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  • The Truth About Soy, Fertility, and Children’s Health

    Today I woke  up and all the headlines in my health science bubble were about how suddenty, again, soy is the new health food. Funny, just last month it was the demon responsible for low sperm count and premature puberty in children. What gives: is soy healthy or not? The health effects of soy are…
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  • The Breaditarian

    My youngest son used to adore lobster. Frequently, we would travel to the “real lobster place”, (thusly named, as the seafood shop had a lobster aquarium), where my sons would choose their live Nephropidae with some consideration. (No. I didn’t bring them home live. The lovely fishmonger did the “honors”, before giving them to me….
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  • Four easy steps to improving your oxygen levels

    Fight off illness the easy, natural way I’ve had great success in fighting of illness and just “feeling” better through oxygenating my body naturally. That’s because oxygen is a healer. It’s a primary source of energy and helps fuel the entire metabolism process and helps with detoxification (from the ordinary toxins that just result in…
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  • Mama to Mama: EASY MEALS

    It’s been a long day. Work, mama-ing, and what ever unscheduled fire you had to put out, didn’t leave time for a shop. But dinner must be made. Read on for some last-minute, super-easy dinner inspo. Forgetful Salad “Place whatever bread (or potatoes) that you have, in a bowl. Celery? Excellent. Chop that too. You…
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  • Eat Your Sunscreen: How to protect your skin with food

    Foods high in carotenoids provide natural sun protection. These include many fruits and vegetables, especially leafy dark greens and those that are yellow-orange like apricots, carrots, and yams. Other good sources include eggs, spirulina, and algae. The red pigment found in salmon, trout, and shrimp is another potent carotenoid. Get your Vitamin D. Vitamin D…
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  • The Secret to Easy Weight Loss: The Green Mama Guide to how to use science and tradition for healthy weight management

    Here’s a secret: organic food, in itself, will help you lose flab and maintain a healthy weight. I still remember back to when I was just nine-years-old and my father making an impromptu and impassioned speech about how he would never, ever give up drinking full-fat milk. He was always a fit, good-looking guy and…
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  • Sixteen Green Faux Pas for 2016

    We are all afraid of the green police. You know, those people who go around being more righteous than thou and shaming us lesser mortals for our shortcomings. At The Green Mama, we implore people to judge less (especially themselves): just start somewhere, just do something, and, gosh, have a little fun along the way….
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  • Applesauce Waffles: Healthy, Grain-free Breakfast Recipe

    These waffles are delicious, easy to make, and can be made to fit a Paleo, gluten-free, low-grain, or just hungry lifestyles. Always reach for organic ingredients when possible. I make these waffles and freeze them in freezer bags to pull out and toast on busy school mornings–way more affordable, healthier, and more delicious than store-bought….
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  • Banana Cashew Waffles: The Healthy, Easy Waffle Recipe

    Waffles used to be a weekend thing. But making up waffles on the weekend and freezing them for easy reheating in the toaster, has made them a week-day thing. These grain-free or low-grain recipes can be made Paleo or gluten-free friendly and pack plenty of protein and taste to start the day off right. Banana…
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  • Vegan, creamsicle pops: Healthy, delicious, and easy popsicle recipe

    This is a delicious, healthier, and vegan alternative to the creamsicle icepops of your youth. And so easy. All you need is a popsicle maker (and I recommend a stainless steel one, such as the one we have.) Of course, I also recommend getting organic ingredients. Ingredients Orange juice A large handful of raw cashews…
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  • Orange-cicle Ice Cream: Healthy, delicious, & easy The Green Mama way

    This is an absolutely delicious, and healthier, alternative to the creamsicle icepops of your youth. And so easy. It does require an ice-cream maker. If you don’t have one, or you are vegan, try the vegan popsicle version instead. Ingredients 1/3 cup raw honey 2 cups orange juice 1/4 tsp orange extract 1 tsp vanilla…
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  • Should I take my baby traveling? If so, how do I keep her healthy and safe?

    How to stay healthy–and keep your kid healthy–when traveling, even overseas or in the developing world.

  • The real effect of eating organic & how to do it

    What’s the truth about organics? Simplified. Here’s what people say: “It’s too expensive.” “Well, I eat some things organic.” “My doctor says organic isn’t proven to make a difference.” “I just want my kids to eat!” How can I eat organic on a budget? I’m not going to lie. Eating organic on a budget is…
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  • Is it something he ate? How to do an elimination diet with a child

    If your child is suffering from behavioral outburst, chronic infections, reflux, chronic colds, or skin issues such as eczema, you likely need to examine his or her diet. The first person I think of in any of these situations is Kelly Dorfman, author of Cure Your Child with Food: The Hidden Connection Between Nutrition and…
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  • Cleanse 101: Juicing, fasting & detoxing your insides

    I worked with Dr. Sanja Tamburic, a naturopathic physician, to develop a 21-day cleanse for myself and I thought it would apply or inspire many others. Who should cleanse? This is a relatively gentle cleanse and I like that it isn’t a fad-style cleanse (with a fancy name and a requirement to do something weird…
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  • Detoxify Safely While Pregnant or Breastfeeding

    Margaret Floyd Barry is the author of the Eat Naked books and a nutritional consultant. She explains that there are two parts to detoxifying: cleaning house at a cellular level and drainage to make sure the toxins have an easy exit. This second part is essential and often forgotten in a person’s enthusiasm to get…
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  • Fiften Green Faux Pas for 2015

    We are all afraid of the green police. You know, those people who go around being more righteous than thou and shaming us lesser mortals for our shortcomings. At The Green Mama, we implore people to judge less (especially themselves): just start somewhere, just do something, and, gosh, have a little fun along the way….
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  • 7 dangerous food additives to ALWAYS avoid

    One of the most important aspects of eating healthy or what makes food “real” is avoiding dangerous food additives. The 7 most dangerous food additives in my research are: artificial sweeteners, artificial food colouring, carrageenan, MSG, Trans fat, sodium nitrate/nitrite, and fructose. Food Additives to Always Avoid Aspartame (Nutra-Sweet, Equal) and Saccharin These are used…
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  • How to Green Your Family’s Diet (and Not Go Crazy in the Process)

    We are what we eat. What I ate when I was a young kid was what the government gave us–and that included such goodies as peanut butter with hydrogenated oils, milk that no one wanted to buy (now that’s the stuff with artificial growth hormones added), and this bouncy, bright-orange “cheese product.” Now, what I–and…
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  • Sugar: the new toxin

    The not so sweet side of sugar Sugar has become big news. “Death by Sugar” ran in MacLeans in May, and the producer, Laurie David, has a new documentary on the obesity epidemic called Fed Up, and people are beginning to listen to the likes of Dr. Robert H. Lustig, MD, a professor of Pediatrics…
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  • Electrolyte tea recipe

    I remember when I was giving birth, and throwing up endlessly, my midwife made a delightful concoction of mint tea, lemon, honey and salt.  Yesterday I made myself a pot of tea and added the above ingredients plus cayenne to the brew and that made for good sipping on the hour.       When…
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  • The health risks of soy infant formula

    I would not not not feed a baby soy formula (unless it is truly medically necessary. For instance because the baby has a congenital lactose intolerance—which is VERY, VERY rare and diagnosed in the testing they do right after birth).  There is mounting research that soy formula can cause harm to a child’s developing endocrine…
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  • How to stay healthy while traveling with children (even in the developing world)

    A few tips to staying healthy and keeping your children healthy when traveling abroad. Also see my blog on compiling a holistic medical kit for traveling and how to travel well with children. Don’t assume that because you are in a poor country the food will be cleaner, unfortunately, the opposite is usually true: there…
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  • What Mamas Need to Know About Protecting Their Breasts After Angelina Jolie’s Breast Cancer Scare

    What to learn from Angelina Jolia’s preventative mastectomy and how mama’s everywhere can empower themselves towards better breast health & worry less about breast cancer

  • Three steps to a healthy, green, organic pregnancy

    The Green Mama’s three steps to achieving the healthiest, greenest pregnancy


    1.   Eat organic.

    Pregnant women and children will especially benefit from eating organic food.