Monday, January 24, 2011

Healthy Pipe Smoking Diet

Pipe smoking has becoming a popular past time, with not just the older generations but the younger ones too. Men my age (thirty-something's), are stepping up to the plate and realizing that life has gotten way too complex. We need something to help us settle down after a hard day's work. Although my father's days were labor intensive with physical exertion, the only manual labor I get today is in the gym or going for a trail run. Due to my desk job, I am not exposed to the elements that my father was - plowing in the treacherous blizzards in Massachusetts, fixing a water main in the hottest day of a New England summer, or working two and sometimes three jobs to put food on the table and keep a roof over our heads! But, we did alright and I'm thankful for his sacrifices.

Once I became a man, I realized the importance of good nutrition, to keep the body strong. Being an advocate for sound nutrition and taking pleasures in pipe smoking, it is imperative to get enough vitamins and minerals to keep the body going strong like the Savoy Express! The following is my dinner last night (pictured below), which consisted of grilled salmon and a pound of spinach with a glass of red wine.

Salmon is rich in vitamin B12, niacin, omega-3 fats, tryptophan, vitamin D, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B6, not to mention a great source of protein. Popeye ate loads of spinach and smoked a pipe! Popeye was strong to the finish 'cause he ate his spinach - so follow his advice. Spinach is extremely rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, lutein, folate, iron, vitamin B12, potassium, vitamin B6, protein, and niacin. To wash it all down, a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. Red wine has health benefits that the Italians and French have known about for centuries. Red wine can raise HDL cholesterol (the good) and lower LDL cholesterol (the bad). Red wine prevents blood clots, heart attacks, and reduces blood vessel damage caused by fat deposits. Rich in antioxidants, many studies have concluded that a glass of red wine a day will lead to good health. To finish off dinner, my desert was a bowl of Boswell's Premium Burley ( Remember to remain healthy, that way you can live as long as Jack LaLanne (September 26, 1914 - January 23, 2011), 96 years young - you will be missed!