Now that our crazy “2nd winter” seems to be finishing, and the sun’s finally shining, I couldn’t help but look up and enjoy the blue skies on my way to work this morning. As I was driving through San Francisco, the blue was interrupted by some oddly shaped and placed “clouds.” I soon realized it was a message being written by a highly skilled pilot, using, I’m guessing, his highly “thick oil-enriched” fumes to advertise a new product. The message read: “Forget the Fruit. Try Tabco. www.(web address I’ve forgotten).com”
Sadly this seemingly cool advertising scheme turned into not only an environmental nightmare, but a message encouraging a new nutritional nightmare! Forget the fruit- take our tablets instead! This is actually a question that I get asked a lot- “If I’m taking …. supplement, do I need to actually eat the real food?” The short answer: Yes! The long: Supplements, by definition are designed to be taken in addition to your normal diet to ensure you’re getting the total amount of what you need; to “supplement” what you’re currently doing, not replace! There is no substitute for the real thing! While I could take a tablet with the same amount of calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, etc. that an orange has, I’m still not getting all of the benefits of the orange. It’s not the vitamins and minerals themselves that benefit us completely, it’s their interaction together, along with the juice, natural sugars, the nutrients from the little bit of peel left on the orange and our body’s own chemistry and needs that truly make that orange beneficial for us. Yes, that tablet is helpful and can provide some benefit, but it’s no substitute for the real thing! As you’ve all experienced with your exercise programs- cutting corners leads to less than optimal results! The same is true with our nutrition- the food we eat is the fuel we use to get us through our workouts and through our days. A phrase I like to use: “It’s like putting diesel in a Ferrari!” Companies that use diesel for their advertising and mucking up our skies don’t seem to have in mind what’s best for the customer, best for the environment, and best for our world. They’re interested in serving diesel (the lowest quality fuel) to anyone who’ll pay for it so they can make a quick buck! Replacing all of our fruit with tablets would have tremendous ramifications on our health, our environment, and our economy! Think of your body as a Ferrari (or to be more eco-friendly: a Tesla!), and only serve it premium fuel!

Keep Moving!

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