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    • Eggs and Diabetes

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    •  6/23/2010 3:31:10 PM
    • I was recently flipping through an older copy of VegNews Magazine (I am really loving this magazine these days).  I came across a small little article about eggs that caught my eye.  We don't eat eggs alot in our house, but I do usually have a few in my fridge.  There was a time in my life when I was eating eggs EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Each day I would come home from the gym and eat my recommended protein of 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites along with a bowl of cooked oats. I think I must of done this for at least 5 years!  I remember when I wanted to start changing my eating habits one of my thoughts was, "Well what do I eat for breakfast now?" - I think I've come a long way :) 

       

      Here's the article I read (VegNews July/August 2009)

      It's No Yolk

      "Recent findings from a long-term research project by Harvard Medical Shcool links egg consumption with increased risk for Type 2 diabetes. Subjects who ate an average of one egg per day were 58 to 77 percent more likely to develop the disease than those who do not consume chicken ova.  The study of 57,000 adults found that the high cholesterol content in eggs raises blood sugar and insulin levels, leaving those with a genetic dispostion to diabetes at greater risk for developing the disorder.  However, the results also suggest that any foods high in cholesterol are likely to promote the development of diabetes, and researchers recommend that those at risk for the disease limit cholesterol in their diets.  While all animal products are high in cholesterol, plant foods are naturally cholesterol-free.  Research done by Dr. John McDougall and others indicates that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented and reversed with a vegan diet."

       

      I am shocked at how long I was eating at least one egg per day.  I am saddened that neither of my trainers, nor any of my fitness magazines every mentioned the possible health risks of eating so many eggs.  All I was told was that it was an ideal source of protein.  Not once were any plant-based proteins placed in the meal plans that they prepared for me.  I was about to write the word MADDENING, but in truth it is just SADDENING, because I don't think they knew any better. 

       

      I remember something that Veteran Mommie told me about eggs.  She said, "Have you ever tried cleaning egg yolks off a plate after it has been sitting for a while? That's cholesterol, and it's just as hard to clean it out of our bodies." There are so many sources of information out there that it is difficult to filter through it all.  We are in a "high-protein" fad right now, and people are believing what they read and hear about low-fat protein.  It is sad that we are sicker that we have ever been and still so many people don't understand why.  Sure, there are some minor reasons affecting our health (lifestyle, pesticides, emissions, stress etc) but the main reason (by far) is the food choices we are making.  We can do better, and once we do we will start to see results!

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    • Sad, sad Cancer

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    •  6/16/2010 10:01:32 PM
    • I have been sad all day.  The kind of sadness that seeps into your cells and you just can't seem to shake it. 

       

      I woke up early and in the dark morning hour saw that I had received an email from a dear friend titled "Bad News...". 

      I let out an audible cry as I read about the return of her cancer.  She is in her 30's and is a wonderful mother to 3 children. 

      She has been fighting breast cancer for years and just discovered the cancer cells have spread to her brain.  We all hear

      stories like this, but suddenly it becomes so uniquely painful when it is someone you love.

      And what do you say....what can you say..."Sorry"?  It just doesn't seem like enough.

       

      Cancer.  Oh how I am becoming too familiar with that word as I get older.  I fear that over time it will establish an unwelcome

      presence in my life.  And yet I feel like I am already preparing for that battle.  Not only for myself, but for everyone that

      I love, and for anyone that will listen.

       

      This is one of the reasons Whole Food Mommies was created; DISEASE PREVENTION.  My sweet friend has an agonizing

      battle to face.  She will do everything in her power to survive - she's a fighter.

       

      But as for the rest of us......If there was something that you could do today that could possibly improve your chances of never

      having to experience things like chemotherapy and radiation....would you do it?  What statistics would you need to see to be

      convinced?  Would a number like 5% decrease in your chances of cancer be enough for change or would it need to be

      something like 90%?  I guess at some point these are questions we all need to ask ourselves.  The information is out there.

      These days it is almost everywhere -and so easily accessible.  "Veteran Mommie's" last post titled We Can do Better had a

      list of  "our heroes". This is the perfect place to start. These doctors have dedicated their life's work to researching and

      preventing disease.  They know what they are talking about and they have the statistics to back it up.

       

      I know I can speak for all of three of us "Mommies" when I say that the reason we eat the way that we do is because we

      truly believe we will be healthier because of it.  Yes, it might be hard turning down a milkshake and snacking on broccoli

      (now I am speaking only for myself :)  Yes it might be hard ordering a salad when everyone else is ordering steak.

      But I believe that little by little these small choices add up to be so much more.  I believe that I am arming my body against

      the potential harms of disease. Life is unpredictable; and there are certainly no guarantees.  But I am so hopeful that some

      choices I make today will benefit me tomorrow.

      Love you Jules.

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    • Whipped "Cream" and blueberry syrup

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    •  6/9/2010 11:00:43 AM
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      My kids love these fantastic (and nutritious) waffles and I love it when they eat them.  The only problem is that

      they usually end up just putting regular old syrup on them.  So I was determined to spend some time in the kitchen

      and make a topping that was a littlle healthier than Aunt Jemima. 

      One of the greatest things to put on waffles is whipped cream!  But knowing what I know about dairy, and also knowing

      that the chemicals in the "Non-dairy whipped topping" are just as bad for me, I have been left without an alternative - unilt now!!!

      I was so happy when I came up with a delicious version of whipped "cream".  My kids were almost as excited as I was!

      The homemade blueberry syrup topped with the whipped "cream" was a big hit!

       

       

      WHIPPED "CREAM"

       

      1 package of soft Silken Tofu

      1/2 cup soy milk

      1/3 cup maple syrup

      1 tsp pure vanilla extract (I just used the Costco brand)

      2 TBS of a thickener called "Ultra Gel" - optional (don't worry if you don't have it, the taste won't be any different)

      Put all the ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.

       

       

      BLUEBERRY SYRUP

       

      1 cup of water

      2 TBS cornstarch

      2/3 cup agave nectar or brown rice syrup

      1/4 tsp nutmeg (for a real treat try grinding it fresh)

      Bring these ingredients to a boil for 2 minutes.

      Add 2 cups of blueberries (fresh or frozen)

      Take off the heat and add 2 TBS of lemon juice

       

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    • I LOVE summer!

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    •  6/6/2010 3:16:16 PM
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      Summer just makes me smile!  Here is a picture of all the fruit ripening on my counter right now....doesn't it just make you

      smile!

      One easy way to get your family to eat more fruits and vegetables is just to have it plain sight.  Each of my 4 children came into

      the kitchen today looking for a snack and each one grabbed a piece of fruit.  Hooray!

      Summer is a great time to experiment with different varieties of nature's bounties.  This week try to buy a fruit or a vegetable

      that is new to you or your kids.  Most kids have tried bananas and apples, but many have not experienced the pleasure of a

      delicious ripe mango (our personal favorite right now).  Even if you are certain that they won't like it, try it anyway.  Experts say

      that it takes trying something 10 times to acquire a taste for it.  This is what my kids refer to as their taste buds "hatching".

      It is music to my ears when one of them exclaims, "Mom, my taste bud just hatched!"

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    • Mango Quinoa Breakfast

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    •  6/9/2010 10:55:57 AM
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      This is a very quick, easy, nutritious and DELICIOUS breakfast.  The perfect way to start your day.  When I make quinoa

      I usually make a big batch so that I always have some in my fridge or freezer.  This is a great way to use the leftovers.

       

      1 cup cooked quinoa

      1/2 rice or soy milk

      1/2 packet of stevia sweetener

      1 mango, chopped

      cinnamon to taste

       

      In a microwave safe bowl put in the quinoa and the milk.  I like to cover it with a glass plate to keep the steam in the bowl as

      it warms up.  Microwave for 45 seconds.  Add the cinnamon, stevia and mango.  Voila and enjoy!

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