Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday's What the Heck! Everything can be Unhealthy



Juicing
Green Smoothie
natural unadulterated raw food
Somedays I feel like I am navigating around land mines (foods that are not healthy enough / or that are harmful) when making healthy food choices for my family. It seem like no matter what, someone has something negative to say about food choices we make. What’s up with that? 


Over the last year and a half I’ve been for the most part eating a significantly healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, and more often than not, opting for organic. 


And because access to information is at the ready, I am frequently researching new recipes and health information online. Imagine my surprise when I came across Dr. Esselstyn's website.  In reading his list, it would appear almost everything I’ve been eating appears to be “bad” for me. It almost made me want to go out and buy some junk food! Almost.   However, he does avocate a plant base diet which I'm all about these days.  But he lost me when he says that green smoothies are bad for you.  And his diet regime is far too restrictive, especially, if you don't have heart disease.  


Although, I am not one for having everything I read influence me,  it did make me think.  But I quickly decided that anything you eat can be bad for you if you have an extreme diet. Duh! Given my philosophy, which is moderation and nothing too extreme I don’t believe my present diet is cause for worry. In fact, I’ve never felt healthier.  It's all about balance, right? 

But others, have taken his opinion more seriously and have changed their diet accordingly, like this particular foodie blogger.  A pity really, because juicing and having green smoothies are on balance good for you.  Don't take my word for it, read Victoria Boutenko's list of health benefits  of green smoothies.  My journey into juicing and green smoothies began after reading the many books by Victoria and other people who ascribe to this lifestyle.  What strikes me about this group is that they all look so vibrant, happy, and healthy.   

Still, one thing missing is I haven’t been doing consistently, or virtually at all, is exercising.  I can summon all sort of reasons why not, but, the truth is I am just plain lazy.  Ironically, try as I may, I can’t find a darn bit of information that says it’s bad for me.  And all information available overwhelmingly recommends exercising regularly.  I’m beginning to think there is something to this exercising thingy.  Hmmm.


Recently, I came across an amazing yoga teacher, Tao Porchon-Lynch who at 93 years old and looks fantastic.  I am so amazed by her vitality that she has inspired me to start yoga.  The best part, no equipment is required (Not that I don’t have any equipment you know, as I do.  But it is downstairs soooo far away!) .   I see myself first thing tomorrow morning rolling out of bed onto my yoga mat (which I have to dust off since its been sitting in my closet behind closed doors out of sight.) to begin a few basic positions. After all you got to start slow, like I said, no extremes. I will work my way to standing on my head eventually.  Anyway, that is my plan!
  

2 comments:

DUTA said...

Thanks for the mention of Dr. Essalstyn. I've checked his website, though, briefly.

It seems there's "nothing new under the sun". He advocates plant-based diet and preferring the whole fruit/vegetable to drinking its juice.

On the whole, I agree with him but I think the bottom line should be: listen to your body. Animal protein is still the best quality protein and we cannot give it up completely.

A friend of mine stopped eating eggs. She then noticed hairloss. She returned to eating eggwhites only. Still hair loss. She returned to eating the whole egg - hairloss stopped.

That doesn't mean it works for everyone. She just had great intuition and knowledge of her own body. Her hair,so it seems, needed the egg protein.

Angelina said...

Hi Duta,

You are right on! Everyone is different and should listen to their body, which is why I don't push my diet onto my family. Similar Tao Porchon-lynch says that people will know how much to push their body into the various yoga poses. And there will be some poses that just would work for some people.

The bottom line is to love yourself, and the world around you. Thank you for your comment.

God Bless.

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