Eat Your Fruits & Vegetables

On today’s Healthy Diet Podcast we talk about the consumption of fruits and vegetables by the average adult and a new initiative by the Center For Disease Control, CDC, to get people to eat better.

Show notes:

  • The CDC wants us to eat 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables a day. What do they consider a serving?
  • What does the Center For Disease Control really mean? Are they really controlling disease?
  • Only 27% of adults eat enough veggies and 33% eat enough fruit per day according to the CDC.
  • What does the CDC consider a serving? How about a half a cup. The goal of the CDC is to get people to eat 1 cup of fruit and 1.5 cups of vegetables a day. Big deal!
  • What does that equal? 1 banana, 1 cup of mashed potatoes and 6 baby carrots, that’s it.
  • Raw fruits and vegetables are the key. Bottled fruit juices and canned veggies don’t count! Raw fruits and vegetables are the most nutritionally dense.
  • When the CDC was asked if fruit juices counted as a serving, they said yes, and no? What?
  • The phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins and fiber are not in fruit juice like they are in the actual fruit itself.
  • Dr Fuhrman in his book Eat To Live recommends eating 1 pound of raw veggies and 1 pound of cooked veggies a day. Yes, he recommends 2 pounds of vegetables a day.
  • We discuss our typical diet for the day. We need to get Jean a larger salad bowl.
  • Make raw fruits and vegetables the main part of your meal, not a side dish.

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Alan LeStourgeon

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A Diet Plan From Rush Limbaugh – No Thanks!

I was listening to the Rush Limbaugh show the other day and heard what I though was the poorest motivation for being on a diet that I can imagine. If you know anything about Rush you know that he has struggled with weight issues for years and he is apparently back to a weight where he thought he should lose a few pounds again.

With this new diet plan he claims to have lost 30 pounds in 40 days and was getting on his staff for telling him that everything he was doing was wrong. I’ll tell you Rush, it’s not that everything you’re doing on your diet is wrong, the entire diet itself is wrong! Rush has in the past been on the restricted-carb-meat-pork-out Atkins Diet and there is some speculation that he is again on a low carb type diet.

Rush made an accurate claim that almost all weight lost on any diet is usually gained back in a relatively short time. This is true unless the diet involves a complete lifestyle change. What I heard Rush say next was appalling. He stated that his motivation for dieting in the first place was to lose enough weight that it would take him 2 to 3 years to gain it back and he could have fun doing it. In other words, once Rush Limbaugh loses his targeted amount of weight, he is going to pig out again until he gets fat.

This is about the worst advice and motivation I think I’ve ever heard when it comes to a diet plan and living a healthy lifestyle. Rush, if you think what you are doing is healthy, you are dead wrong and it shows a complete lack of understanding for why we even eat. If you feed your body the most nutrient dense food possible you won’t have to yo-yo diet year after year. To lose weight and then specifically plan to gain it back again, is just plain ignorant.

I know Rush wasn’t suggesting that other people participate in this nonsense, but some surely will out of his nearly 20 million listeners. The plain fact is that if you feed your body what it needs in the form of the most nutrient dense food possible, raw fruits and vegetables, then you will never have to worry about losing weight again. And you won’t crave the foods that make you fat in the first place.

Rush, if you’d like to learn how to plan a diet around whole living food and never have to worry about dieting again, we are willing to give you a FREE copy of The Mostly Raw Vegan Meal Planner. Just contact me here and we’ll see that you get one.

Alan

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Dispelling Vitamin C Myths

On today’s Healthy Diet Podcast we talk about OJ, orange juice, not the football player, vitamin c and the myths surrounding this nutrient.

Show notes:

  • What do you think of when you think of orange juice? Do you want to keep from getting a cold? You should drink OJ to get your vitamin c right?
  • How did the need for vitamin c get discovered?
  • During the days of explorers sailing the world sailors would get scurvy, a pretty nasty disease. It was discovered by James Lind that they were vitamin c deficient.
  • Sailors were then fed lemon juice and scurvy was under control, until they started boiling the lemon juice to “purify” it. Scurvy returned because the vitamin c was being destroyed by boiling.
  • What do you think happens to orange juice you buy in the store since it has been pasteurized? Does this have any ramifications for eating cooked food?
  • Pediatricians in the late 1800’s told mothers to boil milk for their babies and children started getting scurvy.
  • Great sources of vitamin c are green leafy vegetables such as brussels sprouts, broccoli, green peppers, tomatoes, asparagus, etc.
  • Raw fruits and veggies offer the greatest protection against cancer that any other food.
  • There are more than 1,000 phytonutrient components in a tomato, isolating one factor and taking it won’t make you healthy.
  • They key to healthy living is eating a wide variety of raw fruits and vegetables.

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Developing A Personal Healthy Diet Philosophy

This week’s Healthy Diet Podcast is about being a good steward of your body and developing a personal eating and health philosophy.

Show notes:

  • We hear a lot about saving the Earth and animals with Earth Day and we should be good stewards of the Earth, but what about being a good steward of our bodies.
  • We don’t have a second chance with our bodies. We only have one and we need to take care of it.
  • What does it mean to be a good steward? What is your personal philosophy on health and eating? What are you going to do when someone offers you a huge doughnut and coffee?
  • How do we show ourselves and God we value what we’ve been given. Without a philosophy on eating and health we will not feed our bodies properly.
  • Most foods are not nutrient dense enough to really be of any benefit to us.
  • Some people who eat healthy often face ridicule. We should encourage people to eat healthy, not make fun of them. It’s hard enough to eat healthy with all the junk for sale and the propaganda promoting it.
  • Eating right from an early age gives us the benefit of growing up healthy and that will obviously help us later in life.
  • Make a decision how you will eat when at church dinners, parties or during holiday times. Will you or will you not eat the junk.
  • Offer to bring a healthy salad to the next pot luck or church dinner. At least you will have something healthy to eat.
  • You body is a gift, treat it right by feeding it good, nutritionally dense food.

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Alan LeStourgeon

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Extreme Eating Video From CSPI

We won’t be doing the Healthy Diet Podcast this week because of a conflict in our schedule, but we do have a video that talks about everything I mentioned in the last bog post concerning extreme eating. Center For Science In The Public Interest (CSPI) has a report out that exposes the unhealthy foods served at restaurants such as Uno Chicago Grill, Ruby Tuesday’s, Cheesecake Factory, On The Border and more.

The video is a report from CNN features Jayne Hurley from CSPI talking about various entrees such as Ruby Tuesday’s Colossal Burger and Fresh Broccoli and Chicken, Uno Chicago’s Pizza Skins and others that are ridiculously high in calories, fat content and sodium content. It is amazing what restaurant chains will dream up and it’s even more amazing that people will actually eat it. How far will these restaurants go to get people in the door? You have to wonder if they have a contract with the local hospital to help them get more patients. Watch the video below:

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Alan

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Low Fat Is Out, High Fat Is In

This past week, the Center For Science In The Public Interest (CSPI) came out with a startling report about high fat meals and appetizers on restaurant menus. Remember when low fat was in? Remember when you used to see those little hearts next to menu items because they were heart healthy? Some of the meals you will read about below should have little icons of heart defibrillators next to them. It seems like all of that heart healthiness has gone out the window with what CSPI calls X-treme Eating.

And extreme it is. Several major restaurant chains including Ruby Tuesdays, Uno Chicago Grill, Cheesecake Factory, On The Border and others have gone completely crazy trying to quench our ever increasing lust for high fat foods. It is almost as if they are trying to out do each other for the Grand Gluttony Prize.

Two of the most extreme menu items come in at nearly 2,000 calories or over and one is an appetizer. Yes, the Pizza Skins at Uno’s is an appetizer. Read what the menu at Uno Chicago Grill says about this artery clogger, “We start with our famous deep dish crust, add mozzarella and red bliss mashed potatoes, and top it off with crispy bacon, cheddar and sour cream,” so says the menu. Voilà! Pizza Skins.” You might as well be drinking a glass of warm olive oil, or even motor oil, since there isn’t an ounce of nutrition in either.

After you’ve gorged yourself on the appetizer from Uno Pizzeria, head on over to Ruby Tuesday’s and have their Colossal Burger, and an entire vascular system replacement why you are at it. This colossal monstrosity tips the scales at 1,940 calories and gives you a death wish 141 grams of fat. Can you spell g-l-u-t-t-o-n-y?

Now let’s have dessert at Cold Stone Creamery and a Founder’s Favorite (is the founder still alive?) in the Gotta Have It Size. (All these creative name for sizes, why don’t they be realistic and call them double, triple or quadruple bypass sizes!) You will need all your fingers and toes to count the calories in this one at 1,740 and 48 grams of fat.

Now that we’ve had a filling meal let’s count the whole thing up. With some time at the San Diego Supercomputer Center I was able to come up with a total meal calories of 5,730 and a total fat content of 237 grams. We can’t add up the total sodium because Ruby Tuesday’s stays silent on the sodium content of their Colossal Burger. They could tell you, but then they’d have to kill…oh wait, they’re already doing that with the burger.

So there, if you’ve eaten this wonderful meal provided by three big franchise restaurants, you’ve eaten more than 5,700 calories worth of garbage and help contribute to the $1.3 trillion in health care costs in this country for a single year. Granted this is an extreme example, but the calories in a meal like this could feed nearly 3 people for a day instead of 1 person for a single meal. The high fat content of this meal is bad enough, but on top of that, this food is pure junk and nutritionally void. Obviously that doesn’t matter to the restaurants that serve this stuff.

Okay Ruby Tuesday’s, Coldstone, Uno Chicago Grill, where does it end? How much fat will you stuff into the next meal you dream up? To which culinary school does one go to learn the finer art of creating one of these orgies of gastronomy? How close is the Colossal Burger to creating its own gravitational field? Enough is enough.

If you don’t want the government interfering in your business, like they are doing in New York City with the ban on trans fats, then don’t give them a reason.

Alan

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Is Whole Wheat Bread Made From Whole Grain?

So you think you’re doing your body good by getting whole wheat bread at your local grocery store. Or maybe the last time you stopped at the local Publix Deli or Subway shop they asked you if you wanted your sub on whole wheat. You might have answered yes and thought you were at least getting your whole grains in, right?

Well, the sad fact is that almost all of the whole wheat breads, rolls, bagels, muffins, pretzels and pastas that are called and labeled whole wheat are not whole grain at all. Most of this kind of “healthy” bread and food is nothing more than white flour with a tiny bit of whole wheat or caramel coloring added to make you think it’s whole wheat.

Most nutrients have been stripped, or rather bleached, out of wheat flour and then fortification is added in along with salt, sugar, preservatives and coloring to make the breads you get in the store or for your sub. Does that make any sense?

Think about that next time you order a sub and the clerk behind the counter asks you, “Would you like that on white or wheat?”

Alan

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Drinking Water, Water Filters, Water Intoxication

This week’s Healthy Diet Podcast is all about drinking water, filtered water and even water intoxication. With all the bottled water on the market today, what should we be drinking?

Show notes:

  • Less than 1 percent of the water available on Earth is drinkable. We now have all kinds of processed water available on the market today.
  • Water is the elixir of life. Sixty to seventy percent of the body is made up of water.
  • How much waster should we drink? Our body contains some 45 quarts of water and we can lose around 2 quarts per day. A good guide is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day.
  • You can actually drink too much water. Water intoxication killed a girl recently in California in a radio station contest.
  • Tap water has many impurities and the EPA allows certain levels of contaminants. Some water filters remove too many minerals in water making it acidic.
  • Distilled water, because it is free of minerals, isn’t the best to drink because it creates acidity in the body.
  • Some claim that mineralized water creates deposits in the body. I don’t think mineral water creates as many deposits as all the sodas and junk people drink.
  • There are over 700 brands of bottled water. It is now being processed just as are food has been. We no longer eat real food, soon we won’t be drinking real water.
  • Some waters contain fructose, caffeine, guarana, vitamins, whey protein isolate, citric acid, phosphoric acid, natural flavor (contains soy), calcium lactate, calcium gluconate, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, yellow dye #5. Yuck!
  • You don’t need Kellogg’s Special K 2O water. You’ve heard of junk food, it’s junk water.

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Sharing The Blessings Of A Raw Food Diet

The other day, a young friend of ours went grocery shopping with us, we talked a lot about our raw food diet and then we shared a meal and some snacks with her. We were so blessed to spend time with this young lady who is intent on honoring God through what she puts into her body. Wow, what a concept. I don’t think it crosses most people’s minds why they put what they do into their bodies, let a lone wanting to honor their Creator with same.

At first she was kind of hesitant about whether she would like this kind of food, saying, “I get tired of salads.” Anyway, what was really cool was that although she eats a fair amount of the standard processed foods most Americans eat, she left saying “I liked everything, it was really good.” Everything included freshly extracted carrot-apple juice, a green fruit smoothie, mostly raw chili taco salad and fresh raw corn.

It dawned on me as we were talking that in a matter of an hour, she had eaten over 15 different raw fruits and vegetables. I asked her (rhetorically) when was the last time you ate over 15 different fruits and vegetables in one day. How cool is that. I was even getting more psyched at the thought of having fed our bodies so much delicious and nutritious food.

By the end of the day, I figured Alan and I had eaten over 17 different fruits and vegetables. Diversity in our plant based diet is the key to getting all the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients our bodies need to grow big and strong. If you want some help improving the diversity of plant foods in your diet and enjoying some of the very same dishes that our young friend did you will find it all in our Mostly Raw Vegan Meal Planner.

Blessings,

Jean

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