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THAT old story: Grandma smoked a pack a day and lived to be 108 years old

This Aussie lady named Mary we ate dinner with every night on our two-week cruise to Asia . . . she was so funny.   The third night in a row she held court, telling everyone that diet and lifestyle have NOTHING to do with how long you live (a big study she saw on […]

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Take this nutrition quiz! Are you a GreenSmoothieGirl (or Guy)?

Let’s see what grade you get for a healthy lifestyle with the GreenSmoothieGirl.com Nutrition Quiz! Add up your points, and if you’re not getting an A, well, get on board 12 Steps to Whole Foods, and we’ll get you to an A at the end of one year! This is just the first part of […]

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Eating right while traveling internationally . . . part 3

On the cruise, of 841 guests, fewer than 5 percent were Americans.   The vast majority were Europeans and Aussies, more than 50 percent of the ship from England.   (I know, I know–you’re mocking me for how much I love weird statistics, I get it.) My friend Shari and I were each told once […]

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Surgeon General calls childhood obesity epidemic a “national catastrophe” … part 1 of 2

[I'm out of the country until June 7, but my blogs will still magically appear here!] Levine and Stein of the Washington Post pulled no punches on the front page of my local newspaper May 18, the first in a five-part series.   The pictures, sidebars, and article took up more than a full news […]

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“biological concentration”

I read a post by a 12 Stepper on the other blog on this site, expressing her frustration about the expense of non-organic food and even wondering if it’s worth it to eat a plant-based diet, with all the pesticides on vegetables and fruits. Dr. McDougall says in The McDougall Program for Women (1999) that […]

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Wasatch Front group buys

Locals only: please email me (robyn@greensmoothiegirl.com) if you want to be on my group buy email list and you’re not already on it.   Today I’ve just sent out an email with a group buy on RAW ALMONDS (took me months to figure out  a plan  to get raw almonds since the CA mandatory pasteurization […]

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sprouted quinoa salad recipe

A few days ago, I referenced a sprouted quinoa salad I made that my family loved, which I’ve typed for you here. Our next chapter is PLANT-BASED MAIN DISHES . . . to be released June 1 to the January 12 Steps subscribers. And in it, I introduce you to quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), one of […]

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the nutritionally recalcitrant spouse . . . part four (summing up)

Lisle and Goldhamer, in The Pleasure Trap, write about how as a culture we’re like that frog in the boiling water.   You try to put a frog in boiling water, he’s going to leap out.  But put him in cold water and turn on the heat, he’s going to gradually boil to death without […]

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the recalcitrant spouse . . . part three (of four)

FOUR, just put more nutritious foods in the menu without taking any kind of soapbox stand about it.   Just do it with no fanfare, and have a rule that it’s bad manners to criticize the cook.   (You don’t want your kids leaving your home and turning their noses up at others’ cooking anyway, […]

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Good, Better, Best . . . Part II

GRAINS Good: eat whole grains and quit eating white flour. Better: eat soaked whole grains (this requires planning a little ahead, as my cousin noted). Best: eat sprouted, raw nuts, seeds, and grains. SWEETENERS (Note, that I am uneasy about fructose, xylitol, “organic sugar,” or dehydrated cane juice crystals—ways to spend extra money on refined […]

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