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End of Summer Tomatoes and The Nightshade Vegetable Link to Arthritis

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Hi Friends,

I can’t believe this summer is almost over, and this was the first time I could get the kids from The River Fund out to my place. Last year we did it weekly, but this summer was so busy we just could not coordinate our schedules.

Gardening with the kids

However, we made up for lost time by starting early and staying late. After harvesting vegetables for our lunch, we got to plant some seedlings for the fall garden and cooked dinner together. Our dinner was a Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry with Vegetable Fried Brown Rice. Each of the kids went home with doggy bags, so they could share it with their families.

An Heirloom Brandywine Tomato!

In my backyard organic garden, we continue to harvest what seems to be in unending supply of tomatoes. The varieties we’ve had this year have been the best! However, there can be a down side to so many tomatoes. Many people are sensitive to nightshade vegetables, and I believe my husband may be one of them.

For the past month, my husband has eaten more than his share of tomatoes, probably in every meal. In the last week, he has been plagued with an arthritic condition that could be connected to eating so many tomatoes. Starting today he is going cold turkey, and I will let you all know if it gets better.

Caprese Salad With Tomatoes From
Our Garden!

If any of you out there are also suffering from arthritis, I encourage you to read further about the connection between arthritis and nightshade vegetables. In addition to tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and potatoes are also in the nightshade family. Please feel free to leave some comments about your own experience below!

Also don’t forget, this week my radio show, iEat Green with Bhavani, on the Progressive Radio Network moves to its new time, Thursday mornings at 10 AM EST.

Fennel Ready for Harvest!

Tomorrow morning, I will be interviewing Annie McShiras. Annie is the Development Director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition, an organization that works to build and unify the college and university-based responsible investment movement, challenging universities to invest their money in more socially and environmentally just ways. In addition, Annie is also a member of the SolidarityNYC collective, an organization committed to building a solidarity and cooperative economy in New York. A “Think Outside of the Box” organization! You won’t want to miss it!

Next week, the guest on my show will be Sherry Ackerman. Sherry is the author of The Good Life, a guide to finding personal freedom and a blueprint for a sustainable and fulfilling lifestyle. It is sure to be an interesting interview.

To tune in live, navigate to and click the “Listen Live” button on the left. Or try downloading the PRN mobile app, and take the station with you wherever you go! You can also download all shows on iTunes or click through my radio show archives.  You can also listen by phone 24/7 by calling (832) 280-0066.

As summer winds down, and comes to a close, it is the beginning of a new school year and new routine for many of you. I wish you all the best of luck in your new endeavors and that you continue to make time to eat well and share in the bounty with family and friends.

In peace and love,

About Bhavani Jaroff

Bhavani Jaroff is a Natural Foods Chef, Educator, Radio Host, and Food Activist. She has over thirty years experience cooking healthy, fresh organic food. Read More

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