Eat Your Veges

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” That’s what I heard growing up.

How Costco Is Making Me Healthier...

We’re always being told we need to eat better. At least in America. 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables (F&V) sounds like a lot! At least that’s what I thought before. I used to go into the regular grocery store, look at the fresh produce (and the prices), and leave with very little in my basket. It was just easier to heat up frozen dinners and go through the burger drive through. Then I realized my assets were growing. Not the financial kind–the physical kind. Then I became a Costco member. For those of you who don’t know, Costco is a members-only warehouse club where you can purchase in bulk. So why would a single person ever shop there? Part of the Costco success story is the lack of variety. That’s right. Where other stores brag they have 49 varieties of catsup, Costco has one. So when you shop there, you don’t have to waste a lot of mental energy trying to decide which brand to buy or which is the best deal. Costco only stocks quality products, and all their prices are great. The other thing is that items come in quantity. So when you buy cheese or spinach or crackers, you have enough to last awhile. I buy carrots in 10-pound bags. They are in my fridge a long time, but they last forever and are there to be eaten regularly! I buy frozen blueberries, mixed berries, or sometimes cherries, then make smoothies every morning for breakfast. I also add bananas, that I buy  in 3-pound bags from Costco and flash freeze after peeling and freezer store in bags. All I have to add is orange juice (also from Costco) and protein powder (from my local health food store) and blend it all...

Best Exercise Ever!

We all know we’re supposed to get physical exercise. Just spend time with older people who eat poorly and never met an exercise they liked, and you should get a glimpse into what you’ll look like in a few years.

Eat Your Fruits & Veges

The U.S. Center for Disease Control says mom’s advice to eat your fruits and vegetables was good advice. Why? Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health. Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are filling.* I don’t mind eating these good things, but sometimes it’s overwhelming and expensive to eat enough every day. A lot of people talk about juicing. I’ve been making breakfast smoothies for years. My basic recipe includes orange juice, 1/2 frozen banana, frozen berries (I rotate) and protein powder. But eating green things is more challenging. Years ago I bought a juice machine. The thing didn’t work very well; it seemed like I was throwing out 3/4 of the vegetables and getting very little juice. It was a huge waste of time and money. Recently I discovered how to get healthy juice–and did I mention DELICIOUS?–without throwing out anything! It’s an easier way to get a lot of goodness in my diet. By purchasing my veges at a farmer’s market and wholesale club, buying them is a whole lot more affordable. When you have the desire, you find a way. Juicing can be a painless way to improve your health. After watching a friend make easy and delicious juice that didn’t waste anything, and watching a documentary, I decided to give it another try. You’ve probably heard of the Juice Master, the mother of all juicers advertised on TV infomercials and state fairs. It wasn’t in my budget to buy one, so I got a Nijna blender at a fraction of the price (from Costco). Any high-powered blender could work. You put in the fruits and veges and get juice with the pulp (which is, in fact, good for you). It slices and dices all that goodness into a delicious, powerhouse drink. The information part: Why juice? Most people have a hard time getting the minimum servings of fruits and vegetables  they need of every day. Plus, cooking destroys some lot of the goodness. Why juice? There are macro and micro nutrients. Macro nutrients are the things we get from typical diets and fast food. All that meant and those starches fill us up by giving us protein, fat, minerals and sugars. But they don’t nourish our cells. Nutritionist Dr. Fuhrman describes it like this: “Nutrient Density is a critical concept in devising and recommending dietary and nutritional advice to patients and to the public. Not merely vitamins and minerals, but adequate consumption of phytochemicals is essential for proper functioning of the immune system and to enable our body’s detoxification and cellular repair mechanisms that protect us from chronic diseases.”** We don’t get micronutrients from most of what we eat: meat, grains, sugars and dairy. We get them in the fresh stuff God gave us from plants. The emotional part: It’s complicated how we make choices, including those with food. I have friends in parts of the world who have few food choices based on availability and economics. But most of you reading this do. Motivation is most of the battle. As I mentioned, I saw a documentary that showed me the power of juicing. It’s called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (available streaming or on DVD from Netflix and Amazon). The film is described as, “Two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, document their rigorous healing path in a bid to regain their health.” It’s pretty inspiring. The bottom line: I’m not advocating an all-juice diet. However, after years of nutritional study and dealing with health issues, I am convinced God gave us goodness to ingest to help us be healthy, strong and feeling great. Man does not live on beer and chips alone. If this article helps...

They were wrong: How one guy got his grove back...

Video – You think you got it bad with challenges to overcome? Maybe you do. To get a little perspective and inspiration, watch this video about a war vet who was told me would never walk again. He proved everyone wrong....

Dr. Lewis Challenges Her Mind & Body...

Link – Dr. Regina Lewis has a Ph.D. in Leadership and is the Communication Department Chair at Pikes Peak Community College. She is a popular public speaker and about to release her first book, How to Raise a Prince on Food Stamps. But Dr. Lewis is not content to live without a challenge, so she been training as a body builder and entered her first contest, taking trophies home! Now she’s working on going national. Read her inspiration story here: http://www.kktv.com/blogs/headlines/FIT_LIFE__191045911.html...

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