Toomer Family BLOG

Our goal is to celebrate ALL Toomer family members today and yesterday. This blog will include history, genealogy, and reunion news. Additionally we will share our talent in poetry and prose, along with spotlight news on family members.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Eat Right and Exercise

Millions of research and development dollars are spent every year to provide us with information on how to live a better life and avoid various illnesses. They study cancer, heart disease, and fatigue to name a few. We eagerly watch shows and read magazine advertisements on how to have healthy hair, nails and skin. Year after year there are new reports. If you listen, you will notice that they all say the same thing. Eat Right and Exercise. Yes, eat your vegetables and break a sweat regularly. (No I am not referring to personal summers.)

There is one thing that is certain; if you do not learn how to eat, you can look forward to a future of restrictions. No salt, no sugar, no caffeine, no, no, no. As a family we are predisposed to hypertension and heart disease. Medical conditions are passed down by nature and nurture, but current choices also play a part. Sure, we ate all kinds of stuff back in the day. But, back in the day Toomers rarely lived to see 70 years old.

Physically, as a family we are, well, blessed, if I can be so modest. It is a gift and we have nothing to do with it, initially. Our collective ancestors bestowed this upon us. There are many Toomer athletes. Back in the day, the uncles played baseball, on the field across from Toomer Avenue in Berlin. In recent history, there are more than a few Toomers who have received college scholarships in football, track and field, from the boomers down to generation X.

I have heard people say, I do not eat vegetables, or I only eat two vegetables. That is almost like saying, I do not put oil in my car, or I never have my oil changed. I do not use antifreeze. Well you car is going to run for a while, but eventually you will destroy your investment. You can always get a new car, but only get one body.

Family, you have been given a Ferrari. How are you taking care of it? Are you drinking your water? Did you eat fresh fruit and vegetables today? Have you decreased you salt intake? Have you decreased the number of processed food that you eat? Have you taken your Ferrari for a spin around the park or to the gym lately? (My Ferrari was collecting dust, but I started back on a workout routine after a few months off. The summer is coming and we will be in shorts and sleeveless before we know it.)

Eat Right and Exercise. This is the simple key to life, the fountain of youth that everyone is in search of. Listen to the bottom line of every medical and health report. They all sing the same tune. Sometimes we want to take the easy way out. Where is the pill to burn this fat off of me while I sit here and stuff my face? We eat processed foods, because they seem quick, easy and delicious. But, I ask you, what could be quicker or more delicious, than fresh spinach sauted in garlic. Choose a piece of fruit instead of a candy bar. (I have a major chocolate problem, so I am pumping myself up here. Also a problem with McDonald french fries, and Oreos and....) It is a challenge to do these two basic things, but it is worthwhile to give it a try.

Here are a couple of web sites that discuss health:


  • At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks for the health reminder Shamele. You’ve persuaded me to add an extra half mile to my morning (or sometimes evening) daily walk from now on. In fact; I’m about to head-out now to watch the beauty of this morning's sunrise.

    Two Fruit and three Veg a day!

  • At 1:39 AM, Blogger Shamele Jordon said…

    Morning walks are great, especially when you can watch the sunrise. I hear that this is the best time to burn the most calories.

    (By the way, it should be 4-5 servings of fruit, and 4-5 servings of veg a day. You know how we Americans like to overdo everything. I guess since we overdo, we need more gas in our tanks.)

  • At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you for reminding me about the importance of eating right and exercising. I plan to start back with my Yoga classes and start walking again.

    We are sometimes so busy with work and other responsibilities that we forget to take care of ourselves.

    Catherine Toomet-Williams


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