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Down with Low Fat Crap!; Guest Alethea Lai: How Does Your Community Garden Grow?

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Down with Low Fat Crap!; Guest Alethea Lai: How Does Your Community Garden Grow? There are new government nutrition guidelines out and you better believe Adrienne chows down on them in this episode of the Nutrition Heretic podcast!

Our special guest is Alethea Lai from Mala'ai Garden at the Waimea Middle School in Kamuela, Hawai'i.  A school/community garden where kids are introduced to food from the ground up -- literally! You'll love Alethea's passion for helping kids learn about good food. Once you hear about their "Super Kitchen" project, you'll be calling your own kid's school asking them to start a program such as this one!

Learn more about Mala'ai Garden at Malaai.org

As mentioned in the podcast, Alethea Lai, is also a real estate agent who can find you a nice house with a lovely garden of your own!

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Day 29 - How Should I Feed My Kids?

One of the biggest myths going around is that children prefer different foods from adults. This belief has gotten us into hot water with allergies and autism rapidly rising across the industrialized world. Go to any La Leche League or Holistic Moms meeting and you’ll witness many patterns across children who suffer from such afflictions. What you are eating during the Challenge is in fact perfect for feeding your children as well. Don’t be surprised if you find their overall health, immunity and behavior to change for the better while eating along with you. Check out details in the video.

If your kids started out like most kids in the West, they have a penchant for sweet not-foods. Don’t dispair! Kids are often much easier than adults to switch over to a new way of eating — especially if they know it’s good for them. Here’s what you do:

1. Get them in the kitchen. Kids love science and to see how things are made. Have them chop, slice and mix according to age and capability. This will pay off when they are older and need to fend for themselves.

2. Stop focusing on reducing fat and calories. Kids need nutrients to grow and maintain their mental and physical health. Cook for flavor and nutrition first. The rest comes naturally.

3. Make real food fun. Just because you’re serving leg of lamb doesn’t mean that dinner can’t be more fun than a pizza (which coincidentally could be made healthy very easily). Here’s an idea. Have an Arabian nights party and serve sides of hummus, cucumber salad and pita bread. Then watch a cool kids movie like Aladdin. Believe me. It works!


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Things to Do with Kids in St. Martin

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The Butterfly Farm: Less than 5 minutes south of where we stayed in Orient Bay was a butterfly farm. At the time of writing this, the farm costs about $12 per person for adults and about half that for children and it includes a guided tour pretty much any time of the day you stop in. You can’t miss the sign from the main road. The farm was small, but really have a wonderful array of butterflies and plants on display. If you get there between 9 and 9:30 am, you will be able to see the new butterflies hatch But don’t think it’s a quick process, you may just want to set up a camera and fast forward through the replay later. It is open every day of the year, so there’s no excuse not to get there.

One nice feature is that they will sign a card for you upon entry and any time you visit in the future, you can go for free whether it’s during the same trip or any subsequent trip to the island. The first time we went it was in the afternoon when the butterflies were a bit tired. So a week later we came back in the morning to see the new ones hatch from their chrysalis.

The Beaches: Pinel Island, Anse Marcel, Le Galion

These three beaches were the best we found for visiting with children. My little one was only 19 months at the time of our trip and as much as she loves bathwater, she hates the beach — particularly the waves. However by the time we got to Pinel Island, she started to warm up to the idea because the water is so calm on these beaches.

This is what you need to know. Anse Marcel is a nice beach on the French side. To get there you hang a right at the roundabout just before getting to Grand Case. The sign will say something about a ferry. Drive all the way down that road until you see a sign for the Radisson Hotel. Follow that all the way. You will drive up a really windy and steep hill and upon descending on the other side, you will see parking lots in front of you and a guy controlling the flow of traffic in and out of the beach area. Park in one of the lots and walk down to the beach. Drinks and presumably food are quite expensive there, so you may want to pack your cooler with some pâté sandwiches, fig bars and water bottles like we did or just buy drinks from one of the hotels that are on the beach.

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To get to Pinel Island follow the same ferry sign as you did to get to Anse Marcel, but instead of turning left towards the Radisson, continue straight down to the right. The “ferry” that takes you to the island is more like a refugee boat. If you have a fear of water, you may not like it. I think it was 6 bucks round trip for the boat and the ride was less than 10 minutes. They leave every 30 minutes with the last one coming back before sunset. Pinel Island is uninhabited, so all you will find there are some restaurants. As with all the beaches on St. Martin, you can rent lounge chairs and umbrellas, but this beach actually has a better stretch of sand than most, so finding a place to lay out isn’t a problem at all. It seems that the restaurants and even the shops there are somewhat reasonably priced, so you can bring your lunch like we did, or sit down and not blow the bank.

Le Galion was the closest beach to where we stayed. It is just past the Butterfly Farm. Again, you can’t miss the turn off from the main road, just south of Baie Orientale. I’m not sure what was so great about it, but I think it was my personal favorite beach. It had a good mix of just regular people hanging out having a good time. One thing that kids like at this beach is the raft anchored a few feet out. They can walk or swim out to it, climb up and then jump off. The wear was nice and warm at this beach too!

One thing to note about beaches on the island is that they are topless (not forced, just an option). So if you’re prudish or otherwise don’t want your kids exposed to the human body, then you may want to avoid the beaches altogether.

Things to think twice about if you’ve got kids

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Zoo: I wouldn’t recommend this zoo to anyone. It is located on the Dutch side, costs $11/pp to get into and is depressing. It’s bad enough that the whole thing can be done within a half hour, but there’s really not much to see there other than a bunch of macaws. They had some guinea pigs, a few reptiles, a prairie dog of some sort and a cockatoo. It was really a waste of time and money — not much time, but at least the money.

Lottery Farm: Lottery Farm is a gorgeous resort nestled on the slopes of a hill toward the interior of the island part way between Grand Case and Marigot (actually, this was the only source of fresh water we found on the island). Follow the signs for Pic Paradis (Paradise Peak) from the main road to get there. If you are continuing to Pic Paradis, make sure you have a 4×4, anything else might get severely damaged on the steep, rocky roads.

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As beautiful as Lottery Farm is — seriously, it looks like a getaway vacation place on the Travel Channel, you may not want to do it with children unless you plan on staying at the restaurant and having a few drinks which is totally cool. If your kids are slightly older, you can do one of their many the zip lines or hike their trail. The trail, however, is quite treacherous. It costs 5 euros per adult whether you do the short or long trail. And basically you walk up a slippery trail along ledges.

At some point, they put a rope, which was helpful, but then at the very end before you get to the overlook, you’d wish you had brought your rock climbing gear. When you get to Chewbacca Rock, you’re at the first summit (actually you’re quite close to Pic Paradis at this point) you can head down the other side. If you have extra time (another hour) you can continue on to the next section which takes you to a cell phone tower.

Don’t be fooled into thinking the walk down is any easier. Well, you don’t have to make the rock climb down, which is good, but it’s quite slippery and muddy the whole way down.

We were really annoyed at the experience simply because we asked the woman at the desk if the trail was doable with a baby and if our shoes were sturdy enough for it and all she said was “You’ll have to carry her”, which we figured, but she clearly had never walked the trail or she would have told us that Daisy’s flip flops were totally inadequate for such a walk. Of course, we were half way through when we realized that it was getting treacherous and almost done by the time we realized going down the way we had gone would have been really really hard!


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Things to do with kids in Berlin

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One thing that I love about Europe is how children are considered in almost everything they do. Just because a person has children, doesn’t mean that they have to stop living. Berlin is no exception. The wide variety of monuments are all interesting to children and adults.

For history, you may want to take your kids to see the section of the Berlin wall that is on display near Potsdamer Platz by the Sony Center. And to the DDR Museum which displays what life was like in the East. For our “spoiled”, basically care-free lifestyles, it is a wake up call to both adults and children as to what life was like there only 20 years ago.

On a lighter note, not far from there is LegoLand, an underground playground for kids who love Legos. We actually found it quite depressing (as well as expensive). It was about 50 euros for 2 adults and a child, but one ticket was free since we found a coupon in a restaurant called “Lemke Brauhaus” in the Mitte section of the city a few nights before. Some of the Lego creations were pretty cool, like the Indiana Jones and the reptiles, but even our daughter Daisy who is 7 wasn’t terribly impressed with it. I think we killed like 2 hours there.

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The Berlin Zoo was actually really nice. This is not to be confused with the Tiergarten Zoo which is in the Tiergarten park. They got it right. The Berlin Zoo is an exquisitely designed space that provides its animals with lots of room to roam and interact. Beware though. Lines are loooooooong! You would probably have to wait upwards of an hour if you go during the summer. You can get coupons for this zoo as well, but you must present one for each ticket you want a discount on. The discount is only for a euro or two, but better that than nothing.

Many people like to exaggerate that zoos are cruel, but their function is to raise consciousness about animals and their habitats and how to protect them. In fact, I’d argue that most of the zoos I have visited treated their animals far better than the average pet owner in terms of trying to recreate the animals natural environment as much as possible and feed them the foods they are designed to eat instead of boxes of kibble or other non-nutritive foods, which would cause their fur to fall out and to develop a bunch of human illnesses. Something to think about before shaking a finger at anyone.

We only really had about 5 days completely without rain during our 2 week stay, so we didn’t get to do a ton of stuff, but we did stop at a number of parks along the way. There are playgrounds everywhere! Daisy loved the playground up the street from our apartment. And we stopped in a number of others around town as well.

There are also lots of 20-somethings who provide activities for kids. Be sure to tip them as many people seem to want to have them entertain their kids for free. They provide a great service and deserve to be patronized.

Daisy is also a huge fan of all things ancient Egypt. So imagine her delight to see the actual bust of Nefertiti up close! She received a replica as a birthday present a few years ago, but seeing the real thing was surely a highlight for her. If your kids love antiquities, then head over to the Neues Museum on Museum Island.


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.