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    • Lance Armstrong Eats Plant Based Diet

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    •  3/29/2012 9:48:09 AM
    • I came across this arcticle by Huffington Post about Lance Armstrong and eating a plant based diet by taking advice from his friend Rip Esselstyn (a Whole Food Mommy favorite)...I just had to share.


      You can find the article here.


      But here is the interview about Lance's new diet:


      HPC: Do you have a certain way you approach food?

      LA: I didn’t for a long time until about a month ago until I started messing around with this new diet.

      HPC: What changed?

      LA: I started swimming again, and I swim with a guy [ed's note: former triathlete Rip Esselstyn] who started basically a food program called the Engine 2 Diet, which is a plant-based, 100% natural, organic diet. His dad was a famous cardiologist who did Forks Over Knives, and was President Clinton’s doctor. Clinton has gone to a completely vegan diet and he’s essentially erased his heart disease.

      It’s basically whole grains, different types of beans, kale salad with creative alternatives for dressing. They’ll bring out something that looks like a brownie, but it’s not a brownie … though it tastes a bit like a brownie. So I did it for one day, then two days. Then I branched out and started doing it at breakfast and lunch. I still insist that I get to do whatever I want for dinner. But it’s made a significant difference in just in a month.

      HPC: What kind of difference?

      LA: Energy level. Even when you’re training really hard, it’s normal that you would have certain things for lunch or certain things for breakfast, and then have this dip, or almost like a food coma … I don’t experience that anymore. My energy level has never been this consistent, and not just consistent, but high. I’m a big napper -- I couldn’t even take a nap these days if I wanted to.

      The other thing -- I expected to get rid of that dip, but I didn’t expect the mental side of it, and the sharpness and the focus that I’ve noticed. And I was the biggest non-believer, I was like ‘whatever man’, and I’m in. I’m not doing dinners yet, but breakfast and lunch, I’m in.

      HPC: Do you think it’s pretty sustainable?

      LA: If I were to stay in Austin, it’s very sustainable. It’s harder when you get on the road, of course -- I mean, you walk out that door and breakfast is sitting there. None of that [muffins, croissants, etc.] is on the Engine 2 diet. So it gets harder and harder. But you can even travel with stuff. Breakfast is not hard, you bring your cereal and then you go to the store and buy almond milk, you buy bananas to put on top of it. If you plan, then it’s possible.

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    • Need some Motivation?

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    •  3/28/2012 11:09:45 AM
    • Are you looking for ways to stay motivated to feeding your family healthy?
      Would you like a beautiful daily REMINDER as to why you want to feed your family the best?
      We Whole Food Mommies have a vinyl sticker in each of our kitchen's reminding us that we:
      EAT TO LIVE.
      Having this on our kitchen counter has been a great tool for not only ourselves but for our families.
      It is a reminder as well as a motivator to keep feeding our families a whole food plant based diet.
      A diet that "disease-proofs" our children and keeps us healthy and happy.
      We have decided to offer this VINYL sticker to YOU mommies out there- to help you on your journey.
      You can place this sticker on a TILE or on the wall.  Be as creative as you want.
      This sticker comes with transfer tape and instructions on how to install.
      We hope you enjoy this MOTIVATIONAL tool as much as we do.
      Check it out in our market place = here.  ONLY $3.99
      MUCH LOVE!
      Whole Food Mommies
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    • Protein Question

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    •  3/23/2012 10:21:42 PM
    • I like to ask people this question...just for fun:

      Which has more protein....

      Oatmeal, Ham or a Tomato?


      The answer:  is that they all have the SAME amount of protein per calorie.  The difference is, the tomato and the oatmeal are packaged with FIBER and other disease-fighting nutrients, and the ham is packaged with cholesterol and saturated fat.


      Some people believe that only animal products contain all the essential amino acids and that plant proteins are incomplete.  FALSE.


      They were taught that animal protein is superior to plant protein. FALSE.


      They believe that plant protein must be mixed and matched in some complicated way for a vegetarian diet to be adequate.  FALSE.


      I guess they never thought too hard about how a rhinoceros, hippo, gorilla, giraffe, or elephant became so big eating only vegetables.  Animals do not make amino acids from thin air; all the amino acids originally came from plants.


      My favorite question to ask when someone asks me "WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR PROTEIN?"...after I explain- the same place a gorilla does.


      Then I ask them-  "SO WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR FIBER?"

      For more FUN facts and questions...check out a prior PROTEIN blog HERE.







      - resource:  EAT TO LIVE by Dr. Joel Fuhrman

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    • Our Favorite Soups

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    •  3/15/2012 1:48:54 PM
    • We know how busy MOTHERHOOD can be...and for many of us, dinner comes around way to quick.


      What to cook for dinner tonight?  Something quick and healthy that your kids will love...right?

      Want some new fresh ideas?  Recipes that are great for leftovers as well?


      Introducing Whole Food Mommies FAVORITE SOUP Recipes EBOOK!


      We Mommies put together our favorite soup recipes that we use all year round.

      Many of the recipes use basic ingredients found in your kitchen and can be made very quick.

      You will love our Vegetarian Tortilla Soup that can be made in just 15 minutes!


      Or you can try our Crockpot Minestone, where you put all ingredients in your cooker and it cooks itself!


      For the rest of the cold nights this year- you will need to try our Vegetarian Quinoa Chili.


      This Ebook comes with full recipes and color pictures of all 12 of our favorite SOUPS.

      You can purchase it in our MARKETPLACE found here.


      And for a limited time- because we love our READERS...

      you can receive this EBOOK for only $3.99.


      Get it quick...and let us know what you think!

      Much love,

      Whole Food Mommies

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    • Dark Chocolate Strawberry Muffins

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    •  3/8/2012 5:28:01 AM
    • My mom gave me this recipe this past week.  Most of the time when I read CHOCOLATE MUFFINS of any kind I think of all the fat and sugar that it contains.  But after looking at the ingredients I was really excited about this one.  Then after tasting them...I was SOLD!  And so were my kids.  Looking for a healthy treat...check this out and let me know what you think:


      Dark Chocolate Strawberry Muffins



      10 Medjool dates, pits removed

      1 can (15 oz) black beans

      3 bananas

      2 cups frozen strawberries, thawed

      2 heaping TBS ground flaxseeds

      3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder

      1/2 cup whole wheat flour

      1 tsp baking powder

      1 tsp baking soda

      1 TBS vanilla extract

      Sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)




      Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, stir whole wheat flour, baking soda and baking powder.  Than in a cup or small bown mix ground flaxseed with 1/2 cup water and let sit for 5 minutes.  Put aside dry mixture and in a vitamix or blender, combine black beans, pitted dates, 2 bananas, cocoa powder , flaxseed gel (after sitting for the 5 minutes), vanilla and coffee extract.  Combine this mixture with the dry mixture and stir thoroughly until all the flour is mixed into the wet chocolately mixture.  Chop up the 3rd banana and stir in for some fun banana chunks in the final muffins.  Add whole defrosted strawberries (if there is "strawberry juice" in the bowl of defrosted strawberries, leave this out as it will make the batter too liquidy) and stir in these as well.  In a 12 cup muffin pan place cupcake paper cups in and using a spoon, scoop in the batter in equal parts.  Bake for 20-25 minutes and serve warm.  Sprinkle cinnamon on top if desired.

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    • Whole Food Pregnancy Remedy

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    •  3/1/2012 2:19:57 PM
    • I am just about 19 weeks along with my 4th pregnancy- and overall I am feeling great!  My extreme hunger has subsided and I am not as is good!  I believe one of the reasons I am feeling so good during my pregnancy has to do with a REMEDY that I try to take daily.  I have to share this easy tool that has helped me so much during this beautiful time of being a mother.


      First of all...a REMEDY is anything that cures, relieves or heals.  I love learning about all types of remedies.  Remedies for the body as well as the spirit.  This remedy I am sharing with you today is one of my all time favorites for the body, especially a FEMALE BODY.  And it's not just a healing tool for pregnancy helps woman in all phases of their life.


      As a woman, do you ever experience negative side-effects during your monthly cycle?

      When you are pregnant, does your mood change drastically?


      Here is an essential remedy for all women who would like to feel better & act better during their monthly cycle as well as during their pregnancies:


      (drum roll please)


      herbal tea.  One you can find in most grocery stores.  Just make sure that the only ingredient is red raspberry leaves.  To those of you who have never tried this tea, don't be fooled by the name.  It tastes nothing like a nice juicy raspberry, it actually has a bitter taste...but once you hear about all of the medicinal qualities this little leaf has- hopefully you can dismiss it's flavor and enjoy it for the health of it :) 

      Red Raspberry Leaf tea is a highly effective remedy for female menstrual symptoms and problems.  Drinking it before and during your menstrual cycle can decrease many of the common monthly side effects.  It aslo can naturally decrease the menstrual flow.  The first time I drank this tea during a cycle, it ended 3 days earlier than normal.  And for those of you who do not experience an actual cycle, this still helps relieve your symptoms during this time.  This tea sooths and tones the stomach and bowels.  AND it helps the body produce the correct amounts of hormones and estrogen.


      This tea helps teens going through puberty.  It is wise to have your teenagers consume a cup or more of the tea at least 3 days a week.



      Because hormones and estrogen levels are a key factor in a healthy pregnancy, this tea is extremely important for the reproductive organs to function properly. 

      This tea helps prevent miscarriage and hemorrhage by toning the uterus.  Drinking this tea will quiet inappropriate premature pains and will produce a safe, speedy and easy delivery. Raspberry leaves stimulate, tone and regulate (both the leaves and fruit are high in citrate of iron which is the active alterative, blood-making, astringent and contractive agent for the reproductive area) before and during childbearing, assisting contractions and checking hemorrhage during labor, relieving after-pains, then strengthening, cleansing and enriching the milk of the mother in the post-delivery period.
      To help reduce negative symptoms during your monthly cycle, apply the following steps:
      1. Three days before your cycle should start, begin drinking at least one cup of Red Raspberry Leaf tea per day.
      2. During your cycle, drink a cup of tea morning and evening.
      3. Continue drinking two cups of tea a day until your cycle is complete.


      For pregnancy- I drink at least a cup a day.  It is how I start out my morning.  I used this remedy with my last pregnancy and my labor and delivery was the quickest as well as the recovering.


      Give it a try!  I notice my mood improves as I drink it consistently.  Also- my youngest loves the stuff...which makes Mommy happy!


      Hope you enjoy!

      Life is good!

      Dr. Mom’s Healthy Living, Sandra K. Livingston Ellis
      Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Home Health Care, Dr. John R. Christopher
      Home Herbal Doctor, Jessica Houdret
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