Happy Mother's Day!

This Mother’s Day we salute all the mothers who are raising children to appreciate and embrace eating for health. It’s no easy task in the midst of a culture fixated on junk food that’s readily available everywhere one turns.  And it’s even more difficult if we, as moms, are getting a late start in establishing healthy eating habits ourselves.

However, we must persevere and creatively find ways to feed our children high-nutrient foods even if peers, close friends, and extended relatives are eating for disease. The childhood years are laying the foundation for cancer and other diseases to occur later in life; it’s not the time to throw-in-the-towel and give up.

Dr. Fuhrman wrote in Onlyourhealth Your Child, “I tell parents that if they follow my advice their child will no longer require frequent visits to the doctor. With most frequently ill children, more medicine is not the answer.”

“More and more evidence emerges each year that the diets we eat in our childhood have far-reaching effects on our adult health and specifically on whether we get cancer. Similarly, there is an abundance of scientific research that supports the need for a dietary lifestyle that protects our children from other serious diseases.” 1


Moms, let’s keep keeping on!

Happy Mother’s Day!

The above picture was submitted by one of our Onlyourhealth readers; this is daughter Clara, age 10, enjoying a green smoothie made with papaya, banana and spinach.


Blended Mango Salad
Serves: 2

2  ripe mangos, peeled and chopped or 2 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks
1 cup chopped spinach
4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1/4 cup unsweetened soy, hemp or almond milk

Place mangos in a food processor or high-powered blender.
Add the spinach and half the lettuce. Blend until well combined. Add the milk and remaining lettuce. Blend until creamy.


Waldorf Blended Salad
Serves: 1

1/2  cup pomegranate Juice
1 apple, peeled and cored
1/4 cup walnuts
4 cups kale and/or Boston lettuce
1/4 cup water or ice cubes 
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Blend all ingredients in high powered blender.


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PS  For the fun of it I'm posting two pictures below that were taken on Mother's Day weekend, exactly four years a part.  The image on the left was taken in 2008, and the image on the right was taken this Mother's Day weekend.  Little did I know twenty-five years ago, when I was pregnant with my first child, just how important it would be for me and my family to eat a high-nutrient diet. 

Moms, it's up to us to lead the way and set the example for our children to follow.   We set the pace.  We purchase over 90% of the nation's food supply.  What a privilege and responsibility we have to change the food culture for generations to come. 

Go greens!  Go Moms!   


1.        Fuhrman, M.D., Joel, 2005, Onlyourhealth Your Child, pp. xxi,xxii, Martins’ Griffin, NY 

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pat - May 12, 2012 7:07 AM

I would love to see pictures like Clara's replace the 'Got Milk?'ads with the title 'Got Green's?' We definately need to teach our children about health and nutrition so they don't have the years of food issues like so many of us have. Happy Mother's Day!

Stacey - May 13, 2012 9:15 PM

I agree. I still struggle, even though I have read and listened to Joel Fuhrman's material repeatedly and completely agree with it, it is still hard for me to follow the dietary guidelines he outlines. How much easier it would be if I had been brought up with this way of eating, that makes so much sense to me.

Lisa - May 15, 2012 11:44 AM

It feels great to have all my effort appreciated! We've been on ETL for 7 weeks now. It' s not always easy, but it's definitely worth the effort! The more I learn, the more committed I am. I just want to share this info with everyone I meet, but unfortunately, most people don't want to hear it. We're eating healthy, my shopping habits have totally changed, and just this morning I moved a bunch of vitamins to clear a shelf in my pantry to hold the healthier foods we are eating. We're getting our vitamins--and the associated symphony of nutrients--from our food now!

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