I teach a class called “A Healthy Lifestyle and You” for students at Moraine Valley Community College, and today we watched “Food, Inc.,” a movie I’d never seen. I thought I would be educating them with this documentary, instead the floodgates of heaven have opened for me as it relates to my own health and wellness.
My big question is, “Why have I been so ignorant about food?”
I like to think that I am a pretty health conscious person, but at every turn, I find that I am so ignorant about food–and I’m a health and fitness spokesperson! I almost want to renounce my title. Or maybe I should just downgrade it to fitness instructor for surely a spokesperson would know more about how food is prepared than I. I am grieved.
My students and I were horrified by the treatment of animals. How does this go on in our country and yet the average American knows so little? I guess this is the old adage coming to pass. The students (and teacher) are ready. It is time for me to make some changes.
We were all agonizing over our food selections though. With this information, do we leave class armed and ready to become vegans? Most of us thought not, not because the information wasn’t powerful, but quite possibly because our addictions to meat is stronger. That fact made me about as ill as the treatment of cows, pigs, and chickens.
How did we get this way?
I thought I had made great strides drinking more water, changing from sugar to Splenda (which is still debatable because every day it seems I hear conflicting reports) and getting an air popper and not eating microwave popcorn any longer. But this movie has taken my lid up 1k notches. I have to make some changes.
Except I really don’t know where to begin.
My family loves pizza, and I do too. And we love chicken, steaks, burgers, bacon, ham, and all other stuff people love. But as the professor for this class, as the person who is supposed to be a spokesperson for health and fitness, there is no way I can justify my eating habits any longer. I must make some changes.
I’m so glad my mother taught me this one simple, little question for times I feel overwhelmed and I most definitely need to apply that here. The question is:
How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.
Albeit, eating an elephant may not be the best analogy to use since I’m talking about how to not to eat animals, but you get the point. I’m going to need to tackle this HUGE problem a little bite at a time.
My first strategy? Meal prepping on Sunday evenings so we eat less fast food during the week. And my second? Preparing one day each week without meat.
I know there is much more for me to do, but at least that is a start. I always pray for the eyes of my heart to become enlightened and for my heart to break for the things that break God’s heart, except that is a very powerful prayer and usually when I experience revelation, it is powerful and life changing. Today has been one of those days.
Today was a day that I was supposed to come to class and teach students. Instead I am the one who feels like the student. I pray that this feeling never leaves us and compels us to make some changes in our lives. If so, then like Ice Cube says, “I got to say it was a good day.”
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