Marty Davey

Marty Davey is a Registered Dietitian and has a Masters degree in Food and Nutrition from Marywood University. She became a vegetarian in 1980 when she discovered that the French didn't want our meat products due to factory farming methods. She began studying nutrition while cleansing her diet to a totally plant-based lifestyle. She has a private practice specializing in assisting clients transitioning from the conventional Western foods to a plant-based regime. Visit Marty's website →

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Quick Snack Ideas for Kids

healthy snacksCreate a snack shelf for your child/children. They can reach it, and eat what is there until a time you set before meals. Ours closes two hours before dinner.

  • Apples, carrot and celery sticks and nut butter – you can make your nut butters if you have a food processor, it is a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen.
  • Dates ripped and rolled in coconut
  • Dates with toasted almonds inside
  • Store bought tofu salad on crackers
  • Carrot/Raisin salad with OJ concentrate, lime juice and sesame oil
  • Hummus with whole grain crackers or celery sticks
  • Guacamole with unsalted pretzels

Give Me the Flax

flax seedsMany of us hear about the health benefits of adding flax to our diets, but how do can that be accomplished. Of course it depends on your lifestyle, but since mine is pretty crazy I’ll give you some suggestions:

  1. First, I don’t take flax oil because it has a very short shelf life. Even in really good health food stores where you know the owner, you can get a bad bottle. Or you open it and don’t use it, and it goes rancid fairly quickly.
  2. Grind the flax instead; being a control freak, I want my flax to be cheap and fresh. I recommend purchasing an inexpensive coffee grinder and reserve it for flax grinding.
  3. Buy flax seeds, it doesn’t matter brown or golden, and keep them in the freezer or refrigerator. Grind as much as you will use in a week. For the three of us, I grind about a cup, and store it in an opaque container in the refrigerator.
  4. Flax does not change the flavor of food, so sprinkle it on your salad, oatmeal, soup and hide it burritos and lasagna.
  5. The recommended amount is two tablespoons a day so just use a little at a time throughout the day.
  6. If you are traveling, there are Flax Packs you can purchase in most health food stores. They sell two tablespoons of flax in a small bag. You can open them in the morning and put some in your smoothie, close them with a paper clip and use them with your lunch salad and toss on your sandwich, and you got the flax.

Purging May Cause Throat Cancer

throat examBarrett’s esophagus is a disease usually seen in adults over 40 with GERD [gastroesophageal reflux disease] or acid reflux disease. Unfortunately Barrett’s disease significantly increases the risk of developing a deadly cancer in the esophagus. However, a teenager with the eating disorder, bulimia, may be fast forwarding the body into creating the conditions for Barrett’s by exposing the delicate cells of the esophagus to stomach acids meant for tougher intestinal cells.

Bulimia is defined as secretive excessive eating, or binge eating, followed by purging of this food  by forced vomiting. It is the vomiting that exposes the esophagus to repeated, unnatural stomach acid. Frequent  or habitual vomiting damages the cells in the esophagus, even after a relatively short time, causing the esophagus to stop reproducing esophageal cells and making intestinal cells instead.  The esophagus repair cells are actually stem cells which can create almost any cell in the body. To protect the esophagus from stomach acid the body makes intestinal cells. It is these intestinal cells in the esophogus which can open the gate for throat cancer.

Check out this article about a young woman with a short history of bulimia and how she developed throat cancer.

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