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February 3, 2011

Conversation with my co-workers as we are getting ready to leave today. This can only happen now that we all sit in the same room:


Me: “Oh we’re all leaving at the same time. How cute! We should all skip out together!”

Kristy: “Yeah we’re going to have to start doing that more often. There’s power in numbers”

Me: “Umm..I literally meant skip out. As in hopping together holding hands”.



My co-workers just don’t have the same idea of fun that I do. She just wanted us to all start leaving together so our bosses wouldn’t think badly of anyone for leaving earlier than another. I guess that’s a good idea too….


Snack today was a cup of Greek yogurt with a few sliced strawberries. No sweetener, which I’m really getting used to! I think eating less sugar and artificial sweetener is really helping me curb my cravings. What didn’t sit so well was the chapter of The China Study that I read after work. It was about an expansive study done on rats and mice to determine how nutrition affects the growth of cancer. The main portion of the study tested the cancer when fed a higher amount of casien (the protein in cow’s milk) and then compared it to when fed plant proteins (namely gluten, the protein in wheat). Without getting into too much scientific detail, the main conclusion was (I quote) nutrients from animal-based foods increased tumor development while nutrients from plant based foods decreased tumor development”.

Suddenly that cup of Greek yogurt wasn’t tasting so good.

I hesitate to tell you this, as there are tons of details and circumstances in these studies that are too much to explain on the blog. I have been very impressed by the quality and presentation of the studies in the book, though. The doctor/author makes sure to let us know that correlation does not necessarily mean causation, and he continuously repeats, revises, and changes studies to make sure he is getting accurate and complete results. He doesn’t want some vague inconclusive study that is mentioned in some magazine and causes public outrage when the results don’t even mean much!

The next chapter is when he begins his major study that includes human subjects (The China Study), and I’m excited to read about how his conclusions on animals compare to that of humans. He is conscious enough to make sure readers know that animal studies don’t necessarily provide the same results as would a human experiment. Loving it so far!

  • Do you guys want me to give you updates about things like this as I go along, or would you prefer a more conclusive review when I finish the book and have a better understanding of the full study results? I worry about giving out information when there is a bigger picture to be found.


Okay, back to food!

Dinner was a simple stir fry. I used chopped tofu, frozen stir fry vegetables, and brown rice. I made a sauce out of ginger garlic puree, thai chili sauce, Braggs liquid aminos and rice wine vinegar.

Stir fries are such and easy way to get in veggies, protein, and complex carbs, especially when you use frozen veggies! I do like to use fresh when I have them, and adding in bok choy is one of my favorite ways to make the dish seem more “restaurant-like”. There are so many different sauces to try too, from soy to teriyaki to peanut. Options are limitless!

Time for grapefruit and Notre Dame basketball!


7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2011 8:20 pm

    i loved the china study…i, too, am giving up all artificial sweeteners except the occasional stevia. i’ve really gotten used to drinking my hot tea with nothing in it! quite proud of myself 🙂

  2. February 3, 2011 10:27 pm

    I like short and sweet little updates like this. That way, we can get a lot of information as you read and not just an info overload at the end 🙂

  3. February 4, 2011 1:25 am

    I say update as you go!!

  4. February 4, 2011 1:38 am

    i like the short updates!! easier to follow along with you!

  5. February 4, 2011 8:31 am

    Thanks for sharing your learnings!

  6. Natalie permalink
    February 4, 2011 11:55 am

    Hi Clare! I really like your short, daily updates on what you read in the book. It sounds pretty complex, and it is nice to see you break down all of the different studies. I cannot believe the one you posted today about dairy.. I just bought a pack of Greek yogurt at CostCo too.. now I am uneasy haha. I always wondered whether or not dairy’s bad rep was true or not. Thanks for sharing everything! Have a good weekend.

  7. February 5, 2011 12:58 pm

    i dont know if i want to hate greek yogurt and dairy 😦 HA
    your stir fry looks GREAT!

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