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May 20, 2009
No pills, not even aspirin, and certainly no supplements ever enter my mouth -- everything I need comes from my fish-vegetarian diet, which incorporates 30-40 different kinds of fruit and vegetables every week. Even though I am Chairman and Owner of Dole Food Company, I do most of my own grocery shopping, and even took Oprah on an impromptu trip to Costco, in a day that included bike riding, exercise in the gym, and juicing vegetables in the kitchen. Oprah marveled at how much I eat, and yet never gain a pound. In fact, I expend a lot of energy in my 50-60 minutes of cardio and strength training every day. Plus there's the fact that fruit and vegetables tend to be lower in calories, but higher in filling fiber and other nutrients that help you feel satisfied.
By eating many fruits and vegetables in place of fast food and junk food, people could avoid obesity. Obesity accelerates aging even faster than smoking, according to scientific research.
We created the North Carolina Research Campus to study the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. It is the only campus in the world encompassing eight universities all working together for the benefit of health and longevity. These include Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State University, UNC Charlotte, North Carolina Central University, NC A&T State University, UNC Greensboro and Appalachian State University. We've gathered a comprehensive array of famous scientists and scientific equipment under one roof, including a two-story, 950 megahertz, 8-ton superconducting magnet. It is the largest and most powerful magnet in the world and will help us look at both plant and human cells at the most minute level. We are constantly doing research on all fruit and vegetables, including the ones listed below, which are the mainstay of my diet.
|Pineapple||Speeds post-surgery||Promotes joint health||Reduces asthma inflammation|
|Blueberries||Restore antioxidant levels||Reverse age-related brain decline||Prevent urinary tract infection|
|Spinach||Helps maintain mental sharpness||Reduces the risk of cancers of the liver, ovaries, colon and prostate||Top nutrient density|
|Red Bell Pepper||Reduces risk of lung, prostate, ovarian and cervical cancer||Protects against sunburn||Promotes heart health|
|Broccoli||Reduces diabetic damage||Lowers risk of prostate, bladder, colon, pancreatic, gastric and breast cancer||Protects the brain in event of injury|
|Tomato||Reduces inflammation||Lowers risk of developing esophageal, stomach, colorectal, lung and pancreatic cancer||Reduces cardiovascular disease risk|
|Apple||Supports immunity||Fights lung and prostate cancer||Lowers Alzheimer’s risk|
|Artichoke||Helps blood clotting||Antioxidant Superfood||Lowers “bad” cholesterol|
|Arugula||Lowers birth defect risk||Reduces fracture risk||Protects eye health|
|Asparagus||Nourishes good gut bacteria||Protects against birth defects||Promotes heart health|
|Avocado||Limits liver damage||Reduces oral cancer risk||Lowers cholesterol levels|
|Blackberries||Build bone density||Suppress appetite||Enhance fat burning|
|Butternut Squash||Supports night vision||Combats wrinkles||Promotes heart health|
|Cantaloupe||Bolsters immunity||Protects skin against sunburn||Reduces inflammation|
|Carrot||Antioxidants defend DNA||Fights cataracts||Protects against some cancers|
|Cauliflower||Stimulates detoxification||Suppresses breast cancer cell growth||Defends against prostate cancer|
|Cherries||Alleviate arthritic pain and gout||Lower “bad” cholesterol||Reduce inflammation|
|Cranberries||Alleviate prostate pain||Fight lung, colon and leukemia cancer cells||Prevent urinary tract infection|
|Green Cabbage||Promotes healthy blood clotting||Reduces risk of prostate, colon, breast and ovarian cancers||Activates the body’s natural detoxification systems|
|Kale||Counters harmful estrogens that can feed cancer||Protects eyes against sun damage and cataracts||Increases bone density|
|Kiwi||Combats wrinkles||Lowers blood clot risk and reduces blood lipids||Counters constipation|
|Mango||Supports immunity||Lowers “bad” cholesterol||Regulates homocysteine to protect arteries|
|Mushrooms||Promote natural detoxification||Reduce the risk of colon and prostate cancer||Lower blood pressure|
|Orange||Reduces levels of “bad” cholesterol||Lowers risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, breast and stomach, and childhood leukemia||Pectin suppresses appetite|
|Papaya||Enzymes aid digestion||Reduces risk of lung cancer||Enhances fat burning|
|Plums & Prunes||Counter constipation||Antioxidants defend against DNA damage||Protects against post-menopausal bone loss|
|Pomegranate||Enhances sunscreen protection||Lowers “bad” cholesterol||Fights prostate cancer|
|Pumpkin||Protects joints against polyarthritis||Lowers lung and prostate cancer risk||Reduces inflammation|
|Raspberries||Inhibit growth of oral, breast, colon and prostate cancers||Antioxidant DNA defense||Lower “bad” cholesterol levels|
|Strawberries||Protect against Alzheimer’s||Reduce “bad” cholesterol||Suppress growth of colon, prostate and oral cancer|
|Sweet Potato||Reduces stroke risk||Lowers cancer risk||Protect against blindness|
|Watermelon||Supports male fertility||Reduces risk of several cancers: prostate, ovarian, cervical, oral and pharyngeal||Protects skin against sunburn|
|Banana||Increases Fat Burning||Lowers risk of colorectal and kidney cancer, leukemia||Reduces asthmas symptoms in children|
One of my missions in life is to share this kind of knowledge with others, so they can live more vital, active, satisfying lives. Since acquiring major interests in Dole 26 years ago, educating the public on proper diet has constituted the agenda of my Dole Nutrition Institute. We publish the Dole Nutrition News -- enjoyed by 2.5 million subscribers (sign up at www.dolenutrition.com). We create cooking and nutrition videos, cookbooks, brochures, and other educational collateral, like the chart above. We also provide educational support to teachers, parents and kids through www.dolesuperkids.com.
May 12, 2009
Designed to capture views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline, guestrooms feature floor-to-ceiling bay windows and plush round swivel sofas. Conceptualized and executed by EMM Group, the iCRAVE-designed Chandelier Room boasts more than 4,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. Hanging crystals suspended from branch-like fixtures in the ceiling surround an ornate, inhabitable chandelier that serves as the centerpiece of the room. Rich materials populate the space, including honed marble, copper tiles, glazed cognac leathers, and chocolate velvets.
Bentel & Bentel Architects designed Zylo, the hotel's Tuscan steakhouse. The dining room pays homage to Hoboken's vibrant history of shipbuilding and shop culture while superimposing modern elements. Blackened steel, nautical bronze and basalt planks recall the shipbuilding heritage of the city while a soaring wall of bristled broom heads stacked like bricks hints at the city's former shop culture. The property also offers, Bliss Spa, 5,700 square feet of meeting and event space, and 40 branded residences.
W Hoboken, Bliss Spa
May 9, 2009
At Living Waters, owners Jeff and Judy understand the importance of not leaving behind an important member of your family. That’s why they are the only European-style, clothing-optional mineral-water spa that invites you to bring your best friend with you and make yourself at home in our pet-friendly luxury condos.
All you need to bring are groceries and your dog’s favorite treats and toys. Their condos have two bedrooms with custom king-size beds dressed in fine linens; cable TV, a DVD player, Wi-Fi; granite countertops, a professional-style gas range; microwave, toaster and coffee maker; cooking utensils and flatware. Best of all, you’ll have a private patio dog run.
If you’ve never had a clothing-optional experience but have always wanted to, now is your time. At Living Waters Spa, you can feel the desert sun and mountain air on your whole body. You can swim in pure mineral water without a bathing suit. And, you can have that experience in an environment devoted to body acceptance and self-discovery.
Spend your days here days relaxing, rejuvenating and restoring, taking in our therapeutic, odor-free water, receiving soul-touching, award-winning massage and body treatments, and exploring nearby Joshua Tree National Park or sight-seeing in Palm Springs. You can take your dog for a hike in the mountains or for an outing at one of our many local dog parks.
The price is lower than ever to visit at one of the top 10 clothing-optional spas in the world. TripAdvisor ranks Living Waters Spa third around the globe, and Spas of America ranks us first in California.
Conde Nast Traveler, American Spa, USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Ellen DeGeneres, AOL and other media outlets have featured stories about the Living Waters Spa experience. With their special condo rates, now is the perfect opportunity to discover them for yourself.
Their rates for the season, May through September: $499 for the week, $99 per night Monday through Thursday and $139 Friday through Sunday.
About the spa: Completely refurbished five years ago, the nine guest rooms and massage studios retain their Mid-Century Modern spa-tel character. The two pools are fed directly from a hot-water aquifer; they pump 20 gallons a minute, 18 hours a day, from their own well. The water in the small pool stays about 100 degrees, which is perfect for long, therapeutic soaking. They offer massage and spa treatments; a dry sauna; breakfast and afternoon hors ‘d oeuvres. The six condos are directly across the street from the spa.
Living Waters Spa
May 1, 2009
Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley, California
Savor the gracious intimacy of a resort with epicurean flair, set among the oaks and vineyards of the scenic Carmel Valley in Central California. Feather beds, cozy fireplaces and two-person bathtubs enhance the experience at this resort inspired by the same-named winery.
Evensong Spa, Heidel House Resort, Green Lake, Wisconsin
Wrapped in tranquility and set on beautiful serene wooded acreage in Green Lake, Wisconsin, Evensong Spa at Heidel House Resort offers guests a relaxing Midwest setting for re-energizing the mind, body and spirit.
Evensong Spa, Heidel House Resort
Health Spa Napa Valley, Inn at Southbridge, St. Helena, California
Located in the charming historic town of St. Helena, in the heart of America's most famous wine-growing region, Health Spa Napa Valley at the Inn at Southbridge, offers guests a private, intimate and convenient escape to wellness.
Health Spa Napa Valley, Inn at Southbridge
Grotto Spa, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Parksville, British Columbia
Take time to treat yourself at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort's Grotto Spa, the largest resort spa in British Columbia, offering signature treatments and services with a focus on West Coast natural ingredients. Indulge in a soak in the 2,500 square foot Grotto Mineral Pool, infused with natural minerals and trace elements which detoxify and sooth.
Grotto Spa, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort
Red Mountain Spa, St. George, Utah
Discover the healing power of red earth and blue sky at Red Mountain Spa. A place where you can be active or relax as you like, anytime you like. Discover stunning red rock cliffs, black lava bed gardens and vivid landscape invite exploration. Where daily guided hikes, rock-climbing outings, canyon-hugging bike rides and group exercise classes meet any fitness level.
Red Mountain Spa
WildSpring Guest Habitat, Port Orford, Oregon
Overlooking Oregon's spectacular southern coast, WildSpring Guest Habitat is a small eco-friendly resort offering luxurious accommodations in a naturally beautiful environment. Enjoy incredible ocean scenery with all the comforts of home.
WildSpring Guest Habitat