Chapter one; The Blondie Experiment


[:it]Welcome to the Blondie Experiment! All my life, I have been an Omnivore.  I have always eaten whatever tasted good to my palette with little consideration for the complex relationship between what goes in and what comes out with regards to my physical and mental well being. As I begin this journey, I am optimistic about the benefits to my general health that adopting a Wholefoods, Plant Based Diet will offer but I also know the habits of a lifetime will be hard to break, and the challenges and obstacles ahead will be many. But first, perhaps a short explanation of what put me on this path…

I never imagined how indoctrinated I was by Western food culture until a serendipitous moment in my life opened my eyes to an ideology so simple and common sense that my symbiotic relationship with food would be fundamentally changed. Up until that point, if it had been suggested to me that I should try a Vegan or Health Food diet, I would have had no interest at all, as my preconception would have been that this was an exclusive and extreme philosophy reserved for ‘Health Freaks‘ or ‘Tree Huggers‘! But the world is changing, and more and more the scientific facts of nutrition as a means for optimum vitality and long term health are becoming gradually accepted and adopted by society in general.

In the West, anything without scientific analysis or proof is generally eyed with suspicion and little credibility but as society is becoming more educated and aware of the complex relationship between nutrition and good health, I have witnessed a steady progression away from fast food and processed goods, back to old school values of fresh local produce and home cooked healthy eating. But evolution takes time and as this culture shift slowly gathers momentum, even the big corporations have begun to adapt their marketing strategies to incorporate scientific nutritional claims to continue their dominance of the food industry. But like many other areas of capitalistic culture, I have long been suspicious of the claims of big businesses to have the best interests of human kind as their core values.

So what can I do to change that? I could align myself to one belief system or movement and become another lost voice in a global debate or I could use myself as a human experiment, to give a first hand example and analysis of what happens to my physical and mental well being over time as  I make the transition from a corporate driven consumer of whatever the marketing strategies succeed in selling me, to a nutrionally educated and socially conscious adopter of a Wholefoods, Plant Based Diet…

What will be the biggest challenges, how hard will it be to break my habits, how will my body and mind respond to this change in diet…? Only time will tell but as I document this transition, I hope it might be an inspiration to others and, if the scientists are correct, I suspect the benefits will be significant and the long term effects hugely beneficial. But who am I to be certain of anything…? I am Blondie after all, and as such, not traditionally noted for my intellectual capacity, but from what little I do know, I am hopeful and optimistic I have chosen a worthwhile experiment to be part of…

Hope isn’t the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out….

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