Reaching the Smoking Point
Posted on May 24, 2012
Hey, hey. It’s the end of Wednesday! Or Thursday depending on when you’re reading this. How is everyone?
Okay, I need to admit that I’m a bit distracted at the moment. I’m watching HBO’s latest documentary film, The Weight of the Nation. Meaning, I’m having a hard time coming up with my quick-witted, sarcastic, I-spend-too-much-money-at-Starbucks jokes for my weekly WIAW post. So instead of listening to me whine about my waning bank account, let’s have a serious
Do you know when you get that “amped up” feeling about something? Those bubbles that rise in your stomach, that’s a mix of anticipation, excitement, and that sense of I gotttttaaa say something, scream, jump up and down and wave my arms to get in the way of what’s happening here. Everyone knows what I’m talking about right? Although, this enthusiasm doesn’t have the same ignition or smoking point for everyone. For some, it’s politics, for others it’s the Mets.
I’m going to call this weird feeling passion.
As I sit here listening to the distinguished fancy-schmancy professionals say things such as “almost 70% of Americans are overweight or obese,” and “diabetes costs the country 150 billion dollars a year,” and (probably the one that hit me in the gut the most), “children born in the year 2000, have a 1 in 3 chance of developing diabetes. If that child is African American or Latino, the ratio is 1 in 2 chances of developing the disease,” I can feel those bubbles begin to simmer. When are we going to understand, as a country, that we need to fix. our. diet.
We need to learn how to eat properly, and more importantly, we need to teach the kids. We must to find a way to climb out of this vicious, blood-sucking cycle of greedy food conglomerates, fast food, and sugar-laden crap (to name a few). If we don’t, our children are going to die before we do. Medical bills will arrive in the mail like monthly Con Ed bills. We will die of heart disease – well, most of us.
This is why I started this blog. I want to discuss and show how to eat in the way I think our country needs to lean into. Over the past few months I’ve gotten lost along the way, left behind in a foggy haze of happiness and delicious disco fries, beer, and cupcakes, but I’m climbing out of that fire pit. Don’t get me wrong, I know that I eat pretty well most of the time, and I definitely try to balance all the grease with the greens, but that fire was beginning to weaken.
I don’t have the solution to save our entire country of this diabetic crisis of disastrous proportions, but I can try and lead by example, not force it down anyone’s throat (literally and figuratively?), and take it one step at a time.
I may not have the be-all, end-all, but I do have a dangerously green fork. And I know how to use it. Who’s coming with me?
On that light note, here is what I ate Wednesday:
Iced coffee with soy milk
Fage 2% with 1 cup strawberries
Mixed baby romaines with tempeh, cucumbers, mushrooms, and scallions (with balsamic vinaigrette)
Coconut curry thai soup – this stuff was SPICY (min 2:05)
Grande soy latte (Oh, the irony.)
After work, I stole Liz’s schweet new Schwinn and went for a 9 mile bike ride in the park
Can I just say, that riding a bike through the park is 176 million times more enjoyable than running it?
Dinner was green heaven (plus a sweet tator). Recipe to come.
Who’s excited to start eating more green? Don’t raise your hands all at once now.
–Who else watched The Weight of the Nation? What did you think?