As we go to press, Preview Editor Jamie Saxon is slurping up her homemade kale, bean, and sweet potato soup, a recipe from Week 3 of her Whole Living Mind/Body Detox Diet, and shifting through the E-mail and online responses she has gotten to her column in the January 12 issue about Week 1 of the diet. Here are a few:

Let’s face it. The only diet that really works is sardines, apples, and oatmeal — and staying away from the supermarket. Even the leanest foods have a dash of this and a dash of that to make them marketable. But is it worth it?

Liz Hagen, Lawrenceville

How admirable of you to even stick to this diet for a week, but do you really need it? Do you have a “before” photo? When this ordeal is over print it with the “after.” Good luck.

Natalee Fogel, Ossining, NY

I just read and loved, loved, loved your detox story! Thank god I am home as I was laughing so loud!

Marguerite d’Aprile Smith, Princeton

Saxon is looking forward to her other assignments today: a buttermilk-date smoothie and making a mental list of five things that make her feel grateful. Watch for part 2 of her column on February 2.

#b#To the Editor: Church & Dwight Gift#/b#

On behalf of the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, I extend our heartfelt gratitude to Princeton-based Church and Dwight for the gift of $75,000 we received at year’s end. This donation was part of $1 million given away by the corporation and its employees to local hunger relief charities and Feeding America, the national food bank network.

The gift to Mercer Street Friends is one of the largest donations we have ever received and comes at a time when our services are critically needed. In 2010 we supplied and stocked food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens in Mercer County with over 3 million pounds of food and groceries, helping nearly 25,000 residents who face severe food shortages. Until the unemployment numbers significantly turn around, we see no lessening in the number of people facing hunger and food insecurity.

This donation comes on top of other support from Church and Dwight —grants from its Employee Giving Fund directed toward our healthy eating initiatives, employee volunteering, and donations of products manufactured by their Arm and Hammer brand.

We are touched to be a beneficiary of this corporate goodwill and thank Church and Dwight and its most caring employees for this extraordinary support and commitment to improving the community in which they live and work.

Phyllis C. Stoolmacher

Director, Mercer Street Friends Food Bank

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