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Fri04182014

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Clara Peller’s ‘Where’s the beef?’ catchphrase enough to clog arteries

Chef Timothy
 
 Dr. Timothy
Moore
Do you remember the TV commercial that asked, “Where’s the Beef?” It was in 1984 when Wendy’s went to war with other fast food chains for a greater share of the burger market. Everybody was talking about Clara Peller after she bellowed those famous words, which became a national catchphrase.

In the commercial, three grannies were examining a big bun with a very small piece of meat inside. One granny removed her spectacles to examine the skimpy meat while another granny shrieked, “It certainly is a big bun,” and held the bun to her ear as if she were listening for something. Then Clara Peller uttered those famous words three times, “Where’s the beef?”

That was a commercial for the ages. However, when I look at it from a health perspective, that small piece of meat was just as unhealthy then as it is today, depending on how many servings you eat. Nowadays, fast food restaurants will supersize your meal. if you ask for it. If a small burger can clog your arteries, build plaque, and increase saturated fats, just think of what a supersized burger will do to your health.

Bigger is not always better in this case. What if you could know if you’re having a heart attack or stroke? There are warning signs, you know. What if there is scientific evidence to prove that you can protect yourself against a heart attack and stroke? Would you believe it? And if information is available, will you share it or keep it to yourself?

According to the World Health Organization, the number one cause of death is cardiovascular disease. An estimated 17.3 million individuals died from cardiovascular disease in 2008. Of that number, 7.3 million were from coronary heart disease and 6.2 million were from strokes.

By the year 2030, it is estimated that 23.6 million people will die from cardiovascular disease. And that number is expected to climb unless nutrition awareness and the benefits of physical exercise and a lifestyle change are implemented.

If you take a closer look at our food choices, it’s no wonder that the people who eat beef, pork, chicken, poultry and fish all seem to have the same health issues. If you think the meats in this list are healthy for you, you’re being misled. They’re actually causing more harm to your health.

Millions of Americans are closet eaters. They assume that as long as the food is manufactured, it should be consumed. That’s rubbish! If it is not beneficial to your health, you should leave it alone. But those taste buds will get you in trouble every time. Do you really need that Polish sausage or fried chicken sandwich?

Don’t fall for the “hokey dokey.” You don’t have to have that Polish sausage or fried chicken. If you’re ill, get your health back on track and live life to the fullest. If someone questions you about your decision to eat healthy, don’t worry. They’ll soon come to the realization that you’re doing the right thing.

A lot of people are taking the advice of individuals who are not happy themselves. So why plan your life around someone else’s opinion? As you read this, you should start taking charge of your life and start planning to eat healthy this year.

I did it. I lost 135 pounds and reversed all my health problems. I didn’t worry about the people who didn’t understand that I was merely saving my life. I did it for me. It would help, though, if your friends and loved ones support you in your efforts to regain your health. But if they don’t, proceed full-speed ahead. It’s your health and happiness that count.

There was a reason why Clara Peller asked, “Where’s the Beef?” She was selling hamburgers. The truth of the matter is you don’t need it if you want to be healthy.

Remember to start your day off with a healthy breakfast. After that, eat a salad twice a day, drink plenty of purified water, and don’t forget to get in 30-to-45 minutes of physical activity if your goal is to stay healthy. You can do it. I did.

(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 sites at www.cheftimothymoore.com or www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore.)

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