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Healthy Eating in the Valley

by Amy M. Reade



I am, in general, not one of those people who gets sentimental over Valentine’s Day. I remind my husband every year not to get flowers for me because the cats eat them, and I get stuck cleaning up their vomit. We do not buy gifts for each other because—why? We have the things we need, and the last thing we need are more things.

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Food for the Journey

IN THE October 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andHealthy Eating in the Valley,
andTom Sims
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by Tom Sims



I am on a journey. It is a journey for life and health, wellness and joy. Like Hippocrates, the ancient physician, I have been learning “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

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To Better Health

IN THE September 3 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andCommunity,
andDiana Bulls,
andHealthy Eating in the Valley
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by Diana Bulls


I recently had the pleasure of getting reacquainted with Ellen Mitchell, the owner of To Better Health, located at 1721-11th Street in downtown Reedley. Ellen and I hadn’t seen each other in probably 30 years, so it was a real treat to talk with her about her store.

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What is Your NQ? Noodle Q

IN THE August 20 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andHealthy Eating in the Valley,
andTom Sims
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by Tom Sims


IQ, Intelligence Quotient, is an important tool for measuring cognitive ability. EQ, Emotion Quotient, is a new device for measuring emotional health and capacity. However, to adequately measure the value of a noodle, one needs NQ and, more specifically, Noodle Q near the southeast corner of Fresno Street and Ashlan.

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by Tom Sims



Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal produce directly from a farmer in their community. It is a method of closing the gap between the farmer and the consumer, assuring that families can receive local, healthy food in season. CSA is a form of handshake where everyone wins. The farmer and the consumer save money and high quality, organic produce is delivered to the people and places where it is needed. There are several such providers in the greater Fresno area. We will look at two, OOOOBY and Abundant Harvest and mention a third.

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by Tom Sims


It is an open, inviting, and friendly environment for shopping and learning. Yes! Learning! The staff is there to stock shelves, check out customers, and to educate. It is not that everyone knows about everything, but everyone knows how to find the person who knows about the thing you want to know.

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by Tom Sims


If humanity originated in Africa, then so did the consumption of human food.
Thirty-three nations, hundreds of languages and cultures, and thousands of recipes later, Africa is not one entity, but many. Yet, there is only one place to get authentic African food in Fresno and there, you can sample the cuisines of two countries.

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by Tom Sims


“On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” – Revelation 22:2
The tree stands at 2139 Kern St. between M and L Streets. Inside the Tree of Life Café are the fruits of many local trees along with other delicacies prepared by Chef Phillip Ocheltree, under the watchful and proud eyes of his parents, Steve and Carolyn.

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by Tom Sims


Let’s face it. We are busy and eating on the run. We do not always have the luxury of healthy exotic bistros. Sometimes we have to eat on the run and pick out the best we can get.

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by Tom Sims


There is a Tree of Life growing in Downtown Fresno that is part of a movement to gather, feed, entertain and engage community in the heart of a great city. This Tree of Life is the Tree of Life Café and this is Part I of the story. My mouth is watering and I can hardly wait for the grand opening in March. That will be Part II.

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by Tom Sims


It is possible to have a Thanksgiving holiday that is a happy, celebratory, feast of laughter, good food, and festivity without damaging your heart, elevating your glucose, or adding inches to your waist. It just takes some thought and planning.

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by Tom Sims



There are 250 fast days in the Ethiopian Orthodox year. 180 of them are obligatory for all. During the evening meal, all food is free of animal products, and thus, vegan. If that sounds like a drudgery or burden, you have never visited Lucy’s Lair in the Woodward park area.

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by Tom Sims


For some years now, I have been exploring the question: How do you eat for health in the Valley?
How do you do it when you have to find a common place to eat with people who have other needs, interests, or tastes? How about the changing demands of your physical condition, which require restrictions, additions, and special considerations and balances?

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by Tom Sims


Manchester Farmer’s Market is a neighborhood venture, created by neighbors who care about their community and are making a difference every week. Manny and Mary Yanez are those two people and, out of their vision, Manny’s need to do something with his time, and Manchester Mall’s welcome to morning walkers, a great venture was launched.

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by Tom Sims



After four years as a complete vegetarian, I decided to add some fish to my diet last summer. I needed the extra iron and was not getting it from supplements.

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by Tom Sims


Imagine living off the land and inviting others to come and see how you live off the land and how they can too.
I first heard of Basilwood Farm through a Facebook post from Philip Blackburn. I had known Philip most of his life and he was marrying Shelby Spruance. Shelby’s parents, Kim and Jill had bought five acres on a hillside near Morgan Canyon Road and were creating a little piece of heaven on earth where they could raise their own meat, eggs, and vegetables and live with the beauty around them.

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