December 16, 2010

A Simple Tip for Living Past 100

Drink veggie shakes! In September, I wrote the article Dr. Dan's Veggie Shakes about my daily green shakes and received a lot of great feedback. I was so excited to hear about how many people have tried them and continue to drink the shakes daily.

I recently read about 109 year old Bernando LaPallo on, who believes in eating raw food and puts a salad in a blender almost daily. As Dr. Mercola says, Bernando "offers living proof that living and eating the way nature intended is rewarded with a long life. Having eaten a diet of primarily raw foods, LaPallo is more alive at 109 than most people are in their 70's and 80's."

Congratulations Bernando on being a true picture of health!

I encourage you to try a veggie shake, as it is an easy way to get more raw vegetables into your diet.

Here are some great recipes from some of my friends and family who make their own,

Kate: "I wasn't sold on the idea of a veggie shake but Dan has finally convinced me! I wanted to ease into all the veggies so for a personal shake I put half a head of romaine lettuce, about a handful of spinach, and a handful of pineapple and strawberries, and about a half cup of water! It was really good, it has almost no taste of the lettuce and spinach (just make sure you blend it completely!). Thanks for finally getting me to try it Dan!"

Rhyan: "My favorite is spinach (hand full), ricotta cheese (1/4 cup), almond milk (1/4 cup) and chocolate protein powder (2 tbs). I add half of a hand full of almonds too."

Jeff: "My daily shake consists of 1 banana, 10-15 raspberries, 10-15 blueberries, 5 strawberries, 2 large stems of kale, and a huge hand full of spinach. The banana is key for making the shake creamy and raspberry is the key for high fiber. The raspberry and banana really help increase the flavor as well. I like the shake 2/3 full of water to make it a little thicker. This makes roughly 40 ounces so 20 ounces for two people. I either do this and refrigerate over night so it is cold or I add ice so it is cold on the spot."

Read Dr. Mercola's original article
Visit Bernando's Facebook page
Order Bernando's book

December 7, 2010

Walk this Way to Positive Health

Are you frustrated, tired, upset, irritated? Stand up. Right now, stand up.

Stand up and count your blessings that you have legs to stand on. That was Ron Bachman’s message when I had the privilege to hear him speak this week at Amigo Mobility.

Ron Bachman is a motivational speaker that travels the country talking to kids about the importance of acceptance, tolerance and loving yourself. I got to know Ron as he has used an Amigo POV/scooter for more than 30 years, and is a good friend of my wife’s family.

Ron had both of his legs amputated due to a birth defect, but did not let that slow him down. He used prosthetic legs for awhile, then walked on his hands and today uses his Amigo all day. As he explains, you walk that way, I walk this way. Ron got married, had a daughter, got divorced and became a single father. He started speaking about the importance of acceptance and his popularity as a speaker grew as more and more people were inspired by his message and positive attitude.

Inspiring hundreds of thousands of people, Ron has spoke at schools and businesses across the U.S. and Canada. In 2008, he won the Energizer Hall of Fame Award and started the Walk this Way Foundation.

Ron connects with the audience immediately – especially with kids. He talks about how damaging bullying is, both in the schools and the work place. There are days when people say a negative comment to him, and it hurts, but he says “Everyday, I look in the mirror, say 'I love me,' and count my blessings."

Positive mental health is one of the four pillars of health. You can improve your health right now, just by standing up and being thankful that you can stand. You can improve the health of those around you, by being accepting and kind to your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors.

To learn more about Ron Bachman, visit I especially encourage you to visit and like his Facebook fan page, Walk this Way, Ronnie Bachman – it is amazing to see how many kids he inspires.

The next time you are having a bad day, just stand up.