Forks Over Knives - Getting back to the things that matter!Written by Edna Reed
This past summer marked my three year anniversary since I started running. Since then, the things that took precedence in my to do list suddenly and quite drastically changed. I have bought and read numerous running books, ran in over thirty 5K's, ran four half marathons, one marathon, and have helped other groups raise money by directing and/or assisting in 5K's alongside with the Running Moms crew. It's been an adventure... and I have loved it.
Most recently, I have also started reading more books on nutrition and paying attention to the things I have seen and experienced around me. I have had my share of losses and the people I love, have had their share of losses. This past summer, a former student of mine, passed away due to complications from diabetes. She was supposed to be getting ready to enter the 8th grade. It hurts to know she is not here anymore, and that maybe just maybe if things had went a little differently, she would still be here. And then there was my childhood friend, who at 31 years old, died in her sleep from chronic heart disease. She was 7 months pregnant. Her and the baby were abruptly both gone forever.
That's why when I read The China Study and Food Matters, the things I read got my attention. Is it truly possible that those kinds of things could be prevented? Is it possible to reverse these illness even? And then most recently, the movie Forks Over Knives was released. Watching that movie brings all these things back to the forefront of my mind.
I encourage you to watch the movie and find out some things for yourself. It's too important not too. If it meant the future longetivity of your own children's lives.........would you watch it? If it meant you'd be around to celebrate your great grandchildren's birth or to live long enough (and healthy enough) to finish your bucket list...would you watch it? If it meant that you might save a life.......would you watch it?
It's worth the hour and a half to figure out if it was worth your while. And then figure out if it's worth your while to share what you've learned with someone else.
Live healthily, live to the fullest, run as hard as you can for as long as you can, make lifelong friends, and share with everyone you meet.
From one running mom to another,