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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.
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    Thanks for your comment, Kelly! I think I may have phrased my statement that |any success I have is because of God" a little bit unclearly. I don't mean to say that it was something automatic that happened and there was no hard work involved. I think you're right when you say it was even perhaps my ability and desire to listen to Him. God didn't shove kale salad down my throat, or force me to run several times a week. He gave me strength to do those things then I made the choice to actually do them. But without His strength, I wouldn't have had the same kind of success as I've had.

    And yeah, GMOs are so hard to avoid! From my understanding of it, in order to easily avoid GMOs you either have to eat no processed foods or make sure ALL your processed foods are organic. Which is quite expensive.

    1710 days ago
  • KELLY122581
    Hey! Eeek! GMOs freak me out!!! I hope I am avoiding them, but who really can be sure!?

    About your God discussion - this is a sentiment that I see often about God being the source of your strength, which I think is awesome. I'm not Christian, but I can certainly understand this viewpoint.

    But going the step further to "Any success I've had is all because of Him." is something I disagree with. I realize Sparks isn't the place to start a theological discussion... but this kind of statement always strikes me as disturbing. It 'isn't' all because of Him - if it were, the whole world would be thin and healthy. There is a very significant part of YOU in this equation!! Even if it is just your ability and desire to listen to HIM - YOU are still in there! Attributing all of your success to God seems as silly to me as blaming all of your failure on God as well. The latter seems absurd, so why go with the first? Like I said, I'm not Christian (though I am very open minded), so I might be missing something, but I don't think God would want you to give away your own strength!! You are made in His image afterall ;-)

    And finally YUM- lemongrass tofu! I'm getting hungry! :-)

    1717 days ago
    GMOs are the buzz word for the week. I haven't done much research on them; frankly, we're at a point in our budget that we can't really afford to avoid them. Organics and such are just too expensive!

    Sounds like you had tasty stuff. At least they were healthier, right?
    1718 days ago
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