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The Paleo WAY!

January 16, 2015

“Most leaders are starting to understand that the terror of radical Islam presents a clear and present danger to the world in which we live” – Benjamin Netanyahu

I would like to dedicate this Blog to the many brave souls that lost their lives in Paris last week. These events have totally shocked me and the world. I would like to share part of an article I re-read by Rabbi Marc Angel – “Unless the free societies of the world stand forcefully against tyranny and terrorism, these horrible conditions will persist. Anyone who compromises with tyrants and terrorists is not only endangering the people who live under these tyrants and terrorists, but is endangering the safety and security of people who are currently living in free societies.”

As a person I need to be proud of what I do, of what I say, what I am and importantly proud to say I am a Jew. As a Jew I support the State of Israel and Jews around the world.

In a recent article Listing the 100 Most Influential people in Health & Fitness (  http://greatist.com/health/most-influential-health-fitness-people ), I was very proud to see so many Jewish people on the list. A number of the people on the list I follow on Social Media or on their Podcasts. As I have grown to expect, we as Jews far exceed our proportion of the population. I am proud to sat I AM A JEW!

#JeSuisCharlie #JeSuisJuif

Instead of pictures I have included cartoons. Cartoons have and will always be a part of our lives.

“If you eat what you’ve always eaten, you’ll weigh what you’ve always weighed!” – @Fit_Motivator

Below is a summary of Parsha (Torah Portion) Va’eira from www.chabd.org

G‑d reveals Himself to Moses. Employing the “four expressions of redemption,” He promises to take out the Children of Israel from Egypt, deliver them from their enslavement, redeem them, and acquire them as His own chosen people at Mount Sinai; He will then bring them to the land He promised to the Patriarchs as their eternal heritage.

Moses and Aaron repeatedly come before Pharaoh to demand in the name of G‑d, “Let My people go, so that they may serve Me in the wilderness.” Pharaoh repeatedly refuses. Aaron’s staff turns into a snake and swallows the magic sticks of the Egyptian sorcerers. G‑d then sends a series of plagues upon the Egyptians.

The waters of the Nile turn to blood; swarms of frogs overrun the land; lice infest all men and beasts. Hordes of wild animals invade the cities; a pestilence kills the domestic animals; painful boils afflict the Egyptians. For the seventh plague, fire and ice combine to descend from the skies as a devastating hail. Still, “the heart of Pharaoh was hardened and he would not let the children of Israel go, as G‑d had said to Moses.”

avo22“Eating an avocado a day can significantly lower your cholesterol, new study finds” – @NBCNightlyNews

Last Shabbos we had people for Seudah Shlishit (The 3rd Meal on Shabbat) and one of the issues that was discussed by my guests was diets and the extreme lengths some people go to, to lose weight.

The third meal of Shabbat is called Seudah Shlishit. It is eaten in the late afternoon before sunset. The Talmud teaches that the unique spiritual dimensions of this meal assures that one who fulfills his obligation to eat this third meal merits favorable judgment in the world to come.

According to some rabbinic opinions, Seudah Shlishit should be fulfilled with a full meal, beginning with challah or bread. Other authorities deem a light snack including foods requiring the blessing of mezonot; meat or fish; or at least fruit, sufficient.

Each Shabbat meal is imbued with its own particular theme and mood. During the third meal, as Shabbat lingers but a while longer, the feeling is reflective and spiritual. At the table of many Chassidic Rebbes, it was during the third meal that the deepest and most mystical teachings found expression, in both words and song. We take this time of Shabbat’s waning to savor its last moments.

Many people find it difficult to eat bread or a large meal at Sudah Shlishit as they are still “full” from a big lunch. The Sages were likewise aware of the well-known phenomenon that while we’re eating, we can easily go too far – while if we pause for a few minutes we’ll realize when enough is enough. Care should be taken not get carried away with our enjoyment of Shabbat lunch to the extent that we’ll regret it later. Shabbat is for true enjoyment and spiritual uplift, not the enjoy-now-and-regret-later thrills of overeating.

In a recent article “What’s the Best Diet in America? The Answer May Surprise You[1]” the best diet was called the DASH Diet – I had never heard about it either (See below for a summary[2]). Much to many people’s surprise, including Chef Pete Evans the Paleo Diet was ranked number 34 in the list (yes it came in last).

In a Facebook post Pete Evans posted some very interesting comments on healthy eating which he titled the “Paleo Way” – “The Paleo Way (not diet) is about knowing where your food comes and developing great relationships with your purveyors and supporting the farmers that care for their produce. Ok here we go, what is the Paleo Way….

An abundance of fibrous organic NATURAL vegetables, either raw, cooked and we also promote some fermented veg for good gut health.

Moderate amounts of well sourced protein from land or sea animals that have had a NATURAL diet. (no animals should be raised in horrific conditions or fed an unnatural diet that makes them and us eventually us sick.)

Quality fats from NATURAL dietary sources such as avocados, olives, nuts and seeds, and from animals from land and sea that have had a NATURAL diet. (This is what our bodies and brains need to thrive.)

We also celebrate herbs and spices to enhance not only the flavour of food but for their medicine properties too.

And lastly, the promotion of drinking the most NATURAL water you can find.”

In a recent Instagram Post from former swimmer Stephanie Rice http://instagram.com/itsstephrice/ She made some very interesting points on her diet. In a nut shell she tried various diets until she found a “diet” that worked for her. She specifically said that everyone is different. The problem is that there is so much information out there that totally confuses everyone. I loved her closing remarks,

“This is what works for me and everyone’s different…  I think the world of “diets” is so bloody overwhelming and really, it should be simple. It’s food not brain surgery. I say, eat the majoring of foods that are in their natural state and enjoy other things as you please…try and see what works best!!!”

You are a role model for your children. Show them the right foods to eat to live a healthy life.” @roblouw6

2015-01-12 08.12.52In Australia, the Premier of Victoria (Dan Andrews) has continued to back McDonalds having an outlet in the Royal Children’s Hospital. The Premier has come under pressure from a number of people for his stance.

I would like to share 1 tip from an Article by the No Meat Athlete Matt Frazier titled “The Frictionless Kitchen”. Point 1 was  “Serve your salad (and your family’s) right when you start cooking dinner. Since you’re hungry and the hot food isn’t ready yet, you’ll fill up on more healthy salad than you would if you served it just before the meal hits the table (or worse, at the same time). Over time, increase the size of the salad, an lessen the amount you’re cooking.” – See more at: http://www.nomeatathlete.com/frictionless/#sthash.ma0Pkrkc.dpuf Often people see Loren and my sald bowls and ask how many people that is for!

Just as our Torah Sages teach us to be cognisant of what we eat for Shabbos lunch so we are able to eat at Seudah Shlishit and people like Pete Evans and Steph Rice explains their way of clean eating. We as parents need to be aware of what we are eating ourselves and more importantly what we are feeding to our kids.

GaryCohen #RunningTips: “Fruit/veggies have vitamins, minerals & antioxidants to build mitochondria providing energy to muscles/nerves/heart”

[1] http://news.health.com/2015/01/07/whats-the-best-diet-in-america-the-answer-may-surprise-you/

[2] While there are many heart-healthy diets, the DASH diet, short for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, has some of the strongest science behind it. The plan, which is heavy on fruits and vegetables but low in fat and sodium, can reduce systolic blood pressure (the upper number) by about 12 points and diastolic pressure (the lower number) by about six points. It has been shown to reduce total cholesterol levels by about 7%.

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