June 23, 2005

Pep Talk

Well it's late in the week and it's summer and you know what that means. It means the likelihood that I'll have something meaningful to say approaches critical non-mass. (It's heartening to see I'm not the only one.) The temptation is to type "Yes, we have no blog posts! We have no blog posts today!" to tune of "Yes, We Have No Bananas".

But being the blogging professional I am - hey another for my oxymoron collection! - I thought I'd give a spiel on the importance of nutrition and exercise.

Since grace builds on nature, we can hardly expect God to overcome the abuses we inflict on our bodies. He gives us the tools and we use them. And so a couple months ago I began regularly mixing nutritional saccharomyces cerevisiae in milk and having that for breakfast. And I now take a daily multivitamin, something I've ignored for over a decade. And I do feel better. It certainly beats the morning donut.

Exercise is also something not to be taken for granted. Dr. Paul Dudley White said that a "vigorous five mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world."

The point is not to raise fitness and nutrition to the be all and end all, but simply to recognize that our physical and mental health is somewhat dependent on the conduit of our own behaviors or misbehaviors. Or, as the saying in our house goes, "self-inflicted ponc is the worst kind."

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