The paradox with which I am concerning myself today is the paradox of choice. As an American growing up in the 60's, choice was the norm. More brands, more options. My mom and dad had less choice. Technology made more choices available. For example, oranges are a fruit many have never been without. You see them all the time. My parents didn't. Often, oranges were given as Christmas gifts as they were novel (not navel). My parents also didn't have fast food in their youth. Now, our choice of food options has blessed us with abundance, convenience and variety. We are blessed with food in all seasons. Yet, has that blessing really turned out to be the blessing we'd hoped? While modern food economics makes meals simpler, does it make them more nutritious? Does it make meal time meaningful? No one wants to slave over a stove for hours making the evening meal each day. Take-out is tasty, inexpensive and time-saving. Yet, no one would argue that America's choice of foods has been for the best in the long run. We are heavier than ever. We are sicker than ever. Everyone is on medication from childhood to their autumn years. We are given more food with less nutrition. Our calories are empty. Eating isn't a sacred act or act of community. Eating has become a consumer activity. It is a sport. It is a mindless hobby. We are awash in "food". And the quotes mean that fast "food", snack "food", and convenience "food" is less food than consumer goods. That "food" is food only in the sense that "cheeze" is cheese. Yes, they have a place, but we've let the pendulum swing too far away from center. Too much salt, sugar, refined carbohydrates, bad fats, chemicals, preservatives, additives, pesticides, packaging, processing and fabricating. Food is just one more item to sell for profit like a lamp, a t-shirt or a pair of fuzzy dice that hang from your rear-view mirror.
Those who are Rebooting may be having a vague, unconscious understanding of this, but they've not been able to put it into words. When you eat just food (as opposed to food-like consumer goods) you may start to see things differently. When you are drinking your juice and looking around, you see that people never stop snacking all day long. The juice allows you to slow down and observe. You don't worry about what is for breakfast. That would be juice. You don't think about the lunch special. That would be juice. You are not concerned with some trendy food distraction to help your day end with some joy. That is the job of your juice.
Now, for some, maybe the juice IS a problem. What do I make? What should I add? How much? How often? Organic? It reminds me of the scene from the Robin Williams film "Moscow On The Hudson". When purchasing coffee, Williams, who plays a Soviet-era Russian defector to the US, goes to buy coffee in the store. Upon seeing his endless choices (in lieu of his normal standing in a long line to get the coffee he is given with no choice) he immediately passes out from being overwhelmed.
Don't make a blessing a curse. Stay focued on why you are doing the juice and not exactly "how" to do it or "what" you'll juice. Give yourself some grace and enjoy it. Don't make food a distraction. Don't take it for granted. Enjoy the extra time you have to worry just about your health and your juice. Enjoy less cleaning up (unless you eat out all the time). The juice frees you. Don't let it feel like a prison. Remember, you have a choice. You don't have to do this. This Reboot is a choice. It is choice born of the abundant blessing and curse that is modern nutrition.
It is only for a short time. Keep going.
|I am 15% through the 60 days.|
Weight: 160.0 lbs.
Food: Fruit/Veg Smoothie With Hemp Seed