When I think of fitness, I generally think of exercise but I have come to realize that fitness means so much more. If I want my body to perform to its max, I need to treat it the with care starting with the food I eat..
Eating the right foods has become a challenge. Generally I am trying to eat only “real’ food. I try to stay away from all those chemicals that I cannot pronounce. I avoid artificial colour and flavour as much as possible. It is not easy and I succumb to temptation and eat junk at times. Now there is another dilemma. Since 1994, we have been subjected to genetically engineered food often called GMO’s or Genetically Modified Organisms. In Canada and the USA there are no regulations requiring that foods containing GMO’s are labelled. Now we don’t know what we are eating.
According to Eat Right Ontario‘s website:
“some genetically modified soybeans contain a gene that comes from soil bacteria. This gene helps the soybeans grow even when sprayed with herbicide. Some genetically modified corn has a gene that produces a toxin. This toxin kills an insect called the corn borer and allows the corn to grow without damage. These types of genetically modified foods are considered safe for humans to eat.”
Time will tell if these are safe.. Cigarettes were not considered a problem years ago and while the dangers of High Fructose Corn syrup have been identified, it remains in our food.
Many of today’s children have problems that were rare a generation or two ago. Autism, and all the ADHD and related disorders as well as a plethora of allergies are too common. (yes, we tend to label children more than in the past, when kids were either “trouble makers” or “slow”. What about allergies?… hmmm) Is it the food we eat? I am not an expert, nor am I suggesting anything, just wondering.
So what can I do? What can you do? We can join the many people trying to get better health standards in place but that takes time.
If I want to be healthier today. i need to make a commitment today.
- Today I committed to care for my body and re-joined the gym.
- I commit to spending at least an hour at the gym exercising at least three times a week
- Today I will try to cut the packaged foods I consume and eat natural, mostly organic fruits and vegetables.
- I will nourish my soul by spending time walking in the woods or sitting by the lake. I will paint and write and visit friends. I will smile and be thankful.
- I will re-commit to my self-improvement plan
- I will meditate and pray because my spirit also needs nourishment.
The question is “Am I fit to write?”
I know my thinking is clearer and my concentration is better when I am healthy. On days when I do not exercise or at least go for a walk, I am sluggish. If I eat that doughnut or fill up on junk food, I have a hard time getting down to writing. If I do not spend time reading the Word and praying,I lose my joy and my enthusiasm for life diminishes. Total fitness and well-being are partners, synonyms. If I eat right but neglect exercise, I will not be as healthy as I could be. If I neglect my soul, I will not be emotionally fit. If I ignore spiritual matters, my soul will cry out searching for the meaning of life.
I challenge you to make one more change toward total fitness of your body soul and spirit.
- DPChallenge Fit to Write… A Double Life (anniethinksabout.wordpress.com)
- Understanding Genetically Modified Organisms Article and Video Published by Health News Wires (prweb.com)
- Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out on the Real Dangers of Genetically Modified Food (thelibertybeacon.com)
- Just say no to GMO (oneworldchronicle.com)
- 6 Ways To Avoid Genetically Modified Foods (wakingtimes.com)
- Weekly Writing Challenge: Fit to Write (dailypost.wordpress.com)
- 5 Foods You May Not Know Are Genetically Modified (alternet.org)