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    • Questions and Answers

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    •  7/25/2012 4:52:00 PM
    • We get so many great emails. We love hearing from our readers! I thought a few of these questions might be similar to some you might have. I wanted to share my answers with you.

       

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        I just recently joined the site! I am so excited! I have been on a plant based diet since January of this year! and all because of The China Study my life has been awesome!! I have 2 young children 4 and 2 years old. They like to try some of the food i make but they don;t like too many of them. My question is what do or can i do to get them more interested in the foods and i also have a husband who doesn;t like very many veges and loves meat and swears he will never give up the way he eats cuz hes a man and needs his meat ,what are some things i can do to help him understand or even convince him to stop eating the way he is? Thanks! i am stoked i found this blog!

       

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       I would recommend patience for your kids and husband :)

       
      Your children are young, which can be very helpful in this process. I would recommend introducing one new food a week if they are resisting the change. Let them help pick out the fruits and veggies they want to try. Remember it takes about 12 times  of tasting a new food for our taste buds to appreciate the new flavor. Be patient :)
       
      For your Husband, see if he would watch the documentary "Forks over Knives". It streams live on netflix or is available for purchase through amazon. It is very eye opening and may encourage him to at least try a few new food ideas if not convert him on the spot. (ha)
       
      Again, I think being patient and not pushy is the best answer for you. I know that's prob not what you were hoping to hear, but it takes time or education to convince people that what we have been told our whole lives just might not be true. 
       
      I hope that helps a little, also you may want to check out our FAQ page http://wholefoodmommies.com/Home/QuestionAnswer
       
      Love and patience :)
       
       
       
      Question:
       
      I want to try this whole foods diet but i dont like beans at all, but i do eat fruits and veggies and nuts. Is this impossible for me without beans? I have 2 kids under age 2 and want to try this for weight loss.
       
       
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      I would not recommend eating a strict  plant based diet without consuming beans, at least 1/2cup daily. There are several different types of beans and so many ways to consume them. 
       
      Kidney and black Beans are excellent in our Anytime Bean dip, served with chips or in a lettuce wrap or over a bed of spinach. 
       
       
      garbonzo beans (chickpeas)
      lentils
      navy beans
      pinto beans
      white beans
      black eyed peas
      adzuki beans
      soy beans
       
       
      I am sure I have forgotten a few. I  know what it is like to try to make yourself like something just because it is good for you. I find comfort in the fact that it takes our taste buds about 12 times of tasting something new to be able to appreciate the flavor. I tested this on myself with red pepper (read about my experience here) After one week of eating them, I salivate when I see them at the store. I love them. Our body will adjust and then crave the foods that it needs. I would recommend trying some new beans.
       
       
      Use our search bar on our website to find many recipes with beans.
       
       
      *Disclaimer:This is the fun section where we need to tell you that we are not doctors. While we stand firmly behind all the information and research that we share with you, we are not your doctor (even though that would be kind of fun!). Please consult with your own physician before making any changes to your diet or that of your families. Hopefully your doctor is just as excited about a whole food plant-based lifestyle as we are and will encourage you every step of the way! 

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    • Low carb vs. Plant-based

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    •  7/17/2012 7:25:26 PM
    • Follow advice from those who are where you want to be! There are many people willing to share their ideas to make a few bucks. Might I suggest to take advice from people who are doing or have achieved what you would like to achieve. I just saw this video clip from Vegsource, at first it seemed a little harsh, but it makes you think...

       

       

       

       

       

       

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    • Warm Lemon Water and Chia Seeds

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    •  7/14/2012 10:27:38 AM
    •  I recently had the opportunity to be a guest speaker at a cooking class. I had so much fun meeting wonderful women who are trying to improve not only their personal eating habits, but making the change in their homes. I applaud all of you who are making that effort on a daily basis. I know that it is not the easiest road, but it is very rewarding.

       

       

      At the end of the class, I was able to just sit and chat with some of the ladies and they started picking my brain... I ended up walking them through my typical daily routine. It was a lot of fun. There was one woman who wanted to know the why behind each step I took, I loved that. I got to explain everything and speak freely about my quirky self! (and they liked it... ha)

       

       

      It made me think, if they are that interested, then maybe you folks would want to know a few things too:



       

      Right after I wake up, I drink about an 8-10 oz glass of room temp water with the juice from 1/2 of a lemon and about a tablespoon of chia seeds. I let it sit for a few minutes or until you can see the chia seeds forming a gel-like cover. Depending on the temp of the water it may take a little longer (10 minutes)

       

      Now let me explain the why behind this delicious and refreshing drink.

       

      If you aren't ready for the chia seeds, at least start your day off with a full glass of fresh lemon water before putting anything else into your body.

       

      Here are a few reasons why:

       

      - Our bodies are constantly striving to balance our pH. We want our bodies to be more alkaline that acidic. When lemon is metabolized in our bodies it becomes extremely alkaline. It's an easy way to get our bodies that extra boost to stay disease free. Diseases thrive in an acidic environment.

       

      -It aids in digestion and helps flush out unwanted toxins by increasing the amount of times we go potty/urinate (hope that's okay to share:)

       

      -Its also very high in Vitamin C, My kids will ask for lemon water anytime they start to feel a cold or sore throat coming on. It's an immunity booster!

       

      -It also keeps my skin clear and glowing by removing toxins from the blood. Again the vitamin C helps combat wrinkles and other skin blemishes!

       

      - It is also a great way to start out the day and help set the tone for the rest of your meals.

       

      We want to keep our inside environment clear and healthy so it is ready to combat any toxin we may breathe, drink, or eat without knowing it. 

       

       Chia seeds are something I have been adding to my lemon water for about 6 months. I use to put it into my smoothies or on top of my oatmeal, but I have found that it forms a gel-substance so much faster in my warm lemon water. It is important to have them form the gel before consuming them. Chia seeds are considered gelatinous fibers and our powerful in detoxifying your liver.  Why worry about detoxing the liver? The liver acts as our bodies main filter system. Toxins are constantly entering our bodies from the air we breathe, water we drink, foods we consume, lotions-body washes, and the list goes on. It is very important that we clean our filter as often as possible. Imagine a pool filter, if its full/clogged with junk it is no longer able to keep the pool clean and we end up with dirty nasty water. The same thing happens inside our bodies... too much? The more toxins backed up in our bodies the more susceptible we are to all illnesses/disease. 


      I hope this makes sense, as the wonderful ladies at the cooking class learned you have to ask me to stop. I could talk for days about this good stuff.


      Love and lemon water,

      Newbie :)

      • Yes Lemon water is really best in many ways for health.Drinking lemon juice on warm water also relieves from heartburn, nausea and parasites.Lemon water also helps reducing fever in persons with cold, fever or flu. People with respiratory problems and breathing problems such drink lemon juice to get cured. This drink also works well on patients with asthma. http://www.whatisall.com/health/what-are-benefits-of-lemon-water-for-health.html
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    • PCRM article on "healthy" kids meals

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    •  7/8/2012 8:32:58 AM
    •  This article was highlighted in an email sent out by PCRM. I had to share. I know that these "healthy" kids meal are not even close to ideal, but I was surprised to find out just how awful they really are.  I love PCRM and their mission, check out their site when have time.

       

      Five “Healthy” Kids Meals as Unhealthy as Twinkies, Big Macs, Bacon

       

       

      Fast-food chains including McDonald’s and Burger King announced plans last July to make kids meals healthier. But PCRM’s new Five Worst “Healthy” Fast-Food Kids Meals report found meals still alarmingly high in fat, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar.

      The five worst “healthy” fast-food kids meals are:

      Five Worst “Healthy” Fast-Food Kids Meals
      Meal Nutrition Shocker
      Chick-fil-A Kids Grilled Nuggets Kids Meal Contains the same amount of cholesterol as a Big Mac.
      McDonald’s Cheeseburger Happy Meal Contains more sodium than 13 orders of McDonald’s kids fries.
      Sonic Kids’ Jr. Burger Meal Contains more sugar than two Twinkies.
      Burger King Hamburger Kids Meal Contains almost as much cholesterol as six slices of pork bacon.
      Denny's Build Your Own Jr. Grand Slam Contains almost 100 more milligrams of sodium than the government recommends children consume at breakfast.

      “So far, the fast-food industry, subsidized by large federal agricultural subsidies for meat and dairy, has little incentive to offer healthier meals,” PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., wrote in his blog. “To force a real change, it is the true stakeholders in this debate: parents, pediatricians—and politicians, who need to keep up the pressure against the fast-food industry with their deep pockets and their “happy” meals that are threatening the very future of our children.”

      This month marks the one-year anniversary of the Kids LiveWell campaign, a high-profile initiative launched by the National Restaurant Association, where restaurant chains including Burger King and Chick-fil-A pledged to offer and promote healthier kids meals. McDonald’s does not participate in Kids LiveWell, but last July the fast-food giant also announced plans to make its Happy Meals more nutritious.

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