Wide Load @McDonald’s

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I took this photo passing a McDonald’s. 


It just seemed so perfect.


With this SUV parked right between the McDonald’s arches.


And on the SUV are two red warning flags sticking out from the sides with a sign on top that says: 

“Wide Load” 

And in the McDonald’s window is a smiley face and a $2.99 Happy Meal special. 


With the “fast food” unhealthy eating culture that McDonald’s has so long represented, what is there really to smile about except the cheap fixings. 


If you eat at McDonald’s too much or too long then like Morgan Spurlock in the documentary “Super Size Me,” who ate nothing but McDonald’s for 30 days and gained almost 25 pounds and felt crappy…unfortunately the sign “Wide Load” may be descriptive of what can happen.   


This isn’t a dig at McDonald’s per se (there are many fast food joints and things that we know aren’t necessarily good for us)…moderation in life is really key. 


Healthy eating, exercise, mindfulness, work-life balance, and generally taking good care of yourself is not just a nice to have, but important to our well-being.


Genetics aside, it’s the “Battle of the Bulge,” and it’s a lifelong pursuit to be healthy 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 

Beautiful Summer Fruit

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Wow, how beautiful an array of colorful summer fruit. 


Saw this at Balducci’s (classy store). 


Watermelon, cantalope, pineapple, and mango.


Sliced and all nicely packaged up together ready to eat.


Looks yum!


Amazing what G-d creates. 


And he bestows on man the ability to put the finishing touches. 


Thank you Oh L-rd, who gives us the delicious and beautiful fruit of the tree.

Yes, it’s an unusual blog for Tisha B’Av–maybe I’m craving the food. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

People Literally Eating Garbage

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So I saw another homeless person yesterday eating out of the garbage on the street. 


They had flipped open the top, reached in, pulled out a half-drunk cup of something awful looking, and in one shot, gulped it down. 


I was choking watching this–it was so upsetting that any human being has to live this way. 


Like so many of these poor folks living off the streets, their belly was sick and widely distended. 


And their pants were very worn, with holes, and wrapped ill-fittingly around their waist. 


They dragged a small suitcase behind them. 


When people say that things are bad in their life, perhaps we often don’t stop to think about how bad things can really get (bli ayin hara).


G-d should have mercy on his children and bless us not to know any loss, sorrow, pain, suffering, sickness or hunger.  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Losing The Weight

Superman

So when I was young, I may have aspired to be Superman.  


Now, I am a little more realistic in my dreams and understanding of my capabilities. 


Since my hips started deteriorating almost 3 years ago, and I had the 2 hip replacements, it has been challenging at times with mobility and of course, weight gain. 


But as I continue to get back to myself, some people have been particularly encouraging and inspiring to me.  


One is a terrific doctor that my wife had recommended, and she told me straight up to just lose the weight. 


She told me about JuicePlus pills–which I found a cheaper version with JuiceFestiv that are capsules for organic fruit and vegetables that energizes and also fills you up. 


She also told me simply what her principle has been, “Eat half!” 


Next, I am grateful to my friend, Jacob Elbaz, who told me how he wants me around a long time as a friend and with my family.  


He also had good advice, “Just one pound a week…how hard is that?”


Finally, I am grateful to my wife who in a most caring way is cooking the right foods now and making me lots of healthy mush–some of it even edible.


With G-d’s help, I believe that I can do it!  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Bodega D.C.

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This little deli and grocery in downtown D.C. always reminds me of the spanish bodegas back in NYC. 

The smallish store has just a couple of aisles of stuffed shelves of all sort of fast food eatsies. 

Usually not very organized, but more like you see something from all the grab it type foods and drinks and just go for it. 

Signs are handwritten and taped on to shelves, doors, and counters. 

Food packages jut out from shelves into the aisles and frequently get knocked down by customers on to the floors of the narrower aisles. 

Pour your own cup of coffee or softdrink.

Sandwiches in the back are freshly made while you wait and come heaping with toppings and the price written with a black marker on the celaphane wrapping. 

The store is laidback and informal with the proprietor at the counter reading from his newspaper as people come by to check out and he looks up between paragraphs.

Very working class and for students in the area, the lines can get long to the door at lunch hour. 

A little unkept and no place to sit and dawdle–this is a get in and get out little neighborhood store. 

A big contrast with the cookie-cutter chain stores and franchises–this is mom and pop style. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Trader Joe’s Is Growing On Me

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I took this photo in Trader Joe’s.

I like how organized (and colorful) they are.

A binder for everything…dairy, produce, bread, cereal, meat, cheese, snacks, cookies and candy, frozen goods, beverages, and flowers, , 

Another binder for training…nice, they care about their employees.

And even for donations–another sign proudly stated that the store had donated $925,000 of goods so far this year…that’s pretty amazing!

I previously wrote about 10 Reasons To Love Trader Joe’s (and 2 to not), but this store is continuing to grow on me. 

Especially with all the healthy eating you can do from there–that’s probably the most important reason of all to shop there. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

That’s Good Cookin’

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This was a funny picture when we were out west. 



This guy is standing on the corner dancing around in his apron and chef’s hat. 



He’s also got a big fat fake mustache on top of his real one and big round glasses/googles on his face. 



He is working hard to attract people to come into his restaurant. 



This “chef” calls over to us jumping around–doing anything to get our attention. 



So we had already eaten lunch, but he did get us to stop and say hello–this picture captures the moment. 😉



(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)