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Avoid Soft Drinks

One of the most important statistics, I believe, related to the obesity epidemic, is this one:   Teen boys are drinking three times as much soda as they did 30 years ago, and teen girls are drinking more than double.   I hope parents will avoid soft drinks, because of two critical factors they may […]

Childhood Obesity Facts

Before I go on to list some sobering childhood obesity facts, here’s the one that hits me hardest:   Yale University found that overweight children are routinely teased and bullied by peers and even teachers and parents.   That’s now 35 percent of all kids, half of whom qualify as obese.   The Yale study […]

Avoiding Childhood Obesity

I’ve been reviewing recent data on the phenomenon that threatens to bankrupt us all and damage our quality of life: the well known childhood obesity epidemic.   My web site intends to be nurturing and positive about diet, toward avoiding childhood obesity.   But occasionally, I think a good dose of reality (call it fear […]

Making those Thanksgiving mashed potatoes nutritious

I’ve been experimenting with low-glycemic index foods mixed with those high-GI foods people crave, for my book 12 Steps to Whole Foods.   Everyone knows that mashed potatoes spike your blood sugar, but what you may not know is that more than any other food, green foods stabilize your blood sugar.    So,  you’re smart […]

Freebie composting (also, Bob dies)

We’ve had a beautiful  Indian summer in Utah, and the last couple of weeks, I’ve come home from my Saturday run past my neighbors bagging their leaves.   I asked them to drop the bags off at my house instead of the dump, and we layered them in our compost boxes as the “brown” layer […]

Sugar is the nice girl’s cocaine

I’ve said before that sugar is more addictive than cocaine (I’m not making  this up—earlier research has documented this phenomenon).   A new study in today’s paper, conducted in France,  has been  presented to the annual meeting for the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego.   Rats offered a choice between cocaine and sugar chose […]

Nutrition activity for kids

Need a nutrition activity for  kids?    Have them watch  my new  three-minute  green smoothie  demo on YouTube.   If you like it, give me five stars so I can bump out all those weird and totally inferior green smoothie demos.   I wonder how fast YOU could do it if you weren’t talking the […]

take THAT, Red Cross!

I got the last laugh.   Last week I ranted about skewed charts—weight charts, hematocrit charts—and I tested my theory today as I promised I would.   I did NOT drink 1/2 gal. of water by 1 p.m. like I usually do.   I drank over a quart and then no water after 11 a.m. […]

A Halloween tip for moms

My kids have all the usual fun trick or treating.   I wouldn’t deny them that.   Then, when they get home, I bribe them.   Twenty bucks buys a big bag of sugar from each kid, which then gets upended into the  garbage in the garage or handed out en masse to those scary […]