Thursday, December 24, 2009
I watched a short anime series a long time ago called "Earth Girl Arjuna." I asked for the DVDs for Christmas because I liked it so much. It wasn't until after watching the series that I found out that the series is "highly influenced by Hinduism, as well as Indian culture in general. The story was inspired by the Bhagavad Gita, most notably in the character of Chris, who is modeled after Krishna." Now I'm a Christian, but I have a new respect for the Hindu religion after watching "Earth Girl Arjuna."
I watched the series before joining Sparkpeople several months ago. At that time I had reached my original goal: to be at a normal weight and maintain it. I was happy with that and I didn't really feel the need to keep dieting or to keep changing my lifestyle. After watching this series it gave me a new Spark which has stuck with me ever since. I view the world with a different perspective, I see it as one entire life system. You could say that now I understand the meaning of "the circle of life" from Disney's Lion King.
I was thinking about all of the bad stuff that manufacturers put in our food. I think I read somewhere that The U.S. has more occurrence of disease than any other country. When I say disease I mean cancer, obesity, immune disorders, etc. And now it's becoming more and more common for CHILDREN to get these diseases. Cancer is so common now that when I hear that someone I know has cancer, I think: "Oh, you too huh. Yeah everyone has cancer nowadays. I'm sure you'll be fine." I know that cancer is a VERY big deal but I've been desensitized because of how common it seems to be. Manufacturers put all this extra crap in our food that 1) we don't need and 2) is harmful to us. Why do they go to the extra expense to add stuff that shouldn't be there? (I know - it's for marketing reasons).
What we put in our bodies is our fuel. The food and drink is broken down into molecules, and those molecules are used to build and re-build our bodies. We are made up of carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and other trace elements. Plants and animals are made up of the same trace elements. That's why we consume them, to give our body the elements it needs to keep living. Now think of your body breaking down bleached flour into its elements. Suddenly you have this bleach in your system that your body confuses as food, so your body uses it to make and re-build its cells. No wonder we have cell mutations (cancer)! Even fresh fruits and vegetables are pumped with steroids and sprayed with pesticides.
Really think about what you're eating, and consider what you're food has eaten/absorbed (i.e. farm-raised salmon is fed junk which is why you should choose wild salmon, root vegetables that have absorbed pesticides). Organic apples are smaller, they may have spots, and they're not as shiny as regular ones. They're smaller because they haven't been grown with steroids. They aren't as shiny because they haven't been waxed. They may have spots from bugs, but I'd rather eat a microscopic amount of bug saliva than pesticides. Here is a link to an article called "The 7 Foods Experts Won't Eat." It's an eye-opening read.