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    • Butter is better than an APPLE?

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    •  1/31/2011 10:02:16 PM
    • I want to welcome our 1st guest blogger:  RICHAN

      Richan has been following our blog and has brought great insight and motivation to Whole Food Mommies.  She is right on when it comes to nutrition and feeding her extremely healthy 2 year olds.

      Thanks for the AWESOME blog Richan!

      _________________________________________________

       

      Butter is better than an APPLE? Hmmm I think not

       

      I have been following Whole Food Mommies blog for about 8 months now. I know and admire the women who write this blog and want to thank them for the help they have given me on my journey towards eating more nutritious and healthy food.
       

      This past month as I was looking through my February 2011 Reader's Digest I happened upon the feature article of the month, "Eat This, Lose Weight". The article is an interview of Gary Taubes, a science journalist given by Lisa Davis. I first just skimmed the article to see if it was worth reading and was shocked by the summary page of "5 ways to get started", guidelines given by Eric Westman, MD.

      Here is a summary of the 5 ways:
       

      • There is no need to limit fat, basically from bacon to butter eat as much as you want
      • Eat less than 20 net carbs a day (net carbs are total carbs minus fiber), so no pasta, bread or rice
      • No starchy veggies and ONLY 4 cups of leafy greens and ONLY 2 cups of broccoli, cauliflower green peppers, etc
      • NO FRUIT!! Or fruit juice or sweets. Though sugar free sweets and diet soda are okay
      • Eat as much protein and fat as you want, just stop eating when you are full

       

      I think I may have been in the dark with diet articles like this for the past year or so since I have been only reading books and articles that advocate plant based diets. But really, who in their right mind would say that butter is better for you than an apple? I know this low carb diet stuff has been out there for years but I didn't think anyone was still doing it. I wanted to write a letter to Reader's Digest to complain that they are being socially irresponsible by printing such rubbish. Before I did so I thought I would read the entire article.

       

      He did have a couple of good points

       

      • There is more to being overweight than calories in/calories out
      • Restricting calories is ineffective, since it is the type of calorie that matters
      • Stay away from refined carbohydrates
      • And that is about all that I agreed with

       

      His other points

      • Exercising isn't necessary for losing weight
      • High fat is better for your heart
      • If low on energy when starting the plan, just add a little salt (seriously it said that)


      He also said that we need to eat what humans evolved to eat and refined grains and sugars are not part of that.

      And to that I say, didn't the first humans eat fruit and starchy vegetables too? And I am pretty sure that the hunters and gathers didn't eat cheese and butter. His logic there is completely flawed.

       

      I think initially he was on the right path; losing weight is more than counting and restricting your calories, and that we need to be careful with refined carbs. And that is what we learn with a more plant based diet. Articles like this one make me so grateful that I know the best way to feed me and my family. I don't always do the best but I try and it will make a difference. Slowly but surely I believe our society will come around and that articles like this will be laughed at for how bizarre they are.

       

      As for now, I am off to write my complaint letter to Reader's Digest.

      ~Richan

       

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    • Oprah's VEGAN Challenge

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    •  1/31/2011 10:00:39 PM
    • TOMORROW ON OPRAH...You don't want to miss!!!  Feb. 1st 2011

       

      OPRAH AND 378 STAFFERS GO VEGAN: THE ONE-WEEK CHALLENGE
      The challenge is on! No meat, no milk, no animal anything. Oprah and 378 Harpo staffers go vegan for one week. Could you do it?

       

      I am so excited to watch the show and see what cool information is shared.  Kathy Freston and Michael Pollan will be guests!  How exciting!

       

      If you are interesting in a VEGAN DIET...and don't know where to start?  Check out our RECIPE section for GREAT TASTING & SUPER EASY MEALS...That even your KIDS will love!!!

       

      LIFE IS GOOD!

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    • GUEST BLOG: Butter is better than an APPLE?

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    •  1/31/2011 4:15:17 PM
    •  

      I want to welcome our 1st guest blogger:  RICHAN

      Richan has been following our blog and has brought great insight and motivation to Whole Food Mommies.  She is right on when it comes to nutrition and feeding her extremely healthy 2 year olds.

      Thanks for the AWESOME blog Richan!

      _________________________________________________

       

      Butter is better than an APPLE? Hmmm I think not

       

      I have been following Whole Food Mommies blog for about 8 months now. I know and admire the women who write this blog and want to thank them for the help they have given me on my journey towards eating more nutritious and healthy food.
       

      This past month as I was looking through my February 2011 Reader's Digest I happened upon the feature article of the month, "Eat This, Lose Weight". The article is an interview of Gary Taubes, a science journalist given by Lisa Davis. I first just skimmed the article to see if it was worth reading and was shocked by the summary page of "5 ways to get started", guidelines given by Eric Westman, MD.

      Here is a summary of the 5 ways:
       

      • There is no need to limit fat, basically from bacon to butter eat as much as you want
      • Eat less than 20 net carbs a day (net carbs are total carbs minus fiber), so no pasta, bread or rice
      • No starchy veggies and ONLY 4 cups of leafy greens and ONLY 2 cups of broccoli, cauliflower green peppers, etc
      • NO FRUIT!! Or fruit juice or sweets. Though sugar free sweets and diet soda are okay
      • Eat as much protein and fat as you want, just stop eating when you are full

       

      I think I may have been in the dark with diet articles like this for the past year or so since I have been only reading books and articles that advocate plant based diets. But really, who in their right mind would say that butter is better for you than an apple? I know this low carb diet stuff has been out there for years but I didn't think anyone was still doing it. I wanted to write a letter to Reader's Digest to complain that they are being socially irresponsible by printing such rubbish. Before I did so I thought I would read the entire article.

       

      He did have a couple of good points

       

      • There is more to being overweight than calories in/calories out
      • Restricting calories is ineffective, since it is the type of calorie that matters
      • Stay away from refined carbohydrates
      • And that is about all that I agreed with

       

      His other points

      • Exercising isn't necessary for losing weight
      • High fat is better for your heart
      • If low on energy when starting the plan, just add a little salt (seriously it said that)


      He also said that we need to eat what humans evolved to eat and refined grains and sugars are not part of that.

      And to that I say, didn't the first humans eat fruit and starchy vegetables too? And I am pretty sure that the hunters and gathers didn't eat cheese and butter. His logic there is completely flawed.

       

      I think initially he was on the right path; losing weight is more than counting and restricting your calories, and that we need to be careful with refined carbs. And that is what we learn with a more plant based diet. Articles like this one make me so grateful that I know the best way to feed me and my family. I don't always do the best but I try and it will make a difference. Slowly but surely I believe our society will come around and that articles like this will be laughed at for how bizarre they are.

       

      As for now, I am off to write my complaint letter to Reader's Digest.

      ~Richan

       

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    • Reasons to go VEG

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    •  1/24/2011 10:21:06 PM
    • Here are a couple more arguments for going VEG...given by John Robbins.  I LOVE reading these...I just had to share :)  Hope you enjoy.

       

      The Cholesterol Argument

      • Number of U.S. medical schools: 125
      • Number requiring a course in nutrition: 30
      • Nutrition training received by average U.S. physician during four years in medical school: 2.5 hours
      • Most common cause of death in the U.S.: heart attack
      • How frequently a heart attack kills in the U.S.: every 45 seconds
      • Average U.S. man's risk of death from heart attack: 50 percent
      • Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat: 15 percent
      • Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat, dairy or eggs: 4 percent
      • Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption of meat, dairy and eggs by 10 percent: 9 percent
      • Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption by 50 percent: 45 percent
      • Amount you reduce risk if you eliminate meat, dairy and eggs from your diet: 90 percent
      • Average cholesterol level of people eating meat-centered-diet: 210 mg/dl
      • Chance of dying from heart disease if you are male and your blood cholesterol level is 210 mg/dl: greater than 50 percent


      The Natural Resources Argument

      • User of more than half of all water used for all purposes in the U.S.: livestock production
      • Amount of water used in production of the average cow: sufficient to float a destroyer
      • Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of wheat: 25
      • Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of California beef: 5,000
      • Years the world's known oil reserves would last if every human ate a meat-centered diet: 13
      • Years they would last if human beings no longer ate meat: 260
      • Calories of fossil fuel expended to get 1 calorie of protein from beef: 78
      • To get 1 calorie of protein from soybeans: 2
      • Percentage of all raw materials (base products of farming, forestry and mining, including fossil fuels) consumed by U.S. that is devoted to the production of livestock: 33
      • Percentage of all raw materials consumed by the U.S. needed to produce a complete vegetarian diet: 2


      The Antibiotic Argument

      • Percentage of U.S. antibiotics fed to livestock: 55
      • Percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in 1960: 13
      • Percentage resistant in 1988: 91
      • Response of European Economic Community to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: ban
      • Response of U.S. meat and pharmaceutical industries to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: full and complete support

       

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    • Why go VEG? Other arguments

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    •  1/17/2011 4:40:31 PM
    • To continue off of my last blog....Here are some other reasons for going VEG.  These are by John Robbins.

      These are pretty interesting statistics...I just had to share :)  Hope you enjoy

       

      The Environmental Argument

       

      • Cause of global warming: greenhouse effect
      • Primary cause of greenhouse effect: carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels
      • Fossil fuels needed to produce meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 3 times more
      • Percentage of U.S. topsoil lost to date: 75
      • Percentage of U.S. topsoil loss directly related to livestock raising: 85
      • Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 million
      • Amount of meat imported to U.S. annually from Central and South America: 300,000,000 pounds
      • Percentage of Central American children under the age of five who are undernourished: 75
      • Area of tropical rainforest consumed in every quarter-pound of rainforest beef: 55 square feet
      • Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses: 1,000 per year

       


      The Cancer Argument

       

      • Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat daily compared to less than once a week: 3.8 times
      • For women who eat eggs daily compared to once a week: 2.8 times
      • For women who eat butter and cheese 2-4 times a week: 3.25 times
      • Increased risk of fatal ovarian cancer for women who eat eggs 3 or more times a week vs. less than once a week: 3 times
      • Increased risk of fatal prostate cancer for men who consume meat, cheese, eggs and milk daily vs. sparingly or not at all: 3.6 times.

       

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    • Why go VEG? The Hunger argument (John Robbins)

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    •  1/10/2011 10:51:49 PM
    • Have you ever had an "argument" or "discussion" with a friend or loved one when discussing the question:  WHY GO VEG?

       

      While attending the Vegsource Expo this past year- I gained these cool facts inregards to the "HUNGER argument". 

      Check out the information below given by John Robbins:

       

      • Number of people worldwide who will die as a result of malnutrition this year: 20 million
      • Number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 100 million
      • Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by people: 20
      • Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 80
      • Percentage of oats grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 95
      • Percentage of protein wasted by cycling grain through livestock: 90
      • How frequently a child dies as a result of malnutrition: every 2.3 seconds
      • Pounds of potatoes that can be grown on an acre: 40,000
      • Pounds of beef produced on an acre: 250
      • Percentage of U.S. farmland devoted to beef production: 56
      • Pounds of grain and soybeans needed to produce a pound of edible flesh from feedlot beef: 16

       

      So know you have some cool facts next time someone asks you...what good can "GOING VEG" do?

       

      LIFE IS GOOD!

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    • Quick Brown Rice

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    •  1/3/2011 10:44:32 PM
    • Do you ever find yourself with limited time when making dinner?

       

      Do you ever find a recipe that calls for brown rice- but dismiss it because you don't have enough time to make the brown rice?

       

      Here is a product that I have been using in my home that has come in really handy.

      I know there are "Minute Rice" products out there- but they taste like minute rice.

      This product takes slightly longer to cook (approx. 12 minutes from beginning to end).

      But seems to have a much better taste & texture.

      This rice is quick, easy to make and has a great flavor!

      I just had to share :)

       

      SUCCESS WHOLE GRAIN BROWN RICE

      BOIL-IN-BAG

       

      The last time I made this rice I made our HAWAIIN HAYSTACK recipe- and the whole dinner took 15 minutes to make.

      It was fabulous!  Check out the recipe here.

       

      LIFE IS GOOD!

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