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    •  9/16/2011 11:02:00 AM
    • A great article from

      "You know, it's that curly green stuff you push to one side on your dinner plate and don't bother to eat (because it looks and tastes boring)! Well, here is our advice....

      Eat it!...for your health's sake.

      Kale is an unbelievably healthy vegetable.

      Where do I start?

      OK, here goes...the health benefit of kale. It is an excellent source of...

      • Manganese
      • Iron
      • Copper
      • Calcium
      • Dietary Fiber
      • Vitamin C
      • Vitamin B1, B2, B6 well as a host of other phytonutrients.

        But where kale gets an A+ is it's vitamin A content. It is an excellent source of beta carotene. Just one portion of kale is only 36 calories but it provides a massive 192% of your daily vitamin A needs.

        Australian research has found that people who eat beta-carotene rich foods are less likely to develop
        skin cancer. That's not the 'green light' to go running out into the sun, burning to a frazzle, and relying on beta-carotene protection to save you!

        Want protection against lung diseases? Exposed to a lot of smoke with the risk of emphysema? If the answer is need to eat vitamin A rich foods, and kale will definitely help here.
        Kale is an excellent source of 
        Vitamin C too. A daily portion of the green stuff provides a whopping 89% of your daily vitamin C requirement.

        Vitamin C is associated with a reduced risk of
        colon cancer, In addition it is also connected with reducing radicals that trigger
        inflammatory diseases and is therefore associated with reduction of severity of problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and asthma.

        One portion of kale will cater for 10.5% of your daily fiber requirements.
      • Vitamin E

      What does fiber do?

        It helps to reduce cholesterol and stop arteries from becoming clogged up. It helps to keep blood sugar under control...great for diabetics.

      It is good for people with irritable bowel syndrome as it aids constipation and diarrhea. Also fiber helps provide protection against colon cancer. 

      No need for cows Milk... Need Calcium? Read On....

      Need calcium? Allergic or intolerant to dairy products? Well kale is a great source of calcium...not as high as cow's milk, but does not have the saturated fat associated with cow's it is excellent for kids
      excellent for kids helping with their bone development and adults too.

      Kale is also famous for its carotenoids..especially zeaxanthin and lutein....and these can be a great protector against cataracts.

      Lutein is a very powerful antioxidant,
      it has a yellow pigment (the yellow is covered up by chlorophyll in green leaves) with newly discovered powers to fight disease.

      Most adults eat about 1 milligram of lutein a day. Experts recommend at least 4-6mg of that powerful disease fighter.

      Now get this...Kale contains sulphorane...which only becomes apparent when cruciferous veggies such as kale, cabbage and
      broccoli are chewed or chopped (that's what gives the sulphorous cabbagy taste).  

      But it's What sulphorane does that's important. It encourages the liver to produce enzymes that detoxify cancer causing chemicals, especially those connected to chemically-induced breast cancer and colon cancer.

        Studies have also shown that sulphorane may protect against genetic cancers too.(i.e cancer caused by a genetic predisposition~my BRCA~and many others).

      Kale is a member of the brassica family along with cauliflower, collard greens and broccoli. Nice family the brassicas, they are known to be anti-cancerous and they contain glucosinolates.  

      Apparently there are over 100 different glucosinolates, of which about 15 are present in the brassica family.....and nowhere else!

      Now..are you going to ignore and push it to one side of your plate again after reading about the health benefit of kale?...somehow, I don't think so!"

      The health benefit of really is one of health's superstars.

       I found a lot of my information about kale from several books and websites. I knew that is was good for you, but after reading all the I found I am kind of excited to get my daily dose! It's just another step for me to be pro-active about my genetic dis-advantage. It doesn't taste so bad once you decide to eat it for health sake. In fact now I look forward to it... most days anyway.

      Now if you are wondering, what Kale is and how to use it...

      I like to lay the leaf dark side down and just cut the white center out.



       Then I chop it into small bite size squares, it just makes it easier to eat after its steamed.

      I put just enough water in the bottom of my pan to cover it, then heat the pan on high until the water starts to boil. Then I place the kale in the pan and cover. I leave it on high for about 30sec and then just turn off the heat and let it steam for 2-4minutes.

      I like to squeeze a little lemon and some Bragg's liquid aminos on mine and just eat it warm.

      There are a lot of other ways to sneak kale into our kids smoothies, salsas, salads... endless possibilities. Get creative and share your ideas with us.

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    •  3/5/2010 8:02:26 AM
    •             Last weekend we had a birthday celebration for my Step-Dad. All of my family was gathered together. It was so great to see everyone. My husband and I received many compliments... or half compliments anyway. People that we hadn't seen in months noticed a difference in us. By the end of the evening a couple of my sisters said, "I want to eat like you guys" then asked for a few more details. I tried my best to explain that it's more than just not eating meat or dairy products. It's more important what we DO eat, not what we don't. After talking with them for a few minutes, I realized I could talk until I am blue in the face, but unless you  understand why you are eating this way then it won't stick and won't matter. There will always someone willing to argue with you about your beliefs, if you don't have the info to back it up, then its easy to sway back and forth. I told them that if they are serious, they need to  read "The China Study" and/or "Eat to Live". These books give you enough info to get you going on your path to a healthy happy self!




      At the same party, I met a couple that through my Step-Dad had heard and read "The China Study" and "Eat to Live". They  have two daughters born with PKU and are struggling to find a diet to somewhat match with what their children can eat. I talked to them Saturday night and they were just getting ready to start the 6 week Eat to Live plan in the morning.  I hope its going well for them, keep it up!! 

       I hope that if you haven't picked up either of these books that you will do it today!! It will help you through your transition or get you started on a path that will change your LIFE and HEALTH for the better. I love the way I look and feel.... wow did I just say that..?? hmmm....I guess I really do LOVE the way I look and feel! (its not perfect, but it's me and I am happy!)

      Happy Reading!!

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    • The picture!!

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    •  3/1/2010 5:07:10 PM

      Veteran Mommy emailed me the picture of the warning sign after I posted my previous blog! Thank you! Thank you!

      It amazes that people will still eat there KNOWING that they are taking such a huge risk! I guess if you eat there now after being warned, you can't complain when your diagnosed with CANCER or your child has a birth defect! I get so frustrated........WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

      WARNING: Chemicals known to the State of California to cause Cancer, or Birth Defect, or Other Reproductive Harm May Be Present In Foods Or Beverages Sold Or Served Here.

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    • CHICKEN is BAD!!

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    •  3/1/2010 5:15:31 PM
    •        This is some of the most frustrating news to me. Chicken was my food of choice because it was such a "healthier" choice, right? WRONG! I will never eat a piece of chicken again. I wrote a blog prior to this one, when I first learned of the DAMAGE CHICKEN CAUSES.  Just recently I read an article about a woman who is currently suing, McDonald's, Burger King, and Friendly's for not posting a warning sign in their restaurant. (read more)

            I did a side by side comparison of (a lean cut) beef-chicken-turkey. I was surprised to see that they are all pretty even and NOT HEALTHY for our body.


      • Sirloin steak, choice
      • Total Fat grams: 7.2
      • Saturated Fat grams: 2.8
      • Cholesterol milligrams: 89


      • Chicken, skin on, light and dark meat
      • Total Fat grams:13.6
      • Saturated Fat grams: 3.8
      • Cholesterol milligrams: 88


      • Turkey, packaged ground
      • Total Fat grams: 12.8
      • Saturated Fat grams: 4.5
      • Cholesterol milligrams: 90


            Not only does chicken have equal or more amount of cholesterol and fats, but it has to be cooked at a higher temp to ensure that  we don't get sick from it, causing it to activate PhIP :PhIP is part of a chemical family known as heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and has been linked to cancer in numerous scientific studies. The National Toxicology Program administered by the National Institutes of Health has identified PhIP as carcinogenic, as has the International Agency for Research on Cancer. 


          The more articles I read, the more concerned I become. However, I get more frustrated, the information on the surface is so vague. It makes it easy to argue both sides, but if you dig deeper you can find real facts


          All Carl's Jr stores in California currently have a sign posted somewhere in their store that reads something along these lines: (I am hoping to find and post a pic of it soon)

       WARNING: the food and beverages served here contain chemicals that may cause cancer and if pregnant may cause birth defects. 


          People are asking why on chat forums, but the attitude in the answers I am seeing are shocking (well, only because of my current research I would've felt the same a year ago).  It is a "Who cares its just a self protection thing" or "It doesn't really mean anything" or my personal fav (because I use to use it myself) "sure, everything causes cancer". For all those out there asking why they have to do that, read Proposition 65


             It's crazy to me that only California has a law protecting them from harmful toxins in their food and drinks. I want a law in my state... or even better, in my country!! We have the right to know and chose whether we want to consume cancer promoting foods.

      ****Carl's Jr is not the only store that will have a sign like this posted. PCRM is currently suing several chains, start watching for more signs to go up (cali) in McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Chili’s, T.G.I. Friday’s, Outback Steakhouse, Burger King, KFC, and Applebee’s.

              As I have mentioned before, I am genetically predisposed to getting cancer because of BRCA 1. However, I feel more empowered everyday by the nutrition information I find. The last place you will see me is..... well, anywhere with a piece of grilled chicken on my plate!!!

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