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Monday, July 18, 2011

Tips for Safe and Healthy Grilling

The inspiring people in the Healthy Child community never cease to amaze me. I strongly encourage you to sign-up for our weekly emails and join us on Facebook and Twitter to get to know our community. You won’t be disappointed!

Today, I’d like to highlight Katie Newell, a passionate Healthy Child advocate with an incredible story. Like many, her journey has led to a whole new lifestyle of health. In addition to her story, we’re sharing her timely tips for safe and healthy grilling.


Katie’s Story

At the age of four, Katie Newell was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and she spent her childhood in chronic pain. At the age of 24, she was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondyliltis – an annoying disease that causes the individual vertebrae of the spine to fuse. Eventually, she lost the ability to look up, and the majority of the range of motion necessary to turn from side to side. She vowed to find a way to slow the progression of this debilitating disease.

Given these autoimmune diseases, it came as no surprise that she suffered from fertility issues as well; they often go hand-in-hand. More than one specialist turned her and her husband away, advising them to look into adoption. When examining at her ovaries, it appeared that she had never in her lifetime ovulated. Fortunately, there were eggs, they had just never come out.

In her quest to improve her health, she discovered the power of eating healthy. The only (very large) problem? She didn’t even know how to fry an egg. Still, she researched, struggled, and persevered until she completely revolutionized her diet.

So, you ask, did it work?

Katie writes, “I am now the mother of two amazing miracles. Besides overcoming fertility issues, my body now functions better, and is in less pain, than ever before. It’s not perfect, but I have come a long way. By choosing live, healing, whole foods over dead, processed, and genetically modified junk, I have been able to dramatically lower the amount of prescribed drugs I have to take. Eventually, I hope to be completely drug free. I am now able to enjoy activities that I thought were forever off limits. Most importantly, I am now a mommy that can keep up with a toddler while carrying a baby. Because of the changes I’ve made, I am healing my body from a disease that should be only getting worse. Above all, I was able to bring two healthy girls into the world after being told I had no hope.”

Now, Katie runs a successful blog, HealthNut Foodie (read her whole story here), and she just published her first cookbook! She’s also been a stellar supporter of Healthy Child’s Eat Healthy program and will be donating 20% of book sales over the next 90 days to support our work. Just enter “HealthyChild20” when you buy online. THANKS Katie!

Now, without further ado, here is some of Katie’s sage advice for healthy eating, just in time for peak grilling season!

  • Add fresh chopped parsley to marinades and burger patties. Thanks to a volatile oil called myristicin, parsley can help reduce your absorption of certain carcinogens found in grilled food and cigarettes. (Information from my book, Feeding our Families.)

  • To help prevent some of the carcinogens from forming in the first place, never turn your gas grill above medium-high. Cooking meats at high temperatures is one of the main causes of carcinogens. According to, regular exposure to carcinogens create a buildup of toxins in your body that has been directly linked to an increased risk of cancer.

  • Always keep cold foods at or below 41 degrees until time to serve. Set a timer and discard/quit serving food after two hours, sooner in extreme heat. Salmonella, e. coli, and other sickening bacteria will begin to develop after this amount of time. This is especially important with mayonnaise based dishes!

  • Cut watermelon is one of the top causes of warm weather food poisoning. Who knew? Fresh cut fruit can develop salmonella too! When in doubt, throw it out!

  • Always place grilled meats on a clean platter, not the one you had them on when the meat was raw.

Click through to read Katie’s full list of the Top Ten Tips For Safer & Healthier Grilling at!

What are your safe grilling tips?

Posted by: Janelle Sorensen at 9:21 pm

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