Monday, May 17, 2010

Notification of Departure

Today at baseball I was the snack mom. I had hard acts to follow. Capri Suns, Oreos, grab bags of chips. My son notified me I would NOT be the mom who brought celery and carrot sticks. I completely caved and brought entertainment food instead of nutrition. My one nod toward actual food was bottled water. Water had not yet been present at snack time. I don’t like bottled water but I didn’t have a big jug and they’re all plastic anyway.

While I watched the kids happily dive into the loot and my son maintain his reputation, a few of us parents leaned against the sagging chain link fence and talked about the scene before us.

Jack LaLanne’s name came up and how he’s always been a fitness guru.

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Even now, at 95, he could run circles around me. BIG circles. I’d be out of breath just turning around and around watching him do it. John B., one of our friends, noted that Jack says he only eats soup for lunch, every day. He thinks anything else is too much.

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When interviewed by Katie Couric on NBC's Today show, LaLanne said his two simple rules of nutrition are: "if man made it, don't eat it", and "if it tastes good, spit it out." Lalanne also works out for two hours each morning in a serious body-disciplining routine.

On-going, long-term research (by people paid to do on-going, long-term research) does seem to indicate that those who eat less than they need, exercise intensely every day, and stay slightly underweight live the longest.

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I’ve had some time to ponder these thoughts and, based on empirical evidence, the pizza and cake I ate for lunch at a kid’s birthday party, and my scale who told me last time I got on not to try and weigh two people at the same time, I just wanted to say goodbye to you all. I’m pretty sure I’ll be dead in about half-an-hour.

Do you think it’s too late for rotten tasting soup?

The Nearly Departed,

Robynn

©Copyright 2010

Photos: Multiple Internet Sources, Katie Couric interview courtesy of Wikipedia

26 comments:

  1. I think I'd rather live to 85 and eat yummy mostly healthy food than live to 95 and eat things that taste like shoes!

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  2. "If it tastes good spit it out!" I am all for a long healthy life however I can not even imagine going through your whole life depriving yourself of wonderful tasting food.

    If that's the recipe for longevity then I'm right behind ya girlfriend, we'll meet on the other side at the heavenly cafe for a cheeseburger and fries, all organically grown of course!

    Blessings
    R

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  3. I guess it works for Jack, but I happen to be with you on the pizza lunch. If I die a few days earlier, so be it. It tasted good.

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  4. A tiny bit of what you enjoy is good for you! Really - it is! ;-)

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  5. Ha ha... I won't be far behind you based on the pizza and hamburgers I had the last two days! My stomach is telling me enough of the vacation, time for a return to some balanced and healthy foods!

    Jack might just be in a class all of his own!

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  6. You can't tell me good food shouldn't tast good. Just about the best tasting food I can think of is fresh, sliced tomatoes straight out of my organic garden with a little sea salt sprinkled on them. Yummy and Healthy! I hope I'm around till 95 to enjoy them.

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  7. We have to do what works for us as individuals...for some it means eating food that doesn't taste good for others it means eating what we please!!! We have this one life, we should be happy living it!

    Life is too short...even if I know someones life style is not healthy who am I to dictate my opinions...most people know in their hearts what is & isn't healthy!!!

    Cheers

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  8. Well, it looks like we are all in agreement. If it tastes good spit it out?? Is he nuts?? I agree with most of what he says but there is always room for an ocassional pizza or hamburger. Everything in moderation!!

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  9. He's an adorable opinionated old geezer, that Jack! Let him eat old shoes if he wants, I have no desire to live until 95 anyway. Gonna enjoy myself here! Nobody told Jack he's still got to die, did they?

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  10. Robynn... I LOVE coming here. Praise God for you and your outlook on life....a gurl after my own heart. Soooo, if it tastes good, spit it out is one of his rules of nutrition. It would be pitiful to follow Jackie (me) around all day. There she goes! Spitting again...and again. Disgusting. I would be the spitting champion.
    You do crack me up, Robynn....and I say 'bring the GOOD snacks to baseball practice'....and leave the spitting snacks for Jack LaLane.
    Love,
    Jackie

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  11. Your scale comment cracked me up. I'm trying to lose this steroid weight, and when I took a photo with a friend of mine who came to visit, it looked like I ate her twin sister fir lunch.

    I think I need to skip the bad soup and just eat water.

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  12. I agree that the man-made processed food should be avoided---but tasteless soup? Nahhh, not for me! I do love soup, and the soups I make are generally healthy. I'm really going to try that 30 days with NO processed food! It's gonna be hard because I'm used to grabbing a lean cuisine for my lunch at work! It's basically because I'm just too tired and too lazy!

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  13. This is funny but serious too. By the way I am glad to meet you. I have a lot of posts about nutrition. I wish I knew how to organize stuff on line, so they would be easy to find. I'm a great organizer in real life where you can put something away. That's a long, round about way to say there are ways to make things to eat that won't be considered the worst snack at the party-or game. We have some alternatives here! I'm right there with you wanting to eat less and weigh less, recently I actually posted my big luschious self at my current weight. I went up 1 pound this week instead of my goal which is down 2.
    So I celebrated my failure with a fresh pan of homemade cinnamon rolls. Smart isn't it?

    I knew a preacher who coined that phrase, "if it tastes good spit it out." My problem with that is it implies that nourishing food that is also low calorie can't taste good. NOT.

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  14. Lobster doesn't taste good? Fresh, sweet oranges that taste divine? Fresh, tender asparagus or a good piece of melt-in-your-mouth steak should be spat out? C'mon now Jack... you can't mean EVERYTHING that tastes good is bad for you!
    I'm going to officially quit perving on your 92 yr old body now!
    Which I did NOT just say... I swear it!
    But... I've been doing his face exercises for years now...and now that you've seen me Robynn, has it been WORTH it? Be truthful now, because if it ain't a-workin', why embarrass myself any further? (pity I was never inspired to do the other exercises though)
    I figure, Eat Drink and be Merry!!

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  15. I have a friend who analyzes and explains everything she eats and talks non-stop about her exercise routines. She isn't going to live any longer than me because I am going to smother her skinny little body with her own yoga mat one day.

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  16. I cracked up at your comment about your scales talking to you! ;-Þ I wish I had Jack's self-discipline regarding eating. I even wish I had my husband's self-discipline. Unfortunately, I have mine, which basically consists of, if you can't lift it, you don't need to eat it.

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  17. I guess it's a good thing I like soup

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  18. About Oscar: it was his pup, Frodo, my friend's dog who bit him. We think it was an accident and that Frodo was only after his ball. And yes, they paid for the vet!

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  19. I'm with him on the soup for lunch - I usually have a big pot of home made carrot and lentil or mixed veg soup, or perhaps some chicken soup - but I think a little of everything in moderation is fine. I don't particularly like 'fast food' and my 10 year old dislikes chips and crisps (loves chocolate though).Thanks for calling into my place - I'll follow you and be back!

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  20. Ha -"Snack mom" reminded me of an "Everybody Loves Raymond" show about the politics of what snacks parents bring. Is THAT what I have to look forward to?!? :-)
    I would hope that I would choose the same path as you and not embarrass my own either.
    BIGABOY you have there for your baby.
    :-)
    Hugs~

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  21. I try to eat healthy as much as possible. And I do feel better when I do! But I think we all deserve a treat now and then!
    Love Di ♥

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  22. Yeah, I don't think he'd write such happy fun cheerful blog posts tho, do you?! He sounds like a drag. But,I've been thinking lately that I need to cut all my delish food servings in half. Like, serve up my plate, then scoop half of everything except the veggies back into the serving bowls before digging in. Ugh.

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  23. Oh, Rob, how do you do it? You are so extraordinarily funny!! But I will not allow for you to say such things about my wonderful friend!! And I read somewhere recently that it is okay to splurge on junk food every once in a while...sigh...Love you so very much! Janine XOXO

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  24. Hey Robynn,
    Another chance to start my morning with a smile, thanks to you. Jack talks like someone who has been in the media all his life. Let's face it. If he was honest, he would tell the world that first, you're dealt genetics, then, you're dealt an upbringing with all the patterns and lifestyle choices that go with it. Then, with all that, we try to be grown ups and make wise choices. That's YOU with your advice on whole foods and your determination to (except at ball games) give your kids healthy things to put in their mouths. That's Nancy, when she wisely taught me the nugget that we should stop eating when we are no longer HUNGRY, not when we're FULL. I'm a product of my genetics (and I'm sitting on 95% of mine right now...how dare you accuse me of being "skinny"); but also my choices (was gonna do step aerobics, but I read your blog instead, and now I don't have time to get sweaty and still get out of the house on time...)
    I DO know that you're an inspiration to us all. So I'm gonna take the stairs instead of the elevator today, and eat something that tastes wonderful.

    Long, tight hugs to you!

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  25. I think I would rather live and die happy than only eat soup once a day.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

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  26. Old "Jack" sure don't look like he used to. Don't believe him Robynn; when I bought his juicer he swore he only juiced! For awhile, I juiced everyday and spent the total of my time cleaning that cursed juicing machine. I'd rather spend my time eating wahtever is handy. Unlike Jack, I don't want to live on this earth forever:)Debbie

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