Cultural Criticism—when we scrutinize the dominant views of our culture media images, medical studies, government reports-instead of criticizing our bodies. Women were not born believing they should be thin so lets spend the weekend practicing cultural criticism.
Boy do I have a doosy today!
Have I acted in private with the same integrity as I do in public?
Sometimes in life we may feel as though we are playing two separate roles. The individual who shows up to work and public events is not the same who shows up at home. Wellness is a continuum that never ceases and should be worked on in all areas of our life. This week check in to make sure we are showing up as our authentic self in every aspect of our daily lives.
Another hot topic that has surfaced recently is the use of Genetically Modified Organisms, better known as GMOs. Genetic modification is a special set of gene technology that alters the genetic machinery of such living organisms as animals, plants or microorganisms. Since the mid-1990s, the release of GMOs into the environment and the marketing of foods derived from GM crops has resulted in both a scientific and public debate.
On one side you have individuals speaking about the benefits in agriculture with improvements in quality and reliability of the food supply. On the other hand, antagonists argue that there is a potential adverse impact on the environment and health of humans. Even large companies such as General Mills has jumped on the bandwagon to announce that their Cheerios are not being made with GMOs.
So which side is the Krazy Talk? I make my decisions based off of research and at this point the research does not show any negative effects on our health from the use of genetically modified organisms, but it does show large benefits in agriculture improvements and the ability of farmers to produce more crops allowing them to feed more individuals. At this point I am not convinced that we should stop using GMOs within the farming industry for any reason. Honestly, we get scared to quickly and easily! Do I believe continued research needs to be done on regulating the use of GMOs and the long-term effects on both the environment and our health, absolutely! However, what I have learned as a health professional is that whenever there is any controversial issue that arises we have a tendency to make snap judgments without legitimate facts thus becoming extreme in our views. I suggest that it is healthier to spend a good amount of time doing your own research and taking into account multiple angles of the issue before developing your OWN opinion on the matter.
One concern I do have related to GMOs is that I believe it is the consumers’ right to know the ingredients in the food they consume. Prior to GMOs, any ingredients added to a food were required to be printed on the ingredient label on the packaging. With the advent of GMOs, such ingredients are inserted into the food, thereby bypassing this requirement to inform the consumer. The information on ingredient lists enables consumer to make an informed decision about what to buy. I believe that labeling needs to be updated to keep up with the pace of technology and include ingredients added to foods transgenically.
When it comes down to it, I recommend listening to the debates on international markets, economical issues, crop productivity, ethical aspects and environmental concerns, but keep in mind that the first, most imperative issue is to warrant a reliable, safe, and healthy nutrition to the entire population which at this point I believe GMOs do.
It’s Monday again which means its time to set up an intention for the week. This next meditation for me is something that I ponder over numerous times throughout a month:
Have I reviewed and honed my plans for the future?
It’s important that we spend the time necessary to figure out what our purpose here is on Earth and then to align our career with this purpose. As we aged our perception of our purpose might change therefor, it’s crucial we are consistently evaluating our plans for the future.
"The courage to begin the journey toward wholeness materializes when we take the first step. What prevents most of us from making this move is not that we don’t want to, but that we don’t know how to: love our bodies, eat when we’re hungry, stop when we’re satisfied, enjoy a meal without purging, see through the deceptions all around us."—The Religion of Thinness, Michelle Lelwica
The goal with changing any health behavior should not be perfection because this in fact sets you up for failure. We envision what it means to be healthy and when we fail short on meeting all of our expectations we sabotage our own well-being. Instead, setting our sites on our daily practice helps insure that we continue to move ourselves forward in a positive way. We become ‘healthy’ through the ongoing, evolving process—not the final destination.
Flu and cold season is coming to an end and with the change of weather most people are looking forward to the chance to enjoy the outdoors. This then is perfect timing for this week’s meditation:
Have I conditioned my body to be more strong, flexible, and resilient?
Having a regularly scheduled exercise routine is important for so many reasons. It helps prevent against injuries, increases mood and motivation, decreases your cholesterol, and increase your overall physical wellness. Our bodies were designed to do amazing things and when we treat them with respect we get the opportunity to capitalize on these wondrous abilities.