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What’s Broccoli Dad?

What’s Broccoli Dad?

It seems that we are living in days of big change. The recession is heading slowly but surely into one big depression that will take years to get out of. Teenagers listen to music with no message whatsoever except to be cool, take it easy and get all you can.

I am not even talking about eating them. I am talking about knowing what a tomato, broccoli and cauliflower is. Tomato: Red, round vegetable, full of iron that has a sweet taste to it, an essential in every salad and meal.

So Jamie Oliver enters the class, 6 year old kids are looking into his basket of vegetables bewildered and do not know what to expect. He then pulls a bunch of tomatoes and shows it to each of the kids asking if they knew what it was. One of them thought this was a potato. No one actually knew it was a tomato, that’s right, no-one. Then Jamie asks if they know what ketchup is and everybody shouted “Yeah, I do”.

How are they ever going to achieve anything in life, let alone health and fitness, if they have no idea what a vegetable is?

Get your meals ready made for you, and all you have to do is buy it frozen in the store. Heat it up in a cancerous microwave and eat it. You look at it and it stares back as you. There is no shape or color to any ingredient in that meal. It is old, processed and lacks nutrition before you even put it into your trolley. You eat it and yum, it is so tasty. Of course it is, with all the additives Chips ARE tasty. I love chips, but does it look like a potato? Does it have any nutrient in it after being chopped into thin sticks and being deep fried and covered in salt?

This morning I did an Israeli salad. I bought red, green, yellow and orange capsicums, avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers, fancy lettuce, red onions, raw white button mushrooms, carrots, green onions, alfalfa sprouts, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemons, garlic, salt and pepper. The way to do chop everything up very finely is to slice thin the vegetables and then cube them small. I then mixed it all with the salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice and fine chopped garlic. Now that is YUM. The freshness of raw vegetables with lemon, garlic, salt pepper and extra virgin olive oil. It was a boost to my immune system.

Sounds like hard work? It is, so does losing weight and burning fat and calorie because you exercise every second day and eat the right food in the right time of the day. There are no short cuts here, I do believe in hard work, but I also believe in brain work. Do know what you are doing and do not just bang your head against the wall because it can cost you dearly. Knowing what food to eat and what exercises to do will bring results very fast, but if you just go to the gym and hop on some cardio machine like a treadmill and jog for half hour just because everybody is doing it, you’ll be jogging forever.

Food for thought.