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Self-Inflicted Slavery, and What I Am Doing About It.

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There is a quote in circulation that is credited to JFK, 7 days before his assassination. I was not able to confirm whether he actually spoke these words, and I’m not trying to say that he did. However, the moment I read them, several issues in my own life immediately came to the surface in my mind. I have been wanting to discuss a few of those issues with you all. Here’s the “quote:”

 

There’s a Plot in This Country to Enslave Every Man, Woman, and Child.
Now, just for a moment, imagine that someone in-the-know did speak these words several decades ago. As an exercise, mentally list off three or four things in our current culture that you think may have come about as a result of this “plot.” No, actually stop and think before continuing to read.
This isn’t an exercise in futility, and let me tell you why. The things that sprang to your mind are the things that enslave YOU. Or, at least, they are the things that make you feel like a slave. Quite possibly, they are even things that you exert some control over in your life.
So when I read that quote the other day, I thought: what better way to enslave an entire nation than to make everyone fat, sick, distracted, dull-of-mind, lazy, and dependent on the government? What better way to enslave a nation than to make everyone completely dependent on the tracking devices in their pockets?
Let me tell you a few of the issues that surfaced for me personally:
My addiction to social media and entertainment.
My addiction to excessive sugar, excessive fats, and artificial additives.
My avoidance of saving money, exercising, and learning to plant, harvest, and put food by, etc. because I believe that my life and the world around me will maintain its status quo, and that I won’t ever really NEED to learn any true life skills.
My dependence on the system for survival in general.
These are the things that personally make me feel like a slave. Lately, I have been trying to do better. I’ve been totally failing in the social media department because I am keenly interested in the future of this country and what’s happening to push us toward socialism/communism/fascism or toward democracy.
But, I am doing better in a few of the other areas. Partly because I’m not sure what the future holds. I’m not sure of food supplies. I expect an actual plague in the upcoming months that may shut down our economy and way of life even if the people are willing to stand up to the government. Because of these things I’m learning to plant and grow, and will hopefully pick up the skills to harvest and preserve food later.
As far as my diet goes, I’m doing better in that department too. Here’s why: I expect revolution. I expect to have to pull a trigger to defend my freedoms. I am tired of dulling my mind with sugar and artificial additives. I am tired of weakening my immune system and my body’s physical strength by way of keeping it loaded up with toxins and not providing it with enough life-giving foods. I’ve even been strength training more faithfully because I now have purpose and resolve.
Now, I might be wrong about all of my “predictions,” and I sincerely hope that I am. However, changing these things about myself will at least help me be the most prepared I can possibly be, and none of these things depend on what anyone in power has to say about my personal freedoms. I should start by freeing myself from my own personal slavery, right? And even if we live in a perfect utopia beginning in May or June of 2020, these changes I am making to my life will only enhance my quality of life for the foreseeable future.
This is kind of a personal post, but I felt compelled to share it with you all in case you have been thinking about freeing yourself from some sort of self-inflicted slavery in your own life. And if you’re thinking about changing your diet, allow me to add just one more thing to encourage you:
When I ate clean for 14 months, just before my surgeries and slightly after, I didn’t get sick even once for the next three years, even though I had gone back to my old diet. Even the chemo didn’t make me as sick as it did most people. My mind was the sharpest it had ever been. My sight-reading capacity grew in leaps and bounds, and I got up at 7am every day because I just wasn’t tired any more! The dumbest thing I ever did was go back to eating “normally” after the threat of death had passed. I think that our diets will have more to do with surviving the next wave than anything the government is encouraging us to do at the moment.
Sorry this got long, but I’ve been meaning to get these things off of my mind. Hope it helps someone.

Joe’s Goals

I’m an all-or-nothing kind of person. The year that I went on a diet (in an effort to cure breast cancer naturally), I didn’t eat any sugar, meat, dairy, or artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors for fifteen or sixteen months. Then, after surgeries, chemo, and radiation obliterated my cancer, I went back to eating whatever. I keep telling myself that I’m going to eat better. And I’m doing better than I was at first. I stay away from candy and soda for the most part, but I can do better still. It’s not like I don’t know what I should be eating, so I really have no excuses. My problem is, I think, “I’ll just have a little bit today” – every day. I don’t know how to do anything in moderation.

The other day, I Googled “goal website” or something like that, and I stumbled on something I’ve been using since then. The name of the site is Joe’s Goalsbadgeexample, and there’s a little goal schedule embedded into the page to help you keep track of your goal every day. Initially, you set up each goal and assign it a positive or negative point value. Then, you just keep track of each thing you accomplish or slip up on. It couldn’t be simpler! And since it tallies your points at the end of every day, I am not falling into the pitfall of “well, I missed a day exercising, so I guess I won’t exercise for another month.” Or “I ate sugar today, so I guess I’ll keep eating it until I can’t stand myself.” I literally get a few points every single day, and I’m just aiming for higher and higher scores, or longer streaks.

Approaching Healthy

This is my year for getting healthy. Admittedly, I think that every year, but I really mean it this time! I decided to quite buying anything unhealthy, so at this point, almost everything in the house is good for us. If I don’t buy it, I can’t eat it, right? Anyway, it’s a little more expensive to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, and healthier meats, but in the long run, I figure it should be worth it. It’ll mean fewer trips to the doctor, and hopefully it’ll keep us from dying of heart disease and possibly even cancer. Eating better combined with exercising is helping me to keep my cold at bay (I’ve been able to keep working and moving in spite of my cold), helping me lose unwanted inches (3 in my waistline since the new year!), and helping me feel better about myself overall. At the very least, I can rest knowing that I’m doing my part to get God’s temple in good shape and keep it there. Anyway, to help me achieve “good shape” again, I researched “What to Eat When You’re Expecting.” I’m not expecting (let’s make that abundantly clear), but when we were trying to conceive Ian, back in 2003, I was following the diet guidelines in that book; it was the healthiest summer of my entire life. Basically, instead of counting calories, I made sure I ate foods from all of the right categories every day. By the time I had done that, I barely had room for anything too sweet or fattening. So this time, I researched what I should be eating since I’m not trying to conceive (there are guidelines in the book for non-pregnant women), and this is what I came up with (all of the files are Word documents):

Weekly Best Odds Food Chart

The file contains a week’s worth of check-boxes to make sure I am getting what I need each day. I’ve also included a place to keep track of calories on the opposite side of the page.  I just write the foods in the margin, and record the calories for each appropriate day. The calorie counter is for my husband, but I’m mostly just concerned about types of food for myself.

I also typed up a list of foods that I personally like to eat that fall within each category. Here it is:

Best Odds Food Categories

Of course, there are more foods in these categories, but either they didn’t show up in the book, or I figured I wouldn’t eat them in a million years.

To aid in shopping, I also typed up a healthy shopping list. I haven’t researched all the prices yet, but I’m sure they’re different in your area anyway, so I will go ahead and post it, just in case you want to get started:

Healthy Grocery Checklist

Here’s to our health!