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How To Make a Healthy Pizza

Pizza can be diet friendly and filled to the rim with supreme body fuel.
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Tip the cook instead of the delivery driver

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Breadless BLT+ (Bonus: Snap Pea Salad)

Lettuce is an awesome substitute for bread in many dishes.
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Fork? Hand? Use whatever it takes!

Don't let the leftover lettuce go to waste!

Don’t let the leftover lettuce go to waste!

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WAKE UP AMERICA! Geneen Roth

Your relationship with food says a lot about you.

Who is Geneen Roth?

Geneen Roth turned distress into compassion, struggles into victories, and has plenty to show for it. A well known, bestselling author of numerous books including Women, Food and God, Lost and Found, and When Food is Love. She has appeared on numerous national television broadcasts including The Oprah Winfrey Show and ABC’s 20/20.

Her personal story is both frightening and inspiring. A young woman on the brink of suicide, obsessed with food, takes you on a journey of enlightenment that begins on your plate.

Geneen believes our relationship with food is a window into ourselves. When we examine this relationship, we gain insights that can lead to self transformation and healing.

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WAKE UP AMERICA! Raj Patel

Political change is mandatory if we are to transform our global food system.

Who is Raj Patel?

Raj Patel is a scholar, award winning writer and food activist. Having earned prestigious degrees from Oxford and Cornell, he serves as a research fellow at the School of Development Studies in Africa and the Institute for Food and Development Policy.

Patel is author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System as well as his New York Times bestseller, The Value of Nothing.

I chose to highlight Raj Patel in my WAKE UP AMERICA! series because he sheds light on the root problems within our food system that few people care to acknowledge. The system is corrupt and causes tremendous human suffering.  How can we have 1.5 billion people who are overweight while we have a billion who are hungry? More importantly, what can be done to fix it? Read more

WAKE UP AMERICA! Dr. Neal Barnard

A low fat, plant based diet is proven to to improve and in some cases reverse diabetes.

Who is Dr. Neil Barnard?

Dr. Neil Barnard is the President of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine which began in 1985. An adjunct associate professor at George Washington University School of Medicine, he has authored 15 books and numerous scientific articles. His book, 21 Day Weight Loss Kick Start, was a New York Times bestseller.

Dr. Barnard is sympathetic to those who struggle with their dietary choices. He comes from generations of cattle ranchers in North Dakota. He has vivid memories of bringing cattle to slaughter. His father abandoned the ranching business to become a physician who treated diabetes.

As President of The Cancer Project, Dr. Barnard developed a team of instructors around the country to teach people about food and its effects on cancer.

Awarded a $350,000 grant from the National Institute of Health, he conducted a study of the effects of a low fat, vegan diet on diabetes. With the results published in peer reviewed journals, the diet proved to improve glycemic and lipid control better than the diet promoted by the American Diabetes Association.

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Under the Covers: Eat & Run by Scott Jurek

Welcome to Under the Covers, an on-going series of book reviews to enrich the way we think, move, eat and connect.

 

In my Under the Covers book series, I will rate each book based on its “Life Wisdom” value (from 1 to 5 wise owls). I will review books that inspire, motivate and teach life lessons. Some of our greatest wisdom comes from those whose journeys may be quite different from our own.

When we escape into their world, we can learn from their trials, tactics, and courage. Through their wisdom, we add to our own.

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WAKE UP AMERICA! Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Proper nutrition is the foundation to protect ourselves in the war on cancer.

Who is Dr. Joel Fuhrman?

Well known author of the best selling book, Eat to Live, Dr. Joel Fuhrman specializes in treating disease with food. His PBS show, Three Steps to Incredible Health, was the highest grossing special in 2011 on that network.

Dr. Fuhrman is a director of research of The Nutritional Research Project of the National Health Association and serves on the advisory board of Whole Foods Market. His career path was inspired by watching his father who was very sick get well by changing the way he ate.

His opinions are strong and his research can help millions lead healthier lives into old age. If we will only listen.

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The Cookbook That Transformed My Life

This cookbook taught me how to prepare great meals without all the unhealthy fat.

My spin on a Vegan Pot Pie- Yummy!

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A Perfect Marriage- Garlic and Greens

Simple ways to make vegetables fabulous any night of the week!

Today I’m sharing my tried and true methods of cooking green vegetables. Super easy, delicious and absolutely beautiful.

Remember, the we eat category is not about culinary prowess but about everyday healthy meals, snacks and side dishes that can be cooked on the fly.

Vegetables should be a large part of every family’s daily diet.

Green bean casseroles like your granny made do not deserve to enter your FIT body in 2012.

Gaaaaarlic, hints of hot red pepper, smells of the Louisiana French Quarter, and calcium from cute, crunchy seeds— that’s what I’m talking about. Leave the greens that taste like grass to the hippies. If I’m going to fill 1/2 my plate with vegetables every night, they have to be worthy of center stage.

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WAKE UP AMERICA! Dr. Dean Ornish

Treating disease with lifestyle change.

Who is Dr. Dean Ornish?

Dr. Ornish is the founder of the Preventative Medicine Research Institute and a leading researcher for over 30 years. He has influenced the diet of President Clinton who is now leading a vegan lifestyle. An author of six bestsellers, his program for improving health through lifestyle change is now covered by Medicare. His research is proving that the more you improve your food choices and lifestyle, the more your health improves and the better you feel. Read more