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Being sensitive to bad food–a blessing in disguise?

My teenaged daughter Emma came home from camp today.   After giving me a hug and saying hello, the first thing she said was, “MOM! Did you make green smoothies yet?   I neeeeeeed one! I missed them so much!”   Just now, at dinner, she sat down to a big plate of veggies and […]

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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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Eating right while traveling internationally . . . part 2

You can enjoy eating on a cruise without gaining 10 lbs.   Don’t think I’m on my high horse here, because if I told you I didn’t indulge on the cruise, I’d be lying.   If I said I didn’t eat gelato for dessert occasionally (it was an Italian cruise line), you’d write me off […]

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Why people get upset when we eat right

Lisle and Goldhamer, in The Pleasure Trap, write about how to handle when people in our lives get upset because of our plant-based dietary habits.   Their claim that people get angry with us only because they are embarrassed (about their own eating habits) rings true to me based on my own experience. If you […]

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the nutritionally recalcitrant spouse . . . part one (of four)

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl:  “I am excited about eating right and enjoying the changes I’m making, but my husband/wife is sabotaging my efforts and doesn’t think eating white flour, sugar, meat, and  Diet Coke is really gonna hurt anybody as long as we mix in a salad now and then.” You aren’t alone.   I give my […]

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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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Good, Better, and Best in Nutrition

I want to talk about good, better, and best in nutrition.   I got an email yesterday from my cousin who said that the idea of soaking/sprouting grains in advance is overwhelming to her.   She probably read my three-part blog on phytates in whole grains. If my cousin’s comment describes you, then don’t worry […]

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peer pressure to eat junk food

Tonight my  14-yr. old  son Kincade was reading a newspaper comic called “A Doctor, A Lawyer, and A  Cop” and started laughing, handed it to me. The kid is saying, “But PLEASE, Mom, you don’t understand how important it is for me to have a pair of new sneakers.”   The mom replies, “Or what?! […]

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cardiovascular health: nature vs. nurture

I went to give blood today, hoping that my always-borderline hematocrit was high enough.   It was.   Though one point lower and I’d have been rejected–again.   Like most other things the RDA does, those hematocrit averages aren’t based on the ideal, but rather the average.   The averages are, of course, of a […]

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storing GS in the fridge and vegetarians in rotten health

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl, how long can you keep your green smoothie in the fridge?   I’m single and don’t want to make it every day.   Does it lose nutrition and therefore is it pointless to store it? Answer: You can keep in in the fridge, at the most, for 48 hours.   After that it […]

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