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Let’s Make Guacamole!
January 28, 2019

I hope everyone enjoyed my last Healthy Lawyer blog on the amazing health benefits of the avocado as a “Superfood.” If you missed it or the first two blogs you can sign up for our Mailing List below.

I know everyone loves guacamole and it’s a great way to enjoy lots of avocado. So I’ve included my wife’s recipe for guacamole and some pictures below of the ingredients and the final product.

Depending on how much guacamole you want to make, use four to six smaller Hass type avocados or two or three larger Florida type avocados.

Add the following according to taste:

About 1/4 chopped onion
One diced tomato
Fresh cilantro
Minced or fresh garlic
Juice from one or more whole limes
Salt and pepper
Hot sauce if you want to add some kick
I sometimes add a touch of olive oil

Other ideas include putting avocado slices on your toast in the mornings. The go to for most people is adding avocado to their salad, which we learned last time makes the healthy nutrients of the salad about five times more bio-available to your body.

Finally, I recently ran across a recipe for making chocolate mousse with avocado rather than heavy whipping cream as a healthier alternative. It’s simple: 2 large ripe avocados, 3 to 4 tablespoons of honey, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 50 g of raw cacao powder (or powdered bakers’ chocolate.)

It would be fun to hear some of your recipes and how you include avocados in your diet.


Thomas D. Marks, Esquire

An Avocado A Day…
January 4, 2019

This is the third installment of my “Healthy Lawyer” series. In this segment, I am going to focus on the nutritional and health benefits of the avocado. My only disclaimer is that I am not a doctor, so I can’t give medical advice.

The avocado is considered a “super food” that is not only packed with numerous vitamins and nutrients, but it also helps reduce blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol, increase good cholesterol, helps to prevent cancer and can help you lose weight. What more can you say?

Avocados contain all of the B vitamins except for B 12 that you get from animal protein. They offer more potassium than bananas, more pectin than apples and more carotenoid lutein than any other fruit, which protects against macular degeneration and cataracts.

Sometimes avocados get a bad rap for having a high fat content which averages about 20 times more than any other fruit. However, avocado oil contains mostly health promoting monounsaturated fats, especially oleic acid. And avocado fat increases the absorption and conversion of healthy nutrients from low fat vegetables up to five times greater. I encourage you to add an avocado to your healthy salad and reap even greater benefits.

Avocados are filled with antioxidants and are also anti-inflammatory which helps reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome. They are high in magnesium and numerous micro nutrients and have high levels of folate which is essential for prevention of birth defects, is heart healthy and helps reduce the risk of stroke.

I hope this hasn’t been too technical. As you can tell, I believe in the health benefits of avocados. A client recently sent me a very good health related avocado article. If you are interested, I have included a link below.

In conclusion, I would say we should replace “An apple a day …” with “An avocado a day keeps the doctor away.”

If someone you know may be interested in learning more about avocados or other health related topics, I invite you to share these emails with them or ask them to reach out to me and we will add them to our mailing list.

Thomas D. Marks, Esquire

Hass and Lula Avocados
December 6, 2018

I was so surprised and encouraged by the number of messages I personally received in response to my first healthy lawyer email. I want to thank everyone who sent me those kind words as they have motivated me to continue sharing my journey with all who are interested.

Since my introduction, I have added a Myers Lemon tree to my landscape. I will get to this one and my other fruit trees later. However, to continue with the “avocado man” theme, I thought I might start this blog with the first two avocado trees I planted some years ago, and then each week add a spotlight on a new avocado tree that I planted this year.

My first two avocado trees were a Hass which is a Mexican/Guatemalan Hybrid and a Lula which is a Guatemalan cultivar. The Hass avocado tree is currently producing with the first full crop of avocados. I don’t have much to report on my Lula as it is not in season and has no avocados currently. My other 13 avocado trees are all less than a year old, but all are doing well and should be in production within the next couple of years. Yes, it is my goal to be overrun with avocados in the next few years so that I can share them with all my friends, family and colleagues.

Just to give you a quick tutorial on avocado trees, there are three “races” of avocado trees: Mexican, Guatemalan and West Indian. The Mexican are the most cold tolerant while the West Indian are the least cold tolerant. The Guatemalan fall in the middle. Avocado trees are for the most part self-pollinating and are type “A” and type “B”. From what I’ve read, you will get better production from your trees if you have at least one of each types of trees, “A” and “B” in your yard.

The only two types of avocados you can generally get in the grocery store are the Hass which is the smaller higher oil content variety most people like and the Simmonds, which is the larger green “Florida” avocado. It is lower in calories, but also lower in oil content and so less flavorful. Avocados contain a healthy type of oil that studies show actually helps you lose weight.

I think it is so cool to be able to grow so many different varieties of avocados that you cannot get in the grocery store. I will share with you some of these less well-known avocados in future emails as well as how to successfully plant them and care for them in your landscape.

Sorry this email has focused so much on avocados, but of course they are a passion of mine. They are also a very healthy food and should be included in your diet if you enjoy them.  There are lots of YouTube videos and articles online for anyone wanting to educate themselves on the joy of planting and harvesting your own avocados.

If someone you know may be interested in learning more about avocados or other health related topics, I invite you to share these emails with them or ask them to reach out to me and we will add them to our mailing list.

Thomas D. Marks, Esquire

The Healthy Lawyer: An Introduction
November 9, 2018

Friends/Former Clients/Colleagues,

I think most of you are aware that I have been on a journey over the last three years to get in better shape, eat and live healthier, lose weight and enjoy life more. Thus, I have decided to share part of my journey with all who may want to learn more about some of the insights I have gleaned.

Several of you have even started calling me the “avocado man” given my apparent obsession with avocado trees. Yes, I have planted 15 avocado trees in my landscape, 14 of which are diverse varieties producing at different times of the year. It is my goal ultimately to have avocados producing year-round and it may even be true that I track all the progress on a spreadsheet. I look forward to sharing the produce with my avocado loving friends.

You may be wondering what inspired me to adopt a healthier lifestyle?

It all started with my wife reading a book called Wheat Belly written by William Davis. In the text, Davis describes the importance of eliminating wheat from our diets, as well as the potential benefits of doing so. Suddenly, we felt convicted to make changes, including eating less bread and packaged foods. Wheat Belly was the first of many health-related reads for us. Our increased knowledge led us to setting up three Tower Gardens (pictured below) to grow our own organic vegetables in the back-patio area of our home. Since avocados are a “healthy fat”, it led me to cultivating not only more avocado trees, but I also now have a total of 46 different fruit bearing trees in our yard.

The Healthy Lawyer: An Introduction

At this point, I have lost about 45 pounds and work out somewhat regularly, including in the yard obviously, walking/running around the lake and lifting weights.

If anyone is interested, I will drill down on this on a biweekly basis and talk about multiple aspects of healthy living and working. And of course, for me this will include my fruit trees and how you too can grow your urban/suburban landscape.

Have a healthy, happy and prosperous week ahead.

Thomas D. Marks, Esquire

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