Whole Foods

imageI want you to eat differently and feed your kids differently.  Why do I care?  A convoluted, twisted path led me here.  Something to do with a love of white flour and sugar, a medical degree, and bodily woes.  Although I will never run a show like Dr. Oz, Robb Wolf, Jack Kruse, or Chris Kresser–and don’t want to–and only made junior high cheerleader squad alternate, if you can overlook that,  I am here to cheer you on and educate you the best I can.  (What I recommend in this post is not the end of the story of what I have to do to feel best, but I don’t think everyone needs to do what I do.  However, I am fully confident that everyone needs to take their diet down to real, unprocessed, unviolated foods.  We can negotiate from there.)

It’s Not Fair That Kids Suffer Because We Feed Them Crap.  Stop It.

Over the last month, I’ve helped a friend revise her nutrition.  She has a beautiful eleven-year old daughter who is too large for her body height, and the daughter excitedly wanted to jump in on the nutritional intervention with her mom.  A couple of weeks later her mom excitedly pulled back the girl’s hair, “Look!  This dark-colored neck rash she has is getting lighter and lighter!  Something she was eating was causing it!”  Folks, that rash was acanthosis nigricans.  It basically looks like a “dirty neck,” but it is a sign of insulin resistance.  (It can occur in other skin-fold areas, too, like the armpit.)  The child’s body was already developing the inability to process carbohydrates and sugars.  She was a set-up for diabetes at a young, early age.  Heart disease at a young, early age.  Reproductive issues related to endocrine disturbances.

wpid-IMAG0843-1.jpgWe have got to turn this behemoth train AROUND.  Please.  Kids will whine and fuss when we change to whole foods, but they whine and fuss about homework.  And washing dishes.  And carrying in groceries.  And brushing their teeth.  And putting on their coats.  So grit your teeth and do one of the most basic, fundamental jobs assigned to parents–to provide nutritious food for healthy body and mind.  My friend’s daughter doesn’t want to be overweight!  That’s an early curse in life, and statistics show it doesn’t diminish with age.  The child needed her mom to step in and say, “Together our family is eating real, whole food.  We refuse to eat crap any more.  We deserve to treat ourselves better.  Here’s how we’re going to do it…”

The rules for the new game are not that hard.  Not to say the game isn’t hard.  Oh, the game is VERY hard.  Your opponents fight you at every television viewing, every gas station, every store, every school event, every church event, every holiday.  Every food manufacturer and restaurant is out to rob your pocket.  Every nutrition article set to confuse your direction.  Perhaps, though, the worst part is you are often your fiercest opponent.  You.  You sabotage yourself.  Then, as if all these worthy opponents are not enough, your spouse and kids start shooting too.

But you must change!  If any of these describe symptoms in your household, you must!  (And I left off dozens ofwpid-IMAG1010.jpg conditions.)

Hyperactivity/trouble focusing
Sinus issues
Allergies (runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, post-nasal drip)
Dry eyes and/or mouth
Irritable bowel syndrome
Stomach cramps
Heart disease

Well, what should I do?  “I don’t know where to start.  We really don’t eat much sugar.  We don’t eat much junk.”  I don’t think people know what is in their food.  When Campbell’s soup is considered healthy, we’ve got a problem.  When homemade is a Duncan Hines cake box, we’ve got a problem.  When Pop Tarts make the cut to give out as a school snack, we have a problem.  We have a problem.  I had a problem.  I’m recovering from my problem.  So can you.

Eat whole, real foods.  For now, don’t micromanage.  Don’t worry about fat content.  Don’t worry about organic or inorganic.  Or whether frozen or canned is best (but frozen is better).  Don’t obsess if you love red meat.  Don’t fret about whether almond butter is better than peanut butter.  For now, just work on keeping the food real (see more below).
Shop only the outer aisles (and the deli cupcakes do NOT count) at the grocery store.  Obviously exceptions are made for those whole foods that are shelved on the inner aisles.  Examples of this would be peanut butter, vinegar, rice, certain baking goods/spices/ herbs.
Spend 3/4 of your time in the produce section and the other 1/4 picking up your meat, dairy, and inner aisle goods.  I made up this fraction.  It may be more like 2/5 time in the produce section, 2/5 time in meat, dairy, and inner aisle goods, and 90% of the time walking across Wal-Mart.  Ignore the math.
Make vegetables and fruits priorities while shopping and when eating.   You will not succeed if you cannot learn to like (or teach kids to like) a good selection of vegetables and fruits.  You must expand the vegetable repertoire.  My good friend Megan just made “the change,” and she told me she discovered that her son loves sautéed asparagus–he won’t touch a pea with a  ten foot pole, but he loves asparagus!  They never would have made him try asparagus before!
Buy and eat unprocessed grains/grain products only as accents, NOT meals.  Grains should not be meals.  Use them to get kids and adults to eat the meal if you must.  But remember, many kids and people have problems overeating them and then end up not eating their vegetables and fruits, thus losing out on vital nutrients.  Further, grains are hard on the teeth and can block the absorption of certain important nutrients, like calcium.
Read every label.  Every time.  I like to buy food without labels best!  But that’s not always practical and realistic.  The rules for label reading are below.  You can never, ever let your guard down. Your favorite brand may be free of high fructose corn syrup this month, but strangely, next month it’s in there!  Every label.  Every time.  Every label.  Every time.
Keep cooking fats to olive oil, butter, coconut oil, lard, tallow.  Shun vegetable oil.  Um–“vegetable” oil?  That’s a little vague.  This is a big topic.  This keeps it simple.  Expand later.  Just use the listed oils.

Roasted chicken with 1-2-3 collard greens, spaghetti squash, and garden onion.

What do you mean by “whole, real foods?” I mean buy the food as close to how it was made in nature as you possibly can. Then mix it together any way you like it. You like it raw? Go for it. You like it mixed and cooked? Do it.  If you want to get really good and fancy, then go for foods that are sourced locally!  Or organic and hormone-free!  But at this point, I want nothing unnecessary to stand in your way of changing TODAY!  All fruits. All vegetables.  All pure meat.  All pure milk.  Butter.  Cream.  Yogurt.  Whole grains that are truly only whole grains.  Read the label.  You’ll know by that label if it should go in your mouth.  There will be little dilemmas you have to sort through here and there.  Do I really want to buy cream with carrageenan in it?  What is carrageenan?  This salt has dextrose.  Am I willing to compromise on this?  Sometimes the brand next door will be more pure, but sometimes none of them are.  I almost always put them down and walk away.

What am I looking for on the label?  (Not fat grams.  Not calories.  You are looking at the ingredients.)

NO refined flour at all.  NONE.  No exceptions.  You must read the label on foods labeled “whole grain.”  Most of the time these foods use refined flour with whole grains.  This does not count.
The goal is NO added “sugar” of any kind to your food.  No sugar.  No honey.  No maple syrup.  No dextrose.  Definitely no high fructose corn syrup.  If you can find the product without sweetener, then that is what you buy.  If it tastes yucky, sweeten it yourself just to the lowest sweetness needed.  (I’m particularly thinking of yogurt and “nut” butters here.)  You can control “sugar” that way.  This is a very difficult rule.  You may find yourself making some exceptions, but DON’T many exceptions.  Common exceptions include bacon and chocolate products.
No colors.  I can think of NO reason an artificial color is needed.  I can usually find an alternate brand and usually make few to no exceptions.  Canned banana peppers stump me on this one, however.
No preservatives.  Like sugar, this is another difficult one, but it is also an important to not allow many exceptions.  They commonly occur in whole canned foods and cured meats.
No more than 3-5 ingredients that you understand and have access to yourself should be listed in the ingredients for the product.  (For example, tomato sauce should say nothing but tomatoes, basil, and garlic.)
Oils and fats should be things like olive oil, palm shortening, coconut oil, butter.  Not canola, vegetable oil, soybean oil.  Big topic.  This’ll get you started.

What about all of this gluten-free, dairy-free hype? Roasted vegetables

People think because I don’t eat grains and dairy, I must be into this “gluten-free, dairy-free fad.”  I cringe.  (I’m not a faddist.  I bought an Android when everybody else was in on the iPhone.  I  shunned Facebook for years.  Never, ever did I join a sorority or fraternity.  I’m still driving my 8 year-old Toyota mini-van.  I like to hear everybody’s opinions, but I don’t like to be told what to do.  Rant over.)  Some people will absolutely need to give up gluten and dairy to feel good and function correctly.  For example, it wasn’t until we eliminated dairy (and then reintroduced it) that we figured out my husband gets a cough from it–and we ditched the two inhalers he had become reliant on!  BUT DO NOT fall into the trap of a gluten-free, dairy-free processed food package.  DON’T.  You won’t anyway if you follow the rules above.


Thanks for reading.  Some of you have already changed.  Maybe if that’s you, leave your number one psychological tip for trying and staying with this way of eating!  If you haven’t changed, go for it!  Ask questions!  There is NO stupid question!  You can do this!  If I left out anything blaring or put in something outrageous, let me know!  I’m not a professional at this!  I just want people to feel better and be in control of their eating in a real, honest way.



44 thoughts on “Whole Foods

  1. mjohnson9706

    Loved and shared! Number one tip for sticking to it after 2 years and 10 mos eating whole foods? My glucose meter does not lie. Type 2 Diabetes in remission as long as I continue to eat this way is number 1 for me. Thanks for this post, you rock!!!

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      I love your tip! That is my new line I’m adding to the repertoire for diabetics because of you: “What does your meter say?” Okay, I don’t have many diabetics to try it on here in the house–but I’ve tried it on a cousin who asked for some tips, and that one seems to be the one that did it. But I had to give her a list of desired blood sugar ranges. Do we think diabetics just know what their blood sugars are supposed to be?

      Thanks for sharing your story for people who are trying to change to learn from, too. And thank you for the compliments. Made my day. 🙂

      1. mjohnson9706

        Honestly, in my “sickest” times, I did not know what they should have been. As long as there was room to “up my dosage” my PCP didn’t really care about enlightening me. The NP on the other hand was hands on, caring, like you, and it’s the good guys and gals (like you and her) that are “healers” in the truest sense of the word. Thank you!!!

  2. mjohnson9706

    Reblogged this on mydiabetesandme and commented:
    Once again I ask… If you’re not already following The Homeschooling Doctor, why the heck not? Very nice read today, skip all the hype about what you “think” is healthy because the label says so, give Doctor recommended whole foods a try!

  3. Wiese

    My experience is that you can go whole foods and still not feel up to par due to food allergies and intolerances. So if you’re still not feeling great after being whole foods for several months, be sure in investigate further. It may even take several trials of adding a particular food in and out your diet before you realize what the offending culprit is and that can get pretty discouraging. Then it’s discouraging because you can’t eat the food that you want too!! But feeling better makes it worth it in the end : )

  4. Shannon

    My number one psychological tip is to tell yourself (and others if necessary to defend your personal choices….because you WILL have to, as dumb as that is), that XYZ food (for me, sugar and anything with grain in it) is as poisonous to my body as if I were to be ingesting rat poison. If you just tell yourself you don’t “feel good”, it’s easy to justify poor choices. If you really start to BELIEVE that the item is poison to you, you eventually won’t even consider consuming it.

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Thanks for sharing that! I think you hit a spot! To some people who have not changed and meddled with their diet, this may sound harsh and too black or white. But in reality, viewing those foods as “poison” is not so far off from reality. If they make you have certain effects, they are messing with your biochemistry, physiology, and immunology. They’re overcoming the reactions and substrates your body uses to “detoxify” them. They’ve overcome the body’s ability to shunt them where they need to go (as in glucose and diabetes). They’re inciting immune responses like a foreign bacteria or virus would. They are “poisoning” you. Good point. And good to point out that you always do have to defend your choices!

      Have a great day and wishing you great health!

  5. Elizabeth Marie

    You go Girl!!!! I luv this post! I really, really like your style of writing as well!
    Peace & Raw Health,
    Elizabeth Marie
    P.S. I still refuse to do facebook and know absolutely nothing about it. I am being adventurous doing IG.
    P.P.S. Just posted a super yummy vegan Banana Mango Pudding recipe!!

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Thank you very, very much for your special words.

      Once I figured out that IG was not immunoglobulin, I had to Google Instagram! I thought IG was a part of Facebook that I just wasn’t a part of! Oh, the learning curve! So I think IG is terribly adventurous, too!

      I was over early this morning, and I was eying a soup you posted. The one you eventually put pears on. That looked good (sorry I left no comment–bad follower). So I will indeed check out a mango pudding!

      Enjoy your day!

      1. Elizabeth Marie

        the only way I found Instagram was through my blogger account. I saw that I could add it to my blog. Then I had to figure out what the heck it was and how to “do it” I feel so dense!!!!! But hey, I think I kinda have the hang of it and it is a blast.
        Peace & Raw Health,
        P.S. You are not a bad follower–I am so grateful to have you as one, no matter how much you stop by or don’t!!

  6. nontoxicnurse

    Our best strategy has been to explain everything to our daughter as though she were an adult. Our daughter had to have her diet restricted at an early age due to severe food sensitivities (that developed as part of a larger issue) leading to neurological (seizures and autistic behaviors), immunological, and gastrointestinal issues. What worked for us, even though she was only 18 months old when her diet was changed drastically, was to explain to her that Mommy and Daddy had done LOTS of research and it turned out that some of the foods we had thought were healthy (i.e., processed organic products from Whole Foods) were not in fact healthy for our family. From there, we taught her to identify real food by whether it could naturally occur in the state we were buying it. We made a point to tell her why we were packing a cooler of real food every time we left the house (i.e., so that we wouldn’t be hungry and not have real food around to eat). We also involved her in our process of re-learning how to cook using real foods in their natural state.

    In her case, we had to eliminate grains and eventually dairy to get her better. At that point, we explained that Mommy and Daddy had done more research and that particular foods did not agree with the particular genes that God had given mommy, daddy, and her. As we found reactions to foods we explained them to her in detail. For example, when she asked why she cannot eat a wheat flour cupcake like other kids can, I took out a video of her stuttering and having absence seizures (that I had made to show to her neurologist and geneticist) to show her what happened to her when she ate grains. She was horrified by how strange her voice sounded and how strange she was acting in the video, even though she was only about 2.5 when the cupcake issue came up and I showed her the video. From that day on, all of the bread slices in her Melissa and Doug wooden food set became “coconut bread,” according to her. To this day she tells her dolls that their genes are like hers and she only lets them eat coconut bread, once in a while, so they will not get sick. We tell her she is doing a good job of taking care of her dolls.

    She was an early reader and would always ask if this or that store or restaurant she saw while we were driving sold real food. We tried to answer and explain every time, in detail, regarding artificial ingredients, trans fats, etc. When she was nearly 3, I received a sample of a supposed “nutrition bar” in the mail, I made a point to have her read the ingredients and decide whether or not it was fit to eat. She decided that it was “chemical-y” and I made a big point of telling her she was correct and of throwing it in the trash because it was not actually food. She talks about that example of things being “too chemical-y to eat” to this day.

    Now, at age 4, she knows where the real food can be procured and she reads every label on every item we bring into the house to double check our work. She made up a song that she sings in the car about not wanting to eat at unhealthy restaurants. She plugs in the name of whatever restaurant we are driving by.

    All of the above has lead to some interesting situations. She has shouted, with great concern, at random people that their Bojangles food “has processed trans fats in it,” that their soda has “yucky, genetically modified high fructose corn syrup in it, that can make diabetes and high blood sugar,” and so forth. Every time we check out at a store she explains to the cashier that she does not eat the “kind of unhealthy, super yuck stuff” on the shelves and coolers in the checkout area. They are usually taken aback, but say something like, “well that is a good choice.” We have tried to teach her that not everyone has done the research yet and that she needs to share what she knows in a way that will not embarrass them–that has helped her not shout at people in parking lots, haha! We have also had to teach her coping skills regarding how to POLITELY refuse unhealthy food at gatherings. A few times she screamed “NOOOOOOOOO, I don’t eat trash, I eat the food in my cooler!!!!” like someone was trying to kill her, when they offered her pizza and birthday cake;-) We try to bring a special real food treat (one that she does not often eat) to any gatherings, so that she can feel like she is eating special, celebratory food too.

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      This made me smile picturing your daughter’s comments! We have a little of that, too. I try not to laugh when they do it, but it is pretty funny. (Of course not if it would make someone feel bad, but usually they’re like, “What are you saying, little one?”) Like you, we try to explain it with real words and what we experience the foods do to us. I know kids understand so much and especially when we model the behavior ourselves. I wish our change had come at an earlier age for them before I had given them so much processed foods. I’m constantly fighting the battle of them “wanting to get off this diet.” I guess that helps me understand the dilemma more, though. I don’t want to forget how challenging it is to eat leave behind old eating habits. Hope you’re having a good day!

  7. All Seasons Cyclist

    Great article! Although I’ve had a “healthy” diet for the last 12 years, last fall I went total Paleo and the difference is dramatic (and let’s not talk about how I ate in the years before I went “healthy”).

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      I agree that dropping those last few pesky foods makes a huge, huge difference! (Paleo vs. healthy, etc)

      I just want to say congratulations to you! You are such an inspiration and motivator! (I know it’s really the good woman behind you. 🙂 )

  8. rachelmeeks

    Extremely helpful start up guide. I always go shopping with the best intentions but about halfway through the trip I’m usually throwing my hands in the air saying “NOTHING ANYWHERE IS HEALTHY AHHH.” Glad to have more steps and protocol to follow. 🙂

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Thanks! Now, I’m like, “I don’t have enough room for all the good things I want to get in today!”

      With IBS, sometimes it’s a little tricky because fruits and veggies sometimes can cause issues with the types of sugars/sugar alchohols (not like ethanol!) in the product not being absorbed well by the body and sitting in the small intestine and causing bloating/cramps/BM changes. So symptoms can flare. But again, often with a few simple nips and tucks, steering toward different produce helps tremendously!

      Hope you are settling in well to your new home and the sun is bright and shining down there! ~~Terri

  9. Julie

    Terri…what an Awesomely straight forward post!! I needed to get kicked back on the wagon today! Thank you! I will be sharing this too…lots of my friends /family need to hear this!

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Good evening! Thank you! You climb that wagon and hold those reins!

      I would love it if everyone could take it down to whole foods, and then I’ll bet they’d find it a lot easier to find those other pesky, individual food issues. In themselves. In their kids. In their spouses. A journey always begins with a small step, eh!? Here’s hoping your family and mine become desirous of change!

  10. JenH

    Awesome, awesome, awesome! You totally said just what I was thinking but said it so much better. I can’t wait to share this (i.e. annoy) with friends & family (it also helps to show them that I’m not the only kook out there, other people actually choose to eat the same way I and my family do).

    The thing that keeps me going? My daughter and husband. At 36 I finally became so sick (immediately after finally finishing grad school and having my first child) I couldn’t work, be much of a mother, a partner or much of a contributor to family at all. It took a while to figure the dietary stuff out (still evolving) but I’m healing. However, I don’t know that I’ll ever fully recover my health and the cost of being ill (financially, emotionally, etc.) has been too high. When people question how I feed my family (mother-in-law actually told me I was depriving my daughter “of essential childhood experiences” because I didn’t want to serve cake and ice cream for her first birthday!), roll their eyes or tell me my daughter is just going to rebel later on I am so confused. Of course she’s going to rebel, so at 4 1/2 should I also just let her start wearing makeup, staying out late, and having a cocktail in the evening? She’ll probably want to experiment with those things too. Being a parent and loving your family is great but it is also HARD work. It would be so much easier to give her juice boxes and make her Kraft Mac n’ Cheese for dinner (that was definitely part of the 7 meal rotation in my house growing up along with 3 different varieties of Hamburger Helper; Lucky Charms and Oreos also featured heavily – worked out great for me!).

    I wouldn’t be doing my absolutely most important job (which is to love unconditionally my daughter and husband) if I didn’t do everything I know how to help them be healthy and well so that they can do the things they want to in life without having to worry about the complications and burdens of chronic ill health. Honestly, I often wonder if the strong reactions I get from other people is more about their own anxiety because to a certain extent they kind of know (a gut feeling you might say?) that they’re not eating well and probably not feeding their own children well. The way I feed my family is not meant to be an indictment of anyone else, it’s just what works for us. But people (mostly mom’s unfortunately) often feel the need to defend themselves and this almost always arises out of situations where all they are doing is observing what food I’ve packed for my daughter’s lunch or snack, not because I’ve brought it up or am trying to lecture them on nutrition (which I would be happy to do).

    But seriously, the best thing is just watching my daughter run and play and just be healthy (she’s had only 1 real bout of illness – bronchitis which she caught at the pediatrician’s office @ 14 mos.). She also enjoys talking about healthy food and eating with her friends (and can explain the digestive system and name the parts, currently her favorite words/topics are “colon” and “microbes”, you can imagine where that leads . . .).

    Sorry for the rant, it’s just so satisfying to read about other people who feel so strongly about the things I feel strongly about (since I so rarely encounter them anywhere else). I’ve said this before but thanks again for what you do here!

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Sneaky sugar–sneaky post! It snuck past me somehow! But I remedied that! They do tie in nicely! Thanks for sharing on FB and thanks for reading. And mostly, thanks for just taking time to share your knowledge to motivate people to change! You and yours have a good weekend!

  11. Rachael @ mummyflyingsolo

    What a great post! I love this line: “It’s Not Fair That Kids Suffer Because We Feed Them Crap. Stop It.”

    I am still dairy and gluten free here and it is going REALLY well. My eczema has now all but gone. That is 6 weeks since I first started the dairy elimination, 5 weeks since the detox started which was the elimination of gluten. My biggest advice to anyone would be give it the time it needs. One week is not enough to see any real difference. And you will feel so good after you get into the swing of it that it will be your motivation to eat more healthily. I allow one cheat day per week now where I can make any food choices I like but find that even my “treats” tend to be a healthy version. Last week we were on holidays with family and although I took a bunch of stuff (my gluten free bread, my milk for example) it was hard to stick to it completely. I had one day where I did have a bit of wheat and dairy and later that day ended up with itchy skin. For me that was enough to see that the link is definitely there.

    Oh and about the kids thing – my son has been having wholemeal banana muffins made by me since he was quite small. I don’t use sugar in them and only wholemeal flour. They are very healthy. He will eat a whole one of these happily (he calls it cake) and only pick at a regular sugar laden cupcake at a party. My point is that they get used to whatever you give them. You just have to stand firm.

    Thanks, Terri!

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      “My point is that they get used to whatever you give them. You just have to stand firm.” So very true!!

      I am so happy for you that your results have come through! And a good reminder to me, too, that it can take time. Thank you so much for leaving your experience, success, and wisdom! People are struggling hard with this food stuff, and so all that the rest of us can do and say to encourage them I believe is vital!

      Hope you enjoyed the holiday!

  12. Anonymous

    I love that you are writing about this! Thank you. So true (and scary!) how food can cause physiological symptoms! Now.. I’ve gotta some dietary rearranging to do!

  13. MikeW

    Awesome truth post. You may not want a show, or you might some day, but one of the things really making a difference in this field are well-done documentaries. At this point, documenting a niche could go far. You draft some ideas, then structure and write the documentary, keeping it offline if possible. Then, tell me when it’s on Netflix!

  14. Jo tB

    I live in Holland and eating “healthily” is the buzz word at the moment, but if you ask people what they understand as healthy, boy, they come up with foods that aren’t foods at all. The biggest food manufacturer (Unilever) has come up with a “tick” to put on products to indicate that there is less salt, less fat, and less sugar in the product. It indicates that you are making a healthier choice !!! The text is in Dutch but you get a good picture of the tick which is put on the products.


    And people are using it to make their food choices!! Words fail me to explain how frustrated I get, when people tell me they are using the tick when making their food choices.

    So when I am in line at the cash register and see someone in front or behind putting only fresh products on the belt, I say: wow, you are eating healthily! You would be surprised at pleased they look with the comment and noticed what they are doing.

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      I looked at the ticks. We have lots of those, too! Sadly, even I used to look at those ticks. I don’t think I’d ever even heard the words whole foods until we “changed.” Why not? That should be on every government billboard here. Every heart/diabetic association advertisement.

      It makes me angry. Here in the USA you should look at our cough and cold over the counter drug section in the pharmacy. They probably take about 10 medicinal ingredients (maybe a few more) and market about a hundred (or more) different cough and cold brands. It is all a play on trust and deficit of knowledge by consumers in these areas. They do the same with food. Process it and slap different labels and colors on the box and sell it off as healthy–thousands of nutritionally unacceptable foods.

      At the cash register, I’ve never thought of doing that to somebody in line. That’s really nice and reinforcing! Often I strike up conversations with the line clerks about it, since I often have to tell them which veggie I am buying or how I cook it.

      Thanks for commenting! Never been to Holland, but hopefully by the time I do get there, everybody is “healthy!” 🙂 ~~Terri


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