I maintain the Defiant Wellness blog with the hope that someone may be inspired to change their lifestyle in their own quest for personal health and wellness.
I will admit there are days that I feel like I am beating my head against the wall with all my writing. Often times I feel like I am sending my essays into the ether, not knowing if anyone is even reading my thoughts, or following my tales of success and failure.
But over the past week, something encouraging happened. People I meet in everyday life approached me, because they have been observing how positive change is affecting my well-being.
The first conversation was with a lady I work with. She came to me to discuss her diet soda consumption. She had recently discovered that the ingredients are not fit for human consumption, and because she has paid attention to me she has stopped her eight-can-a-day habit and she has banned the beverage and sweeteners from her home.
That provided me with the opportunity to discuss the proliferation of cheap sources of highly processed carbs into our Standard American Diet and how it is affecting our health. She listened eagerly. I encouraged her to spend the next few weeks getting over soda and sweeteners, then worry about the next step. I did not want her to be overwhelmed.
The second conversation was rather amusing. A man at church complained to me that his wife has been reading Defiant Wellness and she has been introducing Paleo into the household menu. She is phasing whole foods in, and processed food-like substances are being phased out. He was telling me that he was annoyed with me because he told me, “I love my carbs”. My response was, “yeah, but your carbs do not love you!”
The third conversation took place after work. An office-mate had all kinds of questions regarding where to start a Paleo or Ancestral-style diet. She commented that the internet is overwhelming and oftentimes quite contradictory. I was able to recommend a small handful of books to introduce her to the lifestyle. One to help her get into the “mindset” of Paleo. Another to understand nutrition and it’s effect upon the human physiology. And lastly, two of Suzanne’s favorite cookbooks.
This afternoon, I received a text message from the bookstore, with pics of two of my recommendations. She and her buddy both bought them.
Like many of my readers and friends at CrossFit, we are always eager to share how real food and exercise have improved our lives. But we are aware that many people are not ready to listen. For some strange reason, friends within my sphere of influence were positively influenced and they’re ready to move in the right direction.
Be Defiant, Eat Well!