My brother’s father-in-law posted this image on his facebook wall and it has stuck with me all day.
One of David’s favorite mantras is: humans are afraid to recognize they are merely animals. Perhaps this is why this graphic stood out so much as I scrolled through the various messages this morning. Perhaps it is also because of placing more organic living front and center these last few days. For whatever reason, however, the “eco” side of this graphic illustrates exactly what I am aiming for: a new mindset about life and how one participates in it.
After a long day in the yard toiling in the soil of our overgrown weeds, we finally sat down to relax and watch a documentary. Tonight’s selection was Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Surprisingly, this was not of my choosing. Rather, David called to me from the living room as I tidied up from dinner and said, “Hey, I think this would be interesting.” The documentary is not unlike many about food and Americans’ particularly bad relationship with highly processed foods and animal proteins. Yet, what was most enjoyable was the story of the protagonist’s journey into creating a long lasting habit change. The opposite of Super-Size Me, Joe transforms over the course of the film into a thinner, radiant, man who is unafraid to embrace exercise and who has shifted his primary food intake group from meat and processed items to vegetables and fruit. His “food pyramid” has fruits and vegetables at its base. What was impressive was not only how much weight he lost over the course of two months, but also how much healthier his skin and hair appeared and how much energy he demonstrated. As a result of this quest he inspired many individuals who were at risk for heart attacks, skin conditions, migraines, and strokes to reboot their own eating and take ownership over their food choices. One of my favorite moments in the film occurred when Joe asked average Americans who was to blame for their obesity or illness. The unanimous response was: myself.
Since starting my own healthy journey this week, I am surprised by how much energy I have. While I do know that I have only been organically focused for less than a week, I am encouraged to continue this journey and to continue to feel good and energetic. I used to think it would be hard to break my habits. And, in many ways, I do struggle against cravings and laziness, but I am also much more willing to get up and go than I was just three days ago and that is a measure of success in my book.
To help David and me continue with this momentum, I ordered a new “toy” for the kitchen. That’s right, we are drinking the “kool-aid.”