The kittens have been playing with a cardboard box open at each end. Occasionally the box collapses, and, lies flat, and then, I bring it back up to three dimensions. I have it now perched against the table, so it is a bit more stable, but watching it rise and fall, I thought of all the cells within and how sometimes I let them squish, and other times, I pump them up with awareness. I think the chemo experience was an expanded one in many ways. Focus was not easily there, and now, focus is returning, and I am learning to better balance the in and out, and the changing dimensions and perspectives of my life.
Many of us beat ourselves up about our eating habits, but in the foreword of the book, The China Study, is this statement.
"You go to your doctor for health tips. In the waiting room, you find a glossy 243-page magazine titled Family Doctor: Your Essential Guide to Health and Well-being. Published by the American Academy of Family Physicians and sent free to the offices of all 50,000 family doctors in the United States in 2004, it's full of glossy full-page color ads for McDonalds, Dr Pepper, chocolate pudding, and Oreo cookies."
"You pick up an issue of National Geographic Kids, a magazine published by the National Geographic Society "for kids ages six and up," expecting to find wholesome reading for youngsters. The pages, however, are filled with ads for Twinkies, M&Ms, Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Hostess Cup Cakes and Xtreme Jell-O Pudding Sticks."
"This is what scientists and food activists at Yale University call a toxic food environment. It is the environment in which most of us live today."
It is a bit sobering, isn't it, to see how unconsciously, or, perhaps, consciously we are influenced to eat what makes money for a few, and harms the health of the multitudes?
We went to the Anchorage this morning for breakfast. It is so peaceful, in the early hours, and is filled with classical music. The owner said today that there are the weekend people, and the during the week people, and they rarely cross over. I don't know why I find that so intriguing, but I do. I'm trying to be more aware of my patterns. I may eat at the Anchorage in the middle of this next week.
The wedding of Jeff and Jan is only three weeks away. I am feeling excited about it. It is hard to believe it is almost here.