Have you seen the movie Julie and Julia? Or read the book? Julie Powell became an internet celebrity with her 2004 blog recording her yearlong adventure cooking every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I am taking on a similar challenge, only I am blogging my way through a very healthy cookbook! And I will learn to master the art of healthy cooking! The book is called Eat For Health by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D. I will cook every recipe start to finish in four weeks just as they are laid out in the book. I will write about the recipes, show you pictures, and tell you how my SAD (Standard American Diet) eating, carnivorous husband likes them too. (See archives below.) He is behind me 100%!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Disease-Proof Your Child

Hello Everyone!
I am going to start blogging the recipes from Dr. Fuhrman's Disease-Proof Your Child next and will start posting the recipes on Monday, January 25th. So I thought I would take a few days and tell you why I chose that book—even though I do not have children. I also wanted to give you a glimpse of what my own childhood food life was like! I am the youngest of 4 girls and everyone in my whole family—including my Dad—can cook!
“Someday you will thank me!” my Mom used to say. Well, thank you Mom!! She started me on this path of thinking about food, thinking about what I was putting into my body from a very young age. It wasn’t exactly a Dr. Fuhrman health-food plan, but she did her best with what was available. She read books like Diet for a Small Planet, and Laurel’s Kitchen. She started shopping at a health-food store, and she improved the quality of our food. This began in 1971 when I was 6 years old.
But as early as I can remember my serious addiction to sugar began. Some of my earliest memories involve sugar. I remember sneaking into the kitchen and stealing the container of Tang, which is basically orange-flavored sugar that you mix with water to make a sugary orange drink. Apparently, Tang became popular when NASA used it on Gemini flights in 1965—that was the year I was born. Can you imagine being up in space and drinking orange-flavored sugar water? They must have been bouncing off the walls—literally. Only with me, I wouldn’t mix it with water—I would just eat it straight from the container. I would also nab boxes of Jell-O from the kitchen cabinet and just eat it. Finally, after my Mom kept finding me with an orange or purple tongue, and little trails of different colored sugar all over the place she stopped buying it. It was a sad day. I also remember stealing money from my sister’s piggy bank to buy candy from a neighborhood boy—when I was like 4 years old! I got caught. Sugar totally had a hold on me—and it’s been an ongoing problem my whole life.
To be continued tomorrow…


Maggie said...

Hey Jana,

I can't wait to read about the next Fuhrman book. Is it too much to hope that you'll be stirring up some healthy mac 'n cheese? :)

Sugar played a huge part of my childhood, and still has a major hold on me even today at 41. When I was a kid I used to save all my allowance and spend it on candy from the local store. I was quickly addicted to all types of candy, and now as an adult I crave chocolate. I think you remember my "Little Debbie Snack Cake" incident. Yikes! I am excited to hear more about what you've done to get over the sugar hump. I for one am still not there, but always hopeful.

Thanks for listening and for being open and honest about your journey!


Anonymous said...

Can't wait. I want to buy this book for my daughter so, I will be interested on your take.

Naina said...


So I see we had a friend in common.
Good Ol'e Sugar. :)
As you know I am only in my second week of "Eat to Live" I have done
well. The first two days I did eat
one chocolate cupcake each day. I had made them before I found Dr. Fuhrman's book. I couldn't bring myself to throw them away. AHH!:(
I am looking forward to the next post.
In reading older post, I see you did have a few trying days. So you know,...........I have mine too.
My husband is trying to be a good sport about our life change. He is looking better and feeling better already. I on the other hand feel jealous.(a little) I started this for IBS issues. I am not free of this problem YET!
We both have lost weight, and have more energy. That does help with the sugar cravings. I always wanted sugar for the buzz of energy. Now, I have energy!
Thanks for the info on Haze's
additional supplements. I will be getting those soon.

Anonymous said...

I had to laugh at the Tang and Jell-o description. I was the Tang person in my house growing up, and my sister was the Jell-o. We both got a major sweet tooth from our Mom & it's been the hardest thing to overcome. I look forward to reading your upcoming posts! Please keep them coming.

Best wishes! :)

N said...

Oh, man! I hear you about the sugar! It's always been a strong pull for me, too, especially when mixed with fat. I never could go wrong with good old chocolate chip cookies.

These days I'm doing my best to live sugar free. I still allow a little agave nectar and honey, but I know even those aren't good choices really.

Dawn said...

I am so excited! I am an early sugar addict too! My family ate super bad (they still do) and I could do just fine without white bread and meat but, I live for a sweet treat and would even eat a brownie for breakfast without thinking twice about it! I have read and learned so much the past few years and slowly started changing my families diet! I am so excited that you are doing this book beacause it is the first Dr. Furhman book I bought(:

Jana Diedrich said...

Hey Maggs--sorry, no mac and cheese! But there is Broccoli and Cheese! (vegan version). We actually had that last night and it is YUMMY!

Thank you all for your comments! I added a link to Dr. F's website so you can buy the books easily! Tell them I sent you!!

You all should seriously try the Healthy Chocolate Cake --the recipe is in Eat for Health. (I made them into cupcakes) You can't even believe how good these are. You will NEVER miss the sugar!! They are THAT good!!

Thank you for reading and for commenting!! I LOVE to hear your thoughts...