David is always a favorite! Last year he shared wonderful information and was greatly received. The room was packed as so many people wanted to hear his presentation. He began by showing us photos of his collection of crazy diet aids and wacky “nutrition” products from yesteryear. For example, there was “weight loss soap” from the early 1920’s.
This year, he added many new nutrition songs with hilarious results.
David discussed that cocoa has antioxidants and flavonoids which are very healthy for our hearts. He said that chocolate with 70% cocoa is great. Less than that is just candy. He also warned us away from products with the dutching process as it reduces the great antioxidants.
He stated that 30 calories of chocolate a day is about ¼ oz will lower your blood pressure without weight gain. All right, David!
David provided six steps to longevity:
- Stay active – 150 minutes of moderate activity per week.
- Social connections – stay connected to people.
- Engagement “Iki-Gui” be passionate about something to stay energized and engaged in life.
- Adaption to Loss – mourn appropriately but then move on and LIVE.
- Healthy Habits
- Know the rules of the game: 50 grams of fat per day; 1500 mg sodium, 300 mg cholesterol, 30 grams of fiber.
- Vitamin D- 4,000 to 5,000 IUD daily. Blood test should be at 50.
- Eat more fish.
- Lose body fat.
- Eat less sugar. Use Stevia (much more economical than Agave). Brown sugar is just tinted white sugar.
- Eat smart when you eat out.
David added that we can all throw out our bathroom scales. Measure your waist (not where you think your waist is) but across your hip bones. Men should be no more than 40”, women no more than 35” max.
He said a great quick meal is canned salmon (bones and all!). After draining, mash it up with 3 egg whites, bread crumbs and some dried parsley. Make salmon patties and cook them in about 5 minutes per side. (The salmon, like tuna fish, is technically already cooked in the can.) Pennies to make and great for you.
David sings and dances to ballads, standards, and changes the words to be about nutrition. They really stick with you and are so fun to hear! Overall, great information, challenging yet helpful. I’ve purchased Stevia and had salmon burgers (both were great!).