Friday, February 21, 2014
In Tai Chi we teach that we "Use the yi, not the li" which means to use your head, and not to react to things with brute strength, or without thought.
In commenting on someone’s page today that thought came to mind, and it makes me think about how often we eat in response to something. About how much we eat is in response to something. Although not a big emotional eater, I have let the cold weather around me be an excuse for poor choices lately. “Ar, it’s freezing out. Have another cookie!”
There is a meme going around Facebook, a quote really, by Heather Morgan, a life coach and nutritionist. It says, “Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it.”
This one really caught my attention. Deep down. Not just a passing thought. We’ve had a few health crises around here over the past few years. As many of you know, my husband’s colon exploded nearly three years ago, putting him into ICU for three weeks. His reconnection surgery didn’t take so he was back in the hospital two years ago for another extended stay. Fortunately, last May he was able to be put back together again and is doing well.
While we were going through all this, my son-in-law was diagnosed with testicular cancer, my mother went into the hospital, first with blood clots in her legs, and more lately with blood clots in her lungs.
My brother was diagnosed with breast cancer, although newer doctors are debating that diagnosis, and my father has Alzheimer's Disease.
Now, I know that not all of this is a direct link to what we eat. My mom has a genetic disorder that pre-disposes her to blood clots, for example. But the fact that she started just sitting around and not getting up and exercising made that propensity a reality.
My husband’s colon had some physical problems, and we will never know how much of that came from poor food choices over the years. Eating better could have saved him that ER and ICU visit, however.
And cancer? It just sucks the big one. There still seems to be some debate about how direct the correlation between food and cancer is, but I will say that the better shape you are in, the better your body will be able to tolerate the cancer treatments.
And the evidence is mounting that nutrition can play a huge role in staving off Alzheimer's, or make it less severe.
This thought is haunting me a little. Not in a bad way. I’ve written a lot on here about choice, about will, about taking charge. Since reading that quote, every time I start to cook or eat something I stop and take a second thought. I do not just make something because it is simple after a long and stressful day. I use my yi : Will this meal feed disease? Will it nurture the dark side? Or will it help me fight off any potential for disease? Will it keep me strong? Will it add to or aid my fitness?
I want to be fit to live my life. I want to be fit to face the future. I want to be fit for me.