Nature's Multi-Vitamin and Some Other Thoughts from the Holidays

I'm back from my Christmas vacation with my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. That's what Christmas is all about, isn't it? Spending time with family, especially grandchildren.

And for the first time in my adult life, I've not only gotten through December without gaining weight, but rather I actually lost weight during December this year. Not only that, but I enjoyed the holidays just as much as those who were around me during that time. I do have one small confession to make though. I did eat some steak and one slice of bacon on Christmas day. I'll be happy if I do that only once a year on Christmas. Then again, maybe next year, I'll be ready to eliminate animal products on Christmas day as well.

Recently, I posted about three studies that have found that multi-vitamins could be considered a waste of money. That got me to thinking about whether or not nature had a better multi-vitamin for us to be taking. Then I remembered that there was. Growing up, we heard it everywhere from our mothers to our school teachers. That was "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."

That's a lot of wisdom that our mothers and teachers had back then. The apple is loaded with vitamins and nutrients that we need to stay healthy. They include vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin E, niacin, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, manganese and more. The apple also includes riboflavins and dietary fiber.

I now think of the apple as being my daily vitamin pill, although I rely on more than just the apple. Fruits and nuts, the two things nutritionists tell us to be careful about when trying to lose weight, are really, I think, nature's solution to making sure we get all our vitamins and minerals. I try to eat five or more fruits a day (including grapefruit and berries at breakfast, an apple plus one other fruit during the day and a banana at night) and yet I'm still losing weight. I like the banana right before I go to bed because it gives me more pleasant dreams --- I'm not exactly sure why that is, but it is.

What's in my refrigerator now? Take a look:

The bok choy is for dinner tonight. My daughter gave me one of the Happy Herbivore cookbooks for Christmas. I'm going to try her recipe for bok choy tonight. Also, there's some fresh beets in there that I plan to make my own beet chow chow with. I'll let you know how it turns out. Of course, as you can see from the link, you can buy it already made up if you don't want to make it yourself.

That's the refrigerator today. Of course, I have some friends who will zero in on the bottles on the lefthand side. Yes, there's beer there. I do allow myself an occasional beer or glass of wine --- there's no animal products in that.

And finally, last night I went to Ruby Tuesday for dinner with family. I had a very pleasant dinner consisting of the salad bar, filling up on various types of lettuce as well as a lot of different vegetables and balsamic vinegar dressing (not vinaigrette, that has oil in it), spaghetti squash marinara and a side baked potato covered with a side of steamed broccoli. That proved once again that it is possible to go out to dinner and stay on a plant-strong, whole foods diet.

And that's enough thoughts for now.