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    • FOOD, Inc. on OPRAH with Alicia Silverstone

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    •  1/27/2010 7:59:19 PM
    • FOOD, Inc. on Oprah

      I AM SO EXCITED!!!


      This is an OPRAH you have to watch!


      On Wednesday, JANUARY 27th- The Oprah show will be having a special

      on the film FOOD, inc.

      as well as an interview with Alicia Silverstone!!!


      FOOD, inc.


      If you haven't seen FOOD, inc., it is a documentary that exposes the truth about the FOOD INDUSTRY in our nation.  It asks the question:  How much do we really know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families?


      After watching the film- you CANNOT argue the fact that the food industry puts PROFIT ahead of consumer HEALTH.


      We as MOMMIES have to take responsibility for what we feed our families- if we leave it up to the FOOD INDUSTRY and our GOVERNMENT...if we follow the "status quo"- we will find ourselves just as sick as everyone else.


      Some Interesting FACTS from FOOD, inc:

      • 1 in 3 American's born after the year 2000 will contract early onset diabetes; among minorities- the rate will be 1 in 2.
      • 70% of processed foods have some genetically modified ingredient.
      • In 1972, the FDA conducted 50,000 food safety inspections.  In 2006, the FDA conducted only 9,164.
      • During the Bush administration, the chief of staff at the USDA was the former chief lobbyist for the beef industry in Washington
      • E. coli and Salmonella outbreaks have become more frequent in America, whether it be from spinach or jalapenos.  In 2007, there were 73,000 people sickened from the E. coli virus.  (check out my SPINACH blog for more info).


      This FILM is definitely an EYE OPENER!  It will make you think twice about the food you are feeding your family!  That is a good thing!



      Alicia (star of the hit film Clueless) has followed a vegan diet for more than 10 years.  She publicly promotes a plant-based diet: "A animal-free diet provides amazing benefits for your health, your appearance, and even the planet".




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    • Ways to eat your GREENS!

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    •  1/18/2010 11:05:40 PM

      It seems like every time I research NUTRITIONAL information...

      I always find the same one clear message when it comes to healthy eating:


      If this is SO important for our HEALTH- what are some ways we can accomplish this on a daily basis?  Here are some ideas we MOMMIES like to do: 



      There is one food that scientific research has shown has a strong positive association with increased LONGEVITY in humans:

      DARK LEAFY GREENS:  Romaine, Kale, Collards, Swiss Chard, Spinach and Mustard Greens.



      These are the healthiest FOODS on the planet!  They are the most NUTRIENT DENSE foods- of all the foods!  They have 10 times more nutrients per calorie than any other food.  Whether they are RAW or COOKED- they are at the top!


      So...what are some ways we can EAT THESE DAILY?




      This is an EASY way for to eat A LOT of greens.  I stuff as much SPINACH and/or KALE in my blender as I can (1/3 to 1/2 lb.)  Check out our GREEN drink recipes!  Or create your own.  My children LOVE the Green Fruit Smoothie recipe!  I tell them it is a MAGIC smoothie- if you drink it, it will make you SO STRONG! For my one child who sometimes thinks "green" is gross- I let them drink it through a solid sippy cup- so they can't see the color


      Ways to Make a GREEN fruit smoothie:

      Choose a Liquid: Water, ICE, Soy/Rice/Almond Milk, Orange/Pineapple Juice or GRAPES

      Choose some Fruit:

      (it's best to have some frozen)

      Apple, Banana, Pineapple, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries,

      Peaches, Mangos and Cherries, etc.

      Choose a GREEN: Spinach, Romaine or Kale (these are my favorites)




      2.  RAW GREENS!

      Try adding a new Dark Leafy Green to your salad mix.  I have been using MUSTARD GREENS- and I love it!  I use half romaine, half mustard greens.  I chop up my mustard greens extra small- so it is easier to chew (be sure to remove the thick vein that runs through the center.  I find it much easier to chew than kale- and I think it tastes better!

      Ideas for SALAD toppings:  Bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, green onion, carrot, crushed raw almonds, sliced apples or pears.

      *I like to use a homemade mustard flavored vinaigrette- which isn't necessarily healthy...but I limit the amount I use- and it makes my salad SO YUMMY!





      Sometimes if I haven't had enough "GREEN" during the day, before I eat any of my dinner...I eat a HUGE bowl of steamed broccoli (1/2 lb-1 lb).  Then I eat the rest of my meal.  My kids are used to steamed broccoli on the dinner table.  Sometimes it is a struggle to have them eat it...but when they are hungry enough- they gobble it right up!

      Broccoli and Green Bean Medley


      Cooked Collard Greens:

      This is probably my least favorite way to eat my "greens", but it is the most effective when I am low on my "GREEN". I am currently nursing my third child- and this is an amazing way to immediately enhance my milk supply! 

       1 large bunch of collard greens (or less, depending on who is eating)

      Cut or pull away the leaves from the stem before washing.  Wash greens carefully.

      Bring water to boil in a large pot.  Submerge the whole leaves of the greens.  Tougher leaves (such as mature collards or kale) need to be cooked for 3-4 minutes.

      Timing is everything.  If you remove the greens too soon they will be bitter.  If you let them cook too long they will lose nutrients and have a flat taste.  Remove a piece and test every 30 seconds or so.  You are looking for a slightly wilted leaf that still has a bright green color and (most important) a good flavor. 

      Pour cooked greens into a colander and let cool slightly.  Squeeze out excess water with your hands.  Chop into bite-sized pieces.  Serve with a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar.



      4.  Add GREENS to any meal!

      An easy way to get my kids to eat their DARK LEAFY GREENS is to add them to my meals.  I chop the collards or kale very very small and they go great with just about anything! Or I wilt the spinach along with the meal.  I add them to our VEGGIE SPAGHETTI, our VEGETABLE RICE or POTATO, our FAJITAS, our VEGGIE POT PIE or any of our SOUPS.



      Green vegetables are the KEY!  The QUALITY of your diet depends on the amount of GREENS you eat daily!  Any other ideas on how to eat your greens?  Let me know!


      GO GREENS!

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    • Where do you get your PROTEIN?

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    •  1/11/2010 10:19:40 PM
    • When people find out that I eat very little animal product...more often than not, some sort of "protein" question is asked.  This question shouldn't surprise me...We live in such a "must have enough protein" society (thanks to the meat industry and don't forget those ATKINS guys).


      "So you don't eat meat?"  Then with a confused look on their face they ask  "Where do you get your protein?"


      Of course I answer in a very polite, inoffensive, humble way...or at least I try to.  But there are so many fun ways to answer this question- I thought I would throw some out there for the fun of it.  I enjoy the logical answers, that get them thinking.



      1.   "Where do I get my PROTEIN?  The same way "meat" gets it's protein...GREENS" 



      2.  "How are you supposed to gain muscle without eating any meat?"

      My answer:  "You are right...we should tell the elephants that"

      The biggest animals- elephants, gorillas, rhinoceroses, hippos and giraffes all eat predominantly green vegetation.



      3.    Did you know that 100 calories of STEAK has 5.4 grams of PROTEIN?  Guess how much PROTEIN a 100 calories of BROCCOLI has?  11.2 grams



      4.   "I have never heard of anyone being diagnosed with "protein deficiency."  Should I be worried? LOL!

      Most American's get TOO much animal protein (the average American eats over 100 grams a day- an unhealthy amount.  Adults only require 30 grams a day).  When a diet is centered around WHOLE unprocessed foods (vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts & seeds) the diet contains a healthy amount of protein.  It does not need to be a concern.



      5.   FACT:  Green vegetables are about 1/2 protein, 1/4 carb and 1/4 fat



      6.   "Well I for sure don't consume my protein via ANIMALS...are you kidding me?"  Did you know that ANIMAL PROTEIN promotes every stage of cancer in rats?  The amount of ANIMAL PROTEIN consumption in CHINA directly correlates with CANCER incidence? (Read THE CHINA STUDY for the FACTS)



      7.   "Which has more protein - oatmeal, ham or a tomato?"  The answer is that they all have about the same amount of protein per calorie.  The difference is, the tomato and the oatmeal have FIBER and many other nutrients that fight disease.

      HAM- not only comes from a PIG, an animal that does not have sweat glands- GROSS!, but it contains cholesterol and saturated fat.  Now- remember...Saturated FAT and Cholesterol cause the number one killer in this country- HEART DISEASE.  All animal products are devoid of FIBER!



      This is my usual answer:

      "Where do I get my protein?  GREEN Vegetables, Beans, Nuts & Seeds.  These plant based foods have more protein per calorie than meat.  They also are much easier to digest and also provide me with disease fighting nutrients."


      My favorite:  After I respond to their PROTEIN question...I ask with a confused look on my face:

      So...Where do you get your FIBER?

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    • Vegan Chef on OPRAH- Tal Ronnen

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    •  1/4/2010 1:53:09 PM
    • I am finally back to blogging!  YEAH!




      TODAY ON TV (Jan 4th):  The OPRAH show is going to re-air the episode with the famous:




      This episode first aired back in OCTOBER- and I missed it (I had just had my baby) I am so excited that it will be on again!


      Tal Ronnen is the chef that helped OPRAH with her 21-day VEGAN CLEANSE.  He is known as The Conscious Cook- which is the title of his new cookbook.  In October his cookbook made the top of the best selling lists for Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

      Check out OPRAH's Website for some of his recipes!

      You can also find recipes on Tal's website:



      This is exciting to me because-  this type of EATING/DIET is showing up more and more!  I am hoping the word "VEGAN" begins to be more accepted as a nutritionally excellent way of eating!  I don't necessarily consider myself a VEGAN...but I definitely try to eat just like VEGAN's do.  I think the reason I don't use VEGAN is because it comes across as "The people who DON'T EAT certain foods (animal products)".  I would like to be known as "a person who only EATS certain foods (whole plant based products)".


      On a side note-  I wanted to first write down some of the thoughts I've had lately that relate to WHOLE FOOD MOMMIES.

      This blog is all about us "moms" and the nutritional knowledge we have gained and how we use it in our daily lives.  I know when I started this journey...I would have LOVED to find a website just like this one (especially the recipes).  Of course we "Mommies" LOVE sharing this with people.  BUT- it is hard for some people to understand and accept.  I was recently talking to someone that isn't "understanding" this way of eating.  They are feeling overwhelmed with all of the information out there and they asked if I could sum up my "nutritional" beliefs as briefly as possible.  This is what I came up with:


      There are exactly 3 things that cause the majority of the DISEASE/ILLNESS in this country.


      These 3 things are:  BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER!


      IF I had to come up with 1 thing that would help this DISEASE/ILLNESS MOST,

      it would be:   VEGETABLES!

      (Of course there is more to it than vegetables- but they are at the top of the list)


      It is that simple.





      I also want to stress a point, FOR ME:

      It's NOT about loosing WEIGHT...that is not the goal (but it is an added benefit).

      If it was about loosing weight- I would not be feeding my kids this way...

      If it was about loosing weight- I don't think I would stick to it for the rest of my life...


      FOR ME- it's about my HEALTH! and my families HEALTH! 


      I believe:



      SO- what is the best way to eat?  There are many books out there that confirm the basis of this whole website.  WHOLE FOOD PLANT BASED DIET- Focus on eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts & seeds.  The research that backs this type of eating is everywhere...and I LOVE seeing it more and more!  Check out The Vegan Chef on OPRAH and the The Vegan Eating Cowboy on Dr. Oz. (


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