The Debate That’s Beyond Impossible

Before Popeye’s and Chik Fil-A, Message food editor Donna Green-Goodman’s parent’s made the best vegan “sammich” in town. Donna dishes on what it means to eat a healthy, plant-based diet.

 

Message Editor Carmela Monk Crawford and I are following the buzz surrounding all the “new” vegan meat alternatives hitting the market. While relative newcomers to the plant-based, burger-making industry, Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat—now found in restaurants, grocery stores and fast food chains nationwide–are taking a bite out of crime, the meat industry is biting back! The Washington Post reported this week that officials in 30 states have moved or are moving to protect the interests of America’s 800,000 cattle ranchers by going to court to enjoin the use of the words “meat”, “hot dogs”, “sausage” and “burger” as they apply to plant-based products.

Donna Green Goodman and Carmela Monk Crawford sampling plant-based foods at brunch. Dupont Park SDA Church, Washington, D.C.

Having grown up on “veggiemeat” we’ve got a unique perspective on it. Carmela and I are Adventists. We have lived around people from around the world who chose at some level to omit meat/animal products from their diets. Both of us are practicing vegans now and graduated from the only historically black college/university (HBCU) in the country that is a vegetarian campus and offers vegan choices, Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama.

We know this space. There is absolutely nothing like the food our mommas and aunties and church mothers used to make from scratch. That’s right, homemade gluten (also known as seitan), pecan patties, Special K Loaf, veggie burgers, and “meat loaves” from beans, filled our tables at church and family gatherings.

And, until recently as we have seen the genetic modification of many food ingredients, we didn’t experience health problems with these foods. After all, they were merely seasoned fruit, nuts, grains and vegetables. The Adventist Health Study bears that out. And, if you’ve seen or read about Blue Zone Living, you already know.

Forty years later, I still run into people who want a sandwich like my parents sold at their restaurant when I was in college. And, I’m telling you, my momma Shirley Green, and Aunties Bertha Major, Savanah Robinson and Lois McGruder would have you slapping somebody with the plant food dishes they made. Oh. My. Goodness!

The Rub (not that you need a rub for your veggie-burgers)

The rub, in all this fuss is, whether we are eating healthier. Do veggie “meats” qualify as “real” food? Are they more or less healthy than flesh/animal products? Whole Foods CEO Jack Mackie said he would not endorse the plant-based burgers, because he believes they are not healthy. Is the motive for making and marketing them really about health or is it for financial gain? Why would people even want to eat them if they’ve stopped eating flesh foods? And, if veggie meats have soy or wheat gluten in them, should they even be consumed?

Eden was vegan, according to scripture. The original diet was based upon the abundant fruit of the garden.

Way before all the fuss started and you were identified as a health vegan, or an ethical vegan, or plant-based or whole foods plant-based (sigh), Seventh-day Adventists (SDA’s or Adventists) understood that their bodies were the temple of God. Because of that they wanted to fill it with the best fuel for long life and health and to honor the Creator. Animals benefit from this choice too. Based on scripture, Eden was vegan, or mostly so (true vegans believe one shouldn’t consume honey, but I digress).

The Genesis story is clear on humanity consuming fruits, nuts and grains initially and then vegetables, without restriction (that means soy). And, up until the flood, those folk lived for close to 1,000 years. If you didn’t eat meat and their by-products you were simply a vegetarian. Ultimately, eating with God in heaven eternally is the goal, where there will be a tree that yields seven manner of fruit and the animals won’t have the fear of dying.

Visions And Vegetables

Ellen G. White at the Loma Linda Sanitarium dedication Loma Linda, California, April 15, 1906, courtesy Ellen G. White estate.

According to soyinfocenter.com no other organization or group of people has played a more important role than Adventists in introducing soy-foods, vegetarianism, meat alternatives, wheat gluten, dietary fiber or peanut butter to the Western world. As early as the 1840’s, Ellen White, one of the founders of the church, received divine inspiration about how to eat better and live better for better health. In the 1860’s her counsel to the Adventist church covered a plethora of topics about good diet and good health. And, we like to say, the rest is history.

Cereal Magnate John Harvey Kellogg

Whether it was a Kellogg family member intentionally crafting delicious foods from plant sources for patients at the Battle Creek Sanitarium; medical missionaries extracting milk from beans; experts creating “meat analogs” from gluten, nuts, soybeans and other grains at Loma Linda or Worthington factories the United States, or in Australia (Sanitarium Foods), or at the first soy foods company in Uganda started by D. W. Harrison, M.D. a Black Adventist medical missionary, Adventists have gifted this to the world. Now we are seriously wondering what’s all the fuss?

Here’s what I know:

  • A whole food diet of plant foods, prepared simply and seasoned well is the most health-promoting diet available to humankind.

Dietitians and physicians interested in the relationship between diet and disease are confirming that. The American College of Lifestyle Medicine, started by some Loma Linda University alum is training a cadre of medical professionals in lifestyle medicine.  Kaiser Cardiologist Columbus Batiste, MD and British Physician Chidi Ngwaba, MD are two black physicians who are Lifestyle Medicine Practitioners. The Adventist Health Study explores the link between lifestyle and diet and disease among a cohort of their members.  As a Public Health Educator and graduate of Loma Linda University School of Public Health, my job and joy is to introduce people to choices and support them in those choices on their Journey to Better Health. Recognizing that everyone is at their own place on the journey.

  • You never need to eat meat or meat products to have a healthy life. Never.

  • When creating what people call “fake meats” or meat analogs, clearly the best ingredients to use are organic, non-GMO sources that are processed as little as possible and resemble the whole foods they were made from.

  • Anytime you create these meat analogs for mass distribution or sale, you will probably have to add some more ingredients for product consistency and appearance and shelf stability.

That’s one of the costs of mass production. A lot of these newer foods look or taste nothing like the foods SDA’s made. I can still taste those yummy FrySticks and Choplets and gravy. (My friend Don Otis at Heritage Health Foods is doing his best to restore that). And, yes the more of those things that are added, especially the sodium, the less healthy they can become. But, none of them have blood or animal fat or hormones or risk of disease associated with consumption of animals and their products such as allergies, heart disease, diabetes, etc.

  • Eating these foods as part of a healthy lifestyle that includes other whole foods, plenty of water, exercise, the outdoors and sunshine, stress management, rest and worship can only improve one’s health.

On the other hand, it’s when we take the current standard American diet, one in which meat is the center and replace it with “veggiemeat” as the center of our diets, that we can definitely have some problems. It should not form the center of your diet. We’re about improving diets, not just replacing meat.

  • By the same token, we’ve seen “dietary standards” forced on people who are obviously allergic/sensitive to animal/animal product consumption. That is also wrong. Most people of color struggle with consuming animal products, especially milk and dairy products.

Milton Mills, MD of the documentary “What the Health?” has some interesting perspectives on diet and racism.  And, when I worked in the Office of Nutrition for the state of Georgia, and oversaw the WIC Program, I struggled with “requiring” mothers and children to eat foods that were allergens or against their beliefs. I was happy to finally see our dietitians integrating some of these alternatives for our allergy, vegetarian and Muslim patients. So, for some people, these animal product alternatives are clearly better than the foods to which they are allergic.

  • I don’t frequent the fast food places that are taking the veggie meat products to a new level, but Carmela and I are both concerned about folk who live in food deserts and carry a disparate burden of disease and do frequent these places.

Former Philadelphia “Health Czar” and Message Food Editor, Gwendolyn Foster.

I actually used a plant diet to recover from breast cancer after seeing the benefit of phytochemicals on health in a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Study by Herb Pierson. If the owners of these places can add these veggie meats to the menu, certainly they can partner with organizations to bring more whole food choices to those food deserts.Makes complete sense to me. That’s another reason that SDA’s created the products they did. They formed a part of what they shared with communities who were learning about how to make their lives better. They were alternatives as folk made healthier food choices. Gwen Foster, MPH , former Health Czar for the city of Philadelphia, (and Message health and food editor) spent her career doing just that! But, that can only work if the motivation is really about health over profit.

  • For those who are allergic to nuts, wheat, gluten, some of the newer products on the market are made with coconut or peas as a base, so you have options.

And, when making them yourself, you can always use other foods like beans and rice and other veggies. Just make sure you add some seasonings! Please!

So, do your research. Make the best choice for you. And keep making them. Every round goes higher and higher on your journey to better health.

If you’re looking for some plant-based options you can make yourself, be sure to subscribe to Message.  And, visit me at lifestyletherapeutix.com to order my books or watch my Cookin’ Up Good Health Cooking Show.

I’m ’bout to head in this kitchen and create another vegan-wholefood-plantbased dish for those I love!

#plantpowered #dietandracism #veganmeats #impossibleburger #cookinupgoodhealth #messagemagazine

 




But, Unto You I have Given…

The Bible story of nutrition and diet

Dietitians and nutritionists, doctors and health educators, health coaches and even the self-made experts share a lot of information to help you decide what’s best to eat. So many opinions easily cause confusion, to say the least.

At Message, we believe in a Biblical worldview. Whether it’s about your faith, money, relationships, health, or diet, there is always an answer in the word of God. And, that’s how I sift through all of the “evolving information” that continues to come from the world of nutrition experts. My choices follow this analysis: how does what they are saying about what I eat compare to the Word of God?

In Genesis 1:29, the Creator explained to Adam and Eve what to eat. “And, God said, Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” That verse describes what we now know as fruits, nuts or seeds and grains.

Cranberry Bread

  • 3¼ cups unbleached flour or 2 cups unbleached flour and 1¼ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup soy margarine, room temperature
  • 1¼ cups natural cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons alcohol free vanilla flavoring
  • 1 8-ounce carton soy cream cheese
  • ¾ cup soy or nut milk
  • 1 16-ounce can whole cranberry sauce or 2 cups homemade cranberry sauce
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon salt (optional)

Spray and flour bread baking pan—regular size or several small ones which are excellent for gift giving.

In a bowl combine flour, and baking powder. In another large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Mix in vanilla extract and cream cheese. Add milk, cranberry sauce and lemon juice. Beating on low speed of mixer, beat in flour mixture just until blended. Stir in nuts. Pour batter into pan(s). Bake at 350o for 45-50 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool, cut, serve. b Yield: 1 large loaf or 3-4 small loaves.

Red Pepper Hummus

  • 2 cups cooked or canned garbanzos, with liquid
  • cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small red pepper (roast if desired)
  • ¼ cup tahini (sesame seed butter)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin or to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic

McKay’s NO MSG Chicken Style Seasoning to taste, optional

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Add the roasted red bell pepper by stirring in diced pieces or by blending in the whole red pepper. Delicious on pita bread with lettuce, tomato, bean sprouts. b Yield: 3 cups

After Adam and Eve sinned, the Creator revisited their diet saying in Genesis 3:17, 18 “And unto Adam he said, Because thou has hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and has eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee saying, Thou shalt not eat of it; cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.”

Barley Vegetable Soup

Olive Oil

  • 1 medium onion
  • 2-3 stalks celery
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 small bell pepper
  • 2-3 carrots, sliced or diced
  • 2 cups fresh, coarsely chopped Roma tomatoes
  • 1  cup each – barley, corn, lima beans, green beans
  • Water
  • McKay’s Chicken Style Seasoning, Basil, Thyme, Parsley to taste
  • 1 Bay Leaf

Pour a small amount of oil into a large soup pot. Add onion, celery, garlic, bell pepper and carrots. Sauté for 3-5 minutes. Add other ingredients stirring well. Add 4 cups of water. Season to taste with Chicken style seasoning and herbs. Let simmer a few minutes. Add 2-4 cups more water, bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer about 30 minutes until ingredients are tender. Add more water if necessary. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve. b Yield: 6 servings


♥ Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced into bite-sized cubes
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon natural sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger, oregano, thyme, cinnamon or Jamaican allspice or coriander
  • Dash of salt

Place diced sweet potatoes into an oven proof dish. Mix seasonings into melted margarine or coconut oil. Stir into sweet potatoes, coating them well. Roast in 400o oven until desired tenderness. Serve. b Serves: 4-6

For 2000 years, humanity ate a plant-based, or “vegan” diet. And, scripture lists the longest person to live as 969 years. When God began to grieve that He had made man on the earth, He said He was going to destroy it through a flood and give all who wanted to live through it a chance to join Noah and his family on the ark. No one took his offer.

When the flood was over and all the vegetation was gone, God told Noah and his family, the only ones who went on the ark, that “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you, even as I have given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat” (Genesis 9:3,4).

It was then that dramatic loss in life span occurred. About 300 years were lost between Noah and his sons. And, today the average life span in America is close to 70 or 80 years.

Years later, as Abraham’s descendants, the Children of Israel exited Egypt (the Exodus), the Creator fed them daily with manna from heaven. The Bible says that the manna was like coriander/cilantro. He told them in Exodus 15:26 that if they did what He said, He wouldn’t put any of the disease on them that he put on the Egyptians. At their demand for “meat” He sent them quail—and, they ate it until it came out of their noses and many died.

God also repeated the details of His diet for them. In Leviticus 11, He clearly lists the animals that they could eat – the animals that were “clean” or vegetarian. He also clearly listed the animals they should not eat, animals that were “unclean” or the carnivorous scavengers. In addition, He states that “It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations through all your dwellings that ye eat neither fat nor blood” (Leviticus 3:18). That would include milk and cheese and dairy products, which in their unprocessed state are full of animal fat.

Vegan Parmesan Cheese

  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Using a food processor or spice/coffee grinder, blend all ingredients together into a powder.

Store in the fridge for up to three weeks. Modified from karissasvegankitchen.com


♥ Almond Milk

  • 1 cup raw almonds, rinsed
  • 4 cups water
  • Sweetener of choice – honey, agave, stevia
  • Salt, optional

Place almonds and one cup of water in blender and blend until smooth. Add remaining water and blend again until smooth. Add sweetener and optional salt to taste. Strain to remove any remaining nut solids. Serve as is. Serve with fruit or carob added. Use in any recipe that calls for milk. Variation: Use cashews in place of almonds. Make with flax seed using ½ cup flax seed and 4-6 cups water. b Yield: 1 quart

All through the Bible, God mentions honey. The Promised Land was flowing with it. And, in Proverbs (24, 25) He tells us to eat it, but not so much that it makes you vomit.

And, we see through the prophets Isaiah (11, 62, 65) and John the Revelator (22) that when He comes again to rescue us from this world of sin, the animals won’t die anymore to be served up on our plates. As a matter of fact, the lion and the lamb will play together. And, the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

Avocado Salad Dressing

  • 1 medium, ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
  • Juice of one lemon and/or lime (depending on your preference, I use both)
  • ⅓ 1 cup water or more to desired consistency
  • Honey and salt to taste, optional

In a blender, place the peeled and sliced avocado. Add lemon and lime juices and water to make it thick but pourable. Add optional honey and salt to taste. Serve immediately. (Color darkens, longer it sits). b Yield: 16 servings.

Variation: Add ½ small cucumber, 1 handful fresh basil, 1 small container plain, non-dairy yogurt, 2-3 cloves garlic, water to desired consistency.

♥  Momma’s Rice

  • Olive oil
  • 1 cup your favorite veggie beef chunks, diced
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 2 cups Instant Brown Rice
  • 3¼ cups water
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • Garlic powder, Mckay’s Chicken Style Seasoning to taste

Pour a small amount of olive oil in a large pot. Saute’/stir fry veggie beef chunks and onion for about 3 minutes. Add carrots, peas and rice. Stir until mixed well. Add cilantro, some garlic powder and McKay’s Chicken Style Seasoning. Add water and bring to boil. Taste and add more seasonings if desired. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer until rice is done. Serve. b Yield: 6-8 servings

Echinacea/Golden Seal Tea

Often used in the winter months to fight colds/flu. Echinacea improves immune system, by increasing the white blood cell count. Golden seal helps upper respiratory tract infections, fights coughs and colds, and benefits stomach pain, ulcers, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, and intestinal gas. The powder can be made into a salve and used on rashes.

Boil 4 cups of water. Add 2 echinacea teabags and 2 goldenseal teabags. Remove from heat source and let steep for about 5 minutes. Add lemon and honey to taste. Enjoy!
b Yield: 4 cups.

I’m so happy that the Creator makes it so easy to figure out how to eat. He made us! He knows what’s best for us! He can give you power to overcome appetite

DONNA GREEN GOODMAN, M.P.H., writes from Huntsville, Alabama where she and her husband operate Lifestyle Therapeutix, A Lifestyle For Better Health Center.  www.lifestyletherapeutix.com She is a health educator who has been a college professor, National Ambassador for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure “Circle of Promise” Campaign, and is  author of Somethin’ to Shout About!, (Orion Enterprises, 1999), Cookin’ Up Good Health, (Still Shoutin’, 2008) and executive producer of her own cooking show “Cookin’ Up Good Health!” which aired on HOPETV.  Tune in to Donna’s YouTube Cooking Channel and visit her  at www.stillshoutin.com




My Sweet Addiction

If you’ve ever bitten into a ripe, juicy mango or crisp apple and closed your eyes and enjoyed the succulent sweetness that they provide, you must know that the Creator God intended for us to enjoy things that are sweet. Scripture repeatedly references things that are sweet:

Sweet Waters Exodus 15:25

Sweet Incense Exodus 25:6

Sweet Spices Exodus 30:34

Sweet Counsel Psalm 55:14

Sweet Meditation Psalm 104:34

Sweet as Honey Revelation 10:10

Sweet is a gift from God that is also found in our foods and when those foods are digested they provide glucose. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body and the only source of energy for the brain. Yes, sweet is a very good thing, until too much of it is eaten in the form of refined sugar and then sweet becomes a problem.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirms that the average American eats between 150-170 pounds of refined sugar every year. 150-170 pounds! Every Year! That is the equivalent of a whole person! And, that’s in addition to all of the other foods we eat that are often high in fat and other harmful ingredients. It is no wonder obesity is such a problem, with over 78 million adults and 13 million children dealing with the effects of obesity every day. (American Heart Association).

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people with obesity carry a greater risk for hypertension, diabetes, CHD, stroke, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, clinical depression, anxiety, and some cancers including endometrial, breast, colon, kidney and gallbladder.

Easy To Love

How in the world do Americans consume so much sugar? It is easy to do. It would be much harder if all that sugar came directly from the sugar cane. Our consumption would drop dramatically because to get just one teaspoon of sugar, it takes four to six feet of sugar cane! Since the processing of sugar is already done however, it is much easier to consume.

Of course, we find sugar primarily in our favorite sweet goodies, but secondarily from processed foods that we consume that have sugar in all its various names (Figure 1) included as a primary ingredient. While ingredients are listed in descending order by weight, sugar is often not listed as “sugar” but divided up by sugar’s other names. When they are added up, they equal a lot of sugar. Be sure to read the label. (Figure 2)

In addition, over the course of the day, consumption of added sugar can be steep. Many Americans start their day with a cup of their favorite java, eat a variety of sugar-laden foods throughout the day and end it with a sweet bedtime treat. Take a look at some of the daily dietary choices Americans make (Figure 3) to see how much sugar they contribute to their daily intake of sugar. If these choices are made in one day, a total of 78 teaspoons of sugar would be consumed. That’s 1,170 calories that provide absolutely nothing but a sweet taste. These calories provide no nutrients at all. None. (See Figure 4 for AHA recommendations on sugar consumption)

  Those empty calories translate to extra pounds that lead to obesity and other chronic health conditions.

Body Systems Down

So, how does sugar hurt the body and its systems? In a recent article for the online Huffington Post UK, Dr. Aseem Malhotra refers to sugar as the “new tobacco” and says it should “have no place as part of a healthy balanced diet.” Here’s what some other researchers have to say:

>> Inflammation

Sugar had been shown to promote inflammation which is directly involved in all stages of atherosclerosis, setting the stage for heart attacks, most strokes, peripheral artery disease and even vascular dementia. (Harvard University)

>>> Brain

Because it activates the brain’s reward pathways, it generates pleasure. However, because it is an empty calorie source, it hijacks the brain’s pathways. It suppresses brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a growth hormone that keeps brain neurons healthy and helps with memory. It has also been implicated in depression and schizophrenia. (British Journal of Psychology)

>>> Immune System

A Loma Linda University study confirmed that sugar weakens or reduces the body’s defensive system, and the white blood cells, in particular. Their ability to destroy bacteria decreases as sugar consumption increases.

Researchers found that with consumption of no sugar, each white blood cell could destroy 14 bacteria. As more sugar was added, the white blood cells could not keep up. They killed less of the bacteria. So, when 24 teaspoons of sugar were added (what is found in a banana split or a popular morning Java) white blood cells could only kill one bacteria. This sheds light on the reason why so many people may be so sick during the wintertime. Sugar consumption increases starting Halloween and continues until Valentine’s Day.

>>> Cancer

  Sugar also increases the risk of cancer (colon, rectal, breast, ovarian, uterine, prostate, kidney and the nervous system). It increases the rates of recurrence and decreases survival rates after therapy.

>>> Heart

  A molecule in sugar changes the pumping mechanism in your heart and could increase the risk for heart failure (Journal of American Heart Association). Sugar raises triglyceride levels (fats), increases risk for heart disease and acute symptoms, and promotes hardening of the arteries.

>>> Pancreas

Because sugar is in a simple form, it is digested rapidly causing the pancreas to release insulin as part of the digestive process. When the body is already compromised by the effects of a high-fat diet, this process contributes to the process of “insulin resistance” and can aid in the progression of being in a pre-diabetic state to full-blown diabetes.

So, why do we eat it so much sugar when we know it’s not good for us? In a recent session with one of my clients who is recovering from breast cancer and is also diabetic, we discussed her sugar consumption. She clearly knew that it was doing nothing to improve her health. When describing why she ate it, she said she enjoyed it, and did not want to feel left out, nor did she want to waste the money she had spent on it.

I assured her I understood, being a recovering chocoholic myself. I admitted that I turned to chocolate to make me feel better when stressed or nervous. And, until I decided to face the real effects of sugar on my health and look at what really drove me to eat it, I could not stop either. I recommended that she do the same, and immediately I saw the anguish in her eyes about something. Because she is a Christian woman, I offered to pray with her for a week and asked her to talk out her emotions with someone she trusted, and journal her journey. A week later, she reported how relieved and empowered she felt. She described the changes she was willing to make on her journey to better health. She said that she believed her faith contributed tremendously to her decision.

How can you win the battle with sugar? Here are some things to get you started making different choices on your way to better health.


  1. Look at your favorite foods in your cupboard and read their labels for sugar content.
  2. Keep a diary or journal of foods you eat and discover how much sugar they have.
  3. Decide to go on a “sugar” fast.
  4. Choose whole foods over processed ones.
  5. Make your own smoothie instead of buying that commercial one that is high in sugar.
  6. Experiment with “other sweeteners” See our Optimal Health column this month for ideas.
  7. Take a serious look at what drives you to sweets. Consider how you can address those issues, looking at alternative behaviors when you get the “craving.”
  8. Remember, this battle is real. “For the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do!” (Romans 7:19).
  9. Pray! Seriously! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13. And that includes being victorious over sugar consumption.

Sugar cube bursting

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Donna Green-Goodman, M.P.H. writes from Huntsville, Alabama where she and her husband operate Lifestyle Therapeutix, A Lifestyle For Better Health Center..




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Message Food columnist Donna Green-Goodman is in the kitchen with tasty ways to switch out the sugar and processed ingredients from your favorite snack.