How many of you read the labels of what is in the food that you by at the grocery store? And, when you buy a product that says, “All Natural”, do you still read the label, or do you just assume that it is really all natural? Have you ever thought about how long the canned goods that are on the shelves of the grocery stores that are now sitting in your pantry have been in those cans and why they can be in there for so long and what about all the preservatives in chips and crackers in bags? If you really start to think about how ‘clean’ the food is that you are putting into your body and into your kid’s bodies, you might think twice about how and where you are shopping, especially if that food was making you sick. Robyn McCord O’Brien thinks about it every day, and she has just said no to rGHB and made it her life’s work to advocate for kids, the Country and clean food.
Just Say No To rGBH
To understand this, you first have to understand the basics, which is what rGBH is. rGBH is an artificial growth hormone that is injected into a cow so that the cow can make more milk. But, that hormone makes the cow sick, and that hormone comes out in the milk, which we are then drinking. If it’s making the cows sick, wouldn’t it be making us sick? If it goes into the milk, then it goes into the cheese, the sour cream, the creamer, the cream cheese, the yogurt and any thing else that has a hint of dairy in it. That’s a LOT of food.
Here’s the thing…in other countries, rGBH is not allowed by law to be used, so the dairy products are just dairy products, but in the United States, if you want milk that has no rGBH, then it HAS to say Organic. If it doesn’t say Organic, then it is not all natural with no preservatives. Robyn McCord O’Brien wants to know why food just can’t be called food, and she raises a good point, and one that she is getting across on a global level.
Robyn McCord O’Brien
Robyn McCord O’Brien is smart, and we don’t mean a little smart, but a LOT of smart. She’s also really nice. And very cool. She grew up in Houston and attended St. Johns. After teaching for a short stint, she went on to business school at Rice University, where she found her tribe. When she graduated, she got a job in the equity world and she loved it. She loved the analyzing of data, the numbers and making sense of it all. Eventually she and her husband settled in Colorado and she had four beautiful children and her life was idyllic, until one of her kids had an allergic reaction over breakfast one day while eating eggs. Her first thought of how she was going to do her job as a mother if her children couldn’t eat everything and she had to watch every single thing, was quickly replaced with why are we so allergic to food and how were others managing it? She couldn’t be the only one?
Robyn put her analytical skill set to use and dug into the research, and while she was researching she had a light bulb moment. Her son had been chronically ill since he was a baby, but she had chalked it up to his constitution. She now realized that perhaps it had to do with the ingredients that were in the food that she was giving him. So, she started to make changes as she continued on her path of researching and reaching out to others. The moment she removed dairy, she noticed an immediate change. She scaled back on artificial colors and ingredients and noticed more changes and her family started to eat less processed food. She started to think of how can her family eat like the Europeans, who eat all whole foods and use fresh ingredients.
The problem was that Robyn didn’t cook. So, she set out to teach herself with her kids and made it into a family affair. She had some successes and many failures in the kitchen, but eventually, she got better and more confident, not only in the kitchen, but as she was sharing her information, progress, success and research through her social media groups, in her ideas that she was not only onto something big, but something that needed to be changed in the United States and fast.
Advocate for Kids, Country & Clean Food
Robyn is all about being an advocate for our kids, our country and for clean food. She started Allergy Kids, which was a social media group to share information and it was the only place online where you didn’t have to pay to play. It grew into a huge group. There were many parents that were suffering in silence. This isn’t the path that Robyn set out on, but she knows that it is the path that she is meant to be on. She has become the voice of clean food because she covered it from an analytical point of view and speaks to the issue not only from a numbers and data stand point, but also as a mother of 4 who has suffered the effects and instituted the changes to see the differences it can make.
The Unhealthy Truth is the book that O’Brien has published that tells it like it is, but in a way that is non-confrontational, which has garnered her love and attention from not only parents, but from food companies all across the country. She is very careful to not say anything she can’t back up with data and she doesn’t care who started the madness, she just wants to fix it. She comes from a place of love and for her this is a patriotic duty for a Country that can’t put their best foot forward when their children are sick from what they are eating.
Making a Difference
These issues touch all of us and it’s something we can do something about and it’s easy to make an impact in this space. Robyn McCord O’Brien gave some suggestions on how to get involved so that platforms and awareness can continue to be created.
- Start a book club and discuss books that touch on the subject. The Unhealthy Truth is a great way to start!
- Start with a movie night. There are many movies that are on the subject of the food industry. Have a chat afterwards at a coffee shop.
- Create a safe space when you meet and bring in a pediatrician to answer questions about food and health.
- Have conversations!!
As Robyn McCord O’Brien says…
Don’t make the perfect enemy of the good. Everyone can’t do all things, but all of us can do some things and all those small things can add up.
Robyn McCord O’Brien we love how you advocate for kids, the country and food and we think you are #JustVibing.