Thursday, June 24, 2010

I'm not out to change the world...well, maybe a little bit

At my Weight Watchers meeting this morning, I realized that some people might view me as a bit of an extremist.... I bake my own bread, I soak and dehydrate nuts, I buy only organic meat and strive to buy as much local food as possible, I get up at 7:30 every Saturday to make it to the farmers' market before 9AM, I eat hemp seeds for breakfast....

And then there was the microwave... There were many comments on- and offline about this. One person who is dear to me said "You can blog all you want about the evils of microwaves but I'm not getting rid of mine." My response was simply, "I didn't ask you to."

That's the point I want to get across. My purpose is merely to share information and how it has affected me and leave the decision making up to each of you. I realize not everyone is going to run out and purchase a dehydrator or burn their Costco membership cards. I would never suggest such a thing - I have a Costco membership myself. I just find I don't go there as much anymore.

I am on a journey - we all are - and at each stop I make, I want to learn something and maybe share something I have discovered as well, like that full-fat yogurt is worth the 2 points versus non-fat 0-point artificially sweetened yogurt. I tend to be rather passionate and outspoken. My hope is merely to cause people to think. If there is something I share that seems like a good change that would work for you, I encourage you to try it. A friend of mine, after a deep discussion about organics, local food and such emailed me the next day to let me know she didn't buy the Chilean grapes. That made me happy!

Its about looking for ways that we, with small changes, can make this a better place to be and live more fully aware. It is about realizing that "dominion over the earth" implies a partnership and symbiotic relationship with its other inhabitants. So, no, I'm not out to change the world. I'm just on a journey and I want to share it with you.


Claire said...

Amen sister. Thanks for sharing your journey.

Geosomin said...

I think because you have completely thought out what you do and do in consistently and honesty for your own sake, I know I take your words very seriously. And I like them.
You challenge me. :)

Curious? Why the soaking and dehydrating your own nuts?

Cindi said...

I am glad to hear it! And I appreciate your scientific mind to help me discern some of this stuff!

Here is a link that talks about the benefits of soaking nuts (the dehydrating after is just so they are crunchy and not soggy - don't like soggy nuts....)

DMG said...

Hi Cindy,
I stumbled across your blog in the wee hours of the morning and had read the first page before I looked at your profile and realized I KNOW you! We went to high school together. I don't know if you'll remember me (I was Gibbings then) but it was really cool to "get to know you" through your blog since I didn't know you really well in high school. I remember playing at your house with your brother when I was in kindergarden/grade 1 though. :)

Cindi said...

Hey DMG - that's very cool! What is your first name?