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Today I hop a flight to Los Angeles for the 2011 CrossFit Games. Come to the Paleo Kits tent and see me! I’ll be the one making awkward conversation (“Are you on MySpace?” “I do my best thinking in the Port-a-John. What about you?”)
Seriously, stop by. I can promise that the disappointment you’ll feel at my spectacular ability to underwhelm will be off-set by a good Coconut Paleo Kit. And I’ll totes autograph your bra strap.
I’ve written about CrossFit before. I love CrossFit. I have aspirations to be a complete and utter Olympic Lifting, kipping, sandbagging, muscle-upping badarse. As soon as I figure out how to achieve that whilst “couching” (the new-new owling/planking, which means exactly what it sounds like), you’ll surely see me in the winner’s circle at the CrossFit Games.
Alas, this whole “Real Food Revolution” has left me pretty convinced that you can’t fool Nature.
I’ve been thinking about the “Ripple Effect” lately. It started with a rough day – the military pulled the proverbial Rug out from under me, demanding a shift in a very tight schedule. I was so ticked. Not only did this change affect me, it affected the people I’d scheduled to watch house, dog, plants (as if they’d survive under my supervision), etc. Bad ripple effect, but certainly one to be aware of. While The Machine can leave us hanging, we need to be ethical in how we manage the resulting last-minute changes so as to keep that negative ripple from going farther. Make sense? Vague enough?
Back to CrossFit and a positive manifestation of the “Ripple Effect.” The way CrossFit itself reaches beyond the impact it makes on the individual. Most CrossFitters have inspired others to begin working out differently than they every knew they could – that’s what convinced me to begin. It’s what catalyzed my journey to eliminate self-judgment, respect myself and my body, and to represent my values with my actions.
I have to say, I would never have married the Super Hot Love of My Life Cave Husband had I not rounded up that self-respect and taken the reins of my own life.
At the very least, CrossFit (and other disciplines it incorporates – Kettlebell work, Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, etc.) has encouraged women to get off the elliptical, ditch the 3-lb weights, and start building some flipping STRENGTH, so that when we’re all eighty-six, we can lift that bag of cat litter. So Mr. Meow can maintain some DIGNITY. (Coach Rut’s analogy.)
I also believe this “Ripple Effect” idea has implications for the direction of public policy. Many of us advocate topsoil-building responsible farming, local foodways, and taking our business to small producers whose first concern is ethics and not money. We blog about it, facebook about it, and hammer our families over the head with it. This is going to shift the collective consciousness, slowly but surely.
There is an entire world of folks who would never compromise their integrity for profit. Unlike most large-scale food producers, they’ll let you in their front door and proudly show you what they’re all about. I love to support my local producers, and I want to support these small, passionate businesses as well. Many of them serve the entire country with their product, which means you can’t visit them directly. So for those of you who may not have the chance, I’m going to meet these people for you so you can, in good conscience, support their businesses as well. See? Ripple Effect!
So here’s a teaser for the first “Food Integrity” post I have coming up. I had the amazing opportunity to drive into the Pennsylvania countryside and visit the team behind Zukay Live Foods this week. I love fermented foods, but many of the best pro-biotic options are dairy-based (yogurt and kefir). Zukay is all about veggies, so the dairy-free can enjoy these too.
Scott, the owner, is unbelievably passionate and possesses all the integrity you’d hope to find in the person supplying your daily nourishment. And he’ll tell you whatever you’d like to know about his history with food (much like Robb Wolf’s near-disastrous foray into a meat-free lifestyle, Scott experienced his own epiphany that brought him to ancestral nutrition). He’ll tell you all this while offering up the contents of his Rolodex – so you can make more connections across the Real Food Universe.
Oh, and before all that, he’ll take you out to lunch. To a place that serves “The Best Bacon You’ll Ever Have.” Convinced? (winky emoticon.)
Then he and Erin, a Zukay employee, will sit on the picnic table outside the shop and talk food some more while you survey the gorgeous, green countryside.
I hope that, with this series (which will appear at Steve’s Original as well) I’ll be able to start a little “ripple effect” of my own. I don’t mean to start “selling out” to anybody – I get nothing in return for supporting these businesses – but if I can send a few people their way, it would make me very happy. Because they deserve it.
Oh, and if you’re at the CrossFit Games, stop by the Paleo Kits booth and ask me for some Zukay coupons! I’ll hook you up.
Sorry for the long post today. Next one will be short. I’ll make it a Haiku.