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Why Is Texas' Ag Commissioner Attacking Schools for Healthier Meals?

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 3:26 PM

Growing up in the Deep South where I was raised on chicken fried steak and cheesy meat pies, I was often told that if it didn't have fat, it wasn't worth eating. Yes, we ate collard greens, but only when they were smothered in lard or drenched in butter. We...

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Vitamins vs. Whole Foods

(6) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 11:17 PM

Some big news about vitamins not working -- and even causing harm -- has been all over the airways recently, so I reached out to T. Colin Campbell, author of the new bestseller Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, who has been saying as much for years.


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God, Christianity and Meat

(65) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 1:47 PM

A while back, I began considering my diet as a way to practice my spiritual beliefs, and as I weighed what would be right for me, I came up against so much inner turmoil. As a southern gal, I grew up going to church and enjoying various get-togethers with other...

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Part-Time Vegan

(691) Comments | Posted May 4, 2013 | 10:20 AM

I've been writing about veganism in both books and blogs for over a decade, and the experience has certainly proven to me what most readers probably also know by now: If you want to stay sane, don't read the comments. This has been especially true for me because...

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Anti-Breast Cancer: The 'Three Strikes' Carcinogen to Avoid

(130) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 7:30 AM

You may have heard a lot recently about how a chemical that is formed from cooking meat is carcinogenic (cancer-causing), but recent studies show that the scope of what's bad for you in terms of meat is actually expanding.

We've known since 1939 that there were "cancer-producing substances"...

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A Vegan Diet (Hugely) Helpful Against Cancer

(1528) Comments | Posted December 9, 2012 | 10:00 AM

If you're anything like me, the "C" word leaves you trembling. But today there is very good news to report: Research suggests you can improve your odds of never getting cancer and/or improve your chances of recovering from it. Not with a drug or surgery, although those methods might be...

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Why Do Vegetarians Live Longer?

(2050) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Nearly a decade of extra life -- that's what you get when you move away from eating animal foods and toward a plant-based diet. This is really exciting science for anyone seeking healthy longevity (and who isn't?)!

According to a recent report on the largest study of vegetarians and...

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There's Poop in Our Chicken Meat!

(131) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 8:41 AM

I've known for a long time that chicken can be toxic, but an April article in the New York Times showed that almost half of the chicken in grocery stores is contaminated by E coli, which researchers say is an indicator of fecal contamination. In other words, there...

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Animal Welfare Supports Public Health: New Book Lays Out the Science

(8) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 2:26 PM

I've often said that by showing kindness to animals and eating fewer (or better yet, none) of them, we see personal health benefits -- a reduction in heart disease, stroke, cancers, diabetes and obesity. What's good for animals is good for us!

Now there's an intriguing new book that...

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3 Reasons Your Diet Isn't Working

(1006) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 7:16 AM

Not losing weight? Or worse, you worked like hell to lose it and now the pounds are back, and then some? If you're on a diet, or if you've spent much of your life dieting, you've undoubtedly worked very, very hard to achieve results. And quite probably you've experienced the...

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Could Chicken Be Contributing to the Obesity Epidemic?

(612) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 8:09 AM

You're watching your weight, so you opt for chicken rather than red meat as your go-to smart diet choice, right? We all thought of chicken as lean, protein-rich food that's good for weight watching, but the truth is chicken might actually be making us fatter! I wrote in

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Day 5: Put a Little Flax on it

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Today's Lean will take just a moment or two and yield significant rewards. All I want you to do is add in two tablespoons of ground flaxseed somewhere in your day. Add them to any foods you like (as long as they end up in your mouth). Flax has a...

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Day 4: Trade Your Milk and Butter for Plant-Based Versions

(174) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Today we're going to switch up milk and butter for their nondairy counterparts. And I'm going to point you to the yummiest ones.

Why this switch? Well, for starters, a lot of milk has added hormones in it -- and these additives are no good for our waistlines. In fact,...

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Day 3: 5 Supernutritious Superfoods

(39) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 11:47 AM

Today we're going to look at superfoods, which are not only super-nutritious but also super for helping you get in shape, lose weight, and feel vigorous.

I like the word superfood. Sounds kind of like a superhero of foods, doesn't it? Well, that's pretty much the case. Superfoods are extremely...

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Day 2: Make Your Lunch Without Animal Products

(5) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Meatless means no flesh from an animal, so that includes pork, lamb, beef, chicken, turkey, and fish. I know you might rely on turkey and Swiss sandwiches or chicken salad or beef burritos. They're the lunches you grew up with and they may be the only foods available near your...

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Day 6: Blend Up a Power Smoothie

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 5:24 PM

Well, today I'm going to go easy on you. I'm going to introduce you to my delish Power Smoothie.

It's one of my favorite ways to get some protein, a superfood, and... wait for it... a veggie! Yep, you heard that right, a veggie. In a smoothie. You'll get all...

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Day 7: Eat Lower on the Glycemic Index

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 5:21 PM

Today is the last day of this seven-day challenge. Look how far you've come! I hope you have enjoyed yourself, and more so I hope you continue to explore the rest of the steps in The Lean. Give yourself a hoot and a holler, because really, you are doing some...

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The 7-Day Lean Challenge, Day 1: Have a Hearty Breakfast

(7) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 8:14 AM

Okay, I know you've heard it before, but it's true. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you feed yourself what your body needs when it needs it, that's love. So give your bod some TLC and sit down and enjoy a good, substantial breakfast.

To some...

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The 7-Day Lean Challenge

(65) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 4:53 PM

If you've ever dieted, or if perhaps you've spent much of your life dieting, you've undoubtedly worked very, very hard to achieve results. And possibly experienced the devastating shame or disappointment of having the weight creep back on. Whether you've been working against 10 pounds or 200, losing weight and...

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An Apple a Day Melts the Pounds Away!

(261) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 5:17 PM

Here's the secret to weight loss: It's all about crowding out, not cutting out. Crowding out is a term used in nutritional circles to describe how to eat in a healthy way so that you never even have the chance to feel hungry. You literally crowd out the junk you...

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