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Healthy Snacks: 5 Tasty Recipes to Get and Stay Thin

Posted by admin October - 24 - 2010 - Sunday Comments Off

Healthy snacks? The two words don’t seem like they should be seen together. LOL!

The Healing Fudge

But there really are many excellent and delicious snacks that are inexpensive and easy to make.

This morning I overheard my 13 year old daughter complaining to her mother (my wife):

“Mom, why don’t we have any chips around here like my friends have at their house? When my friends come over here and I show them what we can snack on, they say we are wayyyy too healthy!”

Mission accomplished! I consider her complaint a compliment! LOL!

I truly believe my family is healthier than most. I proclaim that not to brag, but because I want you to know that it can be done. But expect a few complaints!

Keeping junk food out of the house is about the only way to control your family’s consumption of it. If you have to buy some for a party or other special event, hide it out in the garage. I’d recommend my favorite hiding place – under an overturned bucket!

Here are some of my favorite healthy snacks:

1) Popcorn. Make sure you use grapeseed oil or coconut oil to cook the kernels and then pure melted butter for the topping with sea salt. It’s easy to fill up fast on popcorn. Forget any of the microwave varieties, they are likely among the most unhealthy of all snacks. Avoid movie theater popcorn like the plague!

2) The Healing Trail Mix. Why is it healing? Because healing demands specific nutrients for cellular rebuilding, stronger immunity, and optimum organ function. These recipe  ingredients specifically address these nutritional needs.For example, the raisins, dates and carob are high in fiber and anti-oxidants, the walnuts contain essential oils, the soy nuts are known to be a great protein source, and the sea salt is a healthier alternative than conventional salt because sea salt contains many minerals. The carob chips are a healthier alternative to chocolate. This recipe is a wonderful balance of fiber, healthy carbs, protein, and healthy fats. It’s also low glycemic and gluten free. And the taste? Fantastic! Kids love it!

The Healing Trail Mix recipe:

1 cup raisins

1 cup unsalted walnuts

1 cup roasted unsalted soy nuts

1 cup carob chips

½ cup chopped dried dates

1 /2 teaspoon sea salt

Mix thoroughly

3) The Healing Smoothie. Yes, this is really a drink but makes a great snack. What makes this healing? The cranberry juice is known to be an anti-bacterial (kills your bad bugs), the blueberries and green vegetable  are very high in anti-oxidants (keeps you fresh), the lemon juice is known to aid in detoxification( removes your pollution), the coconut water is high in electrolytes (minerals), the bananas are known to contain an excellent glycemic/fiber balance (won’t make you hyper), and the protein powder helps to minimize the insulin response( keeps you strong).

The Healing Smoothie recipe:

½ cup cranberry juice

½ cup blueberries

¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

½ cup coconut water

2 frozen well ripened bananas

1 tablespoon whey protein powder

4 ice cubes

Add one green (preferably organic) vegetable i.e. green pepper, cucumber, or spinach leaves.

Blend all ingredients in a large blender for 1 minute on high. Makes two 12 ounce servings.

4) The Healing Muffin. What’s so special about this? The egg, olive oil and flax provide essential oils beneficial for cardiovascular and brain function. The sea salt contains trace minerals helpful for a strong immune system. The refried beans are a great protein source. The oatmeal, figs, and whole wheat flour are a great source of fiber and are low glycemic. The carob chips are a healthier alternative to chocolate.

The Healing Muffin

The Healing Muffin recipe:

1 egg (preferably from organically raised chickens)

¾ cup soy milk

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 cup whole wheat flour

½ cup flax

½ cup oatmeal

½ cup chopped figs

½ cup refried beans

3 tablespoons baking powder

1/3 cup honey

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon vanilla

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup carob chips

Mix all ingredients thoroughly, and fill pre-greased muffin pan receptacles about ¾ high.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes about 12 muffins.

5) The Healing Fudge. No you are not dreaming! Yahooo! Yes, fudge can be healthier and still taste great. This recipe avoids the excessive sugar and less healthy fat of traditional fudge. But remember, we still need to control ourselves! LOL.

The Healing Fudge recipe:

Sorry gang, this recipe is only obtainable when you purchase my book from this web site. If my withholding of this recipe makes you want to scream, I can assure you that you will scream in delight when you taste this fudge. You can order the book securely by clicking HERE. When you order, you’ll receive my free bonus ebook: The Healing Cookbook which contains the fudge recipe and a dozen or so of my other favorite healing recipes.

Again, we must control ourselves with all these recipes. You’ll likely feel fuller faster because of the wholesomeness of the ingredients.

So there you are, 5 healthy snacks that are easy to make, tasty, affordable, and delicious. I developed these recipes to complement my book Whole Health Healing: The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages.

Whoever said the food we healthy folks eat doesn’t taste good? Enjoy!

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Diets and Holistic Health

Posted by admin July - 19 - 2010 - Monday Comments Off

Diets and holistic health don’t mix together. Pun intended. LOL

The Healing Trail Mix

Not when diets are defined in the traditional sense of following a specific eating plan to lose weight.

Sure, following any of the hundreds of plans that have been promoted in the last few decades may result in some weight loss, but the benefits typically don’t last. Even a diet of eating just cookies works short term. If you’re going to waste your time, you may as well do it by eating cookies! LOL.

The average American keeps getting heavier, especially children, and the new miracle diets keep coming, and the average American keeps getting heavier, especially children, and …….

I suspect you get my point.

But wait, I have this diet that works and I offer a guarantee and……. Gotcha!

Sorry, there are no simple, miracle solutions/plans. There never was any and there never will be. Boohooo!

I am happy to report that what does work for weight management, always has and always will work, is this: careful food selections, self control, occasional splurging (yahoo!), acceptance of how God made you,  and eating slower, smaller more numerous meals.

Why don’t you see this type eating advice advertised  on TV or in magazines anywhere? Because nobody make any money when you do it. Surprise!

In fact, many people will make less money when you follow a healthy holistic eating lifestyle, namely doctors because you will likely be ill less often.

Please become aware that the media and it’s advertisers are becoming increasingly talented at getting and keeping our attention, particularly when it comes to our physical appearances. They place pictures of beautiful people with gleaming muscles (they are oiled), rippling six packs (they are airbrushed or do dozens of sit-ups immediately before the picture is taken),  or worse yet the people are taking steroid type drugs to enhance their physiques.  These “models” are not representative of we typical humans. You and I need to be wise to this. Even though we enjoy looking.

Also, be wary of some of the food products, their claims, and what’s in them.

The top 10 deceiving “healthy” foods that lead to weight gain and other health problems:

1) margarine, because it lacks the  essential oils necessary for a healthy cardiovascular system.

2) artificial sweeteners, because they contribute to inflammation

3) soy, because it can mimics the hormone estrogen

4) most granola bars, because they contain excess sugar

5) most dehydrated fruits, because they have added sugar

6) most juices, because they lack pulp and contain excess added sugars

7) whole grain products, because many people have hidden gluten allergies

8) commercially grown apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, and imported grapes because they are the top 5 most chemically treated produce and contain toxins.

9) all orange juice, because it is  well known to increase inflammation

10) commercially raised chicken because it’s likely raised indoors, given antibiotics and probably hormones for faster growth

So scrap the diet plans and get the mind set that weight management involves lifelong “good” eating habits like this:

Weight Loss and Eating Tips

♦ Eat smaller quantities and more often

♦ Eat fresher foods

♦ Eat organic grown varieties

♦ Eat slower

♦ Don’t drink more than a few sips while eating

♦ Start a garden

♦ Eat more variety

♦ Add more fresh herbs and spices

-an excerpt from my new book Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages. You can buy the book by clicking here.

Simplistic isn’t it? Better yet it’s neither difficult or expensive. Now you know how I came to be labeled The “Down-to-Earth” Doctor.

The trick, if there is such a thing about weight management, is to change your thinking first. Click on the link to read my article: Weight Loss Solution: Change Your Brain.

http://www.wholehealthhealing.com/?p=162

Now I’m confident you and your size will be okay! Next time, I’ll write about another vital component of weight management – physical activity. So tune in again.

What can you change to better manage your weight?

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Healthy Family Vacations

Posted by admin July - 7 - 2010 - Wednesday 1 COMMENT

Healthy family vacations can be possible.

And the kids won’t complain any more so than they do on a standard family vacation. LOL.

Dr Tom Potisk and his family on the White River State Trail

Yes, yes they will still ask “Are we there yet?”, and “Can I watch TV there?”, and “When are we going home?” Get used to it; they’re kids!

But the goal of a healthy, holistic vacation is maintaining some control over nutrition, learning or experiencing something new, and having some fun physical activity every day. And don’t forget, some ice cream is okay! LOL.

The standard family vacations tend to be toxic, boring, inactive, lazy, and unhealthy overeating disasters. Those can bring out the monster in a kid.

Sure, I understand that Mom and Dad need and deserve a break from the grind of their regular routine. God help them! But a bit of pre-planning, and laying down of specific demands can make the whole experience much healthier. Likely, everybody will come back in as good if not better shape than before the break.

Don't forget that kids love fishing!

For example, I’d recommend a trip to the library shortly before the vacation, and demand that each kid pick out a few worthwhile books for the car or plane, and for the dreaded days of poor weather. And make rules that limit electronic gaming time, perhaps only in the car, or no more than one-hour daily and only after physical activity; better yet, leave the electronics at home!

Avoid or minimize media exposure. You’ll find you didn’t miss much except more bad news! LOL.

Bring along a healthy snack bag containing some fresh fruit like bananas, apples, nuts, trail mix, etc.

Lay down the law before the trip, explaining that although you all may likely partake in some lax eating habits, something green needs to be consumed with lunch and dinner. No, it can’t be just green M&Ms or green pop! LOL.

Try hard to maintain the simple eating rule I advocate – having a big salad every day, perhaps making it one of your meals by adding some quality protein. I write more about this in my new book Whole Health Healing-The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages. You can buy it by clicking here.

As for activities, go ahead and sleep later, nap in a lounge chair, lay on the beach, float in the pool, and thoroughly let go of any mental and physical tension you’ve all been harboring; but then get up and explore. Make a little adventure everyday by looking for unique characteristics in your area – a hike, a bike ride, a canoe ride, visit something historical or artistic, anything that stimulates your right brain function. This right brain stimulation is known to be vitally important for thorough relaxation.

I’m known as The “Down-to-Earth” Doctor because of my personal holistic lifestyle and practical, easy-going teaching abilities, and I just love adventures like exploring trails and rally cool, unique areas. I recently took my family on a bike trail near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (45 minutes southwest of Milwaukee). The trail is called The White River State Trail. The beautiful trail, on an old railroad line, runs eleven miles between Spring Valley Road (near Burlington) and Elkhorn along the Racine and Walworth county lines. It passes through the darling, historic villages of Springfield and Lyons. Be sure and stop at the original train depot, now The Pedal and Cup Coffee Shop in Springfield; good food, drink, and people there!

Ask your hosts, hotel desk clerk, or local visitor center about highlights to see in your area. Do an internet search for local bike trails, canoe trails, historical relics, and geographical wonders. On behalf of your kid’s sanity, limit the museums to one per trip! LOL.

My family and I recently visited The Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Hayward, Wisconsin – neat place!

My son Andy at The Freshwater Fishing Hall of fame

So the goal is to not only come back rested, but to come back resisted, mentally stimulated, energized, stronger, educated, enthused, at peace, and in awe of God’s creation.

Your last words should be “That was the best trip since….” and “I haven’t felt better in…”

How will your next vacation be better than ever?

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My holistic lifestyle includes gardening, rollerblading, and… ice cream!

Posted by admin June - 24 - 2010 - Thursday Comments Off

Yeah, you read that correctly – ice cream. LOL. And here is some more good news; you should have some ice cream too!

Dr Tom Potisk next to his Sugar Snap Peas.

It’s all about balance. It really is. I’ve watched many people attempt and then fail to improve their health by going on radical diets, become vegetarians, start difficult exercise routines, follow some fanatical health guru, and try to live like Gandhi, when all they really needed was to find balance. And have some ice-cream! LOL.

Here is my family's pile of rollerblades. We love it!

Now I’m a believer and proponent that all things are gifts from God, like alcohol, guns, drugs, money, sex, and even ice cream. And that any trouble associated with these gifts is from abuse of them, not the thing itself.

“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil….” – 1st Timothy 6:10. (Notice the “love of” part).

So, if you’re going to partake in some of these gifts, make sure you also partake in and use your gift of self-control. Yep, that’s a gift also. In fact that’s a wonderful balance – ice cream and self control! LOL.

We’re talking about choices here.

For example, in regards to weight management and obesity, I notice that people with those problems usually are choosing the large size portions, the all-you-can-eat buffets, and they like to get the “super-size” options when they go out to eat. “Better value” they commonly say. But if you choose the “super size” portions, you become a “super size” person – too big. Click here to read an article I wrote called Weight Loss Solution: Change Your Brain.

I like coffee and coffee shops; I get a lot of work done there on my laptop. I found myself choosing the largest size coffee they had, mostly because it costs less per sip that way. So, I finally took some control of the situation and switched to the small size, drinking it slower, taking the time to really appreciate the taste. Not surprisingly, I found that by doing so, I was just as satisfied, perhaps even more so because I saved some money.

Be wary of savvy servers who tell you “For only 40 cents more you can have the larger size!” I suspect they are part of a covert government or medical industry scheme to keep us American’s overweight. LOL.

Be wise to it all. The price we pay for living in a free capitalistic society is the ease of overindulgence. Set a personal rule for yourself – small sizes only!

Complicated concept isn’t it? If you choose the big items you become big. If you choose the small items you become and stay small. LOL.

In my book Whole Health Healing- The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible For All Ages, I dedicated an entire to chapter to this concept. The chapter is called: Enjoying Eating-And Doing it in Ways That are Good For You, Without Going Hungry. You can buy the book by clicking here.

So live a holistic lifestyle. Exercise regularly, eat smaller portions of wholesome foods, grow a garden of fresh veggies, hug your family, pay a compliment to somebody, read something positive, and have some ice cream – the small size. LOL.

What can you choose that would be smaller than what you’ve been choosing?

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Healthy People Live Overseas

Posted by admin June - 14 - 2010 - Monday Comments Off

Healthy people are more likely to be found outside the USA. Sick thought eh? No pun intended. LOL.

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Here I am enjoying the sunshine in Tuscany, Italy

But it’s true. Check the list produced by the World Health Organization and you’ll find that the USA ranks poorly in overall health compared to many other countries, even though we have more doctors, the best technology and the highest costs by far. We are ranked as number 39 – you can read more about it and see the list here. The area I live in/near, Milwaukee, Wisconsin is ranked one of the unhealthiest in the USA!

Now before any of you readers write to me and suggest I move away, I want to explain that I still like it here, that the good ole USA is still the best place to live, and that I’m just trying to help us all get and stay healthier. I believe that can happen if we learn at least a little by observing and learning from other, healthier cultures. Can I stay, please? LOL.

For example, I just returned from a wonderful trip to Italy, visiting Rome and then Tuscany. My wife and I  enjoy what we call “adventure vacations” meaning we travel on our own, getting off the beaten path when possible, do something very active like hiking or biking, and try to come back home having learned something from the experience and the real culture. If this all fails we can always count on coming back poorer! LOL.

Tuscany is a beautiful place.
Tuscany is a beautiful place.

Being the author of the book Whole Health Healing-The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages, I can’t help but focus my attention on the health of each culture I visit. This gives me a good excuse to eat every thing in sight – strictly business right? LOL. You can order the book by clicking here.

Italian people are generally healthier than us in the USA; especially Italian people who live in Tuscany. Tuscany is about 1-2 hours northwest of Rome and is quite rural. It’s also extremely beautiful. In fact my wife and I agree that it is one of the loveliest places we’ve ever visited.

Sorry, for those of you that think it’s all genetic – that’s long ago been dis-proven. It’s really about lifestyle choices.

So what did I observe there about the lifestyles of these healthier people? Plenty! For one thing they generally eat fresher vegetables and fruits there. They mostly do their grocery shopping in small markets that have much locally grown produce. Many of these rural people are prolific gardeners growing much of their own produce.

They use a tremendous amount of extra-virgin olive oil. When I ate at restaurants, the waiter always started out by bringing fresh bread (the bread had little or no salt in the dough) but there was no butter to be seen. Instead they put olive oil on their bread. Of course, olive oil is known to have better quality fats than butter. When I ordered salad, there was no dressing to be found other than olive oil and vinegar. There are olive trees growing practically everywhere you look.

Lunch time at the piazza in Sienna, Italy. Notice the olive oil and vinegar for the salad?

They drink red wine with every evening meal. I saw much less consumption of soft drinks than here.

Fried foods are a rarity, and grilled foods are common – even vegetables, also served with olive oil instead of butter.

Most portions are smaller. Boohoo! LOL.

They eat much slower. Much slower. In fact it’s darn right irritating for us Americans to visit their restaurants because a typical meal takes about 3-4 times as long to be served. We are impatient eaters and overeat as a result.

Lastly but equally important, it’s easy to see that they are far more active than most of us are.  They walk a lot.  In fact, the Italians have a wonderful custom called passegiatta in which they take a stroll every evening.

Very active indeed. I’m not kidding that I picked up an 85 year old hitchhiker! Her name was Tosca and she looked great for her age.

So there you are- lessons from my Italian adventure vacation.

Which of these observations can you incorporate into your lifestyle?

Arrividerci!

Don't forget to explore the mountains of gelato (Italian ice cream) LOL.

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Drinks: healthy and fun

Posted by admin June - 7 - 2010 - Monday Comments Off

Drinks can be healthy and fun.

Do you know about my Healing Martini recipe? LOL.

The Healing Martini - isn't she gorgeous?

I’m not kidding! To compliment my new book Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible For All Ages, I invented several “Healing” recipes like The Healing Salad, The Healing Soup, The Healing Muffin, The Healing Cookie, etc. and now I’m delighted to present – The Healing Martini.

I can almost hear the applause coming from around the world. LOL. Your welcome!

Listen, what less would you expect from me, the “down to earth” doctor? Being a practical and creative guy, I experimented with several common foods and drinks, modifying them with healthier ingredients.

Why are these recipes healing? Healing demands specific nutrients for cellular rebuilding, balanced body chemistry and optimum organ function. These recipes contain ingredients that foster/enhance healing. Are you feeling better already? LOL.

Now before any of you anti-alcohol readers write me any hate mail let me explain. I’m not advocating alcohol consumption. If one has a problem with alcohol they should avoid this. But my position is that, like all things, alcohol is a gift from God. And like all things, abuse is the problem, not the thing itself. So enjoy all things in moderation. This recipe by the way is quite weak in the alcohol content.

So here it is – the recipe for The Healing Martini: (drum roll please!) LOL.

The Healing Martini

One shot unsweetened cranberry juice (I used Northland brand).

One shot cherry ale (I used a New Glarus Brewery brand called Wisconsin Belgian Red).

One shot unsweetened coconut water ( I used Naked brand, don’t get any ideas! LOL).

A small dash of stevia (stevia is a natural sweetener).

A lemon garnish twist.

What makes this drink healing? The cranberry juice is a natural anti-bacterial. The coconut water contains essential oils helpful to the cardiovascular and nervous system functions. Cherries are known to be anti-inflammatory. The ale is a low alcohol alternative to the standard high alcohol typical martini. The stevia is a natural sweetener and produces no glycemic response ( does not raise insulin levels).

You can watch me mix this drink in my own kitchen on a 2 minute youtube video here:

http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_annotate?v=761eLTMkHLk

Do you have any healthy, healing type recipes you can share. If so, please post them here. Eventually I’ll be adding these to my book.

Cheers!

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Gardening is not work.

Posted by admin May - 11 - 2010 - Tuesday Comments Off

Gardening is not work unless you let it be. To those of you with soil under your finger nails, I applaud! LOL.

Dr Potisk picks rhubarb
Dr Potisk picks rhubarb

Dr Potisk picks rhubarb

I just harvested a big bag full of beautiful rhubarb and that took all of 5 minutes. How much time did it take me to plant it? None, it comes up automatically year after year.

Yesterday I picked a big bag of delicious asparagus and that took all of 3 minutes. How much time did it take me to plant it? None, it also comes up automatically.

I could go on and on about my apples, pears, raspberries, blackberries. etc. Okay, okay, I’ll admit there are some weeds to yank occasionally, but that’s not work either, in fact it’s how I vent my frustrations from putting up with some of you skeptics! LOL. Yank!

So where’s the work? Hoeing the soil? That’s not work it’s exercise and you’re supposed to get exercise everyday anyway so why not do exercise that will produce something you can eat.

And the benefits? Incalculable! I wish somebody would do a research study on the benefits of gardening. But it’s hard to measure satisfaction. Maybe someone should calculate the sizes of smiles to the amount of dirt under finger nails – I bet there’s a correlation. LOL.

Now I know you can buy satisfactionquite reasonably especially in peak season. And some of the stuff at the farmer’s markets are pretty darn good quality, but the only way to be truly sure it’s grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers is to grow it yourself.

Dr Potisk planting peas

Notice in the above picture some of the shortcuts I take like raised beds (less bending) and landscape fabric covering the soil (less or no weeding). I’m using my knoggin more than my muscles.

All this fun, satisfaction, and health benefits are the reason why I could not resist placing gardening in my book Whole Health Healing – the Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages. Gardening is a must for optimum wellness.

Today is May 11 and already my peas are 3 inches high, onions 6 inches, spinach 2 inches, and lettuce 1 inch high. Around the end of the month I’ll plant tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, pumpkins, lemon cucumbers, regular cucumbers, and zucchini. Then about the only thing close to work is watering. Watering is really hard you know – holding a hose and spraying water –oooooooh! LOL.

So lets get going gang. No excuses! Pick a sunny area. Dig out the grass. Dump a bag of mulch and a bag of manure on there and dig it in. Then buy your plants and plug them in. That’s it. No yard you say? What about pots I ask?

The way I type (with 2 fingers) it took me longer to peck out the above sentences than it will for you to start a garden. LOL.

What do you grow? And if not, why?

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Healthy food fight at the movies

Posted by admin March - 24 - 2010 - Wednesday Comments Off

Yesterday I took my 2 boys, Mike, 10, and Andy, 14, to the local movie theatre, here in the Milwaukee area to see the new movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. My kids have been reading the book series of the same name for the past 2 years or so.

Going to the movie theatre has always been a dread for me because of the food selections there. On past movie outings, I just bit the bullet and allowed my kids to have the popcorn with unhealthy oils and candy loaded with artificial flavorings and colors. Of course, I applied the art of negotiation and compromise I advocate in my book Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages. If you’re not familiar with it, the compromise I advocate is insisting upon some extra healthy food item the day of the splurge to help negate or nullify the not-so-healthy item. For example, I’d make the kids have an extra vegetable portion with their next meal. Awful am I not?

In the art of any negotiation, the other party is usually expected to make a counter offer. Thank goodness, kids don’t figure that part out .

And I’d always insist on just one poison – yeah, poison. I’d give them the option of either  one soft drink, or one candy item, or popcorn. They usually choose the candy or popcorn. I’m glad because I do believe the soft drink is the worst of the choices. Every theatre I’ve been in has either a water fountain, bottled water or both. So don’t fall for the “but I’ll be thirsty” whine! But why can’t theaters offer healthy food items?

But on this outing, I decided to step up and shake the world a bit. I decided I’m going to take a small bag of healthy snacks from home, into the theatre, and let the kids eat that stuff during the movie.

Before you call the movie food police on me, you should know that I did ask first at the ticket window.

I had 2 bananas, and a container of raisins in a white plastic grocery bag and walked into the theatre with my kids. I felt nervous, and thought “this must be how Martin Luther King felt when he marched across the bridge in Selma, Mississippi! I’m starting a revolution! The difference was that I had my two kids for protection.

As I walked up to the ticket window, I noticed the young female attendant started to tighten up and squint her eyes, kind of like the security guards at the airport do if you look at all suspicious.

I said “My kids need to eat healthy so I’m bringing in some healthy snacks.” At first, there was an uncomfortable pause as we stared each other down, just like the gunfighters in the old westerns. Then she said “Let me ask the manager”.

Within moments a man appeared with pistols drawn (just kidding J). He asked what he can do for me. Again I said “My kids need to eat healthy so I’m bringing in some healthy snacks”. And again, the uncomfortable pause, as he looked downward and frowned as if somebody just took away his puppy. Before he could answer, I said cheerfully “ It’s just some bananas and raisins!”. Again, the pause and the frown, this time accompanied by a slow drawn out sigh.  Finally, in one of the most unenthusiastic, reluctant tones he said “Okay”.

The revolution has begun!

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