How Jack and Jill Can Save Your Life

by DavalosMcCormack on April 14, 2009

There are times that I just don’t know what I’m going to write about, so I look for inspiration all around me.  I just finished reading “My Stroke of Insight” by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.  She is the brain scientist who had a massive stroke at the age of 37.

She was able to observe her own brain deteriorating as it hemorrhaged,  cutting off the entire left side of her brain.  She couldn’t talk, walk, read, write, or remember any part of her life.  Dr. Taylor made a complete recovery after 8 years of rehabilitation, and discovered much along the way.

You may be familiar with Dr. Taylor, she’s been on all the major shows, Oprah included. She talks about how she sees life now.  But that’s not what I want to talk about today.   Today, I want to talk about Jack LaLanne!

You probably already know that I just admire Jack LaLanne.   Why, you ask?  Because Jack LaLanne is right!

He was right in 1956 when he advocated healthy eating on his exercise show and he’s still right in 2009.  Jack says that he was just a puny, pimple-faced boy when his mother took him to see a lecture on nutrition.

The lecturer was Paul Brady and he must have been pretty persuasive because from that night on, Jack Lalanne became the Jack we know and love. The man who lives a healthy life,  and has become an icon of health and exercise.  The man  who says no matter what age you are, you too can be healthy!

Jack believes, that most Americans eat over-processed, overcooked foods, when medically it’s  a known fact, that we need 5-6 vegetables and 4 or 5 fruits every single day to maintain a healthy body.

Jack believes that because we eat too many cooked foods and over-processed foods there just aren’t enough nutrients making their way to our cells.  Yes, your cells!  He says your body has some 80 trillion cells that are alive, and in Jack’s opinion, if you put dead processed foods into these cells they are not going to be properly nourished.

That’s why there are so many out-of-condition people with no vitality and low energy, not to mention bad skin.

Okay…so stay with me here because we’re going to take some twists and turns in reasoning so you can think about this and how it applies to your own life.

This past Sunday was Easter Sunday; Kevin and I had given up sweets during Lent so yesterday was the first time we had candy and dessert.

Last night I was so agitated and jumpy I just couldn’t sleep.  I wanted to just crawl out of my skin.  So when I started thinking about how I was feeling and why I felt that way, I was reminded of the last few chapters of “My Stroke of Insight”.

You see, Dr. Taylor cannot tolerate sugar or caffeine it makes her want to crawl out of her skin!

She has observed her brain and her cells more than anyone and she says the 5o trillion cells work together in perfect harmony to create a healthy mind and body. ( Okay, so Jack was off by 30 trillion!)

She takes care to give them the nutrients they need to continue their work.  Of course, her entire life was at stake, but isn’t yours?

So what does that have to do with Jack LaLanne?  Well, Jack has been telling us the same thing for years. It really is what you put into your body.  So don’t do it for yourself, but think about the trillions of cells that will thank you.

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