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What to do when your kids go into the “real world”

In 2008, after being married for 20 years, I found myself a newly single parent.   I was on my own trying to achieve a high-raw diet for my four athletes in elementary and middle school. At their dad’s home, my children get a salad with dinner, but also sugar cereal, Top Ramen, junk-food snacks, […]

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family parties on the 4th of July

I hope you’ve all enjoyed family and fun–plus a chance to reflect on the great blessing of our freedom–this Independence Day weekend!   My two oldest brothers are in town from Dallas and Boston, and with the other four brothers and sister who live here, we’ve had a blast.   Golf, volleyball, and a tennis […]

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I am teaching a 12 Steps class in July, and final comments on the Word of Wisdom

On Friday, July 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 at Classic Books and Gifts in Lehi, I have been asked to teach a 12 Steps to Whole Foods class.   Here’s the link to sign up: http://classicbooksandgifts.ning.com/events/12-steps-to-whole-food-eating I have taken some time off of teaching classes but am getting back into it, with my new book […]

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Green Smoothie Testimonials, Part 13

My New Year’s Resolution was to GO GREEN. My husband and I (yes, I converted him) both love the green smoothies. They are very satisfying. We no longer crave junk food. We have begun to lose a few pounds. I am turning on my grandchildren and children to them. My husband is Hispanic, diabetic, high […]

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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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For parents or grandparents: race cars need better fuel!

My yoga teacher today, in the middle of class (to take our minds of the obscene length of time she makes us hold each pose, I’m sure) said the coolest thing today. She said, I tell my kids why their school lunch isn’t made up of bags of potato chips, like their friends’ are.   […]

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The letter I wrote my legislators re: junk food vending . . . part 3 of 4

  Feel free to leverage any part of this letter in your own effort to be heard on this important issue of our children being fed junk food in school, and even the districts making money on feeding the childhood obesity epidemic:   Hello Rep. Steve Sandstrom:   I’m one of your constituents in Lindon, […]

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Schools complicit in crimes against children: junk-food vending… part 1 of 4

In July 20’s Daily Herald (Utah Valley), reporter Ace Stryker gives these infuriating statistics from a 2006 study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where my home state of Utah leads the nation in these categories:   83 percent of Utah schools are selling chocolate in vending/school stores versus 40 percent nationwide   76 […]

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Childhood obesity epidemic . . . part 2

More from Levine and Stein of the Washington Post.   Read it and tell me if I’m crazy for saying in my last post that raising an obese child (by apathetically feeding him nonstop junk food) doesn’t qualify as abuse.   I realize that my words are strong, but I stand by them. At least […]

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Surgeon General calls childhood obesity epidemic a “national catastrophe” … part 1 of 2

[I’m out of the country until June 7, but my blogs will still magically appear here!] Levine and Stein of the Washington Post pulled no punches on the front page of my local newspaper May 18, the first in a five-part series.   The pictures, sidebars, and article took up more than a full news […]

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