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As Krunchy as a bowl of Kashi

I’ve been shopping at Whole Foods, drinking shots of wheatgrass and removing all high-fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated fats from my life. I’m eating more tuna and turkey and less beef and sausage.  Fried is no longer a part of my vocabulary unless we are going to Babe’s chicken shack and then I’ll make an exception.  Pretty soon I’ll be driving a hybrid vehicle, listening to folk music, using a Mac, wearing Pachouli and hugging trees.

You see, I’m 31 and recently my friend Alan’s dad had to have a triple by-pass. My step- dad has had some recent heart issues and I can’t help but think that because my real dad has adult on-set diabetes that I am a prime candidate for the self-induced disease and I don’t want that. I am not married yet and I don’t have kids, but one day I want to have both and I don’t want to burden my family with a lot of health problems and so I am taking steps now because I didn’t take them sooner and sooner is better than never.

I’ve never been really good at eating properly. I love fast food, sugar, and anything that is convenient and cheap. Eating healthy is time-consuming, inconvenient and expensive and that goes against everything that I’ve ever stood for – until now. Now I realize that if I don’t do something now then I am going to pay for it later. Eating healthy is a great alternative to being on Diabetes medication or Lipitor (Cholesterol lowering meds).

I’m finally starting to grow up and think like an adult. Blech! That is something else that has never appealed to me and I don’t like being responsible and worrying about how much fiber I have in my diet, but it’s time. High time that I started to take care of myself and really watch what I am doing with my body because it is the only one I’ve got. If my house falls apart or my truck breaks down I can always get a new one, but if my kidney’s fail that isn’t as easy to replace.

So what about you? What are you doing to take care of yourself today?

By Evan Stark

Eddie Renz is an avid fan of Egyptology, Wilbur Smith and bacon. Not a fan of humility but often finds himself humbled when he is around people who understand numbers like the Fibonacci sequence and Pi.

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