Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tony Hortons thoughts on Food

This was posted on Tony Horton's blogspot. I love how Tony doesn't mince words. He tells it like it is! I had the good fortune to meet Tony on two occasions now. He is a very nice person and so approachable. He is just a crazy in person and he is on the workout videos!!

Food. It's that thing that's killing you, slowly.

Fitness won't solve your problems. Getting free of your food addictions will. When it came to healthy living, exercise for regular people is relatively new. The average Joe and Joanne didn't really start exercising until the 50s and 60s. Guys like Joe Weider and Jack LaLaine started the revolution after WWII and it's been growing (too slowly) ever since. As the obesity trends began to rise in the 70s, jogging and nautilus became more popular. During this time various companies were selling goofy ways to lose weight. For some reason we quickly forgot that eating whole foods was the key to maintaining our weight. As food became more processed over the the past few decades we used other processed foods to help us lose weight. It was (and still is) a vicious cycle of addiction. The gain, lose, gain epidemic continues. I read a funny blurb the other day which clearly and plainly stated that if you avoided food with mascots you'll lose weight. Goodbye Count Chocula! Our grandparents didn't have gym memberships, spinning classes and fitness DVDs. They ate healthy whole foods and spent four times more time outside than we do. If your grandparents were obese it was a novelty for sure. Our behavior and habits put food-porn companies in business and we also have the power to destroy them by not eating their poison.

You control what goes in your mouth, no one else. Find ways to make healthy whole food taste good and eat it. Period!

With Love and compassion,

Tony Horton

I think I'll take his advice and not eat any food that has a mascot!! Loved that line!!

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One thing that I do miss after changing my diet is spinach dip. I got this recipe today from Veg News. It sounds yummy. May not be exactly like what I used to eat, but I'm okay with that.

Serves 6 to 8

What You Need:
8 ounces fresh spinach, washed
1 10-ounce package frozen artichoke hearts, cooked and well drained
1 4-ounce can diced mild green chiles, drained
2 tablespoons scallions, minced
1 cup firm tofu, well drained and crumbled
3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄8 teaspoon black pepper

What You Do:
1. Over a medium pot of boiling water, steam spinach until wilted, about 2 minutes. Set aside to cool. Once cool, squeeze out any excess moisture and set aside.

2. In afood processor, roughly chop artichoke hearts. Add chiles, scallions, tofu, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and reserved spinach. Process until well blended.

3. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Eat clean and push play today!