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    • Lemon Lime PROTEIN Drink

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    •  12/26/2012 10:05:38 PM
    • We at WHOLE FOOD MOMMIES hope you all had a wonderful holiday!  If you are like the majority of American's, you probably enjoyed time with loved ones, had a wonderful time giving gifts, AND you might have eaten too much rich food?  I really tried to be good these past few days, but I definitely splurged here and there. Also, it was extremely difficult trying to keep my children from eating too much as well!

       

      Can anyone relate?

       

      When my family goes through these periods where unhealthy food is almost becoming the NORM- it's time for a restart!  That is why I love January.  I call it my "refresh".  And if you are like me, this refresh can't start soon enough.  I'm excited to plan my weekly healthy meals again- go grocery shopping and spend time in my kitchen.

       

      I'm also excited to spend time in the GYM (which for me is my upstairs bedroom).

      So I thought I would share my favorite after work-out protein drink.  I am a nursing mother who is BUSY every second of the day, and at times I find it hard to eat enough.  I love making this drink right after I am done with a good sweat.  It is so refreshing and provides a healthy and yummy protein.  With my kids being home from school, they have loved working out with their Mama and having a nice serving of this drink.  I'm sure not everybody will love it, but I actually crave it.  Give it a try and let me know.  I swear I recover faster and I feel a huge difference when I don't do it.  By the way- I got this recipe from Brendan Brazier's THRIVE book.  He is that vegan ultra marathoner.  I might have changed it slightly- but this is pretty much his:


       

      Lemon Lime HEMP Protein Drink (post work-out)

      Place the following in a high powered blender- and blend until smooth.  I like to drink it over ICE.


      2 cups Water

      The juice of 2 lemons and 1 lime (or 3 limes and 1 lemon- whatever you have on hand)

      1 tsp HEMP OIL

      4 TBS Hemp protein powder

      4-6 dates (small and chopped) 

       

       

      Hope you enjoy!

      much love~

       

      LIFE IS GOOD!

       

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    • Disease Proof Story

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    •  12/19/2012 9:40:40 PM
    • Have you read Dr. Fuhrman's DISEASE PROOF blog lately?  (www.diseaseproof.com)

       

      If you try to eat a whole food plant based diet...then I think you would really like it.

      I wanted to highlight one of the recent posts entitled:  

      Interview with the Mother of a Young Nutritarian

      (Found here)


      Reading this post reminded me of why I feed my children this way.  I am NOT perfect...especially this time of year.  But I am really trying to feed my children healthy- so they stay healthy and disease free.  It's a really cute post- with a video and everything.  Check it out :)


      Another interesting post on this blog is about how much JUNK FOOD is offered to our children during the holidays.  If you are like me- there isn't a day that goes by where my children don't come home with some sort of sweet.  This blog details just how much our children are really eating- It's CRAZY!  (Found here)


      And to finish it off- I ran across this youtube video of a 1960's commercial for COKE.  Did you know that COKE helps your figure?  HA HA!

      http://youtu.be/8zTDbpxT8ZI


      I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful holiday season!

      Much love!

      Veteran Mommy


      LIFE IS GOOD!

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    • 7 Foods You Should Never Eat

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    •  12/12/2012 10:53:16 PM
    • A good friend of Whole Food Mommies sent us this article titled:

      7 Foods You Should Never Eat

       

      By Prevention magazine.  I thought it was a pretty interesting article because of who they asked to answer the question- WHAT FOODS SHOULD WE AVOID.

       

      The answers come from an ENDOCRINOLOGIST, a FARMER, a TOXICOLOGIST, a FARM DIRECTOR, an INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH DIRECTOR, a CANCER RESEARCHER, and an ORGANIC FOODS EXPERT.

       

       

      They asked each one- which food should be avoided.  I loved that the CANCER RESEARCHERS top food to avoid was COW's MILK.  Even though it specified Milk with Artificial Hormones- it's a start!


      Here is the link to the article-  HOPE YOU ENJOY!


      (Thanks LORENA!!!)

        

      LIFE IS GOOD!

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    • Plant Based Diet and FORMULA

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    •  12/7/2012 1:52:26 PM
    • We have had many of you MOMMIES ask questions regarding MILK and babies.

       

      Some of the questions have been:

       

      What is the best FORMULA?

       

      What is the best MILK option to give my child at 12 month old now knowing the disease promoting effects of cow's milk?

       

      In the book DISEASE PROOF YOUR CHILD by Joel Fuhrman- he states that DAIRY should be avoided, and in the rare cases you eat it- only be consume NON-Fat versions.  So what do I feed my baby?

       

       

      First all, we at Whole Food Mommies strongly encourage BREASTFEEDING for at least 12 months (research shows 24 months is optimum). I have read many articles about breastfeeding- and even if you have stopped producing milk, you can start back up again by using a nice electric pump. Begin pumping again and within a very short time (days)- you can have milk. 

       

      When mothers ask Dr. Joel Fuhrman (a doctor that I respect and has done his research) what formula they should use,

      1.  His first response ALWAYS is: Breastfeeding.

       
      He always encourages mothers to keep going and if you have stopped, start again.  He has very strong opinions against formula- and because of that, hasn't done much research to determine which is the best.  Mother's milk is the best!  Writing this- my intent is not to make any mother feel bad for not breastfeeding.  My heart goes out to Mommies that haven't been able to- especially when they have wanted to.  I always try to be sensitive these Mommies.  So- if you aren't able to start breastfeeding again, Here is Dr. Fuhrman's second response:
       
      2.  Find a milk bank where you can purchase breast milk.
       
      There are many resources out there that mother's don't know about- that provide quality breat milk.  This is the second best option.  I personally have never needed to look for this- so I do not have a source.  If any of you know one- let me know! (veteran@wholefoodmommies.com)
       
      3.  His third response, which he gives reluctantly- is to use COW’S MILK based formula (whey) over SOY. The higher aluminum content of the soy formulas and the questionable effects of the soy makes him cautious about using it as a full infant diet. But he NEVER promotes formula.
       
      So what about you mother’s that have a 12 month old or older. You understand the harmful effects of cow’s milk, but you are wondering what is the best option for your child?
       
      I again will refer back to Joel Fuhrman-
       
      If breastfeeding/breast milk is not an option, continue to use a whey based formula sparingly, it can be cut with unsweetened hemp milk and of course as much healthy food as possible to limit the use of the formula. Dr. Fuhrman’s favorite milks are hemp and almond milk.
       
      I personally breastfeed my children well past 12 months, but I would begin giving them homemade almond milk around 12 months old. Recipe found here.
       
      The key to remember is your child needs healthy FATS for proper brain development. Avocado daily is an excellent choice along with nut butters.
       
      In summary, if you have a child under 12 months, Whole Food Mommies recommendation is to use Whey formula and if the child is old enough- AVOCADO and NUT MILKS as much as possible.
       
      If you have a child over 12 months, You can continue using the formula- but mix it in with hemp milk or almond milk and feed your children vegetables, fruits, ground flaxseeds, legumes and whole grains. Until you feel it ok to discontinue the formula.  If they are getting plenty of fats other ways- formula might not be needed.  Check out Dr. Fuhrman's DHA for your baby as well!
       
      I hope this helps!
      Let me know!
       
      I hope this answers your questions!
      Much love,
      Veteran Mommy

       

      • thank you! this very helpful!
      • Thanks for posting this...It is frustrating to find an answer to this question for those of us unable to breast feed.
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