As seen in the Christian Science Monitor.


Eliene Zimmerman showed up at our house a few weeks ago, laptop in hand, ready to get down to business. She pulled up a chair to the island in the kitchen and fired off questions, typing frantically as she spoke. Her presence was warm, her tone friendly, and her fingers determined. She was one of the few journalists we’ve spoken to so far that I actually felt like we could relate to. What made her so great is that she treated us like people, not just a story. She did her job and did it well, the results of which are in today’s Christian Science Monitor.

I’m thinking of asking her to be a guest speaker in my journalism class; I’m always planning something.

With the 2009 on the horizon, I suspect many of our readers are planning as well. Much of this scheming will revolve around getting in shape, eating better, and of course, financial planning. The aspirations towards goals related to these issues is entirely predictable, but I wonder how many of us actually sit down and make new year’s resolutions. I don’t. When I want to do something, I do it. I start immediately. Procrastination kills momentum.

If you want to get in shape, eat better, or save money, then do it. As the legendary hardcore band Gorilla Biscuits would say, “Start today!” There’s no susbstitute for action.

For those who want to eat well, here’s a short list of the healthiest foods out there. I take issue with a couple of them (salmon and turkey), mainly because both omega-3 fatty acids and selenium are found in nuts. For omega-3 fatty acids, flax and walnuts are far superior choices. In the case of selenium, there is five times as much in mixed nuts as there is in fish. Additionally, if you avoid animal products you’ll be avoiding cholesterol as well.

While there are reasons to continue eating industrialized animal products, there are better reasons to avoid them; many of which are very compelling. I won’t list them here, as I suspect our readers are savvy enough to do their own research. However, I would start with The China Study. Beyond the complexities of nutrition, you also have to wonder why our country is serving meat that Mexico won’t even allow across the border.

Here’s to making positive choices, today, and tomorrow!

– Christopher

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8 responses to “As seen in the Christian Science Monitor.

  1. THE CSM article is so much better than the others. I hope your journey continues well. You’ve inspired our family and I am eagerly reading your estimates about how much it costs to eat well. We are committed to a much smaller budget for food next month. We also give money to our local food bank. It saddens me to think of children going to bed hungry right in my zip code so I hope my donations can make a difference.

  2. Sue

    Great Post! Thanks. 🙂 Have you posted your questions to Ohama on

    What concerns me about the following CNN Money report is that when people eat non-balance and non-nutrional meals they can become sick. Eating M&C with processed cheese and refined noodles and fast food hamburgers! Is not balanced nutrional meals. Hasn’t we all watched “Super Size Me!”?

    7 winning industries: Despite frozen credit and slow consumer spending, a (precious) few sectors are thriving.

    Here are two that are food related:

    Comfort food
    “The market is sinking, jobs are disappearing, and banks are going under: Can you blame anyone for wanting a bowl of Mac n’ Cheese? Kraft – which also sells the equally palliative Jell-O – posted a 7% increase in revenues last quarter ”

    Fast food
    Surprise, surprise: $1 hamburgers are recession-friendly. While casual restaurants around the country are declaring dismal sales (and in some cases, bankruptcy), McDonalds announced that same-store sales in November jumped 7.7%, thanks in part to the company’s value menu.

  3. A vegan friend of mine was once told his cholesterol was too low. So don’t get too excited about avoiding all cholesterol. Though you should be able to produce enough of it yourself, it doesn’t hurt to check that that is actually the case for you personally.

  4. Christopher and Kerri,

    Another excellent post. I’m really enjoying your blog.
    Who knew when you started where all this would lead!
    Hope Pam is doing better, I’ll check in on her soon. I look forward to her retiring and joining me for fun!

  5. it is an interesting project methinkg. nobody says we should copy everything you did – i consider it an interesting for for thought:)

  6. Lance

    Have you read “Good Calories, Bad Calories” by Gary Taubes? I think it might debunk some of the misinformation in “The China Study”.

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  8. Mark

    “So eat it, eat it, eat it. Open up your mouth and feed it. Have a banana, have a whole bunch, it doesnt matter what you had for lunch….have some more yogurt, have some more spam, it doesnt matter if its fresh or canned….just eat it.”

    – with apologies to Wierd Al

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