Many (myself included) were saddened by the news that actor James Gandolfini had died of a massive heart attack at they very young age of 51.
He was traveling abroad with his teenage son in Italy, and it was his son who found him collapsed in the hotel bathroom. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Very, very sad.
Now before I go on, let me make a few things clear.
I do not know James Gandolfini.
I have never met James Gandolfini.
I have no idea of his health history.
By all accounts he was a great person, father and actor.
The following rant is based solely on my outside observations as a person who has dedicated his life to improving the lives of others to prevent tragedies such as this.
Here is a fact: Being overweight is not healthy. It is just not.
I know, I know- plenty of people say “I’m overweight but my doctor says I’m in perfect health…” yeah, ok. Keep believing that.
Understand this: BEING OVERWEIGHT IS NOT A PROBLEM – UNTIL IT IS.
Again, I do not know James Gandolfini’s health history. What I do know is he has been overweight / obese for several decades by my count. Also, he was a smoker.
You cannot live your life being overweight and smoking without having to pay back that debt at some point.
Unfortunately, doctors say that for many people the first sign that there is something seriously wrong is SUDDEN DEATH. Yes, death is the first sign.
Really? Dying was the first sign? I think not.
How about this: Maybe years and decades of neglecting your health / being significantly overweight or even obese was the first sign.
You can only get away with that for so long. Just ask Tony Soprano (oh, wait – sadly, you can’t.)
Eventually, your lifestyle choices will catch up with you – and payback is a bitch.
James Gandolfini was only 51. He was an actor with an impressive body of work and probably most important of all he was a loving husband and father.
His premature death is unquestionably tragic. But I also truly believe it was preventable.
If we can take anything positive away from this negative experience, please let it be this:
Take care of your health *NOW* – later is too late.
Today is the day you can make a change – not tomorrow, TODAY. Agree that pretending bad habits don’t matter is no longer acceptable. Agree that sudden death is not acceptable and not a good wake up call. Agree that you are TOO IMPORTANT – to both yourself and your loved ones.
PS: If I can be of any assistance at all, please do not hesitate to contact me ASAP.
Most meals are served with some form of carbs – rice, noodles, potatoes or bread. But let’s get real – In order to make strides toward your fitness goal, it’s a good idea to eat fewer carbs especially at dinner.
This recipe for cauliflower rice is a great way to still enjoy a side of rice without sacrificing your results by taking in too many calories and carbs.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 head organic cauliflower
- 2 small tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 an onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
- dash of salt and pepper
- dash of Tajin or red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup fresh, cilantro, chopped
- juice from one lime
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease shallow baking pan with olive oil.
- Using a food processor with the grating blade, grate all of the cauliflower. Set aside.
- In a high speed blender, or food processor, blend the tomatoes, onion, garlic, tomato paste, salt, pepper and tajin until smooth.
- Mix the tomato blend evenly into the shredded cauliflower. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Stir and bake for another 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, transfer to serving dish. Mix in the chopped cilantro and drizzle with lime juice. Enjoy!
Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 28 calories, 1g fat, 91mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, and 1g protein
FINNALY!!! Rice you can eat without the belly expanding carbs!
Have a great weekend!