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My Passover Tears

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The Passover holiday begins today and so does my ambivalence. I love traditions, story telling, special holiday foods. But I am so torn with the contradictions! The message of Passover, liberation from slavery, is something that resonates strongly for me. Should the holiday just be about the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in…

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REAL Inspiration

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There are no coincidences. I met Bilal while renting a car for Responsible Eating And Living. He was managing the car rental office and he asked about my business. I can’t resist an opportunity to talk about food and I told him why I founded REAL and what we do. I had no idea until…

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“The Doctors are Out”

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“Doctors are Out” OR “I’m not a Health and Wellness Expert, I just play one on TV.” I don’t watch a lot of television. Yesterday morning I was informed about a discussion on The Doctor’s show regarding vegan and raw food so I went to their website and watched the clip. Jillian Michaels was very…

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Only REAL disclaimers please.

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  SAD is the acronym for Standard American Diet and it is sad indeed. The health of Americans is degrading quickly with some predicting that today’s generation of children will not live as long as their parents.  Our diet is killing us and the planet – with animal agriculture warming the atmosphere and degrading the…

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Dear Hilton Hotels: No such thing as a free breakfast…

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Dear Hilton Hotels: I appreciated receiving an email from you today thanking me for choosing Hampton Inn & Suites in Bethlehem and letting me know that you want to make all my stays as comfortable and rewarding as possible. I received a message like yours back in March 2011 from the Hilton Garden Inn/Chelsea, in…

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This bugs me.

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The August 15&22, 2011 issue of The New Yorker includes an article in the Dept. Of Gastronomy section by Dana Goodyear, entitled “GRUB, Eating bugs to save the planet”. Many react with the ‘ick’ factor when hearing about things others will eat that we in this country have not considered before as food.  As a…

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Celebrating 70: Healthy Food & Lifestyle for Survival

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REAL is honored to know Mary Ann Lederer and have her as a friend. Her story is an inspiration to all. She recently celebrated her 70th birthday and gave the speech below at a Vegan Earth event in Cincinnati last month. We like to share stories about REAL people making a difference in this world…

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Life is Tremendous!

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Between the Fourth of July and Bastille Day, another celebration is taking place in this hot month of July, right here in my apartment in New York City — Today, Wednesday, July 13, I am celebrating four years cancer-free. It was a harrowing time for me, when on October 3, 2006, I was diagnosed with…

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