Ten Tips For Mens’ Health

Before you read the first word of the following article, it is imperative that you read my medical disclaimer which you can read by clicking on this link — RIGHT HERE FOLKS.

I am a man! More specifically, I am an 80-year-old man.

Some well-meaning friends tell me, “You are 80-years-old … you do not need to be worrying about your health or what you can and cannot eat and what you can and cannot do.”

I beg to differ! Quality of life is very important to me and I have to admit that for my age, I have a really excellent quality of life because so far, I am not restricted in doing any of the things that I have always done or that I love to do.

So here is the first bit of information that I adhere to as much as I possibly can and I thought a lot of you might find this information interesting or even useful — regardless of how old you are. I practiced these principles when I was 25-years-old just the same as I strive to follow them today: “Take charge of your eating habits by choosing the types and amounts of foods you need. Make your food choices a priority and be physically active so you can be the healthy man you want to be.”

Check this chart from the U.S. Government out —- RIGHT HERE FRIENDS.

Of all the suggestions given in the chart I have linked to, the following is the one that I have the most difficulty with because I dearly love thick-cut bacon with coarse-ground pepper adhered to the edges —“Build habits that don’t add pounds Cut calories by skipping foods high in solid fats and
added sugar. Limit fatty meats like ribs, bacon, and hot
dogs. Cakes, cookies, candies, and ice cream should be just
occasional treats. Use smaller plates to adjust the amount of
food you eat.”

Steam your kale and spinach before using in a smoothie!

First, you need to read my medical disclaimer before you go ahead and read the rest of this blog post. You can find my medical disclaimer — RIGHT HERE.

I have recently been talking on this blog about making smoothies that contain either raw baby spinach or kale or both. It seemed to me to be a healthy-enough way to go. But then even more recently I have discovered something else about using baby spinach and/or raw kale in a smoothie drink and I felt compelled to share what I discovered with my precious blog audience. (That would be you!)

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As it turns out, it appears that some of these kinds of greens contain a substance called “Oxalic Acid” that may not be all that good for a person in the raw state:

The truth is that both spinach and kale are very healthy for you. Unfortunately, it really needs to be steamed before it’s eaten. Steaming or cooking deactivates the oxalic acid content that they have, making them more nutritious. Oxalic acid binds with the calcium in our food making it unavailable for digestion.

I found the information in that block quote I just added to this post on another website and here is the link to the other website: — RIGHT ABOUT HERE.

I hope you find this information helpful and/or interesting and I would definitely like to hear your opinions so leave me a comment here on the blog if you desire. (I always answer every comment.)

Celery/Banana/Apple Smoothie

[Foreword] — Please read my medical disclaimer before continuing on to read the rest of this article. You can find my disclaimer RIGHT ABOUT HERE.

Sometimes I like a smoothie for a quick and nutritious breakfast and one of my favorites has become the celery/banana/apple/whey protein smoothie — and here is how I make mine: (Procedure follows the picture below):

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I use a powerful blender — a blender that is powerful enough to crush ice cubes — because that is the kind of blender that is most likely to deliver to you a smoothie in which there are no lumps.

Into the blender goes the following ingredients:

Two cups water
Six stalks celery (I always wash my celery first and I like the organic kind even though it tends to be more expensive than the kind that might be loaded down with pesticide residue.)
Two bananas (Pre chopped to help the blender work more efficiently).
One medium raw apple which has been peeled and cored. (I like Red Delicious or Golden Delicious for my smoothies.) (Any apple is fine.).
One heaping scoop of any good whey protein powder. (I like the vanilla-flavored kind for my own smoothies.).

I blend this mixture in the blender for at least 60 seconds … sometimes more … until it becomes smooth enough to suit my tastes.

As constituted, I have estimated that this smoothie contains a total of somewhere in the range of 520 calories which means that I drink half of it for breakfast (260 calories).

Sometimes I add 150 calories (Average serving) of prepared oatmeal to the meal. When I do that, I end up with a 410 calorie breakfast.) — Add one boiled egg to the meal and you end up with somewhere near to a 510 calorie breakfast.

Because this smoothie is filled with fiber, I discovered that it took me a couple of days to get used to it. My body had to adjust to the extra fiber load and for the first day or two this smoothie sent me to the bathroom rather more than regularly. — But by about the Third day, my body had adjusted to the extra fiber load and things went nicely after that adjustment period.

I thought the celery gave the entire mixture a rather strange, somewhat bitter flavor to begin with, but I also discovered that the taste was something I quickly got used to and now I find it delicious.