You are what you eat


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A while back I posted a status update on Facebook: If you are what you eat, then I’m a Hershey’s chocolate kiss.  Although written in jest, it’s true the fuel we take in not only affects the inside of our bodies, but it shows on the outside.  Clear skin, shiny hair and overall good health are strong indicators of good nutrition.  Add to that a regular fitness plan, and you’ve got the right idea.  Coming from somebody who’s struggled with an eating disorder and psychological issues revolving around food, as well as dealing with an ornery digestive system, I know how hard it can be to make healthy choices when we’re bombarded with so many unhealthy ones.  The closer to the earth our food choices originate, however, the better they are for our bodies.  So the candy corn I abstained from last week was a good move.  But chocolate contains antioxidants, so I’m not giving that up as easily.

If you are what you eat, what are you?

A work in progress

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The other day I was talking to a friend at work and jokingly warned her that when she was my age (in another 11 years), she still probably wouldn’t have it all together.  Good! she said.  Her response led me to thinking that if a “magical” age did exist when we’d finally “arrived” — in terms of financial and spiritual abundance, optimum health and fitness and career satisfaction — what more would there be to strive toward?  Truth be told, I kind of like this raw, unfinished lump of clay I have to work with.  As painful as it is sometimes, my life’s experiences (whether good or bad) mold and refine me.  And perhaps one day all the cracks will be filled in and the rough edges smoothed out.  Until then, I plan to keep adding to and subtracting from this work in progress for as long as I’m able to and watch the masterpiece of my life unfold.

Are you at a place in your life where you’ve got it all together, or are you a work in progress?