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Red wine,balance and my dad.
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11-13-2017, 12:45 PM
I will be honest in that I do like a glass of red wine on an evening.I realise that many people on this forum may not drink alcohol at all.However for those who do like a certain drink I would say to you; do not obsess over it.

At 53 I believe that as long as the balance in my life is good and that I exercise on a daily basis I am not going to forgo a simple pleasure.

This is not to exhort people to drink wine ( and I would add that I would not drink in front of a recovering alcoholic but on the other hand if a friend offered me a drink as a genuine gesture I would not insult them by refusing it-it can be a cultural issue) but I am simply saying that there are many things in this life far more damaging than one drink.

Why am I saying this ? Well my father is 86 soon.He had a heart attack at 58 .However he survived and bought an exercise bike and changed his lifestyle.He phoned me the other day to say that he still has a beer 2 or 3 times a week and did I think that was ok?!!

I said" Dad ,you did 30 years in the police and 5 in the RAF, and survived a heart attack! If you enjoy the odd beer every now and then - have one!!"

Bottom line;keep fit and healthy but enjoy your life!
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11-13-2017, 07:23 PM
Hello Eddy1,

My Grandfather was the consummate Physical Culturist. He lived to be 97 years of age and I never saw him sick.

When he was 83 in the summer of 1977 and running at Lake Calhoun my friends literally found him to be unbelievable. He stood 5'10" weighed 155 ripped muscular pounds, was as brown as a beer bottle and he told my friends that he used to weigh 30 pounds more when having 'bulging muscles' mattered to him. As it was, He was 'ripped to the bone' and told Dave Murphy, "I'm 83 now and I'm in a race against father time so I don't carry an extra ounce of weight and so far that S.O.B. hasn't caught up to me yet." Truth is, 'Father Time' didn't catch him for 14 more years.

Now get this, My Grandfather ate one really great meal each day of the finest food imaginable, EVERYTHING was the best that could be found and he fasted a good 22 hours from solid food each day. He always ate dinner between 8 and 10 pm in the summer and 7 and 9 pm in the winter. He often had a single shot of the finest whiskey money could buy early in the afternoon. He also enjoyed the finest wines every evening with dinner. The man really enjoyed the finest of everything and it showed up in his body. He was ageless. One of the 'secrets' that he had was good humor. He laughed a lot and he enjoyed good food, good wine, and love of a beautiful woman. My grandmother died in 1958 in a car accident and my grandfather remarried a beautiful woman 5 years later in 1963 when he turned 70. Katherine was a knock out. They were married until he died at age 97 which happened to 27 years later.

The reason I have written what I have above is because I have known people that have never touched a drop and have been so up tight that they made themselves sick. Personally, I like a really good wine. It's one of the pleasures of life. No reason to be uptight about it.

---John Peterson
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