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November 25, 2014

“Things can get testy when three accomplished physicians (Frank Lipman, Mark Hyman, and Joel Kahn) duke it out over the right way to eat for optimal health. Don’t worry, they hug it out in the end!” – MBG – Sugar, Gluten, Paleo, Vegan: 3 Doctors Debate The Best Way To Eat[1]

Below is a summary of Torah Parsha (Portion) Vayeitzei in a Nutshell from

Jacob leaves his hometown of Beersheba and journeys to Charan. On the way, he encounters “the place” and sleeps there, dreaming of a ladder connecting heaven and earth, with angels climbing and descending on it; G‑d appears and promises that the land upon which he lies will be given to his descendants. In the morning, Jacob raises the stone on which he laid his head as an altar and monument, pledging that it will be made the house of G‑d.

In Haran, Jacob stays with and works for his uncle Laban, tending Laban’s sheep. Laban agrees to give him his younger daughter, Rachel—whom Jacob loves—in marriage, in return for seven years’ labor. But on the wedding night, Laban gives him his elder daughter, Leah, instead—a deception Jacob discovers only in the morning. Jacob marries Rachel, too, a week later, after agreeing to work another seven years for Laban.

Leah gives birth to six sons—Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun—and a daughter, Dinah, while Rachel remains barren. Rachel gives Jacob her handmaid, Bilhah, as a wife to bear children in her stead, and two more sons, Dan and Naphtali, are born. Leah does the same with her handmaid, Zilpah, who gives birth to Gad and Asher. Finally, Rachel’s prayers are answered and she gives birth to Joseph.

Jacob has now been in Charan for fourteen years, and wishes to return home. But Laban persuades him to remain, now offering him sheep in return for his labor. Jacob prospers, despite Laban’s repeated attempts to swindle him. After six years, Jacob leaves Charan in stealth, fearing that Laban would prevent him from leaving with the family and property for which he labored. Laban pursues Jacob, but is warned by G‑d in a dream not to harm him. Laban and Jacob make a pact on Mount Gal-Ed, attested to by a pile of stones, and Jacob proceeds to the Holy Land, where he is met by angels.

Normally I try to write my Blog based on something I have read, seen etc. and then I try find a message from the Torah Parsha. This week’s Blog title matches closer with the Story of Joseph which we read in one of the upcoming Parshas, but I thought it was relevant based on an article I read on Saturday in The Age and on a sign I noticed at a service station.

The Saturday Age listed the top 5 selling products at Supermarkets in Australia. I was totally shocked. Coke related products occupied 4 of the 5 top spots – Yes!. The 4 Coke products are Coke 30 packs, Coke 24 packs, Coke 2L and Coke 1.25L. The only other item was Woolworths Milk. Are people so focussed on these sugary drinks? What about REAL Food?



Riding on Sunday morning passed a service station the new Coke #ColourYourSummer[2] was displayed at the petrol pumps. I think the service attendant thought I was going mad taking a picture of the advert. In an article on the campaign the author said that “Coca-Cola is breaking all its own brand guidelines in an effort to reconnect to teens and make the brand cool again[3].”

This week is the start of the Jewish month of Kislev. During the month of Kislev we celebrate the festival of Chanukah. In an article by Rabbi Avi Shafran[4] on Chanukah, I found a message that I will try and link with the theme of the Blog.

For, while Chanukah is often portrayed as a celebration of religious freedom (or even, weirdly, as a salute to religious pluralism), the true meaning of the Festival of Lights is clear from the many classical Jewish sources about the holiday – from the Talmud through the Lurianic mystical works to those of the Chassidic masters. Chanukah is entirely about the struggle to maintain Jewish integrity and observance within a non-Jewish milieu, to resist assimilation into a dominant non-Jewish culture.

The real enemy at the time of the Maccabees was not so much the Ancient Greek empire as a military power, but rather what Ancient Greek society represented: a cultural colonialism that sought to erode the beliefs and observances of the Jewish religious tradition, and to replace them with the glorification of the physical and the embrace of much that Judaism considers immoral. The Seleucids sought to acculturate the Jewish people, to force them to adopt a “superior,” “sophisticated,” secular philosophy. And thus the Jewish victory, when it came, was a triumph not over an army but over assimilation. The Maccabees succeeded in preserving Jewish tradition, and protecting it from dilution.

The “miracle of the lights,” our tradition teaches, was not an arbitrary sign. Poignant meaning lay in the Temple candelabra’s supernatural eight-day burning on a one-day supply of oil. For light, in Jewish tradition, means Torah – the principles, laws and teachings that comprise the Jewish religious heritage.

The candles we light each night of Chanukah recalling the Temple menorah miracle reflect a greater miracle still: the survival of the Jewish faith over the past 3000 years. All the alien winds of powerful empires and mighty cultures were unable to extinguish the flames of Jewish commitment. “Chanukah” means “dedication.” It is a time for all of us Jews to rededicate ourselves to our heritage. We have the power to keep ourselves from melting into our surroundings, and to resist the blandishments of those who insist that there is no other way.

Reading a number of Blogs, Twitter and Instagram feeds I pick up some great tit-bits, quotes and information on diet and nutrition. Most diets, sports coaches, chefs and nutritionist that I follow focus on eating non-processed, clean and simple foods:

Cut out processed food – processed food increases GI stress when it’s being digested. Unprocessed food causes less stress. Just write down what you eat in day and swap out the obvious culprits – What training can I do to be a faster swimmer, cyclist, runner?”  – Simon Ward – Triathlon Coach – Article on – Boosting triathlon fitness with NO EXTRA training!

“The cleaner we eat, the clearer we think, and the better we can embrace good health and nutrition.” Terry Walters – CLEAN FOOD, page 1

@wolffmark[5]“Eating cleanly is a choice. When you are faced with a decision of what to eat there are 2 paths you can follow, you can either make an emotional food choice which is based on attachment or addiction to flavour, texture & taste or you can make the healthy choice which if done regularly will lead to a healthy attachment. The process of food selection is complex it involves look, feel, smell, taste and texture where the brain function triggers impulses based on food selection even before it’s near your lips. You will be surprised that making the healthy choices can trigger the same feelings it’s just a matter of trust in the final product & not a selection based on only visual taste. Remember once it’s passed your lips you have zero control over what it’s going to do to your body. Healthy habits will win in the end, choose with intellect not only desire. #health #foodmatters #foodselection #healthychoices #athletespalate #nutrition”

I think that we all have “the power to keep ourselves from melting into our surroundings…” , buying so much of this un-healthy “crap” and falling for ad campaigns of products like Coke that somehow link their products to being “cool”, happy and having fun. We should be Colouring our summer and our plates with Healthy Simple Options.

@HealthylivingandfoodColours Salad“Beautiful colours in homemade salad this afternoon! Spinach, silver beet, chives, Meredith goats cheese and edible flowers from the garden topped with homemade salad dressing! Hope you’re all enjoying this sunny Sunday arvo x🌺”

Colours Lisa F MLisa Fallon Mindel – “The beauty, colours, and goodness of Fall (different Season in America) foods are all around. They are yours to enjoy so indulge. ‪#‎seasonalfoods ‪#‎Healthyholidays ‪#‎cookingiscreative ‪#‎wholebodybeautiful”

Last night watching Grey’s Anatomy, Dr. Miranda Bailey was complaining about her kale smoothie as she tries to eat healthier and get fitter. A few of my friends laugh at some of the so called superfoods (not sure if they laughing at me or why these are super foods or because some of these are so expensive – Hilary Bromberg – “Superfoods are supergood.” ). I came across a very good quote from former Springbok rugby player, Rob Louw that sums up good healthy, simple “superfoods” – “5 easy-to-find superfoods I recommend regardless of season: #Tomatoes #avocados #berries #cucumbers & #leafygreens”. Personally I would add eggs?

I think the reason that the “accomplished physicians” I mentioned hug it out is that no matter the diet, we all need to focus on “what we eat”. Anyone who focusses on what they eat, no matter what diet they follow will lose weight and feel healthier. In an article comparing Paleo/LCHF to Vegan, most experts agree (if you can) – Eat as close to nature as possible (organic, pastured, foraged, seasonal, unprocessed), Forget calories, Remember hunger and embrace healthy fat. 

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Sunday Night Dinner

Fuel Right Nutrition – “With all the focus on #diets and what we shouldn’t eat, how about we focus on what we CAN eat! #jerf #pfc #balance #healthyplatemodel 🍴”

BUT as a person that promotes a “HEALTHY LIFESTYLE” and with some younger kids we all needs to remember what Fitness writer and Physique coach, Sohee Lee says on her Twitter feed – @SoheeFit – “Eating healthy food doesn’t make you a morally superior person, and eating junk food every now and then doesn’t make you a bad one.”

To end another quote from @roblouw – “Sugary drinks can trigger acne. Drink more water less sodas.”

PS – In this article I have focussed on FOOD – Just Remember to REALLY enjoy the #COLOURYOURSUMMER , get outside and be active – #HEALTHYLIFESTYLE





[5] Nutrition & physiology expert, fitness freak, triathlete, wellness & lifestyle mentor, writer, speaker, 32Gi, human being, #Unstoppable #32Gi #LCHF


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