Keep doin’ what you’re doin’

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If I have spent decades gaining weight, wallowing in food addictions and persisting with bad habits, is it reasonable to believe that I can turn that all around in a couple of weeks?  Or that it will be easy?  And that I can do it and then go back to eating and living just like I always have?  If you watch all the promotional hype in ads and on TV selling shows, as they try to out shout each other, they would have you believe that their gimmick, potion, or surgery is a silver bullet.

Common sense suggests otherwise.


1. You are not defective or deficient if you have not succeeded before.  You can do just as well as me or anyone else who has succeeded.  You CAN do it, BUT:

 2. You must be willing to make REAL changes…and they must be sustainable.  If you go back to doing what you were doing, you will go back to getting what you were getting.

3. Progress will be incremental.  You can make some changes in a few weeks, and subsequent change will take a few more.  If you persist, a year from now you will be doing much better than you are now---in two years much better still.


4. During the first part of this process, you will have some setbacks, problems, discouragement, and dilemmas to figure out.

5. These are real addictions and deeply ingrained bad habits we’re dealing with here.  Managing them at first will probably require some help in the form of training and accountability, motivation, and support…and some humility.

6. You will have to give up some dearly defended and long held beliefs and traditions about food and eating.

7. Your grandmother did not have access to the knowledge you have about anything.  In fact, her set of problems, which included how to keep a bunch of hard-working men and boys full on a very small budget while using mostly foods raised at home, was completely different from yours.  And so she wasn’t cooking for your family’s health.  She did miracles with the knowledge and resources she had.  The food you have access to is different.  Your family’s lifestyle is different.  Unless you want your family to be sick and obese, you must change fundamentally.


Pina Colada Recipe

Fast, and easy to make.

This Pina Colada is to die for.

I can’t ever get enough and it disappears very quickly when I am feeling nice enough and share it.

Pina Colada Recipe


2 frozen bananas

1 (12 oz.) can pineapple juice concentrate

2 cups rice milk

½ (13 oz.) can coconut milk

2 cups ice

½ cup honey (melted in microwave)

Blend all ingredients and savor.

Tip: all of those over ripe bananas that you just didn’t eat rather than throwing them away, peel them and stick them in a freezer bag and you will be ready to enjoy Pina Coladas any time.


Take Responsibility For YOUR Health


Health care in the United States is a mess.

Despite great advances in technology, most people can only gain access to a tiny portion of what is a available.  This is especially true if you are getting older.

The system does not place the same value on older peoples’ lives and health as it does on younger people.  Sadly, this is the reality of socialized medicine the way it is now being run in the U.S.  There will never be enough money to give everybody all the health care they need.  It is not and will never be possible.  Rationing will continue and probably become even worse.  We wait and wait; we spend days and weeks being run around, and then are frequently denied many services and procedures that might give help or relief.

This is not likely to change soon so if we are to have good quality of life, each of us must take more responsibility for our own health.  In our personal lives and families, we must change the culture that says, “I can gorge myself on anything I crave, be a lazy slug, invest zero effort on education, and then go to the doctor and he/she will fix me and I will be fine.”  This idea is a dangerous fantasy in these times.

The good news is you can prevent or treat many of the ailments that are bothering you yourself.  There is an abundance of information available in books and online.  In fact, there is not very much information to which your doctors have access that you don’t.

Stay connected with Apples and Almonds and we will clarify, simplify, and help you edit out the misinformation and other confusing gunk.



BOREDOM…are you sure you are hungry?

BoredomBoredom is often the problem with obesity and        compulsive eating. 

We and our children need to do engaging and meaningful activities most of the time…or we will eat compulsively and be obese and unhealthy. 

Sitting around watching TV or playing on the computer often triggers compulsive eating in many. You can choose to do something else if you want to. Make a list of activities that you like to do or would like to try and place it on the fridge were you can see it!

Do something. Get up and go.  Keep your mind and body engaged and managing your compulsive eating will become much easier. 


Believe…you really do have a choice! really do have a choice!

People believe what they want to.  Many people choose to believe things that simply are not true. The following beliefs are absolutely not true, even if many people choose to believe them.

  1. I am overweight because something is wrong with me.  (There is nothing wrong with you.  Other people have done it and you can too.  And you will feel amazing when you do.)

  2. If I am to lose weight, I need to find the magic formula.  (There is no magic formula.  You will need to eat healthier and get some exercise…or you will be obese.)

  3. I can’t -fill in the blank.  (You can do virtually anything you believe you can do and that you are committed to do.  You have virtually no limits.  Yes, you can even lose your weight.)

  4. I can lose weight and keep living pretty much like I do now.  (Nope.  This is not true.  If you eat and exercise like most of the people around you, like you are used to, you will be like most of them: way over weight and sick.  To become healthy and lose your weight, you will have to change many, many things.)


Why don’t you choose to believe differently so you can lose your weight and most of your health problems? 

You really do have a choice, you know.


Eat MORE Fruits & Veggies

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“Natural fruits and vegetables are among some of the most complex and nutritionally dense foods on earth.  They are packed with health-preserving phytochemicals and micronutrients.  They can heal injured blood vessels and help reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, obesity, and diabetes.  Raw fruits and vegetables---especially beans, legumes, and vegetables in a variety of colors---are nutrient and mineral dense and cholesterol free and thus serve as divinely engineered packets of protection for our health.

Unfortunately, it is estimated that nearly half of Americans eat fewer than two servings of fruits and vegetables daily.  This meager intake of fruits and vegetables was listed as one of four bad habits associated with early death, the other three being tobacco use, alcohol use, and lack of regular exercise.”

Dr. G. Craig Kiser  M.D.






Arthritis Gone!

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I didn't know how bad I hurt until the pain was gone.  I lived in constant pain from my lower back, both shoulders, my neck, wrist, and other places, too.  I blamed old football injuries, but the list of painful sites on my body was growing relentlessly.

I was at a point where I had to avoid most tasks that required lifting or bending, and finally, even walking or I would suffer from pain.  I lived in constant fear of throwing my back out and having to lie worthless for days.  My family has a history of surgeries and suffering from arthritis.

Over a five-month period, I changed how I ate and lost 40 pounds. 

My pain disappeared. 

It was only then I realized how bad I had hurt all the time.  To lose the weight I did the 75 percent strategy of 100-calories-per-hour, and gradually weaned myself off from hamburgers and fries, cheese, meat and potatoes to mostly vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, and beans.  Because I was focusing on my arthritis, I also loaded up on anti-inflammatory berries, cherries, leafy greens, and other fruits.

That was over four-years-ago.  Since then I have lost another thirty pounds using the same strategy. 

And I have begun doing yoga, and other exercises to improve my core strength and have become increasingly active physically.  I just keep feeling better and better. I have started running-something I used to enjoy but have been unable to do for many years because of arthritis. 

I feel great.

Oddly, my doctor did not promote diet change and weight loss as a way of curing my arthritis and back problems.  Yours may not either.  We can speculate on why that is, but my doctor is such a resource in so many ways, I don’t want to get down on him.  The point is, your doctor may not promote these changes either. 

But you can do it on your own. 

If I did, anyone can. 

I read materials promoting plant-based-diet to cure both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, but wasn't sure they would work because these cures are usually not recommended by doctors in this country. They did work for me. 

I will be forever grateful I had the motivation to try. 

My misery is gone.


Food is not the enemy

Good food helps you heal, manage your good weight, gives you energy, resistance to disease, and clarity of mind. 

Bad food makes you sick, fat, and addicted. 

Load up on super foods:  Vegetables, fruits, greens, whole grains, beans, and nuts.   

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