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    • Questions and Answers

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    •  11/28/2012 10:40:44 PM
    • What is a WHOLE FOOD PLANT BASED DIET?

       

      Do you only eat plants?  Do you ever eat animal products?

       

      How do I get started?  I believe that I should be eating more PLANTS in my diet and less ANIMAL PRODUCTS...but where do I begin?

       

      How do I get my kids to transition to this way of eating?

       

       

      These are just a few of the questions we receive from Mother's all around the world.  It seems like this way of eating is getting more and more common.  People are hearing about it- books and documentaries are readily available- and people are more and more open to the idea that eating PLANTS is the key to health and longevity.

       

      I had some high school friends come over to my home this past week for a fun gathering.  They asked..."So- are you vegan?"  I quickly answered- NO.  We WHOLE FOOD MOMMIES answer this question all the time.  We believe vegan's focus on what NOT to eat...while we like to focus on what we DO eat.  And the primary source of calories and nutrients we eat comes from PLANTS. 

       

      1.  A Whole Food Plant Based Diet consists of:  VEGETABLES, FRUITS, LEGUMES (BEANS), WHOLE GRAINS, NUTS & SEEDS.

       

      2.  Do we NEVER eat animal products?  Speaking for myself-  NO.  Does that mean frozen chicken is in my freezer?  NO.  But, my refrigerator is sometimes friends with eggs, butter and chicken paste.  Do my children eat animal products?  Sometimes, but it is limited.  Again, we promote PLANTS and teach them the disease-proof effects they have on the body.

       

      3.  There are many different ways to get started.  Here are some quick and easy tips:

       

           - Start with fruit smoothies for breakfast.  This is a great way to consume fruit- and kids love it!

           - If you are just starting- Have a dinner once a week with NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS (we have many recipes on our site to choose from) and add on from there to what you and your family desires.

           - Read the book DISEASE PROOF YOUR CHILD by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.  The more you KNOW- the easier the transition will be- because you know the WHY behind it all.

           - Have fruit and veggies on the counter for an afterschool snack- kids are the most hungry when they get home.  They will eat it...have some dip if that will help with the vegetables.  Let your kids get hungry!  It helps!

           - In the beginning I made my prior recipes- just left out the meat.  Try a veggie spaghetti or fajitas without the chicken.  A dinner made with rice and veggies- seasoned with soy sauce is so good!

           -  A false belief is that this way of eating means a whole new shopping list and new grocery store.  The list will probably change the most- but everything you need is in most grocery stores.

           - Need some recipe ideas?  Check out our recipe section- dive into it.  Have fun!

       

      I hope this helps answer some questions for the beginners!

      Much love~

      Whole Food Mommies

       

       

       

       

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    • Happy Thanksgiving

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    •  11/21/2012 10:43:22 PM
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      Happy Thanksgiving!

      Love,

      Whole Food Mommies

       

      We hope you have a wonderful day enjoying great food, friends and family.

       

      We at Whole Food Mommies are so grateful for the knowledge we have of feeding our families healthy whole food!  We love hearing from our readers and enjoy hearing about your journey.  Thanks for reading!

       

      Check out this yummy recipe I am going to attempt tomorrow.  I found it on Martha Stewart's website under meatless thanksgiving recipes;

       

      http://www.marthastewart.com/355600/swiss-chard-pie?czone=food/thanksgiving-center/thanksgiving-center-turkey&center=0&gallery=274911&slide=281788

       

      I will let you know how it goes.  Excited to have another good recipe with DARK LEAFY GREENS,

       

      Much love,

      Whole Food Mommies

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    • My PICKY eater

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    •  11/15/2012 9:33:21 AM
    • So I have a picky eater...he is my oldest boy (almost 6 years old)...and he has turned into my

      "Can I have cereal for every meal of the day" boy.

       

      There are days where I search my pantry, refrigerator and recipe books for something he will eat.  And to tell you the truth, he hasn't had a huge appetite, so it hasn't been too difficult, until just recently. It must be a growth spurt :)

      Needless to say, the last few weeks have been hard trying to feed him healthy and keep him full.  There were times I gave in and let him have 2 bowls of cereal in a day- just so he wasn't hungry.

       

      Well- I decided something needs to change.  So unfortunately for him, I began to say his least favorite word more often..."NO".  When he was hungry and wanted more of a snack item (like cereal) to fill his belly, I would kindly say NO...then give him at least 3 other healthy options.  He would say NO to all 3 and would begin to complain about being hungry.

       

      There was a night early in the week where he decided to go to bed hungry.  He didn't want to eat my dinner (Hawaiian Haystacks- which is fabulous) and didn't want a fruit smoothie so he didn't eat anything.

       

      AND GUESS WHAT HAPPENED?

       

      The next day- HE ATE EVERY HEALTHY THING I GAVE HIM...without complaint.

       

      For dinner, he ate a huge portion of green beans, cut up cucumber, grapes and a bean burritos.

      AND GET THIS...

      His words when he cleaned his plant:

      "Mom- I am so full, I wouldn't even want dessert if you offered".

       

      LOVE IT!!!

       

      So, for some of my children...HUNGER can actually be a good thing!

       

      much love,

      Veteran Mommy

       

      LIFE IS GOOD!

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    • Green Beans and things

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    •  11/7/2012 8:54:04 PM
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      I know this isn't the best picture...but it was our dinner tonight and my kids loved it.  Some people might look at this and go...REALLY?  That's a dinner?

       

      But you know you are a WHOLE FOOD MOMMY when...

                You eat a dinner like this and you don't miss the meat.

                      Garlic Mashed potatoes, Green Beans and a little gravy.

       

      So there is this book called HEALTHY AT 100 by John Robbins.  It gives accounts of the longest living people that have lived on this planet.  My favorite being the HUNZA's (see my blog here for more info).

       

      Anyways- I loved reading this book and learning all about these people...especially what they ate.  And ALL of the people that he documented ate very little ANIMAL.  They actually used ANIMAL for the flavoring instead of the main dish (or even a side dish).  I LOVE THAT!

       

      So this recipe above...I flavored with turkey gravy.  And because of that one tablespoon of gravy, my kids ate a large portion of steamed green beans.  You can't feel bad about that!

       

      I know this recipe isn't much...but if you are a potato lover like I am- you should totally give it a try.

      Hope all is WONDERFUL!

       

      much love!

      Veteran Mommy

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    • Whole Food Mommy

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    •  11/1/2012 7:52:58 AM
    • I hope everyone had a fun Halloween last night!  I am not big fan of this holiday- but my children sure love it!  We did go trick-or-treating last night and enjoyed seeing all my neighbors and friends.  My little 3 year old's favorite part was knocking on everyone's door and just saying "HI"...forgetting about the receiving any candy and walking away.  It was precious!

       

      I really only have one child that is a CANDY EATER- when sugar is in the house, she is thinking about it.  I sometimes wonder if she is like this because I didn't let her have any white sugar until she was almost three.  But either way, she is who she is...and I don't want to make her feel she is "wrong" in any way.  Luckily, this child and the rest of my children also LOVE gifts.  This year they will purchase a fun gift from me with their candy that they received.  And I am a mother that doesn't mind throwing it all away.  This is the beginning of CANDY season anyways...unfortunately more is coming their way.

       

      As I was walking through the grocery store yesterday, a thought came to me.  First of all, I am going to CONFESS here...this thought came to me as I was holding a pint of COW's MILK.  It is my sister-in-law's (who is like my mother-in-law to me) tradition to make BROCCOLI CHEESE soup for Halloween night.  Of course- I make other healthy options, but this year I needed to help buy some of her ingredients.  So here I am, in the dairy section picking up a container of milk...and I thought:

       

      YOU ARE A WHOLE FOOD MOMMY WHEN...

           In the very rare occasions you buy cow's milk- you feel embarrassed taking it off the shelf and you immediately hide it in your cart.

       

      And that is exactly what I did- without even thinking.  I laughed out loud at myself.

      Then I decided to not let any "worry" or "embarrassment" affect me, so I uncovered this milk from a cow and placed it where everyone could see it.  And you know the craziest part of this story?  Nobody even noticed or said anything to me! HA!

       

      Only a Whole Food Mommy would get this...so thanks for letting me share :)

       

      Much love!

      Veteran Mommy

       

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