One of the first things that was stressed at my law school orientation was that one’s legal education would never be over. That is true for every profession, every field of study, every facet of life. For as much as we think we know there are volumes waiting to be written.
I admit, my initial gumption for a Whole Foods Plant Based lifestyle has waned as of late. Over the past few weeks I have not been as adamant as I once was about not consuming any animal products and staying away from processed foods. Part of that is a result of the fact that I live with others and I do not always prepare my own meals and my busy hectic schedule. In other words, excuses.
The most noticeable thing to change was my once ever abundant energy. Do not mistake that to mean that I have lost any of my enthusiasm or desire to live life to its fullest. I just find that I’ve slowed down, and I’m not actually doing it. I’m not accomplishing even the tiniest things in my day, whether it was running an errand, writing a blog, or simply making it known somewhere to someone through some small action that I am here, that I exist. This is, or rather was, a small phase that I was going through and with the writing of this piece I declare that obstacle overcome.
I would like to take a moment to thank those of you who reach out via the blog or via twitter and those who welcome FoodPhenomenon into their networks and have put up with the never ending curiosity. I look forward to connecting with more likeminded persons.
This thing called life is only as hard as we make it. I’m convinced now more than ever given the events of the past few weeks/months that we are the masters of our own realities, the good and the bad. I wish you all love and peace on your journeys, wherever they may lead you and I hope that in striving to be our best individually we become our best collectively.
It seems only fitting that the first post (after my welcome post that is) be a comment on an article that I came across in the Op-Ed section of the New York Times today (click here for article). Titled “The World is Fat (Especially America)”, it discusses a recent study published in journal BMC Public Health that sheds light on the global impact of the growing problem of obesity.
Deciding to get healthy can be a wonderful personal decision with numerous personal benefits. However, I am very much of the philosophy that we each have a responsibility to each other, towards other individuals on day to day basis and to the world as a whole. Obesity not only affects the economy via the health care system, but it also places an undue burden and weight (no pun intended) on other areas. As noted by the study, food demand in countries with higher levels of obesity is greater than those without. Strikingly enough, were the entire world to eat like Americans it would be equivalent to adding 473 million adults (of average BMI) to the world’s population. In terms of sustainability that number is staggering. It certainly turns on its head the issue of “population control”. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so worried about the number of mouths to feed on the planet, but rather the amount of food going into each mouth. This is capitalism. We can’t all have it all. But what one person should?
The health care debate is a prime example of the traditional model that America follows for solving its problems. Do what you like, however you like, and we’ll throw something else at it later to counteract the consequences. In the health context that means, eat what you like, remain as inactive as you like, and when symptoms of (insert leading cause of death here) start to happen we’ll shove expensive medications down your throat or use a highly invasive expensive surgery to “correct” the problem for however long that lasts. That model is clearly unsuccessful and unsustainable. Just some food for thought. Less depressing and cynical posts to follow, I promise.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my new blog. I’ve recently taken a greater interest in my health and nutrition. Not that I haven’t always been interested in it, but I am now more interested than ever because I have come across something that works for me and something that I believe can work for anyone. As we all know there is nothing new under sun so the purpose of this blog is to share my health journey through recipes, photos, reviews and more. I’m looking forward to reaching out to and hearing from like-minded and not-so-like-minded individuals alike (too many uses of the word like?…..o well). So here goes nothing!