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WIN IT: A $200 Whole Foods Gift Card For Thanksgiving Groceries

WIN IT: A $200 Whole Foods Gift Card For Thanksgiving Groceries

Commented Nov 19, 2011 at 13:08:25 in Healthy Living

“Make a big pot of soup with lots of vegetables and whole grains, so it can have something healthy, warm and comforting to eat during the week. Drink a glass or water or cup of hot tea, and eat a piece of fruit before heading out to a party. Stay away from fried foods and starchy foods that tend to have lots of cream and butter mixed in. Don't eat the entire piece of dessert, just a bite or two to satisfy your sweet tooth. Try to exercise every day, even a walk is good. Drink in moderation - the calories add up.”
Unwind at These 5 Vacation Destinations

Unwind at These 5 Vacation Destinations

Commented Jul 19, 2013 at 10:19:10 in Travel

“I've never been to Tennessee or Texas, but being a foodie, both of these places sound worthy of checking out.”
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Eating for Chemo and Radiation

Commented Feb 27, 2012 at 14:26:16 in Healthy Living

“I've cooked for a number of people with cancer and agree that organic fruits, vegetables and lean proteins provide the healthier environment. Pureed soups and smoothies seem to be tolerated the best. However, I disagree with the use of bacon, chorizo, steak with fat, butter, heavy cream, and whole cream cheese, all full of unhealthy saturated fats and nitrates in the case of bacon and chorizo. Otherwise, a nice resource. Thanks for sharing your experience.”
Paula Deen: How She Can Help Reverse The Diabetes Epidemic

Paula Deen: How She Can Help Reverse The Diabetes Epidemic

Commented Jan 25, 2012 at 07:57:39 in Healthy Living

“Thank you Dr. Hyman for spelling out what a lot of people are wondering. As a celebrity chef with a popular following, Paula Deen has the perfect platform to get the word out on healthy eating. Unfortunately, her brand and audience all speak to fat, unhealthy foods. Perhaps her motivation is also driven by the amount of money she will earn as a spokesperson for the drug company. There are plenty of celebrity chefs who have revamped their careers based on a healthier lifestyle like Rocco DiSpirito, so I believe Paula can do it if she wants to. She needs to chose between helping others and helping herself, something that is not always easy in this world.”
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Easy Plant-Based: Indian Chickpea Bowl (Wheat- & Gluten-Free)

Commented Jan 3, 2012 at 22:39:58 in Home

“Happy New Year Meg! Love how easy and versatile this recipe is. Will be giving this a try in the New Year.”

megwolff on Jan 3, 2012 at 23:05:30

“Jeanette, great to hear from you! Yes, so, so easy and you can add whatever veggies you like really. I was thinking cauliflower would be good, too. Wishing you the best in the New Year, Jeanette!”
Why Motivation Doesn't Matter

Why Motivation Doesn't Matter

Commented Dec 2, 2011 at 21:10:05 in Impact

“Great post Conor - hadn't really thought about it that way before, but it is so true...in the end, it really doesn't matter how you got where you are, it's what you do with that opportunity, and I think you are the perfect example of someone who found their passion after landing there (as a mother of all boys, I'm sure the majority of high school boys can relate better to someone like yourself who ended up in Nepal perhaps not for the "correct" reason to begin with, but did so much with that gift of time).”

hp blogger Conor Grennan on Jan 3, 2012 at 10:30:09

“Thanks Jeanette!”
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A Gluten-Free Recipe For Brownies

Commented Nov 27, 2011 at 20:06:09 in Taste

“Nice summary of information surrounding the topic of the gluten-free diet that seems to be so popular now. Going gluten-free as you say, when you eliminate processed foods that we shouldn't be eating anyway, is generally healthier. However, there are lots of gluten-free products on the shelves that are not made with gluten-free whole grains, so if someone is going gluten-free just to be healthier, it's not always the case. I do think there are people who need to be on a gluten-free diet for true medical reasons, and others who are following a trend. I am also food blogger, but I do have a 9-year old son who is on a gluten-free diet for health reasons. This past year, he became very sick, and only after 6 months on a strict elimination diet, including being gluten-free, were all of his symptoms eliminated, including severe abdominal pain that felt like "someone was punching me in the stomach all the time." So, while I'm sure there are plenty of bloggers and food manufacturers out there to make a buck off of this gluten-free trend, there are also plenty of others who truly need to be on a gluten-free diet for health reasons.”
Plant-Based Meals: Easy, Delicious, <em>Healthy</em>

Plant-Based Meals: Easy, Delicious, Healthy

Commented Sep 18, 2011 at 12:01:06 in Healthy Living

“Love how simple, fresh and healthy this bean salad is - I could eat this as a dip or on top of a green salad!”
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A Snack to Help Reduce Comfort Eating

Commented Aug 25, 2011 at 09:17:11 in Home

“Hummus does provide that creamy rich comfort, although any bean dips would work too I think. Black beans dip, white bean dip, refried beans (vegetarian, no lard for a healthier version). Super easy to throw together in a food processor. I've made sun-dried tomato hummus, kalamata olive hummus, roasted garlic hummus, the variations are endless.”
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Healthy Eating And Travel: Not An Easy Mix

Commented Jun 7, 2011 at 06:45:25 in Healthy Living

“The choices are getting a little better at airports and on airplanes, but like you, I find them very limited. I've learned to bring my own snacks and sometimes even lunch. Granola bars (the healthier ones), almonds, whole grain bread or crackers with cheese, quinoa salad or other grain salad are all foods I've brought with me one time or another. It requires a little bit of planning, but it's definitely worth it. My most recent trip, I sat between two people who enviously peered at my container of quinoa black bean mango salad as they munched on a bag of pretzels. I almost felt guilty.”
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Is A Gluten-Free Diet Really Healthier?

Commented Mar 23, 2011 at 21:09:31 in Home

“My son is on a gluten-free diet due to an allergy and I have to say I have been really disappointed in many of the gluten-free products on the shelf. Most try to mimic white bread and the sugary white baked goods that we are supposed to cut back on. Where are the whole grain gluten free products? Due to the lack of healthy gluten-free muffins and breads out there, I have learned to bake gluten free using whole grains like quinoa, sorghum, brown rice flour and teff. Hopefully, more companies will offer healthier gluten-free options instead of replacing all the white flour products.”
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Radiation and Miso's Hopeful Healing Powers

Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 10:07:41 in Home

“Meg, thanks for sharing this information. I have read that miso is healing, and I find it so interesting that it was served to victims of the atomic bomb, none of whom suffered from the radiation. I also love hearing how you had miso soup during your own treatments. Hopefully, the miso soup and sea vegetables that are part of the Japanese culture will help prevent many of the people in Japan from suffering any effects.”

megwolff on Mar 18, 2011 at 10:15:45

“Good morning, Jeanette,
Let's hope so. They need to do all they can, so devastating.:-(”
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A Great Way to Get Off to a Lucky Start Each Day

Commented Mar 15, 2011 at 20:09:37 in Home

“I believe breakfast is really important to jump start the day. I make oatmeal for my kids for breakfast almost every day. They love it because it fills them up and keeps them satisfied until lunch. I've made steel cut oats for some friends with cancer and they love them. My kids prefer the regular rolled oats. I've also been making a creamy amaranth porridge for my son who is allergic to oats. In the summertime, I make fruit smoothies with yogurt for breakfast.”

megwolff on Mar 15, 2011 at 20:32:20

“Hi Jeanette,
Your children are very lucky to have a mom like you, Jeanette. And your friends, me included! Is your son OK with yogurt? Great that he'll eat the porridge. Does he have celiac?”
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10 Ways to March to Nutrition!

Commented Mar 15, 2011 at 20:05:20 in Home

“Great tips on how to eat more healthily Meg! I signed up for a CSA this summer as a way to broaden the types of vegetables my family eats. I'll be getting a basket of fresh produce once a week and trying some new and old vegetables. Looking forward to being surprised each week!”
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Lean in... and Try This Truly Delicious Faux Favorite for Breakfast

Commented Mar 5, 2011 at 23:17:42 in Home

“I would definitely try this "Faux Favorite" but I tend to rely on whole foods that are minimally processed. I do think that transition foods are a great way for people to move towards a healthier lifestyle, in the hope of moving to a whole foods diet.”
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Lean in... and Try This Truly Delicious Faux Favorite for Breakfast

Commented Mar 2, 2011 at 15:32:17 in Home

“I have to say I'm a little wary of textured soy products since they're more processed than traditional soy foods like tofu, but I did try soy sausage on a vegan pizza recently and it did taste a lot like the real thing. So, while I don't think I'd eat it on a regular basis, it's a great alternative to fatty meat.”

megwolff on Mar 2, 2011 at 15:45:54

“Hi Jeanette,
Great to hear from you. Yes, I agree that the traditional soy products like tofu and tempeh are the best, but for those as Kathy says "leaning in" to a change in their eating habits (or just as you tried it on a pizza (yum!), it can make a great transition food. Like you, I agree that it's a great alternative to fatty meat. Would you consider trying this "Faux Favorite?"”
Perfect for the Super Bowl: Meg's Best Vegan Chili

Perfect for the Super Bowl: Meg's Best Vegan Chili

Commented Feb 3, 2011 at 16:37:33 in Home

“This looks so inviting Meg! I love adding kombu when I cook beans.”

megwolff on Feb 3, 2011 at 17:35:38

“Jeanette,
Yes, and it's so loaded with minerals. Why not, huh?”
Wild? Farmed? What Fish Should We Eat?

Wild? Farmed? What Fish Should We Eat?

Commented Jan 22, 2011 at 21:52:53 in Home

“I am concerned about consuming fish with heavy metals as several people I know have discovered heavy metals in their system. It is almost impossible to know if the fish you're buying is on the cleanfish list. Also, curious how you home test for omega 3 levels.”
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Time for a Meal Makeover: My New Fast Food

Commented Jan 14, 2011 at 16:53:51 in Home

“Meg, I always am so impressed by how simple and straightforward you make this healthy lifestyle sound. It's so encouraging to hear that eating healthy doesn't have to be difficult.”
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How Eating at Home Can Save Your Life

Commented Jan 9, 2011 at 22:30:35 in Home

“I cook almost every night and my kids actually want to come home and eat. Planning ahead is key so I have the ingredients I need to make meals during the week. It doesn't have to be complicated. Once kids get used to eating "real" food, they won't want to eat fast food or pizza all the time. I try to have all the kids eat together every night if possible. There's always a lot of fun and laughter, and these are the memories I hope they have when they leave home.”

Huffpuff1 on Jan 10, 2011 at 02:12:40

“Cook almost every night? You must be a stay at home mom.”
Food Fads: What's In and What's Out In 2011

Food Fads: What's In and What's Out In 2011

Commented Jan 7, 2011 at 20:07:46 in Home

“I think with so much more focus these days on the link between diet and obesity and heart disease, that people will also become more interested in anti-inflammatory foods, since inflammation in the body can lead to diseases such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and autism.”
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Is it Food? [Flowchart]

Commented Jan 7, 2011 at 09:24:52 in Home

“Love this! Such a fun way to make people think about what they're buying and eating.”

Ozark Homesteader on Jan 7, 2011 at 10:45:55

“I with you! As for the haters, it's just a fun flow chart; it's not meant to rule your life.”
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Five Ways to Boost Your Natural Immunity
 (When Surrounded By Germs!)

Commented Jan 4, 2011 at 12:44:39 in Home

“Happy New Year Meg! Love these tips on enhancing the body's natural immunity, especially cutting out the sugar after the holidays, and adding more legumes, vegetables and whole grains in place of animal protein (and fat!). I have some ume plums in my fridge but have never made Ume-Sho-Bancha. I'll give to give it a whirl!”

megwolff on Jan 4, 2011 at 13:40:52

“Hi Jeanette,
It's always great to hear from you. What do you do with your ume plums? Or, how do you eat them, as a pickle? I sometime use as a pickle and add a half of one to my brown rice.”
Why Your Genes Don't Determine Your Health

Why Your Genes Don't Determine Your Health

Commented Jan 1, 2011 at 20:23:30 in Home

“I found the concept of epigenome fascinating. It makes a lot of sense and must help explain the rise in obesity and disease. Processed foods are fairly new, so now that several generations have grown up with them, there must be a cumulative effect. Combined with GMO products, pesticides, antiobiotic and hormone use in animals over the years,artificial sugars, flavors and colors it becomes even more worrisome. If you include all the chemicals that are in body lotions, shampoos, cosmetics, today, our bodies are full of toxic elements.

I try to buy organic whenever possible, and when buying meat, choose antibiotic free, hormone free. It's more expensive, so I just use less meat and eat more legumes (which is healthier anyway). I also cook almost all our meals at home so I consciously know what goes into my family's bodies.

In the New Year, I'm planning on adding more whole grains to my kids' meals.”

Steelsil on Jan 2, 2011 at 23:00:13

“Legumes have tons of antioxidants, so keep up the good work!”

J David Auner on Jan 2, 2011 at 09:32:11

“Wait for more studies. The rising dementia/diabetes/obesity/adenocarcinoma of breast and lung incidence appears to be related to change in plastic containers or industrial oils in 1985. Autism on the other hand doesn't follow the same pattern and might be previous generation's epigenetic histone changes with some genetic influence. Where your grandmothers lived,what they ate/chemicals ingested or isotope exposure may show up in later generations. JAMA Dec 22-29 article on Cowden syndrome is an eye opener if replicated of disease syndrome features with normal DNA in 10 % of sufferers. Maybe the grandchildren of stewardesses from the 50's and 60's airline boom deserve some attention to DNA or other non-DNA problems.”
Why Your Genes Don't Determine Your Health

Why Your Genes Don't Determine Your Health

Commented Jan 1, 2011 at 20:08:57 in Home

“I have recently been dealing with GI issues with a family member and moved from a traditional GI doctor to a holistic doctor (Dr. Brunowski in Westport, CT) who ran an IGG blood test. Instead of getting to the root of the problem, the GI doctor just tried to medicate the problem away. The IGG test showed a slew of allergies, including the most common (gluten, dairy). I've been removing foods from his diet and he's already starting to feel better. I've also gone to a holistic nutritionist in Wilton, CT.”
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