A Rock and a Hard Place

DavidWolfeSuperfoodsI have fallen in love yet again. This time his name is David Wolfe and he is completely inspiring me to new heights of health, vibrancy and complete and utter joy.

I stumbled across David Wolfe on YouTube a few weeks ago while watching a health/nutrition/raw food video and have been absolutely enthralled ever since. I absolutely love his message, his passion and his unparalleled knowledge of his subject matter.

Wolfe’s message is simple…the ability to live long, healthy and joy-filled lives is just a matter of feeding ourselves the very best food we can get our hands on. And, he does not advise taking things out of our diet so that we feel deprived. He just recommends adding nutritious, delicious and beautiful foods that will have us naturally gravitating towards the food that is so good for us.

Wolfe has inspired me to add superfoods like goji berries, bee pollen, maca, cocao nibs, and spirulina into my daily regimen. I have also added medicinal mushrooms and ashwaganda to my diet and I am just at the very beginning of my journey with Wolfe.

download (42)The result of these changes is that I am feeling an energy that is clean, clear, vibrant and alive. I am absolutely loving the food I am putting into my body and am thrilled with my new awareness of some of the superfoods available to me.

As I was driving to my dermatologist appointment in Toronto this afternoon it occurred to me that my body was just brimming with a feeling of aliveness and bliss. And as the sun shone and I sang along to the music on my radio, I felt a deep appreciation for the right teacher coming into my life at the perfect time with the message that would take me to the next level in my Radical health journey.

What a feeling!

I felt the same vibrancy and joy on the return trip home (even though I had waited and hour to see the dermatologist for three minutes). I was hungry when I arrived home so I put together my afternoon salad and delighted in the process of chopping and prepping. While I ate my beautiful salad I cooked dinner for the family; teriyaki chicken breasts that I had left marinating before my trip to Toronto, basmati rice and a green salad.

download (43)By the time dinner was on the table my wonderful energy started to fade. And as I sat and watched my family eat the dinner I had made for them I felt as if all the joy and vibrancy was leaving my body like water down a fast drain.

Simon asked me if I was okay and it was all I could do to answer him as I had no idea what was taking place inside my sensitive Psyche. All I could come up with was that I wanted dinner over with. Simon told me to leave the dishes so that he could do them after returning from Michael’s lacrosse practice but I needed to get the greasy, messy kitchen cleaned up…and fast.

As I did the dishes I felt a sadness so heavy that it almost made me break down and cry. And as I scrubbed the greasy chicken pan it struck me that I had fed my family a meal that I would not eat myself. I had fed them food that no longer resonated with me or my choices or my values. And I had fed them a meal that didn’t even compare to the aliveness that my dinner had.

So here’s the dilemma…how do I feed myself the very best food possible and continue to provide something different for the people I love most in this world? How do I respect their process and not force mine upon them? How do I persuade my kids that kale chips are so much better than potato chips? How much do I insist? And can I stand to support my family in the diet of their choice?

Sitting here between a rock and a hard place sure feels uncomfortable…"Rock, Hard Place" Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.

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