My Dad lived by specific culinary principles:
- Cake’s main purpose was to hold up the frosting.
- Pepsi was the beverage of choice because water was for bathing, not drinking.
- The only edible food was brown and white (unless it contained copious amounts of sugar), green food should be reserved for insects or chimpanzees
- Fruit was only safe to eat if it was in a pie.
If he had known that June 17 was National Eat Your Vegetables Day he would have celebrated with a loaf of french bread & butter downed it with a Pepsi and a cinnamon roll for desert.
On June 17 – National Eat Your Vitamins, Phytochemicals, Fiber, Potassium Day:
- Take a vegetable to lunch
- Be corny
- Drink Doctor PEPPER
- Stalk celery
June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, and National Eat Your Vegetables Day is one more opportunity to remind everyone to continue with this part of a healthy diet.
Each vegetable has its own nutritional content though generally, they contain a little protein or fat and varying proportions of :
- Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin B6, provitamins, dietary minerals and carbohydrates.
- Phytochemicals, some of which have antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties.
- Fiber which is important for gastrointestinal function.
- Essential nutrients that are necessary for healthy hair and skin.
- Potassium may help prevent the formation of kidney stones.
When eating a diet consisting of the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, it may help
- Lower the risk of heart diseases and type 2 diabetes.
- Decrease bone loss and protect against some cancers
It is recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, to consume 3 to 5 servings of vegetables per day. This recommendation may vary, however, depending on age and gender. For most vegetables, one serving is equivalent of 1/2 to 1 cup and can be eaten either raw or cooked.
Lettuce All Munch Away!
to learn how my Dad “made” me eat junk food and some scientific research – how what we eat can make us happier and combat depression
It always “cracks me up” (figuratively speaking) when I see those signs for Chick Fil A. NOW here’s even better news . . . whether you are a cow OR a chicken . Listen to this Nutrition Facts short video on improving depression and anxiety through what you eat:
And for those of my blog readers who are too busy (or too depressed) to listen to the video here’s the conclusion:
“The complete restriction of flesh foods significantly reduced mood variability in omnivores…. Our results suggest that a vegetarian diet can reduce mood variability in omnivores. Perhaps eating less meat can help protect mood in omnivores, particularly important in those susceptible to mood disorders.
My mind is a sponge
It craves the dopamine high
mops up sugar, yum
My mouth is a sponge
soaks up the tasty junk food
Each morsel and crumb
Liver is a sponge
mops up all carbohydrates
I am a bit dumb
Signs of addiction: Constant cravings; Eating bowls of ice cream so that the amount of fudge sauce evenly lasts before the ice cream is gone; Quickly devouring the entire bag of candy in the car so no one will see; Making sure there’s no chocolate on your breath; Feeling guilty; Waking up every morning with determination that this day you will NOT eat sugar and carbohydrates.
I’ve known for years that I get the same neurochemical “high” from sugar and unrefined carbohydrates that a drug addict gets from drugs. Research has confirmed what I’ve long suspected. What I didn’t know is that my liver is suffering. Click here to hear what Dr. Oz has to say:
P.S. Does anyone think that picture reminds them of chocolate sauce on top of strawberry ice cream, a banana and pink whipped cream?