Judy, you are right! We do think way too much about food in our society…and I read very deeply into things regarding health. I always have, and I always will. In 6th grade, my teacher gave me 2 books at the end of the school year as a gift for being the biggest reader. While I don’t remember what one was, the other was a book about a girl with a physical disability and I loved it and it began a life time of interest in all things related to the human body AND the human spirit. Through my years of teaching fitness, I have pushed people to jump, run, dance and lift more because I always believed it to be the magic bullet (and I still do). More recently I “push” the plant-based diet thing, because I believe there are some disconnects. I promise, I don’t do it for me, I do it because I believe it can cure the incurable. No, Rita, you are not alone, because others that are perfect weight, or even on the low end of their ideal weight, have also been diagnosed “pre” diabetic, so there is a disconnect somewhere.
There is also a disconnect between how much food we have in our country and the fact that still, people go hungry. Thank you Lesley and Richard, for allowing me to join you at the soup kitchen yesterday and get a glimpse into what it is that’s going on there, how you are helping and how I can help, too. If you are local and you are reading this and know of any restaurant or store that discards ANYTHING food-wise or otherwise at the end of the day, please let me know so I can pass that information on. This place is in need of most everything, yet they manage to feed over 100 hungry people each day (amongst other things that they help with). I will be organizing a fund-raising effort in the form of a Friday evening class, probably in late February or early March. More about that as I figure it all out!