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getting enough B12

Q: Dear GreenSmoothieGirl, I was reading about how difficult it is for anyone to get B12.   Do you take any supplements? I’ve transitioned to a raw diet, and assumed all my needs are covered by the massive amounts of fruits and veggies I eat.   A:   You’ll be receiving Myth 4 any day […]

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young people with heart disease

Every semester, I have my Management Communications 320 students do an online writing assignment on a company discussion board.   I give them a case involving discussion of an elementary school’s parent-teacher organization’s proposal for a new hot-lunch menu sponsored by fast-food chains.   This case is based on my own real-life experience with my […]

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Vegetarian athletes

I don’t think anyone knows exactly what seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong’s diet is.   But if you read his story written by his nutrition coach, you know a couple of things.   First, he eats 70 percent carbs, 15 percent protein, and 15 percent fat.   You’d have a very hard time […]

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The 247 lb. vegan

Tony Gonzalez of the Kansas City Chiefs is the NFL’s highest-paid tight end. He’s 6’5″ and weighs 247 lbs. In the off season last year, he went vegan after a health scare (Bell’s Palsy). His experience is interesting, since no study I am aware of compares how vegans can amass or maintain muscle mass compared […]

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“I don’t want to live forever anyway”

A new study from the U.K. says four simple, healthy habits can increase your lifespan by 14 years. You won’t be surprised that they’re the same habits GreenSmoothieGirl.com is promoting. Teasing you now . . . wait for them . . . they’re below . . . I have a 32-year old friend H.J. who […]

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Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

This arrived in my email inbox today from Brigham Young University where I teach, touting the newly published research of Ray Merrill. This is exciting evidence that we can make long-term, profound changes in our health, if we educate ourselves and have a support system. This is the entire goal of both greensmoothiegirl.com and my […]

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Childhood Obesity in Schools

I love this lady, Yvonne Sanders-Butler, principal of Browns Mill Elementary School in Georgia.   When she was hospitalized ten years ago with high blood pressure, she promised God she would “lead a healthier life and educate others.”   She’s setting the standard to stop childhood obesity in schools. She improved her diet and started […]

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Throw Away Your Television

With more than one-third of America’s children overweight, we have TV to thank (more importantly, our choice to indulge in it).   Throw away your television (or at least leave it mostly off) for two reasons. One, kids are burning fewer calories because they aren’t exercising while they watch hours of TV.   Most parents […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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