Is your New Year’s resolution to eat better to lose weight, overcome health conditions, or get healthier? I have great news for you: I’m offering a special deal from now through February 18, 2015: Purchase one of my books (Syndrome X, Going Against the Grain, Gluten Free Throughout the Year, or Going Against GMOs), email or mail your receipt to me, and get $25.00 off the price of any nutrition coaching program with me or $15.00 off my Get Started Combo nutrition counseling services. This offer is good for New Clients only. Existing clients can purchase a book of mine they haven’t read before and get $10.00 off a Follow-Up Consultation.
If you eat a Paleolithic, gluten-free, grain-free, or sugar-free diet—or if you’re looking for easy-to-grab prepared foods free of most genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—I have some great news for you: Whole Foods Market now offers Paleo Specials of the Week every day in its deli case and at least one day a week in its hot food bar. Though specifics may vary in areas around the country, the Northern California region of Whole Foods started the Paleo items first, and several other regions, including Southern Pacific, have begun to carry the options. In Arizona where I live, there are Paleo offerings in both the hot bar and cold bar all day every Thursday.
“Whole Foods Market wanted to better serve our Paleo lifestyle customers, which is why we have added these unique items to our Prepared Foods Department,” says Laura Kruszewski, marketing team leader for the River Road Whole Foods Market in Tucson, Arizona.
Ready for instant access to some quick tips and healthy gluten-free food ideas to help you during the holidays and month to month throughout the coming year? You can now get the e-book version of my book Gluten Free Throughout the Year: A Two-Year, Month-to-Month Guide for Health Eating for the super-low price of $4.99 here. I brought the price way down as a holiday gift for clients and readers of my books!
My favorite recipes for the holidays in the book are Butternut Squash with Fresh Sage, Chestnut Stuffing (I’d suggest doubling the recipe, though), Pecan-Pear Autumn Sundaes, Savory Quinoa Hash, and Savory Stuffing. There are also tips for every season of the year, partying gluten-free style, cold and flu prevention and relief, and heartier breakfasts to start your day to prevent blood sugar highs and lows.
This Sunday will be my last scheduled book signing in Tucson before the holidays! It will be at the High Energy Agriculture booth at the Viva La Local Food Festival from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.:
of Going Against GMOs, Going Against the Grain,
and Gluten Free Throughout the Year,
from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sunday, November 16th
at the High Energy Agriculture booth
at the Viva La Local Food Festival ($4.00 admission to the festival)
at Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. 1st Ave.
by Melissa Diane Smith
On November 12, 2014, millions of Americans sent a warning to the British people about the dangers of growing genetically modified (GM) crops and urged them to reject GM foods. It came in an open letter published in The Times newspaper and promoted through a digital billboard at Waterloo station.
Signatories of “Living with GMOs: A Letter from America” include health, consumer, and farming groups, American celebrities Susan Sarandon, Daryl Hannah and Robert Kennedy Jr., and doctors Joseph Mercola and Andrew Weil. I as a nutritionist and book author also am among the charter letter signers.
The unique citizens-to-citizens letter details the problems and challenges America has experienced in the nearly two decades of growing and eating genetically engineered crops and is a plea for the U.K. and other European countries not to follow the U.S. example when it comes to GM foods, also known as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or “Frankenfoods.” The following is my quote, which is included with my signature:
“GMOs pose risks to our health, the environment, farmers, our food security, and the control of our food. It’s time for all of us to wake up to the disturbing truth that has been hidden from us about GMOs and work together to go against GMOs to protect our food system, our health, and our planet.”
- Melissa Diane Smith, Nutritionist and Author of Going Against GMOs
Adapted from information in Going Against GMOs. (A shorter version of this article appears in the November issue of Better Nutrition magazine.)
Try this streamlined four-step plan to prepare a holiday meal without gluten and genetically modified ingredients.
Diana Reeves, the founder of GMO Free USA, has celiac disease and has been eating gluten free for more than five years. Three other members of her family were diagnosed with celiac around the same time and she went searching for a common environmental trigger. After learning about disturbing research on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods and vitamins, she began avoiding GMOs, too. She experienced what she says was a “transformational” difference in how she felt and became totally committed to eating non-GMO.
Her husband and daughters are also gluten free and have joined her in removing GMOs from their diets. Together, as a family, they are among the growing numbers of people who will be serving a non-GMO, gluten-free Thanksgiving meal this year.
On Tuesday, November 4th, voters in Colorado and Oregon will head to the polls to decide whether to require foods made with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled – something people who are concerned about what’s in their food say we as a country should have required decades ago. Regardless of whether the Colorado and Oregon measures pass or fail, it’s important not to wait for labeling but to be proactive and opt to become a savvy consumer and avoid unnatural genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the foods you buy and eat right now.
Starting before Election Day – on November 1st – make the commitment to learn how to say no to GMOs in real-life, day-to-day living by following my Eat GMO-Free Challenge. As I explain in Going Against GMOs, we can avoid GMOs right now even though we don’t have mandatory labeling, just as people learned how to avoid gluten before gluten-free labeling guidelines were issued. The complete challenge is listed in Chapter 7 of my new book. But to make the process of learning how to avoid GMOs easier, I will post a tip a day from the Eat GMO-Free Challenge for 31 consecutive days on my Going Against GMOs Facebook page. If you’re a Facebook member, make sure to “like” that page and share it with others. If you’re not a Facebook member, you can still can view that page each day and learn the tips little by little. It all starts on November 1st.