Nutrition Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Is Organic Food Really Different?

    Is Organic Food Really Different?

    A 2012 analysis estimates that today’s children age 0-5 in the US have lost more than 16 million IQ points from exposure to organophosphate pesticides. They’re exposed to these pesticides almost entirely from our food. Organic foods are grown without the use of toxic synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, artificial hormones, or genetic engineering. They depend on […]

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  • Embracing the Imperfect Family Meal

    Embracing the Imperfect Family Meal

    One of my biggest “before and after” shifts as a new parent has been in my perception of what family mealtime should look like. Before I actually had  children, I held a Rockwell-esque fantasy in mind: our smiling, well-dressed clan, gathered sweetly around a wooden table; our children filling their growing bodies with freshly cooked […]

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  • How People Got Pepsi to Change its Mind: A Recipe

    How People Got Pepsi to Change its Mind: A Recipe

    The last chapter of this story starts with one 15-year-old girl named Sarah Kavanagh, a vegetarian who had gotten into the habit of reading foods labels to be sure there weren’t any hidden animal products.  In Gatorade, one of her favorite drinks, she came across an ingredient she didn’t recognize – brominated vegetable oil, or […]

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  • Global Foods At the Family Table

    Global Foods At the Family Table

    Serving global cuisines at the family table is more than just having fun with food. Beyond it being an opportunity to expand your children’s palate, serving global foods is an opportunity for them to build an understanding of the larger world around them. An openness to global cuisines creates a range of experiences from a […]

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  • Fluoride and Flame Retardants

    Fluoride and Flame Retardants

    Fluoride is a huge topic of debate around the country in regards to city water supplies.  There really should be no debate on this, because the extensive body of scientific research on the subject shows very clearly that fluoride is a neurotoxin and a carcinogen. 

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  • Pesticides and Herbicides in Children

    Pesticides and Herbicides in Children

    Parents are often torn between the perceived health benefits of eating an “organic” diet and the increased cost of organically grown or raised foods.  It is important to discuss the potential health effects of pesticides and herbicides, also fungicides, on our children.

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  • Sugar Shock – Holiday Sweets without Added Sugar

    Sugar Shock – Holiday Sweets without Added Sugar

    They holidays are synonymous with celebrations and parties filled with extra treats and sweets.  We can enjoy these festivities with fervor and flavor without all the added sugar that contributing to illnesses including diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome. 

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  • Engaging Kids in the Kitchen – Sous Chefs for the Holidays

    Engaging Kids in the Kitchen – Sous Chefs for the Holidays

    School is out for the holidays and your kids are looking for something fun to do while you are making all the holiday preparations. (Or you maybe you are trying to pull teenagers away from their cell phones and video games.)  Usher those little elves into the kitchen to help you prepare and serve your […]

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  • What is Mindful Eating?

    What is Mindful Eating?

    Mindful eating means you are deliberately paying attention to what you are eating, how you are eating it, where you are eating and why you are eating.  You are not distracted by outside influences like TV, smart phones, books or computers.  You are focused on only 1 task – eating, and you do so with […]

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  • How to Color Your Holiday Meals with Nutrition

    How to Color Your Holiday Meals with Nutrition

    As we decorate for the holidays, let us not forget how to plan our menus and adorn our plates with plenty of colorful, whole foods in season.  It’s easy when you start thinking of what to serve based on what is in season.  Let Mother Nature be your guide. 

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