Thursday, November 1, 2007


What a great old farmhouse. Nearly 30 years of living in it has given us an appreciation of its personality and history. We know it was built at the turn of the century: 1905 was the date engraved in the barn's wall. Though the barn no longer stands, the house has stood the test of time. Strong stone foundation, sturdy plaster walls, original woodwork surrounding the windows and doors. A century later, it's as sturdy as a rock!

As we age, we can choose to emulate a house like this or we can crumble like the barn. It's largely a matter of the choices we make concerning nutrition, exercise, and even our attitude. Regardless of where we live or what we do, day in and day out, we can enhance our existence and even cross over into the territory of exhilaration. Want to try?

My greatest discovery this past year has been the purchase of a Vitamix blender and the amazing concoctions I can create with it. Each morning I awake and add various ingredients to my blender: about 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup milk, a peeled orange or grapefruit, banana, frozen broccoli, berries, sometimes peaches, either yogurt or cottage cheese and ice.

Then I turn on the Vitamix, and run for, oh, 4 minutes...

The result: the most nutritious breakfast on the PLANET!!

OR, I sometimes pour into a thermos and take to work for lunch.

What I want to convey in this post, is the importance of nutrition!

all know to eat enough protein... but, we have been told to eat:

1. No fats
2. LOTS of carbohydrates!

I am here to tell you:

1. Natural fats such as butter or olive oil are fine in moderation. Just watch out for the margarine, corn oil, trans fats, etc.
2. Limit carbohydrates- except as in natural fruits and vegetables.

Strive to eat the way primitive people ate. The PALEO diet... or CAVEMAN diet. At any rate, the NATURAL diet would consist mainly of fish or game,"greens" or easily harvested vegetables and fruits.

Flour and sugar are virtually one and the same. Your body converts flour into pure sugar. So go easy on either one and stick to the above recommendations. It is surprising how satiated you will feel if you eat meat, fruit or vegetables when you're hungry. And just eat until you're satisfied, not full.

NEXT, I will tell you my usual morning that will prepare, and energize you for the upcoming day, rather than deplete you!

It's all in the choice of exercises.