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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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Consider vaccines carefully

Recently, the biggest government entity, the Department of Health and Human Services (governing the FDA and CDC) finally settled one of many claims by families whose children have been damaged by vaccines.   This came after years of dodging and denying that Thimerosal (containing mercury) may cause autism.  This is some of the evidence documenting […]

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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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peer pressure to eat junk food

Tonight my  14-yr. old  son Kincade was reading a newspaper comic called “A Doctor, A Lawyer, and A  Cop” and started laughing, handed it to me. The kid is saying, “But PLEASE, Mom, you don’t understand how important it is for me to have a pair of new sneakers.”   The mom replies, “Or what?! […]

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interrupting our regularly scheduled programming . . .

DH and DS (internet-speak for Dear Husband and Dear Son) came home from visiting a family who just moved into our church congregation. They reported at dinner that the wife said, “I heard your wife has this website, GreenSmoothieGirl.com, so I checked it out.   That’s quite a hobby she has going!”  You don’t have […]

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Beets . . . and GreenSmoothieGirl network TV debut

So I taped an episode of a major network reality TV show last August.   It’s really how this site got started: I was told  by the TV people they’d be flooded with emails of people wanting to reach me, so a friend told me I should put up a site.   It’s taken on […]

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nutrition tips for kids

I wanted to pass along great ideas from two GreenSmoothieGirl.com readers who wrote me, on how they’ve been successful at getting their kids to eat raw vegetables and fruits: Use a muffin/cupcake pan and put raw almond butter in one hole, raw hummus in one hole, and fresh guacamole in one hole.   Put cut-up […]

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