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So what’s the big deal if the majority of our food contains soy? Well, if you’re like Kathy Kottaras’ daughter M, it may mean yet another ear infection and up to six months of antibiotics. Why? Both M and her dad, Matthew Frey, have soy allergies.

Matthew and M struggled with constant illness. For Matthew it was digestive problems and for M it was sinus infections, ear aches and congestion. Matthew’s visits to the doctor always led to more antibiotics and it was only after an elimination diet that he finally figured out he was allergic to soy. I chatted with Kathy Kottaras of Subtract Soy Now to understand what’s going on with soy in our foods, why it’s problematic, and why she’s fighting to get soy out of America’s most popular cookies.
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Radio show host, Janeane Bernstein, interviewed Co-Founder of Be Food Smart, Dina Clapinski, on the Momz Rock the House radio show last week. The 49 minute interview aired on OC Talk Radio in Orange County and 90.1FM KBPK in Fullerton. Special thanks for Janeane for inviting us!

Listen to the Be Food Smart Interview here

About The Momz Rock the House Radio Show

The Momz Rock the House Show features well-known women artists and undiscovered talent in music, comedy and the arts. Plus industry experts providing inspiration and insight into issues relevant to women today.  Featured artists and guests have included Kathy Valentine of the Go Gos, Judy Davids of The Mydols, plus-size model and spokeswoman Emme, Comedian Funny Frances, Tish Ciravolo of Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Philly singer/songwriter Deb Chamberlin, Chef Ann author of  ‘Lunch Lessons’, New York Times Best Selling Author Tosca Reno, Jeana Keough of the Real Housewives of Orange County, plus music by Housewives on Prozac, Stacy Robin, Debra Davis, Ren Stewart, Adrina Thorpe, and so many more incredibly talented female artists.

The Momz Rock the House Show is all about inspiring listeners. Janeane sums up the show as follows:
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We are excited to announce that Gerri French has joined Be Food Smart as a Special Advisor. In her new role, Gerri is helping Be Food Smart grow and expand. She is assisting with marketing, national outreach, and building high-quality informative content for the site. This amazing woman has been a fixture in the Santa Barbara, California community for years and we are thrilled to have her on our team.

Gerri French, M.S., R.D., CDE

Gerri has been a clinical nutritionist, educator and cooking instructor for the past 30 years. In addition to her new role with Be Food Smart, she currently serves as:

  • Nutritionist and diabetes educator at the Santa Barbara Sansum Clinic
  • Nutrition instructor for the Culinary Arts Program at Santa Barbara City College
  • Adult Education Instructor for Santa Barbara City College, Adult Education program.
  • Founder of Santa Barbara Food & Farm Adventures, a local group that meets at farms, markets, restaurants and wineries to learn more about local foods.

Gerri is the former Food & Nutrition Editor for Diabetes Health magazine and continues to work with diabetic patients as a Certified Diabetes Educator.  When she describes her specialty, she says, “I specialize in translating the latest scientific findings into practical information. I love helping people purchase and prepare local and organic foods, or as I call it, Earth Friendly Cuisine.” Gerri earned both her Masters of Science & Bachelor’s of Science at California Polytechnic Institute in San Luis Obispo.

Be Food Smart Co-Founder, Dina Clapinski, recently sat down with Gerri to learn a little more about her. Here are a few questions from the interview (remainder of interview will be posted on the blog tomorrow).
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