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Building Health Through Better Diet

The wondeful blog Vegan Lunchbox has posted an interview with Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of several books on plant-based nutrition, including “Eat To Live” and “Disease-Proof Your Child.” In this conversation, Dr. Fuhrman points out that too many vegans are now dependent upon sodium-saturated soy cheese and fake meat. He also says that if you feed your kids right now, their health will be protected for years.


“Adult cancers are predominantly caused by what we ate in our childhood,” he claims. “Junk food is dangerous, we should fight it as strongly as we fight drug abuse and smoking. Maybe we should put tee shirts on our kids that say: “No Thank You to Drugs. No Thank You to Smoking. No Thank You to Junk Food. We Value Our Future Health!”

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posted July 14, 2006 at 9:42 pm

Funny you should mention nutrition … This was the topic of discussion at our breakfast table. We were talking about what healthy eating is (LESS JUNK; MORE BALANCE/NATURAL), what it costs to eat healthy (ALOT), and whether or not longevity has a color (IT DOES, IN WHAT WE CONSUME AND WHO CONSUMES WHAT). I cook and bake from scratch — no, wait, that’s a fantasy; it’s summer, I do squat — but I do buy organic and unprocessed foods year-round. However, our Whole Foods grocery bill is sometimes outrageous and usually about 30% more than shopping elsewhere (except for a wonderful but inconvenient farm stand.) This organic buying guide helps — (did I get this from CM originally? — but it isn’t always cheap or easy to eat “right”. No wonder some caregivers pick up dinner at the dollar store on the way home. Speaking of which… Last night, Charlie Rose interviewed Marion Nestle, author of What To Eat, a supermarket-full of food facts and advice. Charlie spent most of the interview lobbing food names at her –“coffee”, “salmon”, “fruit” — and she’d shoot back nutritional wisdom. (coffee=ok to consume reasonable amts; salmon=excellent; fruit=great nutrition-to-calorie value) Her overall prescription was simple: eat fewer calories, exercise more, eat more fruits and veggies, less junk food, and learn how to read labels and navigate the grocery store. She also addressed the politics of food and public policy. One thing stuck in my mind: our govt. subsidizes soy and corn production to the tune of $22.2bil annually. Processed soy provides the basis for transfats, and processed corn produces corn syrup solids. Seems our own govt. is fueling at least two enemies of good health and nutrition. Nestle said more worth listening to, which you can do, online @ As usual, thank you for yet another post that prompts me to consider, learn and explore.>

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posted July 16, 2006 at 5:17 pm

Thank you Amy and Daria for all the very interesting links, you’ll keep me busy chasing them up *grin*>

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