I’m eating an apple right now. A Granny Smith. It’s sweet and crunchy, and it fills me up in the morning. I eat one every day, and you know what? It really does keep the doctor away!


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Diet. Nutrition. Keeping slim, strong and healthy. We hear – and think – about these continually because they’re important. Who isn’t looking for the quickest, easiest way to get slim, strong, and healthy? There’s a new diet or pill every day promising to get us there.

But all it really takes is a quick jaunt over to that colorful part of the grocery store that you may already be familiar with. They call it …. (drum roll) …. The Produce Section.

Now I’m not going to tell you what NOT to eat, because I’m sure you already know that chemicals, hormones, antibiotics, additives, mutant sweeteners, and even some common grains are not doing you or your family any good. I’m not going to go on about how people are sicker and more obese than ever despite the popularity and mass consumption of thousands of so-called “quick and nutritious” fixes.

I won’t nag you to stay out of the plastic-package food aisles which are filled with processed, toxin-laden items (I can’t really call them food). And I won’t waste your time showing how simple, old-fashioned fruits and vegetables cost a lot less than those plastic packages.


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I’m not even going to bore you with the nutrient content or benefits of these five foods, because I’m sure you already know they are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and that they even act as little daily detoxifying cleansers which keep your digestive tract functioning properly.

I’m simply listing the 5 foods to include in your family’s diet every day – the same ones that, along with yoga, have kept me slim, strong and healthy – and away from the doctor for years.

The 5-Food Challenge

Eat whatever else you want, but include these five every day. Start now, during the winter, and sit back and watch how your health and well-being improves.

In a month, when you’re done, I’d love to know how you feel your health and that of your family was affected. If you want to keep a diary, be my guest. If you’d like to track your weight, doctor visits, emotions, daily trials and tribulations, please do. I think you’ll find them very enlightening as you go along.

But that’s not necessary. The point is to keep this as easy as possible for you and your family. Just post your short (or long) story here in the comments or on our facebook page, and The Yoga Kids will award you with a prize for your participation!

Even if you don’t share your story, please give this a try. I guarantee you will end up healthier for it!


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5 Foods Your Family Can and Should Eat Daily

  1. An apple. This is the easiest one because there’s no cooking, they’re readily available, and almost everyone loves an apple. Just wash a bunch thoroughly and keep them in a colandar in the fridge for easy pickin’. Even kids who aren’t in the habit won’t give you too much trouble for this one, but if there is some issue, substitute blueberries or strawberries.
  2. Carrots or Sweet Potatoes – I love raw carrots but you can cook them al dente if you want. Don’t use those baby carrots unless they’re organic. Trust me. Cook your sweet potato any way you want within reason, i.e., avoid marshmallows unless it’s the only way your kids will eat them.
  3. Spinach, Broccoli, or Kale. If a substitute is needed, green string beans or any fresh green will do. Wash thoroughly and cook minimally if at all. Use as much butter as you need to get those greens down; these are essential.
  4. Garlic. Cook with this as much as you can. Or, yes, eat a little bit raw with a little honey to help if needed.
  5. Nuts or seeds. Almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts, hazelnuts, pistachios or ground flax seed. The less salt and sugar, the better. Plain and raw are best although pricey.

Remember, you are what you eat. Make sure your children are in on this secret.

Have a great month! I’m looking forward to hearing how much better you and your family feel after adding these common-sense components to your daily routine.


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