Hungry for ChangeSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 11:23
You may remember early last summer I posted that a friend of mine had just quit his job. It was such a big deal because he's generally very set in his ways and resistant to change. Even he knows it.
He's been a Dallas Cowboys fan since his age was measured in single digits. This year he'll be fifty, but he still rides emotional highs and devastating lows with the Cowboys. When they lose, it affects him emotionally, and he needs to go on a "walk of shame," to digest the loss.
He talks about his patterns. Like a receiver runs a pattern, he jokes about his own patterns: The Sunday ritual during football season, the walks of shame. When he was working, he had an entire Sunday night ritual to prepare himself for the battles of the week ahead. He loves Coca Cola (high fructose corn syrup). A meal at home used to consist of hotdogs (preservatives, MSG and nitrates) with a side of pork and beans (more high fructose corn syrup, as I would subtly point out to him).
One of the reasons he had to quit his job was because his health was deteriorating. Mystery ailments began arriving about 12 years ago, when he was in his late 30's: Depression. Swollen, painful joints. Fibromyalgia. Then headaches, and as a result, an addiction to Advil. The final straw was the sleep disorders. Not just simple insomnia, but the absolute inability to get a good night's sleep. At all.
Most mornings he wakes up feeling like a Mack truck ran him over. Going to bed has become a source of anxiety.
Since he quit his job, I've continued sharing what I know about the importance of what you put into your body. I always relate back to him what I learned at the Ann Wigmore Institute last summer, where I ate nothing but raw, blended vegetables for two weeks. I can honestly say I never felt better in my life. I demonstrated my Omega 8006 juicer, and made him some tall glasses of carrot, celery, apple, kale and cucumber juice (with a touch of lemon). Down the hatch and he felt the power immediately. Much to my pleasant surprise, he soon got the same juicer.
Yesterday he texted me:
Have you seen this movie, Hungry for Change? It is awesome!
I hadn't. I called him up.
"It seems like a movie you would have seen, " he told me. "It's got all that stuff you're always talking about."
So last night, after killing my heroes, I watched it on Netflix. Indeed it does have all that stuff I'm always talking about, lol. A few of the usual suspects are in it, including Dr. Mercola, Mike 'The Health Ranger' Adams, as well as Joe Cross, the star and director of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
If you're into taking control of your health, it is indeed a great movie. And if you already know the information, it is worth watching for the motivation and reinforcement, and is a good movie to pass along to friends who are just waking up to the importance of what they're putting into their bodies:
Thanks for listening DP. Please let me know if you've seen it, and drop me a line here if you watch it and let me know what you think.
And just remember that waking people up -- whatever you're trying to wake them up to -- is a process. It doesn't happen overnight. And in the end, you have to understand that you cannot change other people. You can only offer information, and ideas, and be there for the birthing process when and if it occurs.
The only person you have control over is yourself, and people (including you!) only change when they're ready.
In the mean time, there is only one thing you can do: Love them. Love yourself.
My friend still has a long way to go on his road to recovery. He'll need help, love and support to get there. More in his life will have to change than just his diet. For many people, change is scary, but I keep reminding him:
The first word in B R E A K T H R O U G H is BREAK!
You've got to break old habits, and old patterns to make way for the new.