"If it tastes good, spit it out!" Jack LaLanne 96th Birthday tribute

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Jack LaLanne is 96 years old on Sunday! Truly a pioneer in fitness and health at least 50 years ahead of his time. He was my very first exposure to fitness and a lasting influence. Two of Jack LaLanne’s quotes that I think are even more important today than when he said them in the 1960’s:

“If it tastes good, spit it out!”

“If man made it, don’t eat it!”

Those two simple statements are a brilliant encapsulation of what good nutrition is all about. Food technology has advanced to the point where artificial flavors can be engineered to be so tasty that YOU cant stop eating them! How many people do you know who can eat just one single cheddar flavored nacho chip and be satisfied? No wonder obesity is an epidemic, the deck has been stacked against you!
If trying to lose fat or gain muscle, every calorie counts! In this era of artificial flavors, hydrogenated coconut oil , salt and high fructose corn syrup things that taste good are really bad for you so … if it tastes good – spit it out!
Now of course healthy things can taste good too, im not saying to spit everything out other than dirt, old diapers, and tacks. What I am saying is – know what’s in your mouth! If you dont know exactly whats in your mouth then spit it out!
If it tastes good, you can keep chewing if …
  • it has no artificial flavors
  • it has no artificial sweetners
  • it has no simple carbs
  • it low in salt
  • it has only good fats
  • its low in fat
If trying to lose fat or gain muscle, every calorie counts! Now, you all know I am a nutritional Nazi. I say avoid these tasty, artificially flavored foods 100%, not even a single cheesy poof. The biggest problem is that the artificial flavors and sweetners are so intense that it dulls your taste buds so that natural foods become bland and unpalatable – it can take a month for your sense of taste to recover enough so you can taste how sweet a carrot or tomato is and how flavorful brown rice can be. Even one single cheesy poof a week can keep your taste buds from recovering. Moderation is not an option, these artificial flavors are *designed* to be addictive and we mortals dont stand a fighting chance against them. A rare few can exhibit self control and just have one chip, puff, cookie or donut a week and be satisfied but the rest of us dont stop till the bag is empty.
Happy 96th Birthday Jack LaLanne!

Now I now Jack LaLanne is a proper and polite gentleman and he would be appalled and even terrified that he was the inspiration for this disturbing display of horrendous table manners you will witness in this video. So if you are faint of heart, just read this text and skip the video :)


17 thoughts on “"If it tastes good, spit it out!" Jack LaLanne 96th Birthday tribute”

  1. Just my opinions but…

    fresh fruit tastes good.

    a good salad is healthy and tastes good.

    nuts and seeds taste good.

    steamed fish tastes good.

    raw fish tastes great.

    why eat food that tastes bad when you can have healthy and yummy food?

  2. Have your taste buds recovered by now? Accidentally I found that yesterday:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/39519506#39519506
    These "health shows" fuel biased deception and actually do more harm than good. I hardly drink fruit juices (mostly unsweetened green tea), but eat fruit and vegetables.
    What I see as a danger with shows like that is that now the preferred drink is pink lemonade over the juice (or a cup of plain water). No way I'd eat that greasy pizza – I'd go for the salad – good fat! Another point are those lean products which should be avoided none the less – engineered stuff. Eat healthy and skip that lean stuff. For substituting cheese I'd jump on cottage cheese – very versatile, low in fat and rich in proteins.

    Thank you for being awesome. Alles klar? Auf Wiedersehen.

  3. @captain krak OK, since we are on the subject, that was back when the only way to place a phone call was with a rotary phone connected via wire to your wall and it was before cable TV and Satellite TV too. I remember having to aim the antenna just so to get his show.

  4. Growing up in the 60's and 70's, I remember seeing my mom workout to Jack Lalanne on the tv. For you youngsters, this was before dvds and video tape, so people actually had to time their day around it!

  5. Ok, this is embarrasing but I didn't know who Jack Lalanne was, I've watched a couple of interviews on youtube and this man is amazing! an inspiration for everyone!

  6. We saw how hard it was to spit out–i thought it was going to end up on your chest, and that would have just been gross ;)

  7. Seba, it's your life and choice but I'd strongly suggest you to stop drinking coca cola whether light or regular.

    1. Do you know what's in it?
    2. Low calories but geared to be sweet by artificial sugar which is so addictive. Wouldn't you discern that this is causing you to crave for coke?
    3. Coke has lot of phosphoric acid which leads to lower bone density.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphoric_acid

    I do drink it sometime, maybe once in a month. But I'd prefer regular one. It's bad anyway but at least it's got normal sugar.

  8. Seba-
    they are called "french" fries because of the style in which they cut the potatoes into long thin strips. its called "frenching". the same idea behind Julienne salad

  9. True,
    all that junk makes people addictive.
    I am not such a nutritional nazi like U Scooby, but i try to everything i can to avoid the worst foods. But i have one addiction, and i can not stop with it!
    Coca cola… Wel, i drink the light version, to avoid sugars, but still i drink mostly 2 liters/day. i also drink other things of course, but a day without my precious coca cola, is inimaginable. It is very low in kcalories (1,1 kcal / 250ml glass) but i know there is artificial things in it.
    Is it so unhealthy to drink it?
    However, this video is something that much people can learn from. Not only americans, i am from belgium, and here there is much obese people to.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_fries
    Just check the place of origin -_-
    (Belgium, my country, but why do english speaking people call them "french" fries??)
    Anyway, every once in a while i eat french fries, but not the same way that most people eat them. I dont cook/boil them in oil or other fatty substances.

  10. I was just thinking about Jack today as I was drinking some fresh juice : )

    Oh, it's official, "Scoob, scooby, scoob1961" or any other variation of said username is banned from from discussion in our home. So, just gotta keep all of this good scoop in my head from now on or my wife will rip my head off.

  11. Its common sense really but common sense is expensive now-a-days. I like the rule that says" When in a supermarket, stay away from the inner isle's and do most shopping in the outer ilse". Another rule is "If it was'nt around 10,000 years ago, don't eat it.

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