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Shanda Blake raises 7 kids to be healthy eaters, Part 2 of 2

Last time I shared the thoughts of Shanda Blake, as she’s in the trenches raising a very large family eating whole foods. These are some of Shanda’s children’s favorite recipes she wanted to share with you. APPLE BUTTER 15 small apples (a mixture of varieties) 2 cups raw coconut sugar 2 t. cinnamon 1/2 t. […]

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Shanda Blake raises 7 kids to be healthy eaters, Part 1 of 2

Another of our three winners in the “How do You Raise Healthy Eaters?” contest, this is from Shanda Blake of  Saratoga Springs, Utah, a busy mom of 7 kids, ages 1 to 15! Breakfast I started with breakfast: how can I make breakfast healthier? I bought a grain grinder and started making my own flours. […]

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Thanks for feeding me spinach, Mom.

I’m having a rough month emotionally. Completely coincidentally, my three oldest kids left home within a few weeks of each other. (This photo is the morning my daughter moved into the dorms.) I find tears welling up in my eyes for no real reason, lately, missing my kids and feeling nostalgic. We also sold our […]

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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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