Eliene Zimmerman showed up at our house a few weeks ago, laptop in hand, ready to get down to business. She pulled up a chair to the island in the kitchen and fired off questions, typing frantically as she spoke. Her presence was warm, her tone friendly, and her fingers determined. She was one of the few journalists we’ve spoken to so far that I actually felt like we could relate to. What made her so great is that she treated us like people, not just a story. She did her job and did it well, the results of which are in today’s Christian Science Monitor.
I’m thinking of asking her to be a guest speaker in my journalism class; I’m always planning something.
With the 2009 on the horizon, I suspect many of our readers are planning as well. Much of this scheming will revolve around getting in shape, eating better, and of course, financial planning. The aspirations towards goals related to these issues is entirely predictable, but I wonder how many of us actually sit down and make new year’s resolutions. I don’t. When I want to do something, I do it. I start immediately. Procrastination kills momentum.
If you want to get in shape, eat better, or save money, then do it. As the legendary hardcore band Gorilla Biscuits would say, “Start today!” There’s no susbstitute for action.
For those who want to eat well, here’s a short list of the healthiest foods out there. I take issue with a couple of them (salmon and turkey), mainly because both omega-3 fatty acids and selenium are found in nuts. For omega-3 fatty acids, flax and walnuts are far superior choices. In the case of selenium, there is five times as much in mixed nuts as there is in fish. Additionally, if you avoid animal products you’ll be avoiding cholesterol as well.
While there are reasons to continue eating industrialized animal products, there are better reasons to avoid them; many of which are very compelling. I won’t list them here, as I suspect our readers are savvy enough to do their own research. However, I would start with The China Study. Beyond the complexities of nutrition, you also have to wonder why our country is serving meat that Mexico won’t even allow across the border.
Here’s to making positive choices, today, and tomorrow!
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