Surprises in Mili's Suitcase

Surprises in Mili's Suitcase

How Diabetes Was Cured With Food

Book - 2016
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Growing up in Hawaii, eleven-year old Hana knows sharing food is about sharing gifts of love and aloha, but she doesn't know food can also be a gift of health. When she is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Hana's mother promises to help Hana learn to live with it--that is, until Mom's sister Auntie Mili comes to visit with a suitcase full of surprises that hold the key to Hana's disease. Armed with new knowledge that diabetes can be cured with a diet rich in plants, Mili, Hana, and her mother embark on a "Great Food Adventure" in which they discover the fun of learning about, growing, preparing, and eating new fruits and vegetables. The colorful foods are nutritious, taste delicious, and quickly restore Hana's health. The story conveys traditional values of honoring our bodies, caring for the land, and growing food in a sustainable way. Colorfully illustrated on every page (two of which are recipes). Includes Glossary, Lessons from Mili, and For Parents and Teachers. For all ages.

Katherine Orr is the author/illustrator of twenty books for children and adults. She is also a marine biologist and an enthusiastic consumer of plant-based whole foods.

Antonia Demas has a PhD from Cornell University in education, nutrition, and anthropology. She is the founder of Food Studies Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating children and adults in food literacy.

Publisher: Santa Fe : Sunstone Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9781632931542
Branch Call Number: j 618.9246 ORR K
Characteristics: 55 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Demas, Antonia 1950-- Author


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Aug 07, 2017

This is a WONDERFUL new children's picture book. A perfect read aloud book to explain diabetes to a young child. But what is terrific as well as unusual bout this book, is that it also frames the disease of Type 2 Diabetes in the context of the published research that we now have -- which essentially shows that genes alone do not mean that someone will develop this disease. DIET can turn our genes on and OFF!
This book accurately distills down the latest science that shows a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, is not automatically a life sentence for drugs and possible disability, but in fact, individuals can take control of their health and actually reverse this disease using a whole-food plant based diet. I highly recommend this book for ALL Parents to read to their children --not only will they better understand the disease of diabetes (which odds are all children will know someone with this disease) but it will plant a seed in them for HEALTH!

If you are interested in this book, you might also like Dr. John McDougalls free-on line picture book, "Food Poisoning"


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