Friday, April 16, 2010

#i8this Challenge - Day 1

(Meeting one of my goals this morning with my greens powder)

Exciting news!!!

I've been contacted about the creation of an iphone app for #i8this! It's being developed as you read this and will be an awesome tool for creating a quick and easy picture food log. Stay tuned for more details :)

There's lots of #i8this blogging going on, which is AWESOME for accountability Chiggity-check it:

@gaidner -

@LilMsSweets -

@TexasDevin -

@jamesonbull -

@DollarBillRS -

@donna-de -

@jmeldrum -

@j_hirsch -

*If I left your blog off this list, please post the link in my comment section. We all want to see what you're doing!


And finally, more words of wisdom from our dear friend, Ankur Shah
(author, chef, farmer and spiritual care jedi):

Peeling Off Your Labels

A few years ago I did this crazy thing and walked a few hundred miles across the Indian countryside, looking for the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi. And I found them. At the time, I had plastered myself with the following labels (and many more):

"chef, farmer, organic, local, healthy, vegan, pure, conscientious, clean, dedicated, serious, relaxed"

Labels, like everything else, are exactly what they are: nothing more and nothing less. They're not good, they're not bad, they're just labels.

The funny thing was that with all the penniless walking (the no money was part of the experiment, the contract with the universe) and 100 degree temperatures, the labels started to peel off. And the harder I tried to stick them back, the more of that gritty stuff got between my skin and the glue, and eventually I just had to give up.

Like with the chai. Indian tea, chai, was exactly what I didn't drink. It's made from low-quality over-boiled black tea, assuaged with full-fat (7%) buffalo milk, mountain ranges of refined white sugar, and a few tasty spices. In terms of labour and environmental politics, the tea and sugar are a cocktail of misery and oppression. And it's a far cry from vegan. And it's what I had every day, maybe many times a day, because I was a penniless pilgrim walking through the wilds of countryside and compassion, and the chai was my ticket into people's hearts.

The next step was the cookies. These damn ubiquitous wafers branded "Parle-G" and pronounced not in the French way at all, but rather, "parlee-gee". Refined wheat and refined sugar. Nothing whole or healthy about and yet, it's what the "common man" swears by in India, from villagers to urbanites to wandering holy men, all bow down to the temple of the "Parle-G". So, as you can probably guess, I could literally watch myself, get more comfortable with the little atrocities, relax into enjoying their sweetness and crunch, begin to savor their texture after dipping them in my chai. It's a matter of relaxation, of relinquishing control, and understanding "This is where I am, and at every moment, I must start where I am".

So maybe that's relevant to you. Maybe you're not thrilled about what you normally have for breakfast, or the roles you're playing or the scene you're building. That's fine. But what I've seen is that your ticket Out of There is not through resistance or hatred or pressure but through acceptance. It's where we are. Once we stop thrashing ourselves about it, we can see clearly, and start to deal.


goSonja said...

Ummm, wow. This really struck a chord with me. I am such a believer in the theory that change only comes from acceptance. So well worded!

Kelly said...

A link to my #i8this post:

Thanks for doing this, Christine!! Awesome stuff.

Javier said...

Here is My #I8this Challenge!

George said...
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Molly said...

Hoping to get the app done next week! :) stay tuned!!

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