It Happened This Week – Breastfeeding is Good, Pets Eat Well, & the #gmKISS

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US Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin released guidelines this week for healthy breastfeeding.  In her report, Benjamin outlines the importance of continuing breastfeeding throughout an infant's first six months, stating "Breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses that include diarrhea, ear infections, and pneumonia. Breastfed babies are also less likely to develop asthma, and those who are breastfed for six months are less likely to become obese. Mothers themselves who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers."

January 20th was National Pot Luck Day.  A tradition in our neck of the woods that continues to thrive among my foodie friends, pot lucks are a great way to share good food and great times with wonderful people.  Why not celebrate this weekend by sharing some healthy food with those you love the most?

A new trend among pet owners is feeding whole food diets to furry friends. With more humans avoiding processed foods, the next logical step would be that the remaining members of the family would eat more real foods, especially given the dangerous pet food contamination incidents in recent years. An article in the New York Times this week discusses this trend and how dog and cat lovers are cooking for their animals.  

Green Mountain KISSes started to appear on Twitter as well as this blog this week. For great hints and reminders on how to simplify your life, you can go to Twitter and search for #gmKISS, or follow this link.
 

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