Conflicting Reports

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Sep2011 14

This is something that I see becoming a bigger problem, as more information is made accessible.  We are constantly bombarded with stories and articles telling us one thing and then the next day, something contradictory to the first.  Case in point, in Tuesday, June 28th health section of the San Diego Union Tribune, one article states, “ the dirty dozen are apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, imported nectarines, imported grapes, bell peppers, domestic blueberries, lettuce, kale and collard greens.”  This is list the Environmental Watch Group just published relating to the fruits and vegetables with the most exposure to pesticides.  They further suggest that washing all fruits and vegetables thoroughly is critical and that the bell pepper you’re eating may have been treated with as many as 97 different bug killers!  On the NEXT page is an article stating that certain foods are proven to be extra healthy and beneficial for the heart.  That list includes: salmon, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, oatmeal, nuts and soy protein.

So from this we can deduce that strawberries and blueberries are both great for the heart and part of the “dirty dozen” of pesticide filled fruits!  Is there any wonder why people are having a hard time believing what is being reported?  In my opinion the answer is this, K.I.S.S., keep it simple stupid.  We know what we are supposed to eat and we know what is right.   Our parents were raised on a higher quality of food than we are being given now.  The milk we drink, the beef we consume and even the air we breathe is dirtier than ever.  The life expectancy in this country is not advancing and the quality of life is declining.  Why is that? It is because our foods are laced with hormones, pesticides, insecticides and poisons.  Children are developing faster than ever.  The sexual characteristics of young boys and girls are starting earlier and earlier.  A seven-year-old girl should not being having a period or developing breasts!

Our parents worked longer and sometimes harder than we do and they still managed to succeed.  They were raised on REAL foods, not processed junk that we happily ingest everyday.  Meals were freshly prepared on a daily basis and we sat around the table to eat them.  When was the last time your family made a meal together and sat around the table eating it sans cell phones and TV?  We know what is healthy; we can feel it in our gut.   We know that organic meats and produce are better for us than conventionally grown products because they don’t contain the high levels of pesticides, insecticides and poisons.  They may cost a little more and don’t stay “fresh” as long as commercially grown products but that’s OK.   We invest in our bodies every time we consume food and drink.  If we eat what we know to be right we gain a surplus of nutrients and longevity.   I tell all my clients that their body is a Ferrari.  If you spend $250,000 on a car would you put sugar in the tank?  Or put cheap gas in it? Of course not!  Then why would do that to your body? (Which is worth way more than $250,000 by the way)  You can always buy a new car but you can’t buy a new body!   Jack Lalanne said it many times throughout his lengthy career, “If man made it, don’t eat it!  If you can hunt it, pick it, gather it or fish it, eat it!”

The only true control we have in this world is over ourselves.  We control what we think, what we do, how we feel, what we eat and what we want to accomplish in life.   Make the best choices for yourself.  Don’t believe what the media says.  If you want answers to questions, research the answer or consult with a professional.  We at The San Diego Boot Camp are always here to assist you in your quest for health and fitness.  If we don’t know the answer to your questions, we have a team of professionals that will find it for you!

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