Why do you recommend eating yogurt? Is it okay to eat yogurt in combination with grains or proteins?
High quality organic plain yogurt is a cultured food with good bacteria and is one of the few foods Americans consume that have a live culture. The good bacteria is essential for our intestinal health and digestion. Yogurt is cooling to the system, and is an excellent food for some people. To get the maximum benefit from the cultured food, combine it with easier to digest protein or grain, such as walnuts or quinoa. Cooking it in sauces will kill the live cultures.
Why should I feed my family organic milk vs. regular milk? It’s so much more expensive.
Since children have much smaller bodies, they can be more sensitive to the excess of certain substances in foods. Because organic milk does not have antibiotics and synthetic hormones it is a better source of nutrition for families and worth the extra cost. Also consider goat milk as an alternative, especially for children who may have sensitivities to cow milk.
My children have peanut sensitivities. What are good alternatives for a nut spread?
Peanut sensitivities have become very common in children. Here are a number of healthy options that you can try as substitutes: almond butter, sesame butter or tahini, organic soy nut butter, hazelnut butter, and cashew butter.
I may have a wheat sensitivity but wheat is in everything! How do I begin to make changes?
Sometimes GMO wheat is the problem. Decrease or completely eliminate your GMO wheat consumption. Switch to organic wheat products only. At the same time, expand your food choices to include more low and starchy vegetables, as well as grains without gluten. Consider using organic spelt or sprouted breads in our Resources section, as well increase your intake of fish or flax oil as you decrease wheat flour products.
How can I get my children to eat more vegetables?
The perennial question! Children model what we do, not what we say. Connect to growing vegetables, going to local farmers’ markets, and cooking and preparing in your kitchen so that your children will have an opportunity to engage in the process with you. The more we connect to the process, the more nourishment we receive. Please check the Resources section of our website for information about organic and community farming.
I eat fairly healthfully. Should I still be aware of genetically modified foods?
Certain foods that are grown in huge quantities for the national and international markets, such as wheat, corn, soybeans, potatoes, and rice are now mostly grown with GMOs. Most livestock in the US are also fed GMO feed. Do your own research about organic vs. GMO foods and make decisions that work for you. Please see the Resources section of our website for information about food safety, science and research for sustainable options.