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As I walked from my car towards the school grounds, it was like a scene out of a movie. Over a hundred girls in varying heights and coordinated t-shirts,  stood in a semi-circle around a Troop Leader with a bull horn. She was standing next to the American flag spelling out the rules of the Costa de OroInvestigate Your World Day Camp. This was the Santa Barbara Girl Scouts Summer Camp and I was there to present a session on reading food labels.
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Dina (left) & Robyn (right) in San Francisco

It was a bright, yet breezy day on the Embarcadero pier in San Francisco on Thursday. I was still buzzing from meeting food activist, Robyn O’Brien a few minutes earlier and knew I was in for a treat. The setting was the patio of The Plant Cafe, an organic restaurant which overlooks the sparkling water. It was an intimate group of food bloggers at a luncheon sponsored by Stonyfield. The mood was lively and inquisitive, and as we all took our seats, featured speaker Robyn O’Brien stood up to tell her story. To find out how she was transformed from an everyday American mom into “the Erin Brochovich of the food movement,” watch her story in this TEDx Austin video. My blog post today attempts to recapture to essence of Robyn’s message through a series of her quotes.
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Dina (left) and Jonas (right); Be Food Smart booth at the Crohn's & Colitis Take Steps Walk, May 22, 2011

I arrived at the Santa Barbara Crohn’s & Colitis support group a bit early. I was surprised at the diverse nature of the group as attendees ranges from age 16 to 70ish. Like most support groups, people went around the room, introduced themselves and began sharing how they’ve been managing their disease. In between discussions of dietary restrictions and past intestinal surgeries, drug names like Humira and Remicade flew back and forth making the attendees sound more like pharmacists than regular folk. I guess that’s what happens when your life revolves around this disease.  I was fascinated and saddened by the world they lived in.
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