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Just as we are what we eat physically, we are also what we consume spiritually. Craig Groeschel

This morning I am grateful whatever caused severe leg ache last night has abated. Part of it is probably even though I agreed to do exercises every day during our stay in I’ve not done very much.

The heels on my boots might be part of my problem (they are not very high). It could be just a lack of exercise although I did go for a nice long walk the day before. It could be something I ate.

My husband and kids laugh at me because when I don’t feel well or something hurts one of the places I look is to food. Last night my son offered me Cheetos and after my husband ate them my pain got worse. If I ate them I would be linking the worsening pain to Cheetos. I do understand why we can’t just blame things because it seems convenient.

I started doing stretches when I had a little pain and by the time I went to bed I could hardly walk. Fortunately I feel much better this morning. But, what caused it? Will I have another night like that again? Should I take my daughter’s suggestion and do yoga with her?

One of the things my husband and I both get from lack of exercise is pain. It was back pain he couldn’t get rid of that prompted joining the gym over twenty years ago. When his Chiropractor started talking about fusing vertebrae he felt he had nothing to lose and joined the gym. All his problems went away with regularly working out. Over the years I have noticed when I’ve been away from the gym for over three weeks pain starts to show up. Could this be the case now?

When we eat mindfully, we consume exactly what we need to keep our bodies, our minds, and the Earth healthy. When we practice like this, we reduce suffering for ourselves and for others. Nhat Hanh

It might be a few things, too much sitting, moving from one chair to another. Too much eating, finding one snack and then another. I looked at the heels on my boots and they are worn and ready to be thrown out. Too bad I can’t go pick up a new pair.

I’ll watch what I eat and see if that helps. It is already much better this morning than when I went to bed so maybe I don’t have to do anything at all. Maybe it is just one of those things that happened and I will never know why. All these people getting hip replacement surgery always makes me wonder how did their problem start? Is there something that can be done to make sure we don’t get that problem? Prevention is better than a cure. Is this an autoimmune response? It might be time to clean up my diet. Feeling good is so worth limiting a few foods that don’t agree with me it that’s what it is. Getting more exercise makes everything work better, feel better and adds more zing to our life.

It’s time to get out my food journal and write down everything I eat and how my body responds and keep track of my exercise. Playing detective is important to figure out what affects our health. We need to be our own control board. No one knows our bodies as we do. My brother says if he has to cook he doesn’t know how he can get healthier. If we aren’t willing to cook and figure out what bothers us how can we be healthier? What else can we be but what we eat? How could we be anything else?

We are what we eat, it is often said, but of course, that’s only part of the story. We are what what we eat eats too. Michael Pollan

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are. Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful medicine or the slowest form of poison. Ann Wigmore

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