Learn How to Shop & Eat Non-GMO at Free Presentation on Oct. 1

naturalgrocers-1001-memeby Melissa Diane Smith

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have become the food issue of our time, yet most Americans continue to have big gaps in their understanding about these laboratory created food impostors.

If you wish there was a way that you could quickly learn the most important information you need to know about GMOs in an easy-to-understand way (and if you live in Southern Arizona), don’t miss the opportunity to hear me speak on “How to Shop and Eat Non-GMO (Even Without Mandatory Labeling!)” at the new Natural Grocers store at 5600 E. River Road in Tucson at 11 a.m. this Saturday, October 1, 2016.


‘Going Against the Grain for Health’ Presentation Sept. 20th at New
Natural Grocers in Tucson

NaturalGrocers-0920-memeby Melissa Diane Smith

I am delighted to be a featured speaker during the Grand Opening of the new Natural Grocers natural food supermarket at 5600 E. River Road in Tucson this month.

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 6 p.m., I will present “Going Against the Grain for Health: How to Make Food Your Best Medicine.” In this presentation, I’ll cover the health troubles caused by refined grains, whole grains, gluten grains, and genetically modified ingredients hidden in grain-based foods, and explain how to use this information to lose unwanted weight, reverse disease processes, and revitalize health. I’ll also give my answers to common questions I receive, such as “was wheat always not good for us, or has it become worse for our health in recent years?” and answer any other questions that you have.


Could Gluten Be a Problem
for Your Kids?

Reactions to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, can trigger a range of symptoms and illnesses in children who have celiac disease (an autoimmune condition in the gut) or nonceliac gluten sensitivity (a reaction to gluten that isn’t an autoimmune condition). The following symptoms might indicate that your child is adversely reacting to gluten. (Take note: Except for “growing pains” and slow growth, the same symptoms can be warning signs in adults, too.)  


Healthy Gluten-Free Kids’ Lunches

If your kids need to avoid gluten, don’t despair!  Here are 15 nutritionist-approved gluten-free lunch box ideas they’ll love (and adults will too!)

Gluten Free Recipes for Kids - Lunch Ideas

Ask The Nutritionist

by Melissa Diane Smith

Q: I have a 10-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with celiac disease earlier this year, and a 6-year-old son who has experienced dramatic improvements in behavior problems (diagnosed as ADHD) since I put him on a gluten-free diet a year ago. I know how to put gluten-free meat on some gluten-free bread, but I’d like to transition my kids off of these processed products. Can you offer any suggestions? —Ann L., Las Vegas

A: Making healthy, gluten-free school lunches that your kids will like is completely possible. You just need to get creative by filling the lunch boxes with at least a few different, colorful, easy-to-eat foods. Include some protein, vegetables, healthy fats, and fruit. Prepare the boxes to look as tempting as possible, cut vegetables in interesting shapes, and pack them with gluten-free dips. (Studies have found that children are more likely to eat their vegetables with a dip.)


Substitutes for Common Soy Products



Soy sauce

Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos, or beef, mushroom, or vegetable broth combined with balsamic vinegar, seasonings, and Red Boat Fish Sauce, which is made with wild-caught anchovies and salt


South River Azuki Bean Miso

Soybean oil

Avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or macadamia nut oil

Soy milk

Organic milk, or almond, cashew, coconut, hazelnut, or rice milk

veggie burger

Soy-free veggie burgers from Hilary’s or Organic Sunshine Burgers


Soy-free Primal Kitchen Mayo made with avocado oil


Green peas, fava beans, or chickpeas

Tofu (in a stir-fry or salad)

Mushrooms, chickpeas, or cooked, cubed, organic chicken pieces

Silken tofu (in recipes)

Vegan yogurt made from almond or coconut milk, sometimes combined with a thickener such as arrowroot


The Trouble with Soy

A growing number of people are making the extra effort to avoid soy—should you?

Ask the Nutritionist

by Melissa Diane Smith


Q: I recently started paying more attention to food labels and I realized that soy is in virtually everything I eat! I’ve seen some products labeled soy-free, and I’m wondering: Why do some people avoid soy? Does it promote health problems, and if so, what types of problems? —Betty C., Atlanta

A: Soy is found in so many common foods that most people eat some every day without realizing it—and vegetarians often eat a lot of it. The trouble is that soy has certain nutritional problems that can lead to a variety of health issues. From my perspective, that makes it a food we’re not designed to handle. However, soy is so ubiquitous in our food supply that it can be difficult to avoid unless you consciously work at it. But more people are looking at the evidence and choosing to put in the extra effort to do just that.


What’s the GMO Situation in Canada?

by Melissa Diane Smith, author of Going Against GMOs

When it comes to avoiding GMOs at the grocery store, Americans and Canadians are pretty much in the same boat. However, there are a few differences.

A shortened version of the information I gathered on this topic appeared in “How to Avoid GMOs at the Grocery Store” by Gail Johnson on Yahoo Canada.

GMO Situation in CanadaGenetically modified foods entered the Canadian food system 20 years ago, yet most people don’t know they’ve been eating them because those foods aren’t labeled. That’s because mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods isn’t required in Canada (or in the United States) like it is in 64 other countries around the world. But even without mandatory labeling, there’s a growing movement of people who are concerned about genetically modified foods and want to avoid them.

Here I answer questions of interest to Canadians about the controversial issues surrounding GMOs, why there’s a movement of people who want to avoid them, and how people can learn to avoid GMOs when they shop.



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