Monday, August 30, 2010

Potatoes & Carrots

What could you do with a bag of carrots and red skinned potatoes?

Carrots are low in fat and calories and high in fiber, making them a great snack with staying power. They are high in vitamin A and low in sodium and have no cholesterol. Red skinned potatoes have no cholesterol. They are very low in saturated fat and sodium but high in potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.

For an easy 1 pan meal combine the follwing ingredients is a covered pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or stir fry.

 GARDEN POTATOES & ONIONS: Minced garlic, Red skin potatoes-cubed, Carrots-diced, Red onions-sliced, Green bell pepper strips, Black Pepper, Herbamare, Olive oil/Balsamic vinegar, Braggs Liquid Aminos, Pinch of Thyme.

Add sweet potato muffins for a complete meal!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Plant Food as Medicine

Can you match the following herbs:








  8. KELP



With the following benefits:

  • Prevents & dissolve clots

  • Restores & stimulate arterial circulation

  • Lower high blood pressure & increase force of heart contraction

  • Stimulate circulation & acts as nerve tonic

  • Helps night vision & inhibits macular degeneration

  • Assists circulation  & reduces vascular permeability

  • Lowers Arterial hypertension

  • Provides iodine & helps thyroid gland

  • Improves digestion, improves liver function & thins blood

  • Equalizes body blood flow, enhances effect of other herbs & stimulates organ healing and cleansing

How about a formula that contains all these herbs in one bottle?

For more information on this fabulous herbal supplement visit:


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Obesity - Children learn what they live!

On May 11th the Task Force on Childhood Obesity reported to President Obama that 1 of every 3 American children is either overweight or obese. Children learn what they live! While the solution is simple, the application is the challenge.

With back to school time shortly upon us, remember healthy kids sprout healthy futures. Let's all (parents and teachers) use their love of technology to teach how to make healthy choices. The "Nourish Interactive" is a fun way to learn about nutrition. Try it, you'll love it!

Nutrition, movement, access and personal responsibility are the tenets of Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign. I think we all can embrace these work areas. Children learn what the live!



Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Say no to cholesterol - Fast Food Statin Pack?

At first I was amazed at the TV4 news story, then I was perplexed as to why any entity that is really interested in reducing disease associated with high cholesterol and helping to reduce the national medical crisis would suggest that individuals get cholesterol lowering drugs with their fast food carry out. How about just eating less fast food, more vegetables and choose the lesser fat choices when dining out!

The fact is we can not do without the researchers, health is cummulative and science based. However, you get to choose. You have the power to be naturally fit!

For more research comments by Senior author Dr. Darrel Francis of the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London visit


Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hot Fun in the Summer Time!

It's an ozone alert day in Detroit. Now more than ever water is the way! Divide your body weight in half and that represents the number of ounces of water that you should be drinking on a average temperature day. Today you will need that many ounce plus some.

I know many will run for the flavored beverages and fruit juices. Not the same as water. It's summer, get some fresh fruit!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Who's a Vegetarian?

Who would not want to be a vegetarian these days? How about just eating more vegetables? How many rainbows have you enjoyed at mealtime recently?

The current issue of Michigan based B.L.A.C. magazine features the growing Detroit movement to support vegetarian living. Hooray!

I along with my fellow nutritionist and long time plant based healers are flipping cartwheels of excitement as it seems more and more people are body and environment conscious. When we (friends like Jesse Brown, Dr. Oliver, Mikial & BJ) started on this journey to wellness some 30+ years ago, we could not have imagined an "International Vegetarian Union". If you need a little more convincing to get started on you way to a meat free lifestyle, you should read "By Any Green Necessary" by Tracye Lynn McQuirter. I especially liked that she shares the Environmental Working Group's 2 pesticide food list; the "Dirty Dozen" and the "Clean 15" (Page 88)  (look for the lists in upcoming blog posting)

For more on getting the best nutrition out of a vegetarian diet visit

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda



Saturday, August 7, 2010

Healthy Hearts Club

What's Your Healthy Heart Lifestyle?

While many of us are totally aware of the following list, the benefits of repetition far outweigh any repeated information. Take these items into consideration in your everyday life – because they work if we take them to heart.

Heart Fitness – If you want a healthy heart, the best way is through exercise.

Diet – When fatty meats are avoided, your heart is able to sing.

Smoking – It matters. We know it. Don't start and if you currently do – quit!

Weight – Extra pounds are a strain on the joints and your heart.

Blood Pressure – Be healthy and have it checked.

Cholesterol – One part good, one part not so good, it's a key ingredient to know your HDL and LDL levels!

Stress – If the eyes are the window to the soul, the heart is the caretaker of our emotions. Learning how to handle stressful situations can enable a steady heart rate and a stronger muscle.

Happiness – Laughter is good medicine and feeds a healthy heart.

Friendships – Studies show that those with strong friendship live longer, happier and healthier lives

A healthy heart is important for men and women, especially later in life since statistics show that 2 out of 3 of us will personally deal with this issue during our lifetime. The great news is we don't have to wait. In fact, a few strides toward a healthy lifestyle can turn the tables in your favor. 

Join Healthy Hearts Club Where Your Healthy Heart And Lifestyle Are Created One Realistic Step At A Time!


Velonda Thompson, Phd Nutritionist, Professor and author of "Pass the Sweet Potatoes, Please!" and "Calm Under Fire" or 313-874-BFIT (2348)

Friday, August 6, 2010

John Hopkins Cancer Update

The following infomation is being circulated in an email supposedly originated by John Hopkins Hospital. Although my research thus far has only turned up denials from John Hopkins regarding the ownership and/or initiation of the email, the information should raise your eyebrows and make you say hmmm....

Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins :

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer  
do not show up in the standard tests until they have
   multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients
   that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after  
   treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the
   cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a  
   person's lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer  
will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and
   forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has
   nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic,
   to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing
    diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing
   cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells
   in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can  
   cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars  
   and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often
   reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of
   chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from
   chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either
   compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb
   to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to
     mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy.
     Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer
by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.


Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off
   one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar
NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made
   with Aspartame and it is harmful
. A better natural substitute
    would be Manuka honey (a New Zealand Honey - can be found at some health food stores or online {}) or molasses, but only in very small
Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in
   color Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the
   gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting
   off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer
are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment.
A meat-based
is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken
   rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock
   antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all
   harmful, especially to people with cancer..

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole
, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into
   an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked
   food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live
   enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to
   cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance
   growth of healthy cells.. To obtain live enzymes for building
   healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most
   vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw
   vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at
   temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high
Green tea is a better alternative e and has cancer
   fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or
   filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap
   water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of
     digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the
     intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By
     refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes
     to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the
     body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system
     (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals,
     EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy
     cancer cells.  Other supplements like vitamin E are known
     to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's
     normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or
     unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit.
     A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior
    be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put
    the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to
    have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated
     environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to
     get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen  
is another means employed to destroy cancer

No plastic containers in microwave.

No water bottles in freezer.

No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper.  The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave.  As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

Velonda Thompson, PhD Nutritionist, Professor and Author of "Pass the Sweet Potatoes, Please!" and "Calm Under Fire".    

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

What Goes In, Comes out in the Skin

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month - awareness for a disease that affects approximately 7.5 million Americans (

It is not surprising that psoriasis often occurs in concert with other lifestyle disorders including diabetes and hypertension. Prevention is key especially considering the fact that approximately 1/3 of those with psoriasis are likely to suffer with psoriatic arthritis.


1. The top scientific evidence linking psoriasis to diet suggest that gluten free patients have found relief of their symptoms.

2. Alcohol tends to dialate the blood vessels which promotes the anti-flammatory response that is associated with psoriasis.

3. Avoiding foods that prompt an inflammatory response is very important. Because it is clear that psoriasis is an inflammatory disease and we know that fatty meat as well as fatty dairy products cause inflammation; it goes without saying avoiding them is best.

For more on the link between diet and psoriasis, visit


Yours in health,

Velonda Thompson, PhD Nutritionist, Professor and Author of "Pass the Sweet Potatoes, Please!" and "Calm Under Fire".

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Veggie of the Month

August vegetable of the month is CELERY, a longtime staple in household around the globe. Celery is a member of the carrot family and related to parsnips and parsley.

Although celery is predominately grown in California and Florida it was first recorded as a plant in France in 1623. Its seed was brought to Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the 1850s from Scotland, and it became a commercial crop there.

½ cup sliced, raw celery contains 6% of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin A and 4% of the recommended amount of Vitamin C.  A great low calorie, no fat snack that give you 4% of the daily recommended amount of fiber.


Vegetable Medley with Salsa Dip



carrots, cut into 3-inch sticks

celery stalks, cut into 3-inch sticks

1/2  jicama, peeled and cut into 3-inch sticks

1 bunch radishes, trimmed

green onions, trimmed

1 cup fat-free sour cream

1 cup fresh salsa


Arrange cut vegetables on a platter. In a small bowl, mix sour cream and salsa. Serve.