Fight Back Fridays August 21st


Welcome to another Fight Back Friday, everyone! Today we’re bringing together a collection of recipes, tips, anecdotes, and testimonies from members of the Real Food Revolution.

Who are they? Why, they’re the Food Renegades. You know who you are — lovers of SOLE (Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical) food, traditional food, primal food, REAL food, the list goes on. I believe that by joining together, our influence can grow, and we can change the way America (and the industrialized world) eats!

So, let’s have some fun.

If you want to participate but aren’t sure how, please read these guidelines for how Fight Back Fridays will work.

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If you don’t have a blog but are interested in joining the conversation, you can leave your comments below!

I’m sharing a post today on a recent study published by the U.S. Geological Society which reports that all fish in U.S. streams have mercury contamination.

I can’t wait to see what you all share!

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Fight Back Fridays Participants

1. A Green Spell (Herbal vinegars)
2. Hugging the Coast (
3. SewageSludgePosesFoodSafetyRisk–HartkeisOnline
4. Ediable Aria – Frijoles Rojas, Chayote, Crema Fresca
5. ElizabethG (Quick Mexican Food)
6. Dawn @ Small Footprint Family – The Skinny on Fat, Part 1
7. Musings of a Housewife (Homemade Granola)
8. The Kathleen Show (Real Food Rock Stars)
9. BACK TO SCHOOL COUNTDOWN!- Kelly the Kitchen Kop
10. Fear of Failure in Farming (Farm to Table
11. Re-Imagining School Lunch
12. Nourishing Days – How to Choose Supplements & Superfoods
13. Every Kitchen Table – Saving Tomato Seeds
14. Simple, Good, and Tasty (healthcare debate on fat is a bunch of baloney)
15. FullBar: A Weight Loss Stragegy That’s Full of Nonsense (Vin – NaturalBia
16. Earth Friendly Goodies (Lime the Key to the Fountain of Youth)
17. Dr. Ayala (The sorry state of the school lunch program)
18. Life in Cincinnati (Guest Post on Buying 1/2 a Cow)
19. Antiquity Oaks — Julie and Julia
20. Daily Diner (Back to School Nutrition)
21. FoodForReal (Smothered Steak)
22. Kitchen Stewardship (What\’s the trouble with ALUMINUM?)
23. Not the Jet Set… Homemade Blueberry Ice Cream
24. Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS (Our Real Food Travel Menu)
25. Michelle @ Find Your Balance (Jodie\’s True Story)
26. Agriculture Society – Eating Healthy in a Time of Recession
27. Real Food Mama (Rick Bayless – Frontera Farmers Foundation)
28. Guide to Good Food (Eat Less Meat-and enjoy it!)
29. Preserving Summer: Peach Gelato (FoodieTots)
30. Moms for Safe Food – Homeopathy, real traditional medicine
31. Prudent and Practical (Red Beans & Rice)
32. Robyn Goodwin
33. Dr. Dolly @Traveling with Baby – Chicky Chicky Hummus
34. Kristen
35. Ajamvari Farm
36. Ajamvari Farm (vegetable inspiration from Nepal)

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24 Responses to Fight Back Fridays August 21st
  1. Hugging the Coast
    August 20, 2009 | 10:24 pm

    My post this week is Summer Survival Kit: Cool Recipes to Help You Survive the Hottest Days of Summer.
    .-= Hugging the Coast

  2. Ren
    August 20, 2009 | 10:32 pm

    In part 2 of a 2-part post, I’ve used Homemade Smoked Chili Powder and Chili Paste (from part 1) to make Frijoles Rojas with Chayote and Crema Fresca.

    Y’all already know how inexpensive and nutritious beans are, but the smoky chili paste and tomatoes & onions fried in bacon grease bring some interesting flavors & new depth to the party.

    Thanks for hosting Fight Back Fridays, Kristen!
    .-= Ren

  3. Dawn @ SmallFootprintFamily.com
    August 21, 2009 | 1:46 am

    In part 1 of a 3 part post on why we (as a culture) are getting so fat, I debunk the saturated fat/cholesterol myth as a cause of heart disease and obesity.

    Thanks again for hosting Kristen!!!!
    .-= Dawn @ SmallFootprintFamily.com

  4. Zachary Cohen
    August 21, 2009 | 1:55 am

    This post is from sustainable farmer stacie gordon of Colton, Oregon, about how intrinsically linked farming and failure are. But don’t be worried, failure is good for a farm…because of what we can learn from it…Beautiful piece from a new farmer blogger!
    .-= Zachary Cohen

  5. Lee
    August 21, 2009 | 6:58 am

    This week’s post is by guest writer Amy Boland, who discusses the fact that “food policies are part of the problem.” The comments on this post are really interesting, and i encourage you all to chime in.

    Thanks a lot,
    Lee
    .-= Lee

  6. Earth Friendly Goodies
    August 21, 2009 | 7:27 am

    I didn’t think I was going to have a new post to share this week – the time just slipped on by, but I revved my little noggin and slipped on the typing gloves in time to bring you a little lime. (and it seems a rhyme).

    I found an interesting blurb on the healing properties of lime so my latest post is all about this natural wonder food – and several good for the skin recipes… for the body not the tummy this time, although they are all natural so you probably could eat them as well. :)
    .-= Earth Friendly Goodies

  7. creisinger
    August 21, 2009 | 9:48 am

    See the great info folks are sharing for @FoodRenegade’s Fight Back Friday. We posted entry #8 Real food rock stars. http://twurl.nl/yqgpbv

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  8. Marie Main
    August 21, 2009 | 9:59 am

    I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that I REALLY enjoy this website and have been trying to catch up on all of your archives. My husband is a personal trainer and with every article I read, I feel like it is him talking! You two have a lot of the same thoughts (which is common sense, really!), and even though I have heard a lot of this before, everything is very well written and I always gain a lot of new insight after visiting. I have just started the “whole foods diet” (it should just be called the “common sense diet” though!) of cutting out refined and processed foods and feel awesome after just two weeks. I have always enjoyed healthy foods, but now I am being strict and not allowing any processed foods at all. My husband got serious with it about 6 months ago and has lost 30lbs, so I thought it was about time I hop on the wagon of health! Not only is he healthier, but I’ve noticed his mood has improved as well (not that he needed it before, but he is definitely more positive). Since starting this lifestyle and researching the harmful effects that the modern diet had/has on the population, I wholeheartedly feel sorry for people who are oblivious or indifferent to this. Thank you for all of your insight and keep it up! Instead of trying to explain and convince people that the diet fads, processed and hydrogenated foods, added sugar, “low fat,” high fructose corn syrup, etc, etc are harmful, I will just direct them here and they can read for themselves. Most of the American population has “drank the kool-aid” (pun intended) and propaganda on these fads that is spewing out from all outlets, and it is ingrained in their heads. It’s very sad and though it probably seems as though you may only reach a small percentage of people through this website, just remember: ” Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead — As I said, keep it up!

    This comment was originally posted on Natural Bias | Health, Fitness & Fun by Vin Miller

  9. Jason Grundhauser
    August 21, 2009 | 10:23 am

    Great article, just another example of how most Americans and western society for that matter just wants a quick easy fix. We like our junk food and we don’t want to give it up but we want to look like a model or movie star. It’s frustrating being in the natural health industry and having so many patients not really want to get better or healthier. I frequently tell patients to go to Mercola.com but will probably start doing the same with your blog. Keep up the good work.

    This comment was originally posted on Natural Bias | Health, Fitness & Fun by Vin Miller

  10. Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS
    August 21, 2009 | 10:50 am

    We’re going on a road trip. My post shares our delicious, real food travel menu. Thanks, Kristen.
    .-= Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS

  11. Michelle @ Find Your Balance
    August 21, 2009 | 11:33 am

    I’m SO thrilled today to share the first installment of a series of posts guest written by one of my clients. She will be documenting her journey from fast food to real food over the next 6 months.
    .-= Michelle @ Find Your Balance

  12. Raine Saunders
    August 21, 2009 | 11:51 am

    Hi Kristen ! Today’s article is about eating healthy and saving money during a time of recession. Thanks for Fight Back Fridays!
    .-= Raine Saunders

  13. Stephen - Rat Race Trap
    August 21, 2009 | 12:13 pm

    Vin, another excellent article. Unfortunately, individuals in modern society are unwilling to pay the price required to achieve what they want. I never understood the surgery thing. I always understood that that worked by forcing you to eat less. Wouldn’t just eating less do the same thing? I’m typing this while eating my lunch salad that is full of raw vegetables and some chicken. I will be totally full by the time I am done and nobody can get fat or stay fat eating that way either.

    This comment was originally posted on Natural Bias | Health, Fitness & Fun by Vin Miller

  14. KarenFelber
    August 21, 2009 | 12:35 pm

    See the great info folks are sharing for @FoodRenegade’s Fight Back Friday. We posted entry #8 Real food rock stars. http://twurl.nl/yqgpbv

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  15. Real Food Mama
    August 21, 2009 | 12:42 pm

    Today I posted about the winner of Top Chef Masters, Rick Bayless, and his sustainable farming foundation, Frontera Farmers Foundation.

    Rick won $100,000 donation to the charity which provides farming equipment and other materials to assist regional farmers in his area with developing sustainable techniques. Bravo Rick and Bravo Top Chef for giving this cause the airtime it deserves!

    – RFM
    .-= Real Food Mama

  16. Indiechica
    August 21, 2009 | 12:42 pm

    Reading @foodrenegade Fight Back Fridays August 21st http://tinyurl.com/l9dcee

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  17. Sheri aka Mom
    August 21, 2009 | 1:37 pm

    Hi All,
    I got so busy this morning, I almost forgot it was Friday. RFM, I was so happy to see Rick win for Frontera. :-)

    Today’s post is about Homeopathy, which we have used for many years along with real food to keep up healthy.

    Sheri
    http://www.momsforsafefood.org/Blog/Entries/2009/8/21_55_Facts_About_Homeopathy.html

  18. Faith
    August 21, 2009 | 2:01 pm

    Another great article. It scares me to think what I used to do for weight loss back when I was younger. No more.

    This Full Bar is just another example of a quick-fix myth that will never achieve lasting results. You’d think at this point people would start to realize that something in our society is terribly wrong!

    Interesting point about roasted almonds. I knew raw were healthier but wasn’t exactly sure why. I eat raw almonds but tend to prefer roasted almond butter. Will keep that in mind.

    Also, Vin–while natural sea salt is of course preferable, do you have an opinion on how iodine is supposedly an essential nutrient and natural salt doesn’t provide this? I’ve even seen warning labels on my sea salt containers.

    Thanks for great blog!

    This comment was originally posted on Natural Bias | Health, Fitness & Fun by Vin Miller

  19. KarenFelber
    August 21, 2009 | 2:02 pm

    Hey @FoodRenegade is an amazing resource. I participated in her “Fight Back Fridays” (Entry #8) http://twurl.nl/3q8st5 (via @KathleenShow)

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  20. Robyn
    August 21, 2009 | 3:02 pm

    Hi. I’ve entered the fray with my first Food Renegade Friday post. I look forward to many more posts in the future. Thank you for organizing such an important outlet for all of us.

    http://is.gd/2sike
    .-= Robyn

  21. Liz
    August 21, 2009 | 5:36 pm

    Greetings. This is my first time linking here. I just finished a new website for a permaculture farm in Nepal – Ajamvari Farm — and included a post on some nutritious vegetables I learned to love there.
    .-= Liz

  22. Vin Miller
    August 22, 2009 | 6:39 pm

    Thank you all for your inspiring comments!

    Marie – I’m thrilled to hear that you’re enjoying the site! I completely agree that a whole food diet is common sense and am glad that you’re enjoying it’s benefits. Like your husband, I also lost 30 pounds after eliminating processed foods. I wasn’t even trying to lose weight and didn’t know I had 30 pounds to spare! It was quite a reality check! My mood and energy level improved significantly as well.

    I too feel sorry for the people who are being misled by the propaganda and are living compromised lives with disease and discomfort as a result. It’s unacceptable and is what motivated me to start this blog.

    Jason – Yes, it’s such a shame how disinterested some people are in their health. I think many of them fail to recognize the importance of health in being able to live a long and fulfilling life. I find that it helps to tell them that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. It’s very possible to be healthy while still enjoying the occasional indulgence. The 80/20 rule is a great guideline for this.

    Stephen – Exactly! Surgery will only work if you eat less, so what’s the point? There are many safer ways for one to punish themselves for overeating!

    No eating at the computer! It’s bad for your digestion! I have to be honest, I do it too and it’s something I need to change.

    Faith – During the early 1900s, thyroid problems were becoming wide spread in areas of the United States and the problem was believed to be iodine deficiency. This why nearly all table salt is now iodized. As long as you have a well rounded diet, you shouldn’t have to worry about iodine deficiency, and even if you do have reason to worry, you can get a good supply of iodine from seafood, kelp, eggs, dairy, and a few other foods. If necessary, I think even an iodine supplement would be a better choice than table salt.

    This comment was originally posted on Natural Bias | Health, Fitness & Fun by Vin Miller

  23. Tiffany
    August 25, 2009 | 7:30 pm

    Yum! I have always wondered what the difference was between all the various frozen treats- thanks for the foodie tots definition. Your gelato looks delicious.

    This comment was originally posted on FoodieTots.com

  24. mary
    August 27, 2009 | 10:14 pm

    Yum. Too bad I’m out of peaches. Guess I’ll have to get some more.

    p.s., Hope you’ll come to the food blogger happy hour on September 2nd at Poste.

    This comment was originally posted on FoodieTots.com

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