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CNN reports today that the governor of California has signed a law banning four potentially harmful additives in our food:  they are Red Dye #3, potassium bromate, brominated vegetable oil and propylparaben.

Potassium bromate makes doughs rise higher; the propylparabens are antimicrobial preservatives. Red dye number 3 is a coloring agent in several candies; these products are sometimes available in other countries without the additives.

California Governor Newsom’s move “brings the United States slightly closer to a food environment like that of the EU, where these chemicals are banned due to scientific studies that have demonstrated significant public health harms, including increased risk of cancer, behavioral issues in children, harm to the reproductive system, and damage to the immune system,” according to a March news release.

I like the idea of not having potentially dangerous food additives in my body; what do you think? Here is the link to the CNN article.


The World Is AT War

Israel and Hammas are fighting again and dropping bombs on each other and killing innocent people. So are the Russians and the Ukrainians and heaven knows who else. There were 1391 shootings in Philadelphia so far this year, 308 were fatal. And we are not at war!

There is a song that begins:” Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me“ – if you pray, pray with me for peace and calm in the world. May we learn to resolve our problems without murdering each other.

And let’s pray for peace and happiness for each other, too.



I know, I am a dietitian, this should be about food. So, what is new with you and food this week? Tuesday is Mental Health Day. Does food affect your mental health? Absolutely it does!

Over 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates said, “let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” All of us who have worked with this issue have noticed that we think more clearly when we eat in a healthy way. And healthy food has been associated with a 42% reduced risk of depression; and my clients have taught me that our ADHD, bipolar and other mental problems are related to their food intake. Also, there is an article:

But if you just want peace and happiness and freedom from obsessions and self-hatred, I recommend putting into your meal plan whole foods, real foods, as close as you can to the way Mother Nature planned them. And here is a really simple recipe to do some of that with! Add different veggies, change any of the ingredients you don’t like, but may your home smell wonderful!

4 cups turkey broth or reduced-sodium chicken bouillon

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 can tomatoes, undrained (16 ounces)

4 cups thinly sliced cabbage (about one head or 16 ounces)

1 cup chopped onion

12 ounces cubed cooked turkey

1 cup thinly sliced carrots

2/3 cup uncooked barley

2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

In a 5-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, combine broth, tomatoes, onion, carrots, barley, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce to low; simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until carrots are tender.  Add cabbage and turkey; return to a boil.  Cook 5 to 10 minutes or until cabbage is tender.

This makes 12 cups.

Three cups, or ¼ of the pot, equals:

          3 oz protein

         ½ cup starch

          1 cup cooked vegetables


Please enjoy your week. Call if I can help in any way.


Blessings to you,


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