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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Whole Food Green Drink—how all this craziness got started

My friend Kari was laughing the other day about the crazy accidental beginnings of GreenSmoothieGirl.   I’d forgotten all about it.   It was a little like that old commercial of the  girl with the chocolate bar running smack into the guy with the jar of peanut butter—WHAM!   A star is born. I was […]

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It just keeps giving! On extending the life of the garden—

It’s going to freeze any night now, and I’m leaving town, so we undertook a family project today  to bring  in most of the remaining garden crops.   Since I quit  putting up  sugar-added, processed food in jars years ago, I’ve learned new ideas to preserve nutritional value in my garden’s yield.   Here’s how […]

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Why I chose not to immunize my kids

A friend called me and said, “Great site—but are you nuts,  about the immunizations?”   He pointed out that he grew up in the polio age—he’s committed to the idea that vaccines are a good thing. The FIRST thing I want to say is that I acknowledge the complexity of this issue, the difficulty of […]

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The zucchini recipes my daughter Libby bragged about

My  zucchini hater Libby (age 10) apparently said I would tell you my zucchini fritter and zucchini bread recipes, so here they are (I also have  my two very favorite  zucchini recipes, whole-wheat zucchini pitas and zucchini carpaccio,  in my $7.95 collection): ZUCCHINI BREAD 3 eggs, beaten  –  1 Tbsp. vanilla — 1 cup coconut […]

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