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Jack LaLanne, great health on a not so great diet??

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Created September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Jack LaLanne obviously had a massive influence on health & exercise, he was legendary no doubt. Please someone hack his diet, from my (limited) reading he subsisted on fish, brown rice, egg whites, fruit & veg. My curiosity has come from the lack of animals & egg yolks, & the regular consumption of fish(i know pollution wasn't as bad years ago) don't get me wrong, i don't think for one minute you can't survive without animals & egg yolks but he managed to do it with grandeur. As an afterthought he seemed to exercise to a bit of an extreme too, compared to our more modern way of thinking.

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19120 · January 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

FYI, Wonderbread hasn't existed for 5 years in some arts of the US, and hasn't been produced at all in the US in about a year.

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8014 · January 16, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Yeah -- LaLanne was one of the first people to rail against sugar and processed foods. He may not have been "Paleo" as any of us would define it, but he was leaps and bounds ahead of the garbage foods that were starting to become popular at the same time he was.

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17103 · January 16, 2013 at 1:18 PM

I haven't seen wonderbread's ingredients in years, but I'm sure they didn't include half the crap that's in white bread today. Stuff like aluminum, ammonium chloride, HFCS, ferrous sulfate, DATEM, soy - and not to mention the most evil of all: modern short wheat.

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17103 · January 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Yup, not worried about the tiny bread he ate, it's totally different wheat today anyway. Sure, he would have done even better without it, but he is very close to paleo for the era he grew up in. I see him as an earlier, more popular, prototype version of Art De Vany and have the highest respect for both.

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17103 · January 16, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Bananas are paleo if you don't eat 30 of them a day. :) 1-2 a week is perfectly fine if you use them as post workout carbs.

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915 · January 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Interesting! thanks Matt

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915 · January 16, 2013 at 10:46 AM

agreed Chihiro.

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915 · January 16, 2013 at 10:45 AM

I read somewhere that he only ate whites, misinformation is everywhere. I feel better that he ate egg yolks..can't stand 'healthy' people discarding egg yolks, it should carry a minimum sentence of 28 days! haha.

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915 · January 16, 2013 at 10:41 AM

I didn't mean his diet was horrible Mike, more not optimal, but yes it was definitely leaps & bounds above the SAD diet.

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15400 · January 16, 2013 at 4:08 AM

Thanks for sharing!

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15400 · January 16, 2013 at 4:04 AM

Liverwurst is good for you. So is whiskey (in moderation). Wonder bread then was not Wonder bread now. No wonder he lived so well.

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15400 · January 16, 2013 at 4:03 AM

The question here - what was his mom eating during pregnancy?

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15400 · January 16, 2013 at 4:02 AM

I have listened to his interview - he ate egg yolks for sure. He loved bananas though.

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41442 · January 16, 2013 at 3:58 AM

Quibble with the inclusion of a slice of bread and a little dairy... if everybody ate like this, we'd have no chronic health crisis as we do now.

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10176 · January 16, 2013 at 2:24 AM

He lived out his marketing plan of bodybuilding and juicing. No hypocrisy, but he might have done a little better on a different plan.

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10176 · January 16, 2013 at 2:20 AM

I count it in his favor that he continued to exercise when he was old.

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10176 · January 16, 2013 at 2:18 AM

I count it in his favor that he continued to exercise when he was old. I don't think there's any basis to think that pales were sedentary.

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9402 · January 16, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Doesn't seem that horrible to me. Leaps and bounds above SAD. Likely influenced by fear of saturated fat and cholesterol, but he just didn't know better...

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915 · January 16, 2013 at 10:41 AM

I didn't mean his diet was horrible Mike, more not optimal, but yes it was definitely leaps & bounds above the SAD diet.

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10176 · January 16, 2013 at 2:24 AM

He lived out his marketing plan of bodybuilding and juicing. No hypocrisy, but he might have done a little better on a different plan.

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50 · January 16, 2013 at 2:47 AM

He also did what he loved to do, and he avoided sugar and processed food religously (or at least he said so). He was waaaay ahead of almost anyone, albeit not paleo. :)

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8014 · January 16, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Yeah -- LaLanne was one of the first people to rail against sugar and processed foods. He may not have been "Paleo" as any of us would define it, but he was leaps and bounds ahead of the garbage foods that were starting to become popular at the same time he was.

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915 · January 16, 2013 at 10:46 AM

agreed Chihiro.

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41442 · January 16, 2013 at 3:11 AM

If you watch some of his older stuff, it's VERY paleo, very reasonable diets. For example, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuW3RfWJ1H0 Yes there's a little fat restriction, but that's simply his method of calorie restriction.

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17103 · January 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Yup, not worried about the tiny bread he ate, it's totally different wheat today anyway. Sure, he would have done even better without it, but he is very close to paleo for the era he grew up in. I see him as an earlier, more popular, prototype version of Art De Vany and have the highest respect for both.

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915 · January 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Interesting! thanks Matt

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15400 · January 16, 2013 at 4:08 AM

Thanks for sharing!

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41442 · January 16, 2013 at 3:58 AM

Quibble with the inclusion of a slice of bread and a little dairy... if everybody ate like this, we'd have no chronic health crisis as we do now.

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5949 · January 16, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Jack had an older brother who lived to just about the same age as Jack did, so there's probably a lot of genetic influence going on there.

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15400 · January 16, 2013 at 4:03 AM

The question here - what was his mom eating during pregnancy?

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649 · January 16, 2013 at 1:39 AM

I bet he was more enlightened about diet than the modern cavemen. That being said, my great grand father thrived on Wonder Bread, liverwurst and whiskey. Perhaps genetics? I better start sourcing some grassfed Wonder Bread.

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19120 · January 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

FYI, Wonderbread hasn't existed for 5 years in some arts of the US, and hasn't been produced at all in the US in about a year.

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17103 · January 16, 2013 at 1:18 PM

I haven't seen wonderbread's ingredients in years, but I'm sure they didn't include half the crap that's in white bread today. Stuff like aluminum, ammonium chloride, HFCS, ferrous sulfate, DATEM, soy - and not to mention the most evil of all: modern short wheat.

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15400 · January 16, 2013 at 4:04 AM

Liverwurst is good for you. So is whiskey (in moderation). Wonder bread then was not Wonder bread now. No wonder he lived so well.

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