Jack LaLanne’s Take on Healthy Diet & Exercise

Jack LaLanne says his whole life has been devoted to communicating the message that anyone can improve their physical condition if they really want to and are willing to do something about it. You don’t need to follow a grueling two-hour exercise routine, says LaLanne, but start incorporating more physical activity into your daily life. Stop spending most of your free time slouched in front of the TV. Get out and walk, lift some weights, take a regular swim, or ride a bike.

Most important, though, is to change what you eat. An early nutritionist mentor of Jack LaLanne’s described humans as “walking garbage cans”. Remember, we are what we eat.

Try the Jack LaLanne Diet . . . “Lite”

LaLanne recommends starting out by replacing some of the junk foods we eat with healthier foods. Substitute white bread and white rice with whole grains and brown rice.

The “lite” version of the Jack LaLanne diet entails gradually cutting down on the amount of processed food, red meat and poultry we eat, and eating more fish and raw vegetables. Try to eat at least three or four kinds of raw vegetables every day and gradually work your way up to LaLanne’s recommended eight – ten vegetables.

Fresh Veggie Juice

A great way to do this without too much effort is to invest in a juicing machine and start experimenting with literally thousands of delicious combinations of fruit and vegetable juice blends.

What Approach Will You Take – Michael Phelps’ or Jack LaLanne’s?

Will you grind yourself for 4 Olympics over 16 years or go for the life “long-haul”? It is a choice. Life is but a dash on a tombstone, but it is an endurance race while you are on this Earth. The fact is, it is very likely that you will benefit more from the lifestyle of Jack LaLanne than Michael Phelps’. While Michael Phelps will have his share of Golden Moments, Jack LaLanne has had his share of a “Golden Life”, inspiring our nation to get more out of life through better health and wellness.

Either way, whether you are the tortoise or the hare, whether your light burns for a long time or you’re a shooting star, why not start your own list of feats and physical accomplishments?

What’s next for you?


This was the 3rd and final part of a 3 part article.


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Pesticides in Produce – Buying Conventional or Organic?

Dirty & Clean Foods List

The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health, produces a Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce. It is based on the results of nearly 51,000 pesticide tests on food crops by the U.S. Department of Agriculture between 2000 and 2005. The results of their data takes into consideration the way in which consumers wash, peel and prepare produce prior to consumption.

Organic fruits and vegetables by definition are grown without the use of pesticides. But some find that the expense of buying organic is simply too much. Below is a list of 12 “dirty” foods followed by a list of 12 “clean” foods. These  two lists are for your information and are presented here to reiterate their importance. We, here at Transformation LLC, believe it is up to each person to weigh the costs of buying organic versus buying conventionally grown produce. Keep in mind, however, that research shows that the effects of pesticides on the body can definitely lead to serious health problems.

The EWG states that “the best option is to eat a varied diet, wash all produce, and choose organic when possible to reduce exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.”

12 Foods You Should ALWAYS Buy Organic

Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories in the Guide to Pesticides, the following twelve foods had the highest pesticide load when conventionally grown. For this reason, they are the least safe to consume:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes (imported)
  • Pears
  • Spinach
  • Potatoes

12 Foods that You Don’t Have to Buy Organic

Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories in the Guide to Pesticides, the following twelve foods had the lowest pesticide load when conventionally grown. Consequently, they are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume:

  • Broccoli
  • Eggplant
  • Cabbage
  • Banana
  • Kiwi
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet corn (frozen)
  • Avocado
  • Onion

Michael Phelps, Aging & an Athletic Legend

Jack LaLanne and Michael Phelps

Yes…Michael Phelps is a phenom. Yes. Michael Phelps has recently made Olympic History by winning an unprecedented 8 Gold Medals. Go U-S-A! As a health & fitness professional, I can appreciate the performance feats, but I also appreciate regard for long-term health and wellness. And, from our last blog on Phelps’ diet, most can clearly see a lot of food and calories, but a real lack of quality. We dared to ask the question, ‘Could he possibly perform any better than he did if he had eaten better foods?’

We believe so! We also dared to compare the feats of Michael Phelps with an individual that has had an equally remarkable performance record, yet has also been able to keep himself at peak health and inspire millions for decades.

“Who is this amazing person?,” you ask. He certainly needs no introduction…

Jack LaLanne – Amazing!

Jack LaLanne is America’s Number 1 Physical Fitness Expert and Guru, and is often called the “Godfather of Fitness”. The 93-year-old LaLanne admits it was not always this way. “As a kid,” he flatly states, “I was a sugarholic and a junk food junkie! It made me weak and it made me mean. It made me so sick I had boils, pimples and suffered from nearsightedness. Little girls used to beat me up. My mom prayed… the Church prayed.”

It was at the age of 15, when he heard pioneer nutritionist Paul Bragg speak at the Oakland City Women’s Club in San Francisco Bay Area, Jack finally realized that he was addicted to sugar. Bragg promised Jack if he would exercise and eat a proper diet he could regain good health. Jack listened attentively and was fiercely determined to walk away from that lecture ready to build a totally new Jack LaLanne.

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Age is no limitation for Jack LaLanne . . .

For those of you that may initially scoff that LaLanne’s performance achievements in comparison to Phelps’, lets take a look at his laundry list of accomplishments while noting his corresponding age:

1954 Age 40:
Swam the length of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge underwater with 140 pounds of equipment, including two air tanks… an undisputed world record.
1955 Age 41:
Swam, handcuffed, from Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, CA.
1956 Age 42:
Set a world record of 1,033 pushups in 23 minutes on “You Asked for It, a TV Show with Art Baker.
1957 Age 43:
Swam the treacherous Golden Gate Channel, towing a 2,500-pound cabin cruiser. This involved fighting the cold, swift ocean currents that made the 1 mile swim a 6 ½ mile test of strength and endurance.
1958 Age 44:
Maneuvered a paddleboard 30 miles, 9-½ hours non-stop from Farallon Islands to the San Francisco shore.
1959 Age 45:
Completed 1,000 pushups and 1,000 chin-ups in 1 hours and 22 minutes. “Happy” is born and The Jack LaLanne Show goes nationwide.
1974 Age 60:
Swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf, for a second time handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.
1975 Age 61:
Swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, underwater, for a second time handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.
1976 Age 62:
Commemorating the “Spirit of ’76”, swam 1 mile in Long Beach Harbor, handcuffed, shackled and towing 13 boats (representing the 13 original colonies) containing 76 people.
1979 Age 65:
Towed 65 boats filled with 6,500-pounds of Lousiana Pacific wood pulp while handcuffed and shackled in Lake Ashinoko, near Tokyo, Japan.
1980 Age 66:
Towed 10 boats in North Miami, Florida filled with 77 people for over a mile in less than 1 hour.
1984 Age 70:
Handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 boats with 70 people from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 ½ miles.

Jack LaLanne believes in daily, vigorous, systematic exercise and proper diet. “My top priority in life is my workout each day.” Jack exercises 2 hours each day: 1 hour of strength training, followed by 1 hour of swimming. He lives by what he says to others, and has been doing it for over 75 years. Much of what Jack LaLanne has advocated through his teaching and beliefs has become common knowledge today. Today’s doctors and fitness experts all acknowledge daily systematic and proper diet as the principle keys to a longer healthier life.

In our next blog, we discuss how we “ordinary mortals” can learn, benefit and apply Jack’s healthy life practices, eating and exercise to our own.

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