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Eat as much as you want, get slim, and stay healthy

Sometimes, a conversation will remind me of how lucky I am to have found the Cook for Good approach. Last week, I took dinner over to a friend who needed a little tender loving care. It was nothing fancy, just pinto bean and tomato stew over quinoa, cooked kale and beet greens with mushrooms, and Don't Settle Apple-Walnut Crumble from Fifty Weeks of Green.

My friend looked very happy to get the meal and said it might help her slim down if she didn't eat it all at once.

I was startled, because I'd brought her the same portions that I intended to eat for dinner myself. I told her:

Eat it all if you want! Don't eat more than you want of course, but that's the beauty of this food. I always eat as much as I want and don't worry about my weight.

A few days later, my friend told me how much she'd enjoyed the dinner and the surprise that followed. She said:

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Dietary Guidelines report brave on less meat, "bizarre" on more dairy, says top nutritionist

Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, provided a shocking end to the webcast Wednesday about the science behind the proposed new U.S. Dietary Guidelines report, calling the origin of a key recommendation "bizarre" and highlighting its negative consequences for health and the environment. His comments are so important and well-phrased that ...

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Understanding new poll about safety of GMO food

Is GMO food (containing genetically modified organisms) generally unsafe to eat? Yes, say 57% of the general American public but only 11% of "scientists," according to a widely misquoted study from Pew Research. The polls addressed in Public and Scientists' Views on Science and Society asked both groups about thirteen core topics, from animal research to vaccines, with separate questions for each group. The gap between the two groups was largest for GMOs, but key questions were not asked and even the results have been twisted.

Here are some key points to help you think about and discuss this topic.

What was asked: are GMOs generally safe to eat?

After defining GMOs in terms of their benefits, the survey asked a limited question: can most people safely eat GMO food?

The public was given a glowing definition of GMOs, including popular benefits but no concerns, then asked the first question. Here's the wording from the survey with the results:

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Cook for Good Challenge in Egypt "an unqualified success"

Matthew Miller has been a key member of the Cook for Good community from the beginning, from the first ebook and tour, commenting in the forum, and as an active recipe tester for Fifty Weeks of Green. I am delighted that he's taking the Cook for Good Challenge right now in Egypt, despite some family and ingredient challenges. Although their home base is Boise, Idaho, Matthew and his wife are currently teaching in Cairo.

Matthew wrote:

I wanted to share that I've been happily following since Cook For Good was a single e-book, but have never been able to convince my family, especially my wife, to commit to a trial of the full diet. However, I've cooked enough great dishes and meals that we are now going to try a full week of the WAO menu!

Parsley Pesto, Glazed Carrots, and Strawberry Icecream from Wildly Affordable Organic. Cooked and photographed by Matthew Miller in Cairo Egypt.

I asked if I could share his experiences and photographs with you. Thank you, Matthew, for saying yes. Read on for his story, including smart ideas for getting kids to try unfamiliar food and for ...

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Super Bowl Potato Bar and Super Bowl Snacks

baked white and sweet potatoes with hummus and other plant-based toppings for a healthy party buffet

Bake sweet potatoes and white potatoes for a healthy, fun Super Bowl Party.  Inspire kids of all ages by making a happy potato face and putting it at the beginning of the buffet. The potato bar I described in shows that healthy can mean hardy!

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