The Beginning of the End

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
-“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

The journey to optimal health and happiness is rarely easy and it never ends.  My own personal story started like many others in middle America, filled with formula milk as a child followed by a steady 24 or so years of pure, chemically fueled ignorance.  I have fond memories of Golden Crisp, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cap’n Crunch, and the best part of all — the mind-numbingly sweet bowl of 2% milk at the end to wash it all down.  And for some reason, my mom and dad couldn’t understand why it was such a chore for me to finish the frozen vegetables at dinner every night (probably my only serving of the day if I was able to choke them down).

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The Diet Dilemma

woman tired of diet restrictions deciding to eat healthy food or sweet cookies

“Can I get that with no cheese, no bread, and substitute the dressing with olive oil?”
“Wow, you sure know how to suck the life out of a salad.”
“Oh, I’m on this new Paleo diet. It’s basically eating like a caveman.”
“Didn’t most cavemen die before the age of 40?”
“I don’t know, but my friend just started and he lost 20 lbs. in like two weeks so I think it works.”

How often do you find yourself a victim of mindless banter like this when waiting in line at your favorite restaurant? Does it ever grab your attention? Do you find yourself reaching for your phone to Google the “fill-in-the-blank” diet craze that everyone seems to be talking about? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. This scenario has replayed itself throughout history for decades and has only been exacerbated by the constant availability of data (often flawed) at our fingertips, compliments of the information age.

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