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Hello from 13,000 feet up in the Andes: Part 3

I just returned from a tour of a hospital in Cusco, Peru. If anyone who reads this site / blog thinks I am anti-doctor, I’m not. I am teaching a nutrition clinic to a pediatrics practice on Jan. 15 at home. But I just gained a newfound appreciation for medical care in America. I think […]

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Hello from 13,000 feet up in the Andes: Part 2

Our 11-day trip to Peru will soon be over, and it’s officially the only long trip I have ever taken where I wished I could stay. Emma and I have fallen madly in love with 34 little brown children. We just went to church with them, where some of the girls were wearing Emma and […]

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So we’re off to Peru for a humanitarian adventure!

So I am gone to Peru for 10 days with my daughter. (No, it won’t be sunny and warm, but thanks for the well wishes just the same!) I’m sure I’ll tell you all about it when I get home! Despite my sketchy access to a computer, I will magically continue to blog here regularly—and […]

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come with me to Peru in December

I have been looking for the perfect service opportunity for GreenSmoothieGirl.com to reach out to the other half, the truly malnourished.   I’ve been learning about a variety of service opportunities around the world. Check out the new page on GSG, including a photo of the orphanage we’re going to work at in December and […]

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back from Costa Rica: can you eat well there?

I am back from Costa Rica.   It was supposed to be a 7-day trip, using Delta buddy passes given to me (very inexpensively) by a friend.   Unfortunately at the end of our trip, we spent THREE DAYS in the airport trying unsuccessfully to get out of Costa Rica until I finally bought both […]

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what’s up with the Parisiens?

From our condo in  Paris, I ran my daily five miles down a busy street, in the morning as some of the commuters were out going to the shops or heading to the subway.   I noticed the most disconcerting thing.   Parisiens do not smile.   They make eye contact approximately 70% of the […]

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what did we pack/eat in Europe . . . part 2 of 2

For lunch, we’d stop at a market and buy something like this every day: 1.           6 nectarines 2.           6 large carrots (I never saw baby carrots in Europe) 3.           A loaf of whole grain bread (a comedy of communication errors […]

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What did we pack/eat in Europe . . . part 1 of 2

I saw a request by a blogger while I was gone for even more detail in the question I’m always asked: what do you eat?   This blogger asked, what EXACTLY did you eat, where were you when you ate it, how much time did it take in the kitchen?   I think she wants […]

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Are Europeans healthier than we are?

So as you can see, Europeans have fast food.   McD’s is found in 10 locations in the very hip and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, for instance.   They don’t have nearly as many chains or locations as we do, though.   I have a weird little game I played in airports and train stations […]

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Eating right while traveling internationally . . . last part

We visited a coastal area of China where the average age is 79 years old!   People very routinely live to be over 100 and the area has become known as the “longevity region.”   I asked the tour guide what they eat, and he said, local vegetables and fruit, and seafood.   I saw […]

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