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The Essential GreenSmoothieGirl Library . . . part 7

These are books important for parents to own: Robert Mendelsohn, M.D.’s How to Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor is an enlightening, if old, book by a renowned pediatrician who left a top hospital post after becoming disgusted with the way modern medicine treats children.   Dr. Mendelssohn led a research hospital […]

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Energy drinks: attention, parents of teens!

Visiting my best friend in San Francisco recently, I sat outside her high-end convenience/grocery store in the very affluent suburb of Piedmont grading papers.   The high school kids arrived en masse, at lunch and after school.   An amazing amount of candy and energy drinks walk out of that place–thousands of dollars’ worth daily. […]

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a very personal blog entry

I promised recently that I’d tell you why I was stressed and my friends were dropping by with healthy treats. Like coconut-milk “ice cream” and whole-wheat pumpkin cookies and applesauce brownies. It’s hard to talk about.   I’ve had this written a while but am finally getting the courage to post it.    So here […]

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spinach and other personal items

I just drove my 11-year old daughter Libby and her teammate Tristan home from their soccer game in another city.   I started this really funny conversation with Tristan in an effort to end my daughter’s rant about how much she hates practicing the piano:   Me:   Tristan, do you take piano lessons?   […]

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GreenSmoothieGirl Law of Physics (how will I find the time?) . . . part 2 of 2

Back to how it can be true that if you spend energy, you get energy: First, are you a parent of at least two children, or are you close to someone who is?   Many first-time parents are so smitten by their firstborn that when they begin to consider bringing another baby into their family, […]

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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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Educate kids about nutrition

Sometimes I wonder if my teenaged son is absorbing what I teach him about health, or if he’s just too annoyed with me and absorbed with “fitting in” to care.   Yesterday after double header baseball games, one of the coaches ranted at the boys about the huge mess they’d made in the dugout, with […]

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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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Eating right on vacation . . . part II

How do you spend your vacation dollars? This is my breakdown of vacation expenses for my family of six (not including boring stuff like gas):   Attractions: $729 Disneyland two days, $329 Universal Studios, $570 Wicked = $1,200 Bang for the buck:Lots of fun, family bonding time, and memories–PRICELESS Souvenirs:$28 Wicked CD, $40 t-shirts = […]

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