One At a Time
Fit in a Year - Week
On the Gay
I was walking the trail behind my house
yesterday, and saw the same 40-foot tree dangling along a
tiny cliff beside the walkway. Half the soil is missing
beneath it, yet it hangs on. And each time I walk by, I’m
reminded of all the tiny grains of soil shifting under
the tree’s weight, one at a time, and I know one day, the
last one will move, and the tree will fall. A tiny
change: an enormous impact.
Wouldn’t it be great if by making small
changes, we had an enormous impact on our
Well, we can.
We are the same way. We can make very small
changes which seem insignificant by themselves, but will
eventually rock our world.
We can practice replacement therapy: the
practice of replacing one habit with another.
Some two thirds of our cancers develop as the
direct result of environmental factors: like poor diet
and lack of exercise–things we can change. We can decide
to move more. Or change the quality of the food we intend
to eat for the next 30 or 40 or 60
If we eat the food which is as full of life as
possible, most like its raw state (though not necessarily
raw, just pure), we give our bodies the benefit of all
the micronutrients necessary for healthy cells, and none
of the foreign matter.
Do we have to throw out our entire pantry and
begin from scratch? No. We simply need to start replacing
processed foods with whole foods. One at a time. When you
run out of your favorite snack food, replace it with a
more wholesome one. Even if it’s still corn chips, for
example–find the corn chips which are made very simply of
corn, non-hydrogenated oil, and salt. If you can find
organic ingredients, even better.
Choosing organic foods makes your impact even
larger. First, your own cells will not have to deal with
any foreign substances. Second, the planet will not have
to deal with foreign substances, like excessive nitrogen
or pesticides. Third, you will be supporting farmers who
practice clean farming. Fourth, you or someone you don’t
know, will not suffer the consequences of ground-water
pollution from chemically managed farm run-off, which
occurs every time it rains, or fields flood. Fifth, you
will keep the food chain and the earth more pure by
rejecting genetically modified grains which are developed
specifically to endure more pesticide
All that from a bag of corn
And gradually, over the course of perhaps six
months, you will have completely emptied and replaced
your pantry, one item at a time. But you’ll barely notice
the doing of it.
To move more, do we need to run out and join a
gym? No. We simply need to move more.
What’s the easiest, cheapest way to add
movement to our lives? Consider replacing one television
show with a walk. Yes, take a walk! Even better, grab a
friend and take a walk. Walk around your neighborhood. Or
drive to a large store–Home Depot, Walmart, a mall–leave
your money home–and just walk. Not walk/walk/stop. I mean
walk, at a comfortable pace, for as long as you can. If
it’s 5 minutes the first time you walk, stay with that
the first week.
Aim for 6-minute sessions the next week you
walk, and so on, until you’re walking about 30-45 minutes
per session. Be really picky about the television you
watch and replace any shows that don’t make the cut with
What will this do? Burn calories. Work your
heart. Move your limbs. Grow your brain. Cultivate a
friendship. Make you feel better.
In 6 months, you could be exercising–er, I mean
walking–5 nights a week!
Imagine that: healthy, wholesome food and
plenty of exercise in 6 months by making very small
changes, one at a time.
And if we can replace one habit with another,
painlessly, we’ll never be limited by ideas