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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wellness Wednesdays

People are getting sick. If you look at the statistics out there, you can easily see that cancer, heart disease, etc. are on the rise, and fast. I was reading a pamphlet not too long ago while we were in treatment, and it said that in Alberta alone, about 1 in every 2 (!!!) people will be diagnosed with cancer. I’m sorry, come again? 1 IN 2!!! Now, I consider Alberta to be a fairly healthy province, so can you imagine what the numbers would be for a less developed area? The times are changing. My generation is considered to be the first generation EVER to be outlived by our parents. Pathetic? Yes. Surprising? Absolutely not. The mark of my generation is symbolized by instant-food, automobile lunches, and microwave dinners. The fact that some kids cant even discern between a potato and a tomato (God bless Jamie Oliver) is just SAD and completely unacceptable. When my mother was diagnosed with cancer, I could not help but think "what could possibly cause your body to betray itself like this???" On an individual basis, it's a hard question to answer. But on a general basis, I truly think that it is due to a lack of respect for our bodies. Look at the things that we are putting into them! Chemicals upon chemicals upon chemicals! And not only that, but less and less of natural, clean, whole food. We have forgotten how to respect our bodies, and as a result, our bodies have responded. Simply put, something needs to change. We need to change. Change the way we eat, change what we eat, change where we eat, and so on. That’s why I’ve been inspired to start Wellness Wednesdays in order to nudge us all in a direction of a happier, healthier lifestyle.

So. Without further adieu...

Wellness Tip #1

SHOP THE PERIPHERIES OF THE SUPERMARKET AND STAY OUT OF THE MIDDLE: Most supermarkets are laid out the same way: processed food products dominate the center aisles of the store while the cases of ostensibly fresh food – dairy, produce, meat, and fish – line the walls. If you keep to the edges of the store you’ll be that much more likely to wind up with real food in your shopping cart."

Source: In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

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