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Healthy Living: Healthy solutions to varied common health problems

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Rudy Elizondo
November 13, 2013 | 5,716 views | Post a comment

The recent Floresville Peanut Festival reminded me of my lifelong love of peanut brittle. But this love has been tempered by my current realization that too much sugar is not healthy.

When I started working in the Lackland Air Force Base accounting and finance office approximately 30 years ago, a fellow employee gave me a copy of a monthly publication he subscribed to and that he had just completed reading, Prevention magazine. I read the publication and realized that it contained very good information about exercising and healthy eating habits and how to avoid health problems, so I subscribed to the magazine.

The diet is simple and consists of eating fresh fruit and vegetables, healthy sweets, healthy proteins, healthy juices, healthy fats, a few vitamins and supplements, and Eggland’s Best eggs.

My meals consist of chicken breasts fried in olive oil, fish, whole wheat bread, hot peppers, corn tortillas, fruit (apples, kiwi, bananas, apricots, raisins, papaya, guava, and tart cherries), vegetables (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, sauerkraut, and nopalitos), cinnamon, sea salt, almond milk, coconut milk, V-8 vegetable juice, hibiscus tea, pomegranate-cranberry juice, high pulp orange juice (all juices are sugar-free), almond butter, walnuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, Boost drink, and protein bars, coffee, red wine, filtered water, apple cider vinegar, dark chocolate, and agave nectar. This is only a list of what I eat and drink, but not every day.

Following is a list of common health problems and what the prescribed healthy solution is. Some of these I personally attest to. Others are based on the experience of family members and trusted close friends.

•Diarrhea (BRATT diet) -- Bananas, brown rice, applesauce, whole-wheat toast, tea, Gatorade, papaya, and guava.

•Diabetes -- Cinnamon, nopalitos (cactus), and apple cider vinegar. Avoid sugar, white bread, flour tortillas, and white rice. Sweeten with honey, agave nectar, or Stevia.

•Blood pressure -- Garlic, raisins, and bananas.

•Carpel tunnel -- Vitamin C (200-400 mg), liquid B complex (1 tbsp. with a meal).

•Incontinence -- 1 cup of Lipton tea at bedtime.

•Constipation -- Prunes or prune juice.

•Breathing allergies -- Bee pollen granules.

•Celiac disease (allergic to gluten) -- Eat gluten-free bread, avoid dairy products such as whole milk and cheese (replace with almond milk). Chew one lactaid tablet.

•Cancer -- Hot peppers.

I owe my relatively good health to the eating habits I have outlined here. At my advanced age, I still have most of my hair, which is mostly black, and I can read the small print in the Bible without the use of reading glasses (I only use glasses for driving). I retired from Lackland Air Force Base after 36 years, and then worked for an electronic income tax service for 20 years. Before my wife passed away recently, I visited her at the nursing home every day. I thank God for my good health fortune.

Rudy Elizondo is Apple Pie & Salsa columnist Julia Castro’s nephew and formerly of Floresville.

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