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One of my favorite animated movies is “Lilo and Stitch.” It is such a sweet story that talks about family or Ohana. The term Ohana is Hawaiian and it means “family bound together to cooperate and remember one another”. As Lilo says, Ohana means no one is left behind or forgotten. When we started this […]

Think Yourself Thin? How About Think Yourself Well!

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We all have heard of the mind-body effect that says suggestions, desires, beliefs, expectations and fears influence what people experience.  We all know that thoughts and feelings affect our health. And, we all know that stress is bad for us.  I used to think this was soft science. But a few recent discoveries of how […]

Perfectly Imperfect!

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Last week proved to be a difficult one. I had to come face to face with my food diary, and I had to actually turn it in to be reviewed by Dr. Hyman and Lizzy. The great news is that turning it in proved to be so helpful.  Dr. Hyman and Lizzy provided great suggestions on […]

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Really that Bad for You?

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High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is an insidious chemical that has crept into our food supply over the past few decades. Today HFCS represents1 more than 40 percent of caloric sweeteners added to foods and beverages. HFCS can contain anywhere from 55 to 90 percent fructose and is derived from corn, a heavily subsidized (read: cheap) […]

My birthday!

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This time of year brings a lot of celebrations in our family. Between all the normal holidays, most of us have birthdays. For me, this year was a milestone birthday; I was going to be 25! For me, celebrations were about family, fun, and food. Our family parties were always about eating an awesome dinner […]

The Real Food Revolution: A Manifesto for a New Food System!

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“Treat the whole problem of health in soil, plant, animal, and man as one great subject.” —Sir Albert Howard, The Soil and Health There is one place that nearly everything that matters today in the world converges. It is our fork, and what we decide to put on it every single day is of utmost […]

The Diary

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When I was a teen I started a diary. Every night or day I would (what I now call) journal. I would put my secrets, fears and hopes into this book.  I would so carefully hide it under my pillow or dresser or anywhere I thought my older brothers wouldn’t find it. Nobody else read […]

How to Tend to Your Inner Garden – Why Your Gut Flora May be Making You Sick

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Over the last 100 years, with the industrialization of our food supply, our diet has changed dramatically. This highly processed, high-sugar, high-fat, low-fiber diet has substantially altered our gut bacteria, contributing to the epidemic I call diabesity. The food we eat not only feeds our fat cells, but also determines what kind of inner garden […]

This Simple Blood Test Could Save Your Life

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The next time you visit your doctor for blood work, make sure that along with your lipid profile you request a C-reactive protein (CRP) test. CRP measures the degree of hidden inflammation in your body. Mounting evidence underscores the critical role that inflammation plays in the development and continuation of diabesity. One study in JAMA: […]

The Truth Tube

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I was so excited to be back on the Dr. Oz show again – what a dream this whole experience has been. The last time we were on the show, I was so overwhelmed by the Truth Tube news.  I had just been told for the first time exactly how sick we all were. Even […]

Dr. Oz asks Me to Help The Stallmans

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I first met the Stallman family in the greenroom at The Dr. Oz Show in New York City. The whole family was together, reflecting on the experience of finding out in front of the camera, Dr. Oz and millions of viewers, that they were sick – really sick. Hearing that your blood sugars show you […]

The Weight of the World: Global Approaches To Tackle Obesity

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There are now 2.1 billion people who are overweight in the world. China and India are number one and two in the world in sheer number of type 2 diabetics. In the Middle East, rates of type 2 diabetes are reaching 40 percent of the population. The World Economic Forum estimates we will spend $47 […]