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thanks, Mom

I would just like to take a minute at the end of this Mother’s Day to honor my own mother who is halfway across the world in Milan, Italy, serving and teaching people there, with my dad.   My mom and dad are the epitome of health and work long days doing meaningful things they […]

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setting a bad example

Yesterday I went running on the jr. high school track by my home, which I often do.   I saw the most astonishing thing—and unfortunately, it’s the second time I’ve seen it.   The kids came out to play flag football, followed slowly by their P.E. teacher.   Think about your own P.E. teacher when […]

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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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eating right on vacation . . . part I

Nobody wants to slow down to eat, so we eat in line at Universal Studios.   My DH developed a new hobby: taking photos of us eating whole plant foods, with people in the photo eating more typical amusement-park, processed food.   Our children found this new hobby MUCH less amusing than we did.   […]

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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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Teach children at home

Teach children at home, in age-appropriate ways, about nutrition, since that’s where most food prep and eating takes place anyway.I once taught my children about the three parts of a grain–the bran (fiber), the germ (vitamins), and the endosperm (the glue).I’ve told them that white bread throws away the two good parts and keeps only […]

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Childhood health care advice

Some say, “Well, you must just not have picky kids like I do.” In fact, three of my four kids tried out “picky,” and the youngest two would be insufferably “picky” if I allowed it. Only one of my children has happily slurped up vegetables since infancy. But they are, at this point, all very […]

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Teach Children About Healthy

Nutrition is no different than any other topic, and we have to teach children about healthy.   Would you allow your 9-year old to opt out of her least favorite subjects in school—say, math and science?   Just quit, not participate at all from kindergarten to high school graduation?   Why would we knowingly allow […]

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Parenting Skills for Young Children

My next week of blogging will be about one of my favorite topics, possibly the #1 question I am asked—and the one I care about most.   How do I get my kids to eat right?   That is, parenting skills for young children when it comes to food and nutrition.   These blogs are […]

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Throw Away Your Television

With more than one-third of America’s children overweight, we have TV to thank (more importantly, our choice to indulge in it).   Throw away your television (or at least leave it mostly off) for two reasons. One, kids are burning fewer calories because they aren’t exercising while they watch hours of TV.   Most parents […]

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