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What enzymes do to make food digestible . . . part 1

I’m going to write about the work of Dr. Edward Howell, who spent 20 years writing Enzyme Nutrition: The Food Enzyme Concept.   I confess to reading the 170-page abridgement rather than the 700-page original work with 700 sources.   I’m abridging that book and other sources I’ve read on enzymes so in reading a […]

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what changed, when we switched to whole foods . . . part 2 of 2

My publisher for The Green Smoothie Diet, to be released next spring, wants me to tell my “story” in the beginning of the book.   I’ve been compiling a list of what happened as my family transitioned to a diet of whole foods.   It was certainly a sea change, to go into my pantry […]

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natural laxatives . . . part 4 of 9 on ELIMINATION

It’s important that we keep the colon and lower intestine clean and powerfully peristaltic.   The answer isn’t to gag down some chemically reduced Metamucil stirred into water, while eating the Atkins Diet, like my friend Michelle does.   When I occasionally go out on a limb and express concern about her long-term Atkins lifestyle, […]

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Calories per pound of foods

Interesting facts: Raw vegetables contain 100 calories per pound Fresh fruit contain 300 calories per pound Animal flesh contains 1,200 calories per pound Green vegetables are so massively nutrient rich and calorie minimal, you could literally eat them all day and never get fat.   The more you eat, the more you lose!   By […]

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Phytates . . . part II

The phytate issue is fiercely contested in the nutrition world, with some believing that soaking grains is critical, and others believing it’s unnecessary.   I have studied compelling evidence on both sides, leading me to the following recommendations. Regardless of whether phytates in whole grains lead to mineral deficiencies, soaking and slightly fermenting your grain […]

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Probiotics and digestive enzymes

Q: Dear GreenSmoothieGirl,  what’s a good probiotic/enzyme you recommend? A: Probiotics and enzymes are two different things.   I like Pharmanex’s probiotic called ProBio because their scientists, whom I know and trust, have isolated a proprietary strain that supports all the others.   I can obtain these at wholesale cost for anyone who writes me, […]

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kefir grains

The next three days, I’m going to post some Q&A on subjects related to my recipe collection.   These are questions some  truth-seeking readers have asked: Q: ABOUT KEFIR GRAINS: I understand they are “friendly bacteria” that “keep on giving.”   They ferment milk into living organisms right?   Therefore, do they live indefinitely, and […]

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blending vs. juicing

I’ve had three people email me the past week to ask why you’d blend smoothies, rather than juice your fruits and vegetables.   So here’s why, for anyone else wondering. First, on a practical level, if you’ve ever operated a juicer, you know what a mess the cleanup is.   Even those of us quite […]

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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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