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#WQWWC #21: Nutrition or Nourishment

Components of Nutrition

Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are our gardeners.

William Shakespeare
#Nutrition, fresh fruits and vegetables
a bevy of berries

Every morning for the past few years, I walked around my garden collecting the fresh fruits and vegetables, popping many into my mouth as I walked. Will power has never been my strong suit when it comes to food. My suggestion is that if will power is not your thing, grow a garden and get full on what grows in it. Chocolate cake doesn’t grow on trees.

Even in this high-tech age, the low-tech plant continues to be the key to nutrition and health.

Jack Weatherford
justify pavlova, #nutrition
pavlova with kiwi, blueberries, and strawberries with a passion fruit sauce drizzled over the top

I can go for low-tech plants, can you? Carol’s relatives introduced me to pavlova on my trip to Australia. Fruit never tasted so good!

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.

Doug Larson
Spiky green vegetable. Can you guess what it is?

I’ve shared this picture before because it is so green. It doesn’t smell a bit like bacon when it’s cooked. In fact my husband has been known to come in and say, “What’s that terrible smell? What are you cooking?” That’s not a great recommendation for eating well. Are there green vegetables that you love to smell when they cook?

Old people shouldn’t eat health foods. They need all the preservatives they can get.

Robert Orben

We did not buy a single treat at this stop. That’s not saying we didn’t help ourselves elsewhere, but we practiced Shakespeare’s advice for the moment. Of course, we’re not old!

Diet + Exercise

Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.

Jack Lalanne

 As a teen, LaLanne suffered from headaches and bulimia, and temporarily dropped out of high school at age 14. The following year, at age 15, he heard health food pioneer Paul Bragg give a talk on health and nutrition, focusing on the “evils of meat and sugar. Bragg’s message had a powerful influence on LaLanne, who then changed his life and started focusing on his diet and exercise.” Wikipedia

Grandma Golda, my mother’s mom, and I exercised in front of the television with Jack LaLanne. I’m glad nobody had a video camera on us. I was about five. Grandma was about 50 and neither of us could do the exercises.

Exercise is easy in the open air if you are having fun, learning something, or exploring new territory. We hiked miles or kilometers in the Bunya Mountains, and it was great fun and with good company and at a slow pace, not even a struggle. Walking doesn’t make you skinny, though. Jack L. is right, you have to eat right, drink moderately or not at all, and exercise.

#Nutrition and hiking for exercise
Friendly critter in the Bunya Mountains found while hiking.

My goal this month was to lose seven pounds. During the first few days, I put on two. I am back down to my original weight after fifteen days. I’m hoping that my goal of no sweets and 7,000 steps a day will take me closer to my goal.

pumpkin pizza #nutrition
pumpkin pizza at Turret Restaurant on Sturt Street

This Australian “health food” was to die for! Pumpkins abound in Australian cuisine. I believed that Carol and her friends and family and I hiked enough miles over the Australian landscape for me to deserve this treat.

Fair Warning

The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you’re off it.

Jackie Gleason

After finding this quote, I read an article about Jack Gleason’s like. Even though I grew up seeing him on television, I didn’t know much about him. He died when he was 71, just two years older than I am now. Perspective makes a huge difference. He was just old to me when he died. Now, not so much! No only was he overweight, but he drank huge amounts of whiskey.

Unlike Jack LaLanne, he was never the poster child for fitness and nutrition.

My Story

President Kennedy pushed exercise and fitness when I started high school, and it probably changed the lives of our generation. Even though I’m not in great shape, I’m 69 have survived cancer, and I still hike, bike, and workout in the gym irregularly. Sadly, I am the poster child for someone who loves to eat.

Submitted for #BrightSquares Diet and Exercise is a bright idea no matter what age you are.

Jackie Gleason joked about diet and exercise and sadly, I do too even though I didn’t think he was funny. What wrong with that picture?

It is no joke. I am a little schizophrenic about diet and exercise. My mother was obese, and I never wanted to do that to my body. But I learned at her knee to eat sweets and and they still tempt me. She had heart issues and survived kidney cancer living to the age of 80.

My father was not overweight, but could and did eat a half pound of bacon a day and a cup of hot chocolate made with real cocoa and sugar every morning for most of his adult life. He boasted that he could eat a 12 oz. bag of Hershey’s Kisses at a sitting. He seldom exercised either, and he died of colon cancer at age 63.

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  1. Great post. Loved the quotes and Romanesco (I am trying to grow some in my allotment this year, it’s delicious). Thank you very much for including a link to my entry too. KL ❤

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    • Hi KL, How wonderful. What is your allotment. Is that like a garden plot somewhere? That must be fun. We live in a small condo now, so I have two pots with herbs – basil and cilantro (coriander) and a large pot with a tomato plant. I will miss broccoli and larger plants like that which I grew in California.

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  2. Right on, Marsha. So much comes down to balance – especially the balance of calories in vs. calories out. Then again, each of us is given a metabolism that is difficult to adjust. We can’t control the effects of gender or aging either. Yet – we can do something! Hey – is that broccoli? ….. FYI: I’ll be linking soon. 🙂

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    • You know I love them. I bought some chopped butternut squash this week and had it on salad and on pizza. It tasted just as good as I remembered it from Australia. Vince had some in his tacos. Such great memories still coming back to life.

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  3. Good morning Marsha….I think you do quite a bit more that what many who are “69+” do…sometimes I think the mentality diminishes so much as people get older (sometimes), like “oh, I’m too old to do that”. My MIL who just turned 76 loves to swim at the health club, and made it a goal recently on a beach trip (over her birthday) to walk from their hotel to their favorite restaurant and back…it was between 6-8 mils. She did it. She tripped part way through and scraped her toe, but kept going.

    I’m going to do my post tonight. I was on an airplane yesterday.

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    • Your MIL sounds like an amazing woman. I have to admit that I use the “I’m too old excuse sometimes. I’m not going to try downhill skiing. Even water skiing, which I did a lot as a teen, my legs aren’t strong enough and I’d never get up! I might try roller or ice skating if I had the chance, swimming definitely, but no races. I’m recreational only. I’ll look forward to your post soon. I hope you had a good trip. There aren’t many people going on airplanes yet. 🙂

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        • Yes! Some things I would have been too old at 10, like learning how to be in Cirque de Soleil. Our neighbor’s little girl is learning “silks,” which is acrobatics at the level of learning Cirque de Soleil.

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    • Your post is full of wisdom. Great words to live by! I’ll comment on it when I get home. My password isn’t working right now.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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