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Can Easter be Sugar-Free?

As it turns out, you CAN do Easter without sugar. I love to make my kids baskets of gifts on Valentine’s Day and Easter. There are plastic eggs in these baskets, which I filled with treats, but no candy with refined sugar or corn syrup. I get them in bulk at the health food store: […]

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thoughts on “that other door”…..and leaving doors open

After my Mesa class, a young couple talked to me. Georgia had gastric bypass but had gained the 150 pounds back, with many health problems, and Kyle was also overweight. They were looking for answers.  Georgia said, “As you were telling your story about your little boy on so many drugs, including Prednisone, we couldn’t […]

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My friends Jamie and Karma

When things get rough, my friend Jamie writes everyone she loves a group text. You’d have to know Jamie to know why this is funny: she’s the sweetest, kindest person on the planet. Gives everyone the benefit of the doubt, loves every living thing. This thing she says is code for her having a bad […]

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How long does a Happy Meal take to decompose?

They did a great job with King Tut and Vladimir Lenin, to preserve them against decomposition. But what did McDonald’s do to the Happy Meal, that it does not decompose at all, after six months? Check out the link in the article to another woman’s experiment, where she has a McDonald’s happy meal hamburger from […]

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Tips for Getting More Greens in Kids’ Diets—besides green smoothies

A number of readers have suggested two ways to get more greens in your kids’ diets: Green smoothie popsicles Green smoothie fruit leather (in the dehydrator, on teflex sheets, dry until chewy, and roll) Of course my other tip (besides green smoothies, obviously) is to make KALE CHIPS, and we have lots of recipes in […]

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My fantasy Halloween

  Matthew sent me this cartoon last week. I wrote back: “I wish!” If you’re a new reader, you might not know that I’ve tried lots of things to deal with this holiday. I love the costumes and macabre fun, and hate the candy. What has worked best for my family is that my kids […]

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What baby sleeps on. And why it matters.

You do it 8 hours a day, if you’re the average American.  I do it 6 hours, since I converted to a whole-foods, plant-based diet. It’s all I need. Sleep. We think about it very little. Many Americans have accepted that even though they do so much of it, they rarely feel rested. The idea […]

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Nutrition for pregnant moms, babies, toddlers…..part 5 of 5

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: My little boy is so picky! He won’t eat healthy food! What do I do? The first time a child is presented with a healthy food, he often will not like it. We have CREATED “pickiness” in our culture, because we introduce babies to refined sugar. Once you’ve had it, nothing else tastes […]

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Nutrition for pregnant moms, babies, toddlers…..part 4 of 5

Today’s topic: NUTRITION DURING PREGNANCY. Remember, what you’re eating when you’re pregnant is also contributing to healthy blood, bones, tissues, and organs—or not. It’s so painful for me to remember back to eating 7-11 nachos, Diet Coke, a Special Burger and fries (extra fry sauce!) at lunch, and Ben & Jerry’s after dinner, throughout my […]

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Nutrition for pregnant moms, babies, toddlers…..part 2 of 5

Breastfeeding versus formula is our topic today. First of all let’s talk about how long to nurse your baby. We’ve over-sexualized breasts in our culture. We’re squeamish about the use of breasts for feeding babies. Cover it up, don’t let anyone know you do it, get your boobs back as fast as you can for […]

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