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Trying to regain your health? Change is the buzzword

Chef Timothy
 
 Dr. Timothy
Moore

It is far easier to stay the course in any area of life than change direction. But when that course is littered with unsuspecting potholes and dangerously meandering turns, it pays to change course, particularly when your health depends on it.

Life is short, the old folks used to say. But life doesn’t have to be short if you control what you put in your body. Eating the right kinds of food will keep your body working at optimum levels. Though food can be addictive, it is up to you to discern what nutrients are best for your body. There isn’t a magic bullet or a short cut to good health, though.

If you’re grappling with bad health, you could blame your parents for your growth and development when you were a child. That’s where it all began. We develop our eating habits from our parents, directly and indirectly. Each generation, for example, continues to pass those bad eating habits down until family members are stricken with high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, etc.

Are some diseases hereditary? There may be some validity to that, but most illnesses are the result of bad eating habits and total neglect of the body. If it tastes good, then it must be good. That is so not true! Cakes and pastries taste good, but too much sugar is not good for the body. Meat dishes may taste good, but a daily heaping will surely affect your health.

A healthy lifestyle starts in your mind, and once you decide to change the way you’ve always done things, you’ll discover that it’s best for the long haul. The quest for optimal health should be your goal. Some people may prefer to remain in their present condition – unhealthy. But the reality is they’ll most likely die from something that could be prevented if only they’d take time to feed the body its proper nutrients.

Age is only a number, goes the adage. For example, 50 might have seemed old at one point. But then when you reached that milestone, you really couldn’t tell the difference – unless your body was broken down or you were stricken with a disease.

Change is necessary, if you want to live a healthy lifestyle. It is not just a slogan that President Barack Obama used as a buzzword on the campaign trail. It was key to his ascension to the presidency and could be the key to your success, if you keep in mind that no one can open the door to a healthier lifestyle but you.  

Food is a mystery to some people who may not be used to preparing nutritious dishes. You might want to stay away from pig’s feet and other pig products – or any meat dishes for that matter – that were cooked in lard, grease and oils and loaded with transfat. In fact, most food is actually dangerous and unhealthy when nutrients are obliterated in the cooking process, or when the choice of food is not taken into consideration in the first place.  

There is nothing wrong with eating vegetables. You don’t have to eat meat to live. Some animals – other than us Homo sapiens – are meat eaters. Others feed on grass, nuts and berries – not steak, chicken, French fries or a chocolate shake. A plant-based diet loaded with vegetables and fruit will keep the body strong and fit.

A healthy lifestyle is not complicated if it’s something you want to achieve. But here again, you have to make a change, even if change means eating healthy, staking out a different environment and making new friends. Sometimes the company we keep will impede our progress and keep us mired in the muck of an unhealthy lifestyle.  

I’m amazed at how much money we spend to bury our loved ones. But just think for a moment: What if that money was used on the front end of life to fortify the body with nutrients rather than on the tail end for burials? Sounds like an investment you can live with? I would hope so.

Here’s a little advice: Choose your food wisely. Read the ingredients. Fresh and unprocessed food is so much better. Now that’s change you can live with.

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit him on the Web at http://www.cheftimothymoore.com or www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore; or text him at 33938 message Chef.)

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That sound? Oh, it’s just the President, singing

What's happening Myron?
 
 Myron Mays

That sound? Oh, it’s just the President, singing


Shouts out to our president! Who would have thought the guy could carry a note. But he pulled it off, singing a few notes of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” during an appearance at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem recently.

I’m reminded of Bill Clinton playing the saxophone on the “Arsenio Hall Show” prior to Clinton’s election as President of the United States. I do believe that was one of the things that got him elected.

As for President Obama, I think his brief melodic moment may just help him secure a second term. If you ask me, he should have done the whole song. Mr. President, Frankly, you held out on us.

We want more!

It’s ‘my year’ for Oscars


About every two years or so, the Academy Awards is actually worth me taking the time to sit down and watch, and 2012 is my year, thanks largely to “The Help.”

The movie that cost $25 million to make while grossing over $205 million to date netted four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. In addition, nominations were announced this week for Viola Davis (Best Actress), and Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain (Best Supporting Actress consideration for both).

Now granted, I will probably be channel flipping a little bit because I like the Animation Domination cartoon lineup on Fox Sunday night. I love “Family Guy” and I make no apologies for it. However, I will not miss any of the Academy Awards’ “good” parts, trust me. (lol)

By the way, “The Help” – told through the view of Mississippi maids battling racism during the early 1960s – airs on ABC on February 26 at 8 p.m.

Memphis Rebirth Entertainment presents ‘Soul Talk’


“Soul Talk” goes down this Saturday night at the Marshall Arts Gallery at 639 Marshall Ave.

A fully interactive lounge session, “Soul Talk” allows patrons to control the evening by creating their own music playlists. Throughout the evening, the DJ will spin the songs submitted, and between sets we will discuss various topics as it relates to the music industry. Complimentary wine, beverages and food will be served all evening. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Comedy at the Desoto Civic Center


Sommore, Bruce Bruce and Earthquake will be shaking up the Desoto Civic Center in March. The Royal Comedy Tour (RCT) has been around since 2009 and continues to showcase those comedians who are presently the voice of the industry.

In the tradition of “Def Comedy Jam” and BET’s “Comicview.” the RCT is raw, real and in your face. The show also features Tony Rock and Mark Curry. Be sure to get your ticket and show up at the Desoto Civic Center on March 4. Tickets are available at the Desoto Civic Center Box Office.

Bobby Womack at the Fitz


The Unsung special on TV One featuring Bobby Womack really makes me want to see him in concert.

Well, guess what? “The Poet” himself is coming to the Mid South at Fitzgerald’s Casino in just a few weeks! If you like hits such as “Across 110 Street,” “If You Think You’re Lonely Now,” and “That’s The Way I Feel About You,” you might wanna mark your calendars now for February 18th!

For more information, call The Fitz at 1-800-766-5825.

PARTING SHOT: Just a reminder to mark your calendars for What’s Happening Wednesday! There will be great food, drinks and lots of bowling! So make plans to hang out with me on Feb. 8! Until then, that’s what’s happening.

(If you have an event you’d like for me to cover or attend, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

Flashback: Peace and Freedom Weekend

What's happening Myron?
 
 Myron Mays

I always look forward to 103.5’s Peace and Freedom Weekend. Not because I work there, it’s always a great weekend of entertainment and education.

It was all comedy and laughs at Sam’s Town Casino last Friday (Jan. 13) night with the “Mo Funny for your Money Comedy Show.” Featuring comedians Pierre, Joe Clair, Special K and more, the show was definitely worth the money. I even got a chance to sit down and talk to Pierre. That interview will be forthcoming, so be on the lookout.

The following night was all about the Blues as Sir Charles Jones and Bobby Rush took the stage to deliver their unique brands of the blues to a sold out house.

After resting on Sunday, there was the 103.5 full broadcast at the National Civil Rights Museum. Hundreds, maybe thousands, showed up to not only remember the sacrifices Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made for us, but to also learn more about the struggles of the civil rights movement.

Here’s a little note to remember: the National Civil Rights Museum is actually open every day of the week except for Tuesday. You don’t actually have to wait until Dr. King’s birthday to pay them a visit. They have great things happening over there all the time. But if you never keep up with them, you’ll never know, right?

One more note: Dr. King did not fight for equality only on his birthday. He did it every day until he died, which leads me to my point. You don’t have to wait until one day of the year to stand up for what’s right. You don’t have to wait until once a year to be aware of what Dr. King stood for. You can live the dream every day.

So what are you waiting for?

‘Someday’ by Jae Henderson


Have you read ‘Someday’ by Jae Henderson? Well, here’s good news if you haven’t. For a limited time you can read the eBook version of this wonderful inspirational romance for only .99 cents on Kindle and Nook! Find out why readers can’t stop talking about it. Download your copy today! For more information, visit www.jaehendersonauthor.com.  

 What’s Happening Wednesday returns!


OK, I am really excited about what’s about to take place. Starting Feb. 8, join me each and every Wednesday night from 7 until 10 at Cotton Bowl Lanes at 9091 Highway 51 North Stateline Rd. in Southaven for the all new “What’s Happening Wednesdays!” Free admission! Great food! $1 Cosmic Bowling and $5 drink specials til closing. Enjoy Karaoke hosted by me, Myron Mays, & you can even bring the kids. Let em bowl! For more information, visit whatshappeningmyron.com. This is gonna be a whole lot of fun!

Thursdays at the Bartlett Comedy Spot


Funnyman Prescott hosts “Karaoke Thursdays” each and every Thursday at the Bartlett Comedy Spot. Admission is free all night. There will be $1 drinks and happy hour prices until 8 p.m.

Also, calling all poets and comedians! Hit the stage this and every Sunday night at the Bartlett Comedy Spot. Admission is free before 8 p.m., when the show starts. Stormy is your host. If you like “Def Poetry Jam” and comedy you will enjoy Open Mic Sunday. You can get at Prescott on Facebook for more information about the Bartlett Comedy Spot.

‘Love Thang’ with Karen Brown


My good friend Karen Brown is at it again! And this time, it’s a “Love Thang!” Check her out on February 12 at the Rumba Room located at 303 South Main at Pontotoc in Downtown Memphis. Tickets are on sale now and are $15 in advance. For more information, call 901-573-6092.

(If you have an event you’d like for me to cover or attend, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)