No dairy..ever? Day 11

So here we are, turns out I didn’t die when I entered cheese withdrawals last week. Instead I read this book that was recommended to me by at least a dozen people. This book (written by ANDI-score inventor Dr. Joel Fuhrman). When I flipped it over at book warehouse I read that it contains a highly effective, scientifically proven way of eating. It promises to help you live longer, reduce dependence on medication and dramatically improve you overall health. I like science, I love food, so (naturally) I jumped in feet first and it turns out…Doctor Joel is onto something. Not only has this book kicked my weight loss off to a great start (6lbs to be exact) it has also improved my understanding of what I have been doing to my body for the last 26 years. It forced me to rethink and re-look at how I respond to and cause cravings in my own body. Just so you know; THIS ISN’T JUST ANOTHER DIET BOOK. This is a book for someone looking to change their lifestyle. This book changed the way I want to eat. The formula is simple: health= nutrients/calories, which means you eat heaps and heaps of nutrient dense food so you no longer crave fat, sweets and high calorie food. Like any lifestyle chang it has its restrictions, the nice part is he explains why they exist and what they do to our bodies. Not sure if you caught the eating heaps of food I mentioned a couple of sentences back…that might possibly be my favourite part. I am truly enjoying what and how much I get to eat. Plus the book includes a sample grocery list and more recipes (yes their easy and they taste good) than I can count.

Conclusion? I will no longer eat a fist size piece of cardboard or a 6-almond “snack” again. I encourage you to read this book. It will apply to someone in your life (or in your future..hello skyrocketing childhood obesity). It’s a gem..     

NAMI Criticizes Dr. Phil and Brian Williams For Prejudicial Remarks; But Wait, Have You Seen What Dr. Oz Is Doing?

Another great blog post by Pete Earley:

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If you watch Oprah (and who doesn’t), then I know you’re familiar with Dr. Mehmet Oz and his famous “green drink”. Dr. Oz says he drinks it just about every morning and if you look at Oprahs weekly meal plan, you’ll see that she too is drinking it every morning.  Me too — Me too!!  Yummo!

Dr. Mehmet Oz’s Green Drink Recipe – SERVES 3 to 4

  • 2 apples (cored, but leave the skin on them)
  • 2 BIG handfuls of spinach
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 3 ribs/sticks of chopped celery (if you’re using Vita-mix, you only need to cut the celery rubs into thirds)
  • ½ inch or teaspoon ginger root, peeled
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Juice of ½ lemon

After everything is combined in a blender (I highly recommend Vita-mix), this recipe makes 28 to 30 ounces — about three to four servings. After Oprah tried this on the show, she was pleasantly surprised and exclaimed “It’s a glass of fresh!”

If you’re not used to green drinks, you may find them a bit “earthy” in the beginning.  An easy solution is to increase the fruit content until you get used to the earthy taste.  I betcha one day you’ll be craving green drinks just like Dr. Oz’s recipe (I do).  But in the beginning (and for as long as you want), feel free to increase the apple, or add a banana, or add in my favorite … fresh mango or cooked sweet potato!

This isn’t a race, it’s a lifestyle.

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Letter to Eugene

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Dear Eugene,

I am writing to you while my instant ramen cools on the stove. I have been wondering for some time now why they say that it is “instant” when in fact it is not. Anyway, I will try not to get off track here. I am sorry for not returning your messages lately, but I have been very busy with final school matters and I’ve also decided, after our last conversation, to maintain my employment in the bee fields of the Widow Llewellyn. But may I say, that even if you were to choose the microwave option of cooking this so-called instant ramen, it would still require several minutes, not to mention having your hands scalded by the hot bowl when you remove it from the device. Plastic bowls and wares are not as hot as ceramic, but I once watched an episode of Oprah in which a rather handsome gentleman who claimed himself a doctor, by the name of Mehmet Oz, warned that one musn’t heat food in plastic containers as plastic matter can leak, unbeknownst to the naked eye, into the food and cause cancer! Unnerved at this news, I immediately removed my Kenmore TrueCookPlus model microwave from the kitchen counter, and threw it in the corner of the room where it still to this day remains, along with the dents in the wall.

Anyway, in addition to my academic and employment schedules, I have to admit that I’ve been ignoring you on purpose. To be quite honest, you don’t seem at ease in the head. It’s been about a month since we last socialized in person, yet, some nights there is a carriage that rolls by playing the Take That song, “Back For Good,” which I saw was at the top of your “Top 25 Most Played” playlist on your iPod once when you weren’t looking. (Quite troubling.) When I manage to get to a window to look out, the carriage is already out of view. Considering the demographic of my village, this type of “music,” as you people tend to call it, is quite rare. If this is you, please stop. This is quite a tragic situation if you ask me – terribly, terribly tragic, and rather an annoyance to me and especially my neighbor, the Baron Hayworth, who suffers from horrendous panic attacks and as a result, goes entire nights without sleeping. On the nights in which the carriage passes, he has those such nights.

Another reason why I have been avoiding your communications is because, the first time that we went for tea, you were unfamiliar with the comedian Will Ferrell’s infamous “Cowbell” skit on the television emission, Saturday Night Live. Now, I do not consider knowledge of the trivial things that popular culture has to offer the ultimate degree of sophistication, but I do consider it a rough assessment of how sheltered and oppressed one is by something like say, an overbearing mother, or spending one’s entire life in suburbia and believing that blasting post-…And Justice For All Metallica from a horse-drawn carriage is the ultimate, “rebel thing” to do.

In summation, you are a very nice person, Eugene, but you are not an honest person. I don’t accuse you of being a petty thief – rather, I feel you are dishonest to who you truly are. You are also quite naive, as demonstrated by your inability to see through the contemptible ruse of that street urchin that one night, and, with the heavens watching, I and others witnessed you fork over nearly half of your week’s wages to the filthy little urchin!

Yours sincerely,