So I came in from running and started to make a blenderful of GS. Sometimes if my BlendTec is full of something else, or my kids put the container somewhere that I can’t find, I use the VitaMix instead of the BlendTec.
This photo shows another reason why I promote BlendTec over VitaMix. This is the third time this has happened to me in the past few years with my VitaMix: while blending, for no good reason, the entire base and blade assembly comes apart from the container. I had to pull the container off the base and quickly dump it into my other container (losing some all over the counter in the process). I had to stick my hand into the container of green goo and fish out the blade assembly.
So I told my son to grab the camera so you could at least be entertained by it. Don’t get me wrong–VM is a good machine, makes awesome smoothies, and they honor their warranty well (I’ve burned up a couple of their machines). But you can read my 6 reasons (besides this design flaw) why I choose to promote BlendTec, by clicking here.
Covey’s Habit #3 is to Put First Things First. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs reminds us of this, if you’ve ever studied psychology. At the bottom of the pyramid is water, air, and food. If we don’t have these things, we can’t go higher up the hierarchy towards more refined, complex things that make us happy: meaningful relationships with others, for instance, or the ideal of self-actualization. Good food is foundational to health, positive mood, good relationships with nature, God, and others, and finding meaning and purpose in life.
Covey makes a quadrant, a square divided into four parts.
1. Urgent and
3. Urgent and
4. Non-Urgent and
Most people spend too much time in Square 1 (things urgent and important) and Square 3 (things urgent and unimportant). We have to plan and focus in order to spend more time on Square 2, things nonurgent and important. Eating right is Square 2 material!
Habit #7 is to Sharpen the Saw. A lumberjack is furiously sawing wood in the forest with a dull saw, and another man comes by and says, “You could do that a lot more efficiently if you’d sharpen your saw.” The lumberjack says, “I don’t have time–I have all this wood to saw!”
Isn’t this just like life? We’re killing ourselves by not renewing. Low-calorie, high-nutrition, whole plant foods like vegetables, fruits, and legumes regenerate every cell in your body so you have more energy and enthusiasm when you wake up to “saw” tomorrow.
Seven habits of highly healthy people . . . part I
You probably know Stephen Covey’s landslide bestseller, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. You can relate some of his very true principles to Highly Healthy People, and people who are highly effective tend to be physically healthy more than the general population. (For instance, did you know that Tony Robbins was so amazed by the dramatic improvement in his health eating an alkaline diet that he now preaches it for a day at his seminars?)
For instance, Habit #1 is to Be Proactive. Does your life run you, or do you run your life? With food, we can let it just kinda happen to us, or we can engage in a bit of planning to have food that we both enjoy and that nourishes us well. If we take no thought for food and just wait till we’re ravenous, well, Taco Bell is right across the street. But if we do even a bit of planning and preparation, we have the potential to be the healthiest people on the planet, since we have available to us a huge variety of fresh produce from all over the globe.
Habit #2 is to Begin With the End In Mind. Picture yourself at 70. Do you want to go out like a light switch at 95, having enjoyed the company of your great-grandchildren and travelled the world? Or do you want to go out like a dimmer switch, spending the last 25 years of your life pinned to a chair because of health problems? Too many of us are spending the last decades of our life doing the latter.
If we envision being a spry, mentally sharp 90-year old (like one of my heroes, Gordon B. Hinckley, who lived to 96 traveling the world and serving others), we’re going to have to make choices TODAY that lead to that destination.
Two more Covey habits and what they have to do with the GreenSmoothieGirl mission, tomorrow.
I read a post by a 12 Stepper on the other blog on this site, expressing her frustration about the expense of non-organic food and even wondering if it’s worth it to eat a plant-based diet, with all the pesticides on vegetables and fruits.
Dr. McDougall says in The McDougall Program for Women (1999) that animals trap environmental pesticides and other chemicals in their flesh, organs, and milk. Consequently, animal products are MUCH more concentrated with chemicals than the plant food sources they consume.
He cites a study that women who eat animal products have 70 percent higher DDT concentrations (DDT being a particularly deadly pesticide known to cause birth defects in humans) in their breast milk compared to vegetarian women.
Young moms, I hope this is encouragement to you, to buy conventional produce if organic is cost-prohibitive to you, wash it well, and rest assured that what you’re doing for yourself and your children is good and right, because the alternatives are unacceptable.
Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: what’s good, better, and best for CHEESE?
Answer: Some people think soy cheese is a good alternative. I think it’s highly processed and not worth the expense. Also, it tastes yucky.
Good: cheese made from organic, no-hormones or -antibiotics-added milk
Better: raw, organic cheese, no salt added or sea salt added
Best: chervil made from goat milk, which is not mucous forming like dairy (lovely spread on crackers)
I would just like to take a minute at the end of this Mother’s Day to honor my own mother who is halfway across the world in Milan, Italy, serving and teaching people there, with my dad. My mom and dad are the epitome of health and work long days doing meaningful things they love, not slowing down a bit just because they’ve retired. My mom is always learning and growing. Last year, she digested 17 books on the pharmaceutical industry and the way it has controlled and harmed the public’s health. Then she went on radio shows and presented to community groups to teach people to put their faith somewhere else besides mainstream medicine. She is an incredible reader, teacher, and presenter. I wish you could hear her speak: before she left for Italy, she studied Italian on her own so intensively that she gave part of her farewell speech in Italian!
My dad can (and has!) beat me running races, despite the fact that he is 64 years old. He owes my mom a big thank you for helping him be so healthy, feeding him a plant-based diet for the 43 years they’ve been married. He has plenty of risk factors, including having worked as a young adult spraying Malathion in his grandfather’s cherry orchards, not even wearing a face mask. But he is crazy healthy, and his love of running and his good diet must be the reasons!
I want to be like them when I grow up, I want to make them proud, and I want to raise my children to be worthy of the great legacy they’ve given us. Thanks for setting a great example to me, Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!