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Questions and Answers about PROTEIN

Check out these common questions about protein, with my answers: Q&A Question: What about “PERFECT PROTEINS?” Aren’t those the best? Answer: No, not at all. A “perfect” protein just means it very closely matches human flesh. In fact, proteins from plants, where the body builds from the “raw materials” of amino acids (protein’s building blocks) […]

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Vegetarians’ favorite question

My daughter Emma, 16, and I had a convo the other day about how every vegetarian gets sick of the question, “How do you get your protein?” (I bet we hear from some of them here!) I often point those asking that question to my report HERE called “Protein: Are We Deficient? Or Overdosing?” A […]

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Chia Pudding: a great new habit

Marlene told me, after my class in Kennewick, Washington, that she makes chia pudding for her diabetic husband as a meal or dessert. (Cinnamon is a great blood-sugar controller–note that she adds lots of cinnamon to his pudding.) It’s a great idea, since chia is a power food, and high in protein as well. (It’s […]

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Question authority and use your critical thinking skills

One of my readers, Amanda, sent me this exchange that got her labeled a ‘Dissenter’ and ejected from Joe Mercola’s forum. Whey protein, including his, is a highly processed food with additives and flavorings you should avoid. Most Americans are overdosing on protein, but if you feel you need more, I hope you look to […]

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Dear GreensmoothieGirl for Arizona, part 2 of 4

[By the way, that video I blogged on Sunday? Alternatives for milk? We had the wrong video up, but now it's right!] Amy: What’s the right balance of macronutrients? GSG: Americans have been duped into thinking we need 20% protein. Dr. Robert Atkins spread that far-and-wide, popularizing the way fast-food-enamored America wanted to eat anyway. […]

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the virtues of coconut water

Stacy S., organizer of my San Diego event last week (I will blog about it this week, just waiting for photos), that I should write more about coconut oil. How about the liquid, or water, of the coconut? Thanks for the help on this, Jenny Cook: It’s an amazing alternative to water – low in […]

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I’d like to read to your kids this weekend!

This weekend, Good Earth in Utah is hosting a book-launch party for The Adventures of Junk Food Dude. I’d like to meet your children and read them the story. We’ll have free green smoothie samples, and a sticker they can wear that says, “I’M A GREEN SMOOTHIE GUY” or “I’M A GREEN SMOOTHIE GIRL.” If […]

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Under the Big African Sky, part 5

Americans wring their hands fretting about getting enough protein. Here are some of my African friends who eat nothing but plants, mostly greens. Do they look like they lack for muscle mass? Meet the hippo, rhino, water buffalo, elephant, zebra, and giraffe. Do you know that the water buffalo is terribly dangerous to humans? Did […]

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Consumer Reports on protein powders

Check out this Consumer Reports review of protein powders. I’ve said for a long time that 99 percent of them are anywhere from difficult to digest, to toxic. Here’s proof: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2010/july/food/protein-drinks/overview/index.htm If you feel you need extra protein, hopefully you’ve been disabused of the idea that you have to eat lots of animal flesh to […]

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sprinkles

Heard a fun tip for using chia seed from an attendee of my class last night: Tell the kids they’re “sprinkles” and they’ll put them on everything. Have a shaker full, to use them on cereal, treats, soup, anything. I love stuff like that. Chia is extremely high in protein and iron, an incredible and […]

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