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From: Mary Nguyen (
Subject:         Trying to make changes, but SO CONFUSED
Date: June 25, 2011 at 6:33 am PST

Hello. I am a busy mom with 9 kids and three nieces in residence. We are not
one of those picture perfect organic farming families.We're kind of chaotic,
sometimes disorganized and not well versed in health and nutrition. I basically
grew up on t.v. dinners and junk. My husband grew up in wartime Vietnam and
was trained to eat everything on his plate because there might not be more
tomorrow. We wanted to do it differently with our kids. We thought we were
doing a good job by limiting sugar, chips etc. but recently met some people who
are much more health conscious than we are and were convinced to investigate
healthier eating. So here is my problem: I started to research, but there are so
many conflicting articles...vegetarian or vegan, raw or cooked, yes dairy/no
dairy, yes soy/no soy, avoid saturated fats/only use virgin coconut oil... I
confess, I don't even know what wheat berry or millet is! Ethically, I'm okay with
humanely treated animal products (like yogurt and cheese) but we've switched to
soy milk because I heard about the GMO's in cow's milk. Where do I start? My
goal is to move to a more plant based diet. I'd like to cut out meat and then
slowly fade out the dairy products. I'm starting to buy organic where we can
afford it. How do people do this with kids? Is raw really best, or can we still eat
rice and some whole grain bread products? And what about sugar? I went to
organic turbinado sugar but then read NO SUGAR AT ALL is best...This is
confusing. I went to Barnes and Noble to find a cookbook and walked out even
more confused! It seems like everybody has a different diet idea to sell a book!
So, how do I start and keep this within a reasonable budget? It is certainly more
expensive than regular boxed pasta with meat sauce (usually a staple in our big
family). Any pointers would really be appreciated! Thanks!

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