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The Wine Guy: The most important meal of the day

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The Wine Guy
with Anthony Scarano

Getting out of bed can be painful. At some point in each person's life, no matter how well one takes care of himself, crawling out of bed in the morning gets to be a chore that reminds you how old you are.

The pain starts at the base of the head and extends down the neck and spine to between the shoulders, then down each arm all the way to the fingers. The older you get, the stiffer you will be in the morning and the more aches and pains you will have. Some of these pains will abate as you get up and move about, but some will not.

These aches, pains and stiffness occur because as you sleep or lay for a long period of time, circulation slows. When circulation is poor, pain sets in.

Fortunately, a remedy exists to jump-start your day. You will feel better and enjoy life more. A glass of wine immediately upon waking in the morning will help get the blood flowing properly. Compliment this with some light exercises such as stretching and calisthenics, and take notice how your body awakens. You will feel a warmth spreading through the body as the blood flows to areas it didn't reach well while you slept.

Next, before sitting down to breakfast, eat six prunes soaked overnight in wine and drink a nice, big glass of water. This will help the intestines remove the sludge that may have accumulated from the last day's meals. Then have a breakfast of delicious vegetable soup. You must make time for this without rushing; as they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

We are focusing on starting the day right, and the magic of wine will do this. Aren't sold? So be it, it is your loss. Drinking wine will help you feel better and live longer.

The rest of the day, all of your meals should begin with a bowl of soup, followed by steamed vegetables - carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, cabbage, to name a few. And don't forget the wine.

Anthony Scarano is not a doctor. He is an 88-year-old Evergreen Park resident, winemaker and certified naturopath. Suggestions in this space are solely the opinions of Mr. Scarano based on years of independent study and personal experience, and may not be beneficial to health. Wine should be consumed in moderation, as overindulgence may be harmful to health.