Eat Only Foods That Will Eventually Rot!

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I am loving Michael Pollan’s book, “Food Rules – an Eater’s Manual!” If you have not read it, I can’t recommend it enough. He is a man after my own heart – searching for ways to make nutrition simple, he tells it like it is, and weeds through all of the bologna.

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In case you have not heard of the Happy Meal Experiment, I have done it. I have a Happy Meal that I bought back in October 2009. That means it’s coming up on it’s 5th birthday! The thing looks exactly the same since the day I bought it. Nothing’s grown on it, the meat didn’t rot, the bread didn’t mold… there’s something really wrong with that! Your food should not outlive you! In fact, I had to place it in a box because the bag it came in deteriorated thanks to the oil.

A big complaint I get from people is that they hate buying fruits and vegetables because they always go bad. To them I say YES!! Celebrate that and go buy more. Because as myself and Michael Pollan say, “Eat Only Foods That Will Eventually Rot!”

Do you have any foods in your pantry right now that are way past the expiration date, but look pretty much the same as you bought them? Please share! Let’s get a support group going. My name is Jamie Leff and I have a Happy Meal from 2009…

Do you know mom’s that are a slave to the drive through? Please share!

Are You Struggling With Your Habits?

It is easier to add a good habit to one’s life than to discontinue a bad one.

- Mama Gena

I just love this! How many times do you try to break a bad habit, only to fail? Think about it… take a moment to write down all of your bad habits you are trying to break to reach your health goals.

Here are some examples:

  • stop eating dessert
  • give up read meat
  • avoid dairy
  • stop watching tv instead of exercising
  • give up chocolate

Ok, already this list depresses me. If I woke up every day telling myself, “Ok, today is the day I’m going to give up chocolate,” I would not want to get out of bed. Instead, start making a list of all of the good habits you can add. If you’re goal is to get more fiber, what’s one food you can add today to get more fiber. If you’re goal is to exercise more, what’s one activity you can do today. Don’t worry about the rest of the week. Take it day by day and focus on today! I wake up every morning and say, “Today I’m going to move my butt!” And then I get out of bed and I do some stretches, maybe some sit-ups if I have the time, or some calf raises in the kitchen while I’m cooking breakfast. It takes about 10 minutes, but I feel good knowing that at least I moved somewhat today! And more often than not, it motivates me to want to move more. I find myself looking for ways to move throughout the day: I park farther away, I take the stairs, I even carve out a half hour on my way home from work to go to the gym!

The moral of the story is, don’t focus so much on the things you shouldn’t do. Instead, focus on what you CAN do! It’s much more empowering.

What’s one good habit you can add today? Share below. You might inspire someone!

How Old Are You, Really?

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Have you heard people say, “getting old sucks!” How does that make you feel? Like there’s no hope? That aging is what it is and that there’s nothing you can do about it? I know when I hear that, it bums me out! Especially in my profession, I come across people in their 50’s and 60’s who are so sick, bed ridden, or just overall have a poor quality of life. But just when I start to buy into that idea (which is a dumb idea by the way), I meet someone who inspires me. Someone who brings me back to reality and all that I believe in, which is this, “AGE IS JUST A NUMBER PEOPLE!” Lie about it if it makes you feel better, check a different box on a survey, do whatever you have to do to stop allowing these meaningless characters to have so much power over you!

I had the pleasure today of meeting an incredible man. For his privacy, we will call him Howard. I met Howard in the hospital. Howard is 85 years old. Let me tell you a little bit about this remarkable man. Howard was in the hospital because he broke his leg. He got hit by a car, riding his bike. You see, he rides his bike regularly for exercise. He also runs and swims! He told me he started when he was 39. He and his wife went on a ski trip with a few other couples, most of them were in their 20’s. Howard said they could hardly keep up. It was in that moment that he decided he needed to start exercising, and he’s been doing it almost everyday, ever since. By the way, a little background on Howard… he doesn’t take a single medication, doesn’t have any current conditions (other than his new broken leg), and no health history. When I asked him what his secret was, he just simply shrugged and said, “I’ve always done it. I started at 39 and never stopped!” When I asked him about his diet and his weight, he told me, he weighs the same as he did when he was 39 (which is a very healthy weight for him), and he “eats a pretty healthy diet. I’m not a fanatic about it or anything, but I do pretty good.”

This man has inspired me to paint a new picture for myself of what aging looks like and proves it does not have to suck! My ultimate goal: to be running marathons when I’m 85! (Just like the man in the picture above. You can read his story here.

Now that you’ve read Howard’s story, I’d like to ask you, what’s your ultimate goal with regards to your health? How do you see yourself when you’re 85? It’s never too late!

(This was not a rhetorical question by the way! I’d love for you to share your thoughts, inspirations and goals below.)