Every morning when we wake up, there are many choices to be made. Will I get up with the alarm or stay in bed for awhile? Will I exercise this morning, wait until later, or just forget about it for today? Will I make myself a nutritious breakfast or grab something at the coffee shop? Will I spend a little more money on groceries this week for real food that will nourish me and my family or spend less money on “food impostors” that do little more than fill one’s belly and tantalize the taste buds? Am I willing to make small sacrifices throughout the day that will ultimately lead me to live a healthier life.
At times, when I think about it too much, the choices seem overwhelming. I always want to do the right thing but, sometimes it is just not possible or practical. I want to set a good example for my children, my friends, and my clients but in reality there is just too much to think about. Too many right things to do! I discovered long ago that ignorance can be bliss but I also have learned that being ignorant can lead to an unhealthy mind, body, soul, and planet. I choose the little bit of stress that knowledge brings about. Stress can be good sometimes and once new practices become routine the stress goes away! Funny how that happens. It’s also important for me to pick and choose what is priority.
As many of you know. I read many great blogs. Almost all of them are inspired by the Weston A. Price Foudation and the diet that is recommended. I just don’t know how these amazing people have the time to prepare all the wonderful foods that they blog about. I am envious for sure! I tend to keep the menu around here quite simple for many reasons. I may not be able to the make time for everything that I would like to do but, I do understand the value of a properly prepared sauerkraut and since it is not a priority for me to “take care of a fermenting jar of cabbage”, I will pay a premium price for one. Real sauerkraut is very good for the gut AND I like the idea that I am supporting a local small business. (More about sauerkraut in a future post)
I am currently taking a class being given by Dr. Thomas S. Cowan MD. The class is based on his book The Fourfold Path to Healing. It’s a great book and I highly recommend it. Over the next few weeks, you can be sure that I will be sharing some of what I learn. Today, I include two quotes from the first two chapters:
“Primitive man spent much of his effort engaging in hunting, foraging and food preparation; modern man eats on the run and devotes almost no time or thought to his food. The very first lesson to be learned about feeding the physical body is that food preparation can not be left to others, especially not to large corporations whose motive is profit, not quality. The challenge to modern men and women involves melding a certain amount of time for food preparation and meals into a busy life-style along with a recognition that the way we cook and eat has a profound effect on the quality of our life, our state of health and the nourishment of the mind and soul.”
“We have lost faith in this amazing organism, the human being, to overcome its own illnesses, and we have forgotten that true healing involves education and change. In the process, the joy has gone out of the practice of medicine, and patients have been relegatd to the status of mere victims, rather than pilgrims on the path to health.”
Every choice we make from the moment we wake up in the morning to when we meet our pillows again at night, has an effect on either our mental, physical, or spiritual health. When any one of these is not in balance with the others, illness may set in. What choices will you make today?