Components of Nutrition
Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are our gardeners.William Shakespeare
Every morning for the past few years, I walked around my garden collecting the fresh fruits and vegetables, popping many into my mouth as I walked. Will power has never been my strong suit when it comes to food. My suggestion is that if will power is not your thing, grow a garden and get full on what grows in it. Chocolate cake doesn’t grow on trees.
Even in this high-tech age, the low-tech plant continues to be the key to nutrition and health.Jack Weatherford
I can go for low-tech plants, can you? Carol’s relatives introduced me to pavlova on my trip to Australia. Fruit never tasted so good!
Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.Doug Larson
I’ve shared this picture before because it is so green. It doesn’t smell a bit like bacon when it’s cooked. In fact my husband has been known to come in and say, “What’s that terrible smell? What are you cooking?” That’s not a great recommendation for eating well. Are there green vegetables that you love to smell when they cook?
Old people shouldn’t eat health foods. They need all the preservatives they can get.Robert Orben
We did not buy a single treat at this stop. That’s not saying we didn’t help ourselves elsewhere, but we practiced Shakespeare’s advice for the moment. Of course, we’re not old!
Diet + Exercise
Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.Jack Lalanne
As a teen, LaLanne suffered from headaches and bulimia, and temporarily dropped out of high school at age 14. The following year, at age 15, he heard health food pioneer Paul Bragg give a talk on health and nutrition, focusing on the “evils of meat and sugar. Bragg’s message had a powerful influence on LaLanne, who then changed his life and started focusing on his diet and exercise.” Wikipedia
Grandma Golda, my mother’s mom, and I exercised in front of the television with Jack LaLanne. I’m glad nobody had a video camera on us. I was about five. Grandma was about 50 and neither of us could do the exercises.
Exercise is easy in the open air if you are having fun, learning something, or exploring new territory. We hiked miles or kilometers in the Bunya Mountains, and it was great fun and with good company and at a slow pace, not even a struggle. Walking doesn’t make you skinny, though. Jack L. is right, you have to eat right, drink moderately or not at all, and exercise.
My goal this month was to lose seven pounds. During the first few days, I put on two. I am back down to my original weight after fifteen days. I’m hoping that my goal of no sweets and 7,000 steps a day will take me closer to my goal.
This Australian “health food” was to die for! Pumpkins abound in Australian cuisine. I believed that Carol and her friends and family and I hiked enough miles over the Australian landscape for me to deserve this treat.
The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you’re off it.Jackie Gleason
After finding this quote, I read an article about Jack Gleason’s like. Even though I grew up seeing him on television, I didn’t know much about him. He died when he was 71, just two years older than I am now. Perspective makes a huge difference. He was just old to me when he died. Now, not so much! No only was he overweight, but he drank huge amounts of whiskey.
Unlike Jack LaLanne, he was never the poster child for fitness and nutrition.
President Kennedy pushed exercise and fitness when I started high school, and it probably changed the lives of our generation. Even though I’m not in great shape, I’m 69 have survived cancer, and I still hike, bike, and workout in the gym irregularly. Sadly, I am the poster child for someone who loves to eat.
Jackie Gleason joked about diet and exercise and sadly, I do too even though I didn’t think he was funny. What wrong with that picture?
It is no joke. I am a little schizophrenic about diet and exercise. My mother was obese, and I never wanted to do that to my body. But I learned at her knee to eat sweets and and they still tempt me. She had heart issues and survived kidney cancer living to the age of 80.
My father was not overweight, but could and did eat a half pound of bacon a day and a cup of hot chocolate made with real cocoa and sugar every morning for most of his adult life. He boasted that he could eat a 12 oz. bag of Hershey’s Kisses at a sitting. He seldom exercised either, and he died of colon cancer at age 63.
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