the founder of greensmoothiegirl.com and GSG life, which is a direct sales company that she founded and owns. So a little bit about her background, you guys is, she has a, an amazing journey for over 20 years. She’s been over 200 pounds, had 21 chronic diseases at one point in time, and she was able to reverse all of that through green smoothies. Hence the name green smoothie girl. She’s inspired thousands of people all across the world.
Um, she spoken in over 80 cities in the past year. She’s a motivational speaker. Uh, she’s a business woman, a single mom of four kids and she’s accomplished a ton. You know she’s lost over 70 pounds and has changed the health of for kids who suffered with things like asthma and some other chronic diseases that she was able to fix through diet and I know a lot of that sounds crazy you guys, but we’re going to dive in to today’s episode that we talk a lot about juicing and a whole food blending and the difference between the two and her. Amazing story. Obviously
I was going to say Robin is like a prime example of somebody that shows how the power of food, what we put in our body can make a huge impact, not just on the scale weight. Yeah, she lost 75 pounds. That’s great. But more importantly, 21 you know, chronic illnesses that she had and the medications that she was on and the medications and things that her children were on and how all of that changed through the power of food. This is a very powerful episode and it will kind of dive in for a lot of people since it’s such a hot trend about juicing, you’ll learn a lot more about what is juicing, what is whole food blending, how to do it, how to make it fast and affordable. And is it right for you?
Yup. So we don’t want to give away too much right now. Uh, you’ll have to listen to the episode to hear all the details, but it’s a great, amazing episode that even inspired me to drink more green smoothies, which as you guys know, I already like green smoothies. But anyways, first this episode is brought to you by, we have two sponsors of the show today. The first one is dollar workout club.com dollar workout club.com is an online fitness program where you get access to five at home workout videos, five new healthy recipe videos, and five new motivational videos every single week for just a dollar. All you pay is $1 access to 15 new videos of content every single week. And it’s a super affordable with a high quality product.
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Well my, my brothers and my family and my children call me Robin. But if I go out, especially here locally where I’ve done, I’ve spoken to about 50,000 people and audiences locally. People come up and they don’t even know my name, they just call me green smoothie girl. Cause I’ve been on the girl for like eight years.
I totally relate to that. Everyone just calls me the fit to fat to fit guy. So I get that. So it’s okay. You know, I don’t get offended, you know, I’m a, I’m not like, Hey, please call me drew. I’m like, you can come with a fit to fat to fit.
Yeah, we answered to that or whatever. Right,
exactly. Yeah. It doesn’t matter. But Robin, you have such an amazing story. I would actually love for you to tell people your story because you kind of have your own fit to fat to fit story and journey. Um, you didn’t do it on purpose like me, but I would love for you to tell a little bit of your background how you got the green smoothie girl name and how you found your, your journey of health.
Yeah. I, I gained almost the exact same amount a week that you did, um, drew, but for a different reason. I basically, and it was everybody in America and I didn’t know the influence that food was having on me in so many different ways when I was 26 years old. I’ve been raised by a health net mom and my grandmother had cured herself of cancer in the 80s by drinking tons of tons of green juice and giving up sugar and just eating like this raw alkaline vegan diet. And I’d watched that and you’d think that I’d be influenced by it. But you know, you think you’re, you think you’re invincible when you’re 18 and you leave home and nobody ever gave you any junk food. And so you just, I just went with it and I graduated college at 106. Well, I was married then. I’m hundred 65 pounds when they gave birth to my first baby, I was well over 200 pounds.
And even, even not pregnant, I was in the one eighties and I’m five, eight. Um, I, uh, so I was, you know, easily 70, 75 pounds up from where I should’ve been. And worse than that, worse than how I look. Um, I actually still, even though I speak all over, I was in, I spoke in 88 cities last year. I’ve never gotten the courage up to put my before and after photo up and cause it’s just still, it’s really more defined to me cause unlike you, I didn’t do it as an experiment. I did it accidentally. And so I, you know, I finally, you know, went through all kinds of infertility testing and treatments and I finally gave birth after five artificial inseminations, a bunch of miscarriages. He was a twin and I lost his twin. And then when he was born he weighed almost nine pounds.
He’s 23 inches long, super healthy baby. And a year later, you know, I had weaned him onto formula and then onto, you know, just standard American diet crap. I was feeding him chicken nuggets and cinnamon raisin bread and many bottles a day of cow milk. And my baby was failing and he had horrible asthma and allergies and eczema and he was losing weight and they put him on all kinds of Bronco dilators and steroids and antibiotics. And I didn’t even take him out in public and I stopped taking him to church cause I couldn’t the nursery, if he got sick, if you got a call, if he was like, you know, hospitalized in an oxygen tent. And when he was a year old he fell below the fifth percentile for weight and he was diagnosed failure to thrive. And so, wow. Yeah, it’s been like five years trying to bring him into the world.
And I wasn’t sleeping at night and so I was afraid if I fell asleep very hard, I wouldn’t be there when he died. And that was a very real possibility because he was in and out of hospitals and emergency rooms and, and just lay there. A lot of times he’d be breathing like 85 times a minute. We were up all night with them trying to decide we’re going to go to the ER or call the ambulance or what. And you know, I was suffering too. I have 21 different diagnosed diseases. I had a big tumor, I was losing my eyesight. I had four autoimmune diseases. Um, I was having migraines. I took drugs for that. I was having horrible anxiety and panic attacks cause my baby is sick and, and I didn’t realize, um, drew, you and I were just talking about this, um, about how my hormones are whacked out from all the crap I was eating.
And so my anxiety and secondary depression was off the charts. Um, taking drugs for that. Probably the scariest thing is that I was having mini strokes. I was 27. Yeah, I was having, they’re called trans ischemic attacks and my right arm would go down and I couldn’t see or speak for hours. And um, terrifying really. I mean, you know, here I am the, in my twenties, I, uh, I didn’t fantasize about anything at 27 years old. I’ll literally, my only, my only thought was like how many hours where I can go to bed. And my only fantasy was when I could go to sleep and I’m supposed to be like 27. Right? Like what are people supposed to be doing with their triceps? So sweet and a lot of sex. Right. And I thought sex, I’ve had no sex drive. And you know, that’s not fun.
And so I was miserable and hated my life. I was on, uh, you know, Zoloft for as a, as on somebody for drugs. And when they, I don’t know, guided me, but I went in my kitchen, I blended up some, I threw some spinach and some alfalfa sprouts in the blender with the usual crap. And I went out on the porch cause I, you know, we just run up against, on run up against everything that medicine could do for us. And you’d had the steroids five times in a year and they told me it was guaranteed to something that’s growth. And um, they told me there’s nothing more they could do for him. And he’s 15 months old. He weighed 13 pounds and I was, Oh my gosh. Yeah. I mean, you guys are parents, you know that you, you know how devastating it was. Us totally overwhelmed.
Started to wonder if food might be a thing. I’m like, well, I could eat healthier. I knew we had a lot of crap. And so I made sort of like my first evergreen Smitty, not really intentionally, but it’s just like, Oh well I’ll just cover it up with some pineapple juice and some other crap. And, but I put a bunch of Spanish in there and I bought the Strauss and I took my little boy outside. Um, it was June. They sent him in the grass to play. He was, you know, old enough to be walking a bit and sat down on the porch and started drinking this. And um, he got up by the grass and he walked over to me and he said, what’s that? And I said, this total genius mom moment, right? I said, uh, ice cream.
Yes. And you, of course you don’t. He’s like, can I ask him? And like, no, it’s mommy’s, you know, cause I’m [inaudible] you totally do the first time. Right. But yeah, so now we want some really, really wants it. And so I said, well, all right, you can have a little taste, but just a little, it’s mommy’s. And he drank it and he sucked it all the way to the bottom of this big time class. And I sat there watching this and this light bulb went off over my head and I went, Oh my gosh, maybe I can feed him healthy foods. Maybe there are things I could make him that aren’t hard to make and that are yummy to a one year old. And it was this big epiphany and we basically have drank him a pint. Um, the other three children that would come soon after, no, no infertility drugs, um, needed for the rest of them.
We would drink a green smoothie, but we made it healthier and healthier and our tastes changed and we weren’t. So we weren’t addicted to like sugar, processed meat and white flour. I started to make one change after the other and the more it radically changed our quality of life and the more health problems just started literally disappearing and fast. The more excited I became, the more I studied, the more habits I put into place. I became pretty much this health nut because what happened is that my baby gained all the weight back and ditched all his symptoms and would never be honest or it again would never be on an antibiotic again. Fuck, I’ve never had a child on him about it. Again, I’m never the Bronco dilators. We would have to strap this gas mask to his face every four hours to deliver inhaled drugs.
Um, would become a thing of the past. All my children are born with that same genetic tendency, but we never had these hospitalizations and, and uh, having to keep them out of public and, you know, sanitize the, the grocery cart because he might touch it and get germs. This, all those things are a thing of the past. And my son went on to lead the state of Utah and RBI C led his team to the state playoffs his senior year. And he in the playoffs, he hit two grand slams and he, um, pitched a 90 mile an hour near shutout in the playoffs. One of my favorite, literally probably my favorite nights of my life to be honest, is watching my son front of 2000 people at current stadium. And um, he was named MVP after the game and my boy is six foot three. Whoa.
Hey, see everybody eat your veggies. Veggies. No, I mean honestly, I mean you, I’ve heard miraculous stories about the power of food. You know, I’ve heard, like you said, I’ve heard of people that have documented their stories of overcoming an autoimmune disease or beating cancer and attributing that to their food decisions. But you, as far as somebody I know personally have overcome more than anyone else I’ve known personally through the power of food. And it’s so powerful to hear your story. And also heart-wrenching. I know as a mom, as a mom myself, um, you know, we, we worry about our kids so much. I can’t even begin to fathom, you know, what you went through. But I know there’s probably so many parents out there listening to this podcast right now that may be going through similar situations, maybe not as severe, but are dealing with um, things, even if it’s something like asthma or eczema that we don’t even realize we can help or change based on the foods we feed our kids. And though of course we’re going to go into, you know, whole food blending and talk a little bit about juicing and benefits and whatnot. I think it’s a perfect segue since you’re already talking about it, of giving parents advice. How do you help your kids eat healthier? What is the biggest tip that you give to? I am a,
I have a couple of tips, but I should mention to the end of my story. It’s not just that my son, I mean, I wouldn’t have made all those changes. I’m quite certain if I hadn’t had a baby who was literally jeopardy of, of dying. Um, but it should also be mentioned that I did 75 pounds and became a competitive athlete myself. I play, um, competitive tennis all over, um, in leagues and tournaments. At the FORO level. Something I couldn’t have dreamed of when I was obese. Makes it. Yeah. And also cool. Yeah. All 21 diseases disappeared off all the meds and, and live a life that at 27 I couldn’t have dreamed of now and I’m 48 now. So, um, I, in terms of how to do it with kids, this, I’ll tell you one thing then nobody likes hearing this, but you got to get sugar out of your house and people will say, Oh, you can be extremes.
I with me and sugar, I’m a sugar addict. If I have it in the house, I’m going to eat it. If, if I, if I have it in the house, my kids are going to eat it and then they’re going to start wailing for more. It’s a never ending thing. And so, you know, one of the key things for me is just, I never, I, I got rid of it and it didn’t come back in our house. It’s not though. We never eat sugar because let’s face it, we’re not always at home. Right. Kids are at school, they’re at Prince hounds. But we stopped getting sick when we stopped eating that processed food diet and started putting some really good habits into play. The green smoothie is key. When I put greensmoothiegirl.com up, it was because we went on wife swap that ABC, Disney, um, reality TV series.
We were on season five and, and Disney and ABC told me that people would be trying to reach me and learn about this after seeing us on the show. And, and um, then what I did expect it was really just a short term objective is putting this website up and telling my story is that the site went crazy viral and now we get like 8 million visitors a year. And I think it’s because when I put that site up in 2007, the term greens moody was getting 50 searches a month on Google and it now gets, you know, hundreds of thousands. And so the green smoothie is a great way to, to, to um, get your kids eating healthier because I can really confess now that I’m finishing my parenting. Um, I have one child left at home that was the sewer raised that um, I confess he eats stuff that I don’t know about.
Um, he said his father’s house, I’m not, um, I’m divorced now. Um, he makes a lot of choices I don’t love and I don’t, I’m not going to try and be controlling about that. We all get to make our own choices, but he’s required to eat three healthy things a day and I make them, I make them so that I, you know, can make sure that he’s getting some bases covered that are really important to me because I know a lot about nutrition and one of them is just to drink plenty of green smoothie a day. And um, I would have different tips for you then because your little girls are small. Um, now that I’m in the teenager phase, one of, one of the things is my son wants to, when he turned 16, he wants to have a car and I said then I’ll pay you to make the green smoothies every night for the next day for you and me and, and do the dishes. And so he gets paid to make recently. So he is,
yeah, I like that.
What, what uh, let me ask you a question cause I have a ton of questions. Robin, first of all, cause you said so much and I could listen to you talk for 45 minutes straight honestly. Uh, what is a typical green smoothie look like for you and your kids? Like when you say green smoothie, what does that consist of?
Well, if I were a newbie and if I were, when I, when I, you know, I’ve spoken in four 50 cities over the last six years and when I’m showing a beginner green smoothie, it’s going to be maybe more fruit than my family would have. But why objective with a green smoothie is to get as much green as possible and the fruit is to make it palatable and the water is to thin it out and make it drinkable. And so I just blend the whole foods. It’s, it’s a five to 10 minute task in your day. And in a court of green smoothie you can get 10 servings of raw greens and fruit and average Americans like getting one or two servings of fruits and vegetables and they’re not spinach, raw spinach and kale and collards and chard. So those are sort of our staple greens is spinach, kale, collards charges. Cause they were sort of mild in flavor and you could get them year round. But you know, key variety is really key. You know, getting different breeds. And you know, when I started teaching this in 2007 we didn’t have triple washed organic greetings in every store in America. That’s how much better things have gotten in the last seven years.
Yeah, it’s a lot more accessible. A lot of people know about whether it’s juicing or whole food blending. And we’re going to talk and ask you of course about the difference so that our listeners can kind of get a little bit of background, but it is a lot more assessable, affordable, um, easier cause it’s like pretty washed and ready to go and ready to blend, um, ways to get these vegetables in your diet and just everyone knows that’s listening. Now we’re going to put in the show notes, um, Robin’s website with her green smoothie girl dot con so that you guys can get there and also find some different recipes to make for yourself. So just keep that in mind.
Yeah. And one thing I want to touch on as well, Robin, is this whole food blending versus juicing. Cause some people might not know the difference. Like, well what’s the difference between juicing and whole food blending? Can you just kind of give a summary of, of the difference between the two and why do you choose to do the whole food blending the majority of the time versus juicing?
Yeah, I get asked that question hundreds of times. Yeah, I get, I’ve done videos on it twice on my YouTube channel. I’ve answered it on my site in detail, but the short of it is, first of all, both are great. And, um, juicing is what my grandmother did. You take, you take five pounds of vegetables and you put it through a juicer. Especially I have a $2,500 Norwalk juicer. Don’t get confused cause I’m the green smoothie girl and I’m not teaching. Do you see, I teach blending and I’ll tell you why. Um, it’s not being as juicing is bad. I have a $2,500 Norwalk. It presses it. So it’s not, you know, you’re not oxidizing those vegetables. And so you can literally keep that juice for five, six, seven days because it’s cold pressed and they’re expensive. But that’s out of range for most people.
Um, I do buy green juice at Roxbury here locally. Um, but I didn’t for many, many, many years. And when I lost 70 pounds and got my son self back in my health back, we, we didn’t have, we didn’t have much money. I was, you know, a young mom, a stay at home mom. I, my then husband was making $40,000 a year or something. He owned a home and had a mortgage. And so, you know, when you raising young children, you are, you know, establishing your career. You don’t have to tell any money. Um, one thing I like about blending, the, the main reason that I teach blending rather than juicing. Juicing became very popular again few years ago, kind of comes and goes. Um, Jack Willow lane popularized it in what the 50s or something. Um, do you see he has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity because of Joe Cross, Joe Cross and his um, uh, documentary, his documentary, right?
It’s called, yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s like a nearly dead and a lot of people were inspired by that and I think that’s really great. The problem I have with juicing is that people do it in fits and starts. They’ll do it for a while, but it’s an hour. Um, you get the stuff out of your fridge, you get it. You’re going to use a lot of vegetables. You need to throw away 90% of it. You’re going to be shocked by how much it costs. You’re going to be throwing a ton of it away. It’s a little bit wasteful that fiber is going in the landfill or if you’re, if you’re really eco conscious, maybe you’re um, you’re a comma style. But um, I don’t find that people stick with it and myself included and I’m really committed to my health. So what I find is that green smoothies is something that people will do.
I could get almost anyone to do it cause it takes them 10 minutes a day and that’s where you’re throwing the whole thing in the blender. You’re blending it up. Do you see? It’s fantastic if you’re going to choose, I’m serious about this. When I am on the road on speaking tour and we go to whole foods market, I go to juice bar and I say don’t put any fruit in it. If you’re going to juice, don’t juice fruit because you’re throwing away the fiber. A glass of juice is the, is the sugar of eight oranges and it’s concentrated and it doesn’t have the fiber in it to slow down the impact on blood sugar. And so like, you know, drew says, you know, you’re looking for nutrient density and you are looking at glycemic impact. You’re not, you know, those are things whether you’re like drew says whether you’re a paleo or whether you’re a vegan, those are things to keep in mind and they’ll keep you within a, uh, you rational, uh, diet.
I don’t care if people eat meat or not either. That’s not my thing. I don’t like to eat animal protein. But those are some really good, um, rules of thumb. But that too, blending versus juicing. I like to blend because I find that it is a sustainable habit that I can get about everybody to do juicy. I would do if I have cancer. I know the Gerson therapy has been massively successful for a ton of people. I would, I’m not giving medical advice. You’re just saying that’s what I would do. Like answer 13 glosses. Agreed. Use a day. You’re flooding your body with antioxidants that mop up free radicals, which cause cancer. I would, I would do it if I were sick, I would do it if I had time and money to do it.
Yeah. Gotcha. But I love that because like you said, you know, I’m thinking it from a practical mom point of view, I’m all about time efficiency and money and when it comes to that time efficiency and money, whole food blending is a better option for me as well. Um, if I were to have to choose between that or juicing like you mentioned, so
yeah. And people have different tastes. Like for example, I know I can, you know, just chock down like a full, you know, core of vegetable, uh, blend like for example, spinach and kale and broccoli and spirulina and water, ice. And then I’ll put like a drop of like, you know, or put a little bit of ginger in there. It tastes, yeah, it doesn’t, it’s not meant to taste delicious, but you can make it tastes good by adding in fruit. And I’m out and I, I’m okay with that as well. But I know Lynn can,
yeah, I know for me like anytime I’ve, I’ve done, um, blending it. If I’m doing a bunch of vegetables and I do obviously in this group here probably eat the worst and I’m definitely a sugar addict. Everyone that listens, podcasts knows it. So it’s okay. People are like, what does Lynn eat? Cause I know I’ll probably stomach it. Um, so for me, like if when I do the, the whole food blending there, there are recipes just look up different recipes and for me like, like Robin’s talking about we’ll have the high nutrient dense foods, you know, you’ll can throw in the spinach or the kale or other ingredients. And then for me to make it so it’s a palatable, you know, I’ll probably use lemon or even like a granny Smith Apple, so the green tart to Apple. Um, things like that add enough sweetness to me that I’m able to drink a lot of vegetables. And like Robin said, I am a little bit more like the typical American. I probably eat more vegetables than the typical American of course. But I don’t love vegetables. Just like probably most people don’t love them. But this is actually an easy way to get in a lot more vegetables, a lot more nutrients. And then yeah, adding in a little bit of fruit, um, can definitely make a huge difference whether it’s pineapple, lemon or a Apple. Yep. Yup.
And we are definitely a fans of the Blendtec, right. Robin? We’re not Vitamix fans.
[inaudible] nothing wrong with the Vitamix. Tom Dixon who invented the, the one tech and owns the company lives on my block. So I’m a, I’m a Blendtec girl. Yeah. Actually they were blind tech people to tech. You just toss it. You can literally toss the entire Apple into a blender and it will blend it.
Yeah. Well, um, I, I kinda wanna uh, change directions here a little bit, Robin. Cause first of all, you’re, you’re an inspiration and you’re even inspiring me. Like I’m right now, I’m thinking what I’m going to put into my next green smoothie after we’re done with this. Um, so I know you’re already inspiring me. Um, I’d kind of want to go through your daily routines and talk about what a typical day looks like for you. Um, do you mind doing that?
No, not at all. Um, I’m a fan of routine. I’m not super rigid, but I break a sweat six times a week and I’m absolutely religious about it and I haven’t really missed a day of exercise, uh, hardly hardly ever in 25 years. And so for me, just, I love the endorphins of it and starts my day off. Right? I always work out in the morning. I run five miles or, um, like I said, I play competitive tennis. I often play sports for three hours a day. Um, I’m a cyclist and I am not a distance runner, but I’d be five miles a few times a week. I love yoga. I do yoga three times a week. So always get up in the morning and I make this pink smoothie that have thousands of people who make this smoothie. I don’t know what my deal is with it, but it’s like, it’s not that it’s the only breakfast that you could eat. It’s just for whatever reason, it’s what I want every day. And literally had it pretty much every day for like 15 years. And it’s um, beets and carrots and um, cashews and dates blended in coconut water. Um, yeah, coconut water is like, you know, now they saw it as a sports drink because it’s such a great electrolyte. Replacer great for athletes. And then after that’s really smooth, I put in about 12 big frozen strawberries and it’s delicious. Really is,
wants to put that in the show note. Yeah. Walter, put that in the show notes and I’m going to try that recipe out and let you guys know how it tastes. Cause it sounds really good to be honest with you. With the dates and the strawberries. Cashews. I love cashews. So that’s your, that’s your breakfast when you wake up.
My breakfast, I make it for me and for baby boy who is not really [inaudible].
Yeah.
Called and, um, [inaudible] goes to school and then, um, we have our green smoothie for lunch. And with it I might have, you know, some like whole grain, homemade, low salt, no processed ingredients, chips with some hummus or Baba new you. Sure. Or, um, uh, I love guacamole. Who made guacamole? Um, I’ve gone months at a time where I eat an entire avocado every single day. I don’t get any gain, any weight. I love good fats. Um, and then for dinner I eat a lot of legumes. You know, I might eat soup sometimes. You know, I’m really lazy at this point in my, I work a lot. I travel a lot so I, I’ll eat like an almond bar and another chord of green smoothie, which I know is not going to be appealing to people. But a lot of times these days because I’m not cooking for a family like I used to, I make sure I get lots and lots of produce and especially means by drew K two courts of great community today. But I want to do adult eat out with friends and I find places where I think a good salad like here in Utah, I probably eat it and soup as two or three times a week and I just get Lamar KLT salad.
That’s a good one. Yeah, that one’s actually really good. Tiny Marbut when we lived there, I used to get that one too. So. So Robin, let me ask you this. What is, what do you eat that’s a cheat meal. Do you ever have a cheat or treat meal, whatever you want to call it. And if so like what does that look like? And be honest with us if it’s Twinkies or whatever, what’s your guilty and guilt? I out Robin eat the, she might, I don’t know. It’s probably going to go with like wine and chocolate. Okay.
Don’t you worry. I have no problem confessing my dietary sins cause I have no interest in being something. I’m, I’m interested in being a role model because I do want to share with people that I lost um, 75 pounds and ditch 21 diseases. I want people to know that’s possible for them. But I, I don’t eat a perfect diet. I, you know, really, really good diet. It’s better than 99% of people, but that’s because we all eat a crappy diet. I definitely have my addictions. I’m, I wish I didn’t, but I also think that I relate to people well because I do, um, I, the things I crave and love are chai tea. Um, that’s like my treats. I have almost every day. If I don’t have a chai tea, I have ice coffee. Um, so try to, if you, if you know the theme for me is that I’m, I, I’ve given up on, no, I’m eating perfectly, but chai tea, organic coffee with like coconut milk in it and some Stevia or coconut sugar. That’s, those are my cheats. Um, and yeah, a glass of wine is, is another thing I really like with, with dinner and chocolate. You pretty much nailed it. I knew it. I knew it. I have discussed this before. She knows all my other little secrets.
Yeah. Linda knows you too well. So you, so you won’t ever have like pizza or like donuts or Twinkies or something. Really.
I can’t see, I never eat pizza. I probably will eat pizza like real regular pizza like you’ll see go maybe twice a year. Um, and but I do occasionally for the health food store and get like a gluten free dairy free veggie pizza. Um, and my son rolls his eyes and that’s okay. They’re really gross stuff. Doesn’t taste good to me anymore. And I know I used to be a diet Coke, a holic and it doesn’t appeal to me anymore. I used to eat a bag of um, your peppermint patties every two days. I used chocolate, chocolate donuts with chocolate frosting on it. I would buy a six pack of those and eat three of them while my kids are taking a nap. And then I’d stick the box under my bed and the next day the other three. Oh gosh. Oh gosh. Yeah. Stuff like that does not appeal to me anymore. Like regular candy. I would rather have something really quality from health food store that I make myself. So I still eat treats, but I’ve upleveled the treats and you know, eat less of ’em. But I probably eat a treat six, six days a week.
I love that. Yeah, it’s fun. It’s, I’m laughing because, you know, I’ve, I’ve eaten like everything that you were just saying when you’re like, Oh, he goes donuts the chocolate with the chocolate faster. I’m like, Oh man, those are so good. But actually, even though I am a big foodie and I would consider myself a lot more into sugar than say, the pleasant group of company, um, I will admit that when I get on a roll of eating healthier, I’m eating more fruits and vegetables and, uh, just more nutrient dense foods is a voice. Uh, you know, and instead of packaged foods, I do notice that my taste buds do change a bit. Um, not to say that, not to say that sugar doesn’t always taste good to me. It does, but sometimes things that I once liked a lot like certain candy bars, I don’t like them as much as I used to like them. Um, I probably would steer more towards something like you said, like a little bit of chocolate, a little bit of wine. Um, so it is true. Like sometimes people feel like, you know, I, I don’t even like the taste of healthy food, but I would say, and you probably would agree cause you’ve been there, you know, take it baby steps one step at a time. Cause a lot of times as you just integrate in a few healthy things, you get to the point where your taste buds start to change. Would you agree with that?
Absolutely. I think that we as we build our cells have higher vibration materials they must with, with high vibration materials. And so when you have quality cells mean we are what we literally, we start to salivate when thinking of sauteed asparagus or whatever, you know, healthy thing that we really like. And mostly I crave foods that are pretty good for me. Um, I do have those few addictions, but I don’t need all those things in the day. But you know, I, yeah, there’s, there’s such an emotional component to it, but I felt, you know, that beating myself up about food is just a bad idea in general. And so I’m kind of at peace with my body and I’m kind of at peace with my cravings at this period in my life because I’ve sent a lot of my life trying to control myself and hold myself by the throat and order myself to not eat this and to do that. And now it’s like if I have an indulgent meal, I say, you know what, Nama stay because I ate healthy all day.
I love it.
Yeah. And that can relate to that. I mean, there’s certain things like I haven’t had cinnamon toast crunch or mountain Dew since my fit to fat to fit journey. Not because I don’t want to, it’s because I know that those are my trigger foods and I’m like, you know what, I don’t, I’ll, I’ll indulge in other things. Like I’ve kind of upgraded my cheat meals I guess, if you will. Like, not to the extent that you have, but I feel at peace with my treat meals and my indulgences. But there’s certain things that I probably won’t go back to like cinnamon toast crunch and mountain Dew.
Yeah. Actually what I love is just what, what Robin said about not beating ourselves up, but our food choices, you know? Yes. We want to try to eat better. Yes. I think it’s great to have more nutrient dense foods. Of course we all know it’s great to eat more vegetables. Um, but we are going to have things that we’re craving. We are going to have indulgences here and there, um, and beating ourselves up or feeling guilty every time we eat certain foods isn’t going to really help us or inspire us to eat healthier. So I love what you said about, you know, you sometimes you indulge and it’s not about guilt, it’s just about living a healthy lifestyle. Um, which kind of brings me to the question that I ask every single female that comes on our podcast. And I love hearing the different responses.
And from you it’s for me it, you know, I feel like you’re a prime example of having a healthy balance because you know, you’re a single mom and you balance this huge and successful career with family and your health. What do you say is the key to kind of balancing all of those since so many women, you know, I know even myself included, we always tend to find that, you know, how do we do it all? How do we fit our health as a priority when we have everything else on our plate? What would you say to those people?
All balances overrated and you know, it’s a nice idea that it’s just yet another thing I’m not going to task myself with. I have seasons where I work too hard and I have seasons where I spend a lot of time with my kids and I have seasons where I goof off too much with my girlfriends and stay out too late three nights and around round weekends. And I, my main thing is to come to a place of peace. And when I am peaceful, I’m less likely to overindulge anyway. But, um, you know, when it comes to parenting and food, I um, kind of go to the wisdom that my mother told me many years ago. And that is that you do the best you can and you pushed yourself to, um, raise your standards of parenting and what new habit can I incorporate this month that will bless my family’s life?
And also you giving yourself a pass to not be perfect. I’m so over the perfectionism. I live in a community where there’s a lot of pressure on that. And I tried so many years. All it did is make me miserable. And so at this point I got so little judgment left in me towards other parents who’ve always coming up to me and saying, don’t look at what I’m eating. You don’t have to. I’m having lunch with a group to look what I mean. You know what? I don’t look at what you’re eating. I don’t judge what you’re eating. I got, I got no judgment left, but I’ve lived long enough to know that we are all just eking it out. We’re doing the best we can in life, should be joyful. So eat very, very healthy and indulge now. And then I’m always trying to get lid to come out with me and my girlfriends. And if you, if you ever show up, you might see me eat some sweet potato fries with my salad. You’re all
what? Okay, that’s it. I’m showing up. It doesn’t help that I’m in Hawaii now. It makes it really hard to attend these salt Lake city gatherings. But I promise, especially since I will be coming back to Utah, I will be coming out with you and your girlfriends and I will order you the sweet potato fries. And you can watch me eat the chocolate cake. Okay. I love your advice. I’ve had, I love all the bits of knowledge that we had. I could probably go on for another 30 minutes, but since we have to wrap up, I want to wrap up with my favorite portion of the show. Everybody knows if you’ve been listening to our podcast that we do a lightning round. Um, so for Robin, what this means for you is I’m, we’re going to ask you a few questions. They are pretty much pointless. They are pretty much just for entertainment and you have no idea what they are. And so you basically are going to on the cuff answer as quickly as possible with as short of an answer as possible. Are, are you ready? Yeah. Okay. Most embarrassing moment.
Most embarrassing moment. Come back to it.
Okay. Oh, Oh, you got it. Go. I said, Oh you got it. Go.
When my neighbor across the street came over and she didn’t know me very well and I had my first baby and she said, my sister answered the door and she thought that she was the nursing mom. And so she, my sister and I played along with it for a year. The whole neighborhood. It was really awful and embarrassing.
I love that. So you guys lied for a whole year about who you was. Okay. Okay. Because I know you’re single. This, I love this one. What is your worst dating experience or funniest thing that’s happened on a date
Tinder moment to, you know, you know what Tinder is? Unfortunately I do. And does the breakup with the um, four months long boyfriend last weekend too. It turns out was a heroin addict. Does that count? It’s not that funny.
That totally counts. I did actually, since I’m friends with Robin, I did know about that. And let’s just say worst experience. You don’t know if you’re dating a crazy [inaudible] that was a crazy dude. It feels so bad for you. You know, I saw it, I saw a funny meme and I almost sent it to you, but then I wasn’t sure if you were past like the hard part of the breakup and I was like, this is really meant for the F the I finally pushed past it. So I’ll just tell you, it’s a funny meme that says whatever. I’m just going to date myself. So good. Free. Okay. I’m going to, I’ll text it to you after this. Okay. Next question. Just going to do it.
Okay. This one’s kind of funny. Uh, since you’re the green smoothie girl, if your ideal man were a green smoothie, what ingredients would he be and why? Got cheesy.
I love frozen. I love frozen mixed berries.
Okay. It sounds
frozen, frozen, experienced because they are sweet and you never know what you’re going to get and they add variety.
Thank you for trying to make that. Have anything to do with the subject line. Cause I,
she wants a dance, a dash of cinnamon to spice it up a little bit though. She wants a little bit of kale so that a key’s bold but not too overpowering. I’m sorry. Just kidding. Just kidding. Obviously we thought more about these questions that you have no idea. You have no idea what these questions even are. Okay. And then last question.
Okay. So I kind of already know the answer to this, but I have to ask because I ask all guests that come on the show, and I know you’ve already been overweight. Would you ever, let’s say for a TV show, what’d you ever do a fit to fat to fit experience on purpose?
Hell no. We knew it.
Everybody keeps saying that. Um, I don’t blame you. Um, do you feel like you learned something or do you feel like you can relate to people who are overweight because of your past? Like you being overweight yourself? Do you definitely feel like that empathy now that you’ve been in shape for so long? Absolutely.
You never go do that on purpose? It’s very difficult. It’s difficult on every level.
Yeah. To shade.
Yeah. I mean, lots of compassion for folks who are overweight. I do not judge them. I just say never for the grace of God go I because I’ve been there.
Yeah. Yeah. I think Robin’s a perfect experience like that. She, you know, she’s 21 diseases, 75 pounds. I mean, that’s an amazing experience to go through where you could probably relate to a lot of people that you run into that are having different health and wellness problems. So I just, I love,
I think it’s a Testament that you can overcome things that you think are just, you know, you can’t overcome them. Like my doctor said, this is all I can do. And so this is all I, I have to live with this. But really, I mean, it’s a Testament to how powerful nutritionist, and that’s what I tried to show people with my Fitbit to fit journey and what you’ve shown through your experience and there’s, you know, thousands and, you know, hundreds of thousands of other people that have, you know, changed their, uh, health with their diet. And it, it’s, it, it is true and it’s powerful and people need to experience that. So, um, so what’s next? Robin wa, uh, you have an amazing business model by the way. Like, tell us a little bit about what’s coming up. What’s next for you?
Well, we’re launching a third company. We own a direct sales company and of course be greensmoothiegirl.com since 2007 but we’re launching be to change tour in 2016 we start offering tickets in 44 cities in November. And you’ll know about that through Lyndon drew because drew is one of our featured speakers.
I was going to say, I think I’ve heard of this tour by the way. Sounds familiar. Yeah, I’m excited to do that. Be the change tour. I think it’s going to be amazing. A 44 cities across the United States, right?
Yes. And we’ll have six amazing change makers on each stage. Um, people who have overcome massive adversity and have achieved incredible success talking about their people from personal growth and from wellness. And Andrew, you’re really from both camps. You haven’t really put one foot in both camps, which is going to be brilliant for your career and for this stage.
And where can people find out about that?
Um, you’re going to have your own URL, drew, I believe it will be, uh, be the change tour.com/fit two fat two fit. Okay, awesome. We’ll make sure to put this in the show notes that you guys can find a Robin’s website so that you can find about the bead, the change tour, um, and just be able to connect with Robin with all of her good info that she has to offer us.
Yeah. And where can people find you on social media, Robin? Just,
well yeah, you get maps on your personal page on Facebook. So Robyn Openshaw has been max for years, but there is a green smoothie girl band page and soda or whatever it’s called now you can go there. We’re on Instagram as GSG lights. That’s our other company and be the change tropey up in light on November 1st if you’re going through Drew’s page to check him out on me to change tour, that will be up on November 1st be the change tour.com/fit two fat to fit.
Cool. Well thanks again Robin. We appreciate you coming on the the fit fat to fit experience podcast with us and we’d love to have you back on in the future and thanks so much again. We appreciate you.
Love every minute of it. See you guys soon. When you’re back in Utah or come to Hawaii to see me. I’m on it. We can go out for a treat meal together. All right, talk to you later.
Thank you guys so much for listening to today’s episode with Robyn Openshaw from greensmoothiegirl.com we hope you will take the initiative to drink more green smoothies, eat more vegetables, get more nutrients into your body and we hope you learn something from today’s episode. And if you liked it, please leave us a review on iTunes. We love seeing those five star reviews. Leave a comment or question. We love to hear from you guys. Uh, we really do truly appreciate you guys supporting us, uh, on this podcast.
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