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Wal-Mart and Michelle Obama: endorsing a corporation or endorsing healthy food? Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 01/20/2011 By Melissa Bell An employee restocks a shelf in the grocery section of a Wal-Mart Supercenter. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images) Michelle Obama joined Wal-Mart executives in Washington Thursday morning to announce "a major initiative to provide its customers with healthier and more affordable food choices," Wal-Mart said. It's an unusual pairing: a first lady and a major corporation. Is this a match made in health-food heaven or a celebrity endorsement of a corporation? From our Facebook page, readers have already started weighing in: "Let's just say that if I was Michelle, I'd keep my distance from that company. "Wal-Mart is the largest grocery retailer in the country. "I think it is a wonderful step to opening up access to healthy food to people of all incomes! Is this inappropriate for the first lady to partner with Wal-Mart?

Where's The Vegetarian Protein? Getting Enough Protein Where's The Vegetarian Protein? Being vegetarian does not mean your diet won't have enough protein. In fact it would be difficult to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet that didn't have enough protein. Once again, almost any combination of foods, anywhere in the world, from a wide variety of whole foods and with enough calories, will meet adult protein needs. If there aren't enough calories in the diet, then dietary protein is used for energy rather than growth and repair. Vegetarian diets usually meet or exceed protein needs, although they are often lower in total protein than non-vegetarian diets. Our Western diet, vegetarian or not, almost always provides more than enough amino acids and sometimes far more than we need. Good protein sources for vegetarians include nuts and seeds, legumes, including soy products (tofu, tempeh, soy milk and soy isolate), whole grains, free-range eggs and some dairy products (milk, cheese and yogurt). Main Vegetarian Protein Sources: Next: Previous:

E A R T H . C L I N I C - Folk Remedies and Holistic Cures Healthy Living for Women through Fitness, Food, & Weight Loss You perform a breast exam in the shower each month. You shoot off to the doctor every time you spot a new mole. But chances are you still don’t notice most of what your body is trying to tell you. See, even the smallest of changes—from a new line on your fingernail to a bump on your eyelid—can be red flags for a host of health conditions, some of which are life-threatening, says Michael Smith, M.D., WebMD's chief medical editor. And since your doctor sees you once a year (for 10 minutes, right?) Here are five of the most surprising… If you see: “Spotting” all month long. It could mean: Most women chalk irregular vaginal bleeding up to stress, and that very well could be the cause. Follow up: See your gyno. If you see: Dark lines on your nail beds. It could mean: Mutating moles aren't the only signs of skin cancer—the disease can also develop under your nails. Follow Up: See your doctor, who may recommend a dermatologist. If you see: Sprouting pimples or thick hair.

Cooking-Outdoors Take Action » Food & Water Watch The action you’re looking for no longer exists, but don’t worry! Here are some other ways to take action to protect your food and water: You have a right to know what's in your food! We can all agree that we should be able to know what's in the food that we're eating. Fill out the form to sign the petition to legislators: I urge you to support legislation that would require the labeling of all genetically engineered foods. Sign the Petition to Ban Fracking Now! Fracking threatens our essential resources. Tell Congress to Stop Obama's Secret Trade Deals Congress just introduced fast track, and could vote at any time.

"The World According To Monsanto" - DocumentaryUnleash Your Vision Food plays a vital part in your vision. The better and healthier you eat (and I’m not talking about the traditional food-pyramid) the clearer your vision. That’s especially important if you have eye floaters. But regardless of how good or bad your vision is, this film will show something much more dramatic and important than improving your vision. Here we are talking about keeping the seeds of our food natural! I had a shocking wake-up call on Sunday when my local organic farmer told me that he found gens of the engineered seeds of Monsanto in his plants. This is a world-wide issue, and it’s really serious! Get instant access now, and remember to tell me what you think below.

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