Thomas Edison, GMOs, and Vietnamese Food
Monday, January 07, 2013
"Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration."
So says Thomas Edison.
Meh. I beg to differ, at least with myself. For me, a huge part of this healthy lifestyle is mental. Like, huge. Once I win the mental battles, the rest is so much easier, although I will admit that they require a lot of perspiration. And the proof of a mental victory is in the perspiration. There are days when I go through the whole day debating as to whether or not I should exercise or if I should eat a healthy dinner or splurge. Other times, I fight with myself all day about running, I finally get out and plan to run only a mile, but I end up going 2 or 3, or maybe faster than last time. Seriously, the most difficult part is the mental battle. I make a lot of excuses that are almost never legitimate. I finally realized a little while ago that the fact of the matter is that I'm lazy. That's it, plain and simple. I'm lazy.
But here's where there's hope. It's in God. We are to take care of our bodies, the temple of God. This means eating right and exercising, among other things. Also, the Bible speaks against laziness. So clearly, the right thing to do in God's eyes is to eat right and exercise, and throw my excuses out the window. But I know that in my own strength, I can't keep this up. God has truly been my strength, changing me, changing my character, helping me to keep going, even when I don't feel like it. Any success I've had is all because of Him.
So, on to GMOs. We watched a movie last night called "Genetic Roulette". It's a very eye-opening documentary about GMOs. After watching it, you will probably want to avoid GMOs in any way you can. The good news is, if you're eating a whole foods diet, you will be automatically avoiding most GMOs. There are a few things you may need to buy organic, such as corn (and it's by products such as corn syrup and corn starch), tofu, soy milk, and zucchini. Also, if you aren't a vegan like me, then you should consider buying organic dairy and meat, as the GMO feed the animals are fed can leave a lot of residue in the meat and milk. (I realize that organic dairy and meat are very expensive, so that's an excellent reason to become plant based :] )
There's a new Vietnamese restaurant that opened up just across from the Starbucks where I work. They brought over some free appetizers for us the other night, along with some menus (an advertising ploy, I'm sure). I skipped the appetizers, but was excited to find that they had a large number of tofu/vegetarian dishes on their menu. Mom and I went there for lunch today. I got Lemongrass Tofu and Vegetables. The sauce was very yummy, although salty. The tofu was deep-fried which means it was quite greasy, and to be honest, I prefer stir fried tofu; I didn't look at the menu close enough, but it seems they have another dish called Stir Fried Lemongrass Tofu and Vegetables. It was also salty, but that was to be expected. Mom got vegetarian spring rolls. They were yummy, but pretty standard. But nice to know that they are vegetarian. I enjoyed the meal, but it was too unhealthy to go there all the time. One point for vegetarian/vegan food, zero points for healthy food.