“Yeah, But It’s Too Radical”In this culture, it’s fascinating what we perceive as too radical.We think it’s too radical to eat fruits and vegetables. We think it’s too radical to eat a fresh, green-leafy salad every day. We think it’s too radical to eliminate meat, cheese, white sugar, white flour, white salt, processed foods, and extra oils from our diets. We think it’s too radical to exercise daily for one hour.If eating fruits and vegetables is too radical, then what would we call cutting off a breast or a testicle because of cancer? What would we call getting burned by radiation or poisoned by chemotherapy? What would we call getting totally paralyzed on one side by a stroke? What would we call getting a limb cut off because of diabetic-induced gangrene?And what would we call getting our chests buzzed open by a saw and getting our rib cages ripped apart to patch up some artery in our hearts?What would we call being confined to a nursing home because we have aged way too soon from neglecting to take care of ourselves by eating health- and life-giving foods and exercising every day?And we think that eating fruits and vegetables is too radical?Perhaps it’s time to rethink what’s radical and what’s just plain common sense, completely doable and enjoyable, once we put our minds to it.Perhaps it’s time to discover and rise above the big “yeah, but,” or “yeah, buts,” that sabotage health and fitness and could rob us of the opportunity for a long life filled with energy, hope, mobility, activity, purpose, and inner joy.Perhaps it’s time to reach for optimum health on every level–physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual–and love every moment of the precious and fleeting gift called life.