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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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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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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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Halloween Controversy: better to feed candy to the homeless? or nothing?

Last year on Halloween, I posted that I pay my kids $20 for the privilege of dumping their Halloween candy in the trash outside. On facebook, I have the interesting situation of 90% of my personal page’s friends being GSG readers, and 10% being people I actually know. One of my high-school friends, cheerleader Beth, […]

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Classroom rewards that aren’t food

One of my readers gave me a cool resource, in response to my story about going to my son’s 6th grade teacher asking her to reconsider her policy of giving candy for good behavior and academic performance. It’s called, How to Reward and Motivate Kids Without Using Food. Here it is. I bet few teachers […]

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“After I eat chocolate cake, I want to die”

I got this email from my friend Matthew: He had just read this quote: “When I eat chocolate cake, 20 minutes later I’m under my desk wanting to die, When I eat broccoli, in 20 minutes I feel good. But given the choice I always eat the cake.” Matthew asks: “Why do people choose the […]

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Back to the candy factory…..I mean, school

My children have gone back to school. If I said I was sorry about that, I’d be lying. I love my kids, but summer is hard for working moms. And August is crazy around here because I’m about to leave on my 4th trip of the month, all 4 of my kids have had birthdays […]

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Home from AZ

Kristin and I are back from our trip to Arizona, and soon, I’ll share with you a video or two of interviews with a couple of readers. The drive is long and boring. We stopped and toured the spectacular Glen Canyon Dam. We prowled around Orderville, UT, gawking at polygamists and whispering about our little […]

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this post is so NOT timely (hot cocoa in JUNE?!)

Nobody really wants to read a healthy hot cocoa recipe in June, huh. I’ll have more appropriate spring garden recipes for you Sunday. But I went for a bike ride at 7:45 p.m. up the canyon. My friend Jennie kept griping about the next steep hill: “I thought you said this was the last one!” […]

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Mother’s Day Blueberry Dessert

The more you eat raw food, the simpler it becomes. When I’m by myself, what I eat at home tends to be bare-bones, if I’m not in restaurants with friends. But when I have a Sunday dinner for my family, or a special occasion, I make it fancier. I’m not always the greatest at planning […]

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