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The Sweetness of Fruit, including Cotton Candy Grapes

August 6, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

Last week I read a story about a fruit breeder in Kern County – a rural part of California where I enjoyed shooting the rapids, floating down the Kern River and exploring the mountains during my preteen and teenage years. One on my numerous childhood memories of the ‘50s and ‘60s was the drive to […]

Incremental Change – The Real Game

July 16, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

I know that case studies are not powerful; statistically speaking that is. But I must confess that I really enjoy reading case studies of those who have lost weight – made lasting change to their eating style. Besides the joy of reading about someone’s success, what cases do offer are ideas about what might work […]

On Tummy Aches and Processors’ Favorite Fiber Additive

March 26, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

Have you noticed an increase in problems with flatulence (gas)? It seems that people immediately think of beans, cabbage, bran and milk. But maybe you’re overlooking a relatively new cause of gas – fiber additives using inulin, aka chicory root fiber, Frutalose, or other aliases. The big food processors are more and more often turning […]

Bottom Line

February 19, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

None of your friends are chatting at the party about today’s subject; but surprisingly it ‘sits’ at the top of the United States trending health issues on Google. People are searching for information to help them manage hemorrhoids, but don’t really want to converse about hemorrhoids in mixed company. If you’ve been blessed not to […]

Getting on Your Nerves?

February 5, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

I periodically talk to people and they tell me that they don’t like vegetables. It seems to me that more often the ‘people’ are men, but sometimes they’re women; and, of course, it’s almost classic that kids frequently don’t like veggies. If you’re one of those who don’t really like veggies, is the constant reminder […]

Pooh Power

January 22, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

Last week I read one of the most interesting research-based articles that I’ve read in a long time. It is interesting on many levels, the unexpected; the science; wondrous nature; and even the anticipation for a reservoir of humor, awaiting exposure. It all began with a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine […]

A Veggie Wish

October 2, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

Here we are at the beginning of the school year again. For me it’s a time much like New Year’s Day; a time to assess how things are going. I ask myself, “Are there things that need improving upon? The answer to my question has never been, “No, there’s nothing to improve upon.” If a […]

Beet Tops and Backyard Farming

July 17, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of my favorite poet/writers said, “The glory of the farmer is that, in the division of labors, it is his part to create.” He goes on to say, “The food which was not, he causes to be.” Emerson, of course, lived in a different time, but I very much believe that […]

Sweet Benefits of a Summer Garden

July 10, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

You probably know how nutritious dark green leafy veggies are; but are you worried that the children won’t like them, or that you won’t like them? My vegetable garden is bountiful with Swiss chard, which is a big surprise, because the quail that live in our woodsy yard were totally convinced that my first plantings […]

More on the Microbiome

June 22, 2012 by Mary Ireland

Mary Ireland discusses more research regarding the microbiome.