Monday, June 17, 2013
Over the weekend, a very good friend of mine had a heart attack. This guy is only 46 years, but I often joked with him that what he was eating was a "heart attack on a plate". Seriously. I was saying it jokingly, but I was serious. But he's not the only one eating "heart attacks on a plate.". Many of my friends and family continue to eat the typical SAD: fast food, fried foods, sugary foods, salty foods, processed foods. It's so hard to watch. I feel helpless, frustrated, and ANGRY. Why are people doing this to themselves?
I've spent the last 24 hours being angry, but I've realized that being angry is counterproductive. It's not helping anyone, and it's just toxic for me, so I've instead been trying to figure out how I can be helpful in a productive, positive way. I realized that I'm already doing everything I can: I post about the healthy things I eat on Facebook, I share healthy recipes on Pinterest, I talk to everyone about my running journey and I answer curious questions regarding my plant-based diet. I'm helping others through both my words and actions. Whether I inspire one person or 100 people, this is SOMETHING that I can do to help others live a healthy lifestyle. It feels so much better than letting myself feel helpless, frustrated, and angry.