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But I Don't Like Broccoli!

Somewhere in the last century, with the proliferation of snack foods, fast foods, and TV advertising, Americans adopted a mentality of food-as-recreation. It wasn't always so. There was a time when food was fuel--not fun.

As a corollary of "food as fun", there is an avoidance of anything that's difficult and takes a lot of effort--like exercise. Take the elevator. Drive right to the door. Hire a gardener. Ride in a golf cart. And so forth.

My job is to give you some information. What you do with it is up to you! Here it is:

1. High-density carbohydrates and sugar are killing you.

2. Protein is more important than you know and it is NOT dangerous!

3. Fruits and vegetables are mandatory.

4. Eating 5 or 6 small meals a day is healthier than 2 or 3 big meals.

5. Exercise is the fountain of youth.

And this is what I hear: "But I don't like any fruits", "I love my bread", "I can't eat a whole

chicken breast", "I only like carrots and corn", "I can't stand food before noon", "I don't want to give up my two glasses of wine", "I don't have time to make a lunch and McDonalds is right next door", "I hate to sweat", "I don't have time to exercise."

I'm not the food or exercise police. There are no food police, no exercise police! When you do certain behaviors, you get certain consequences. It's pretty simple, and you're in total control; not me, not anyone else. Look at the consequences and the results you're getting now and decide if you want different ones. The bad news is that if you're ignoring the above information, you're getting crappy results by middle age. You're doing it to yourself and no one will stop you. The good news is that you CAN do it better if you want better results.

Come back to Tom's Corner to read more about how nutrition plays an important role in your health & performance and I'll answer some of your excuses...

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