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.


Read Part 1 of this 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