Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Going Ghandi: State of Mind on the eve of TKOing GMOs

Image Courtesy of Gadding about with Shush Blog

* I totally get that a TKO is very un-Ghandi like - but un-perfections are allowed here ;} *

After researching news on GMO foods for the Toxic Nutrition article I'm publishing tomorrow for the Urban Times Magazine Food For Thought series, I realize I have been giving too many allowances on the convenience front of food. I have gone to Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, and local restaurants too many times this past month for my liking. Birthday, Saturday post-swim lesson diner dates for the kids, school vacation outings....kid's cranky while we're on the road and I haven't packed enough snack from home....oh, it has been all about convenience. I can do better, I have before; I will again! I'm sharing the struggle, the losses and the triumphs - and hope to learn a valuable thing or two in the process.

I'm going Ghandi.

Here's my favorite Ghandi story courtesy Avani Mehta
Be The Change You Want To See In This World – Mahatma Gandhi
During 1930′s, a young boy had become obsessed with eating sugar. His mother was very upset with this. But no matter how much she scolded him and tried to break his habit, he continued to satisfy his sweet tooth. Totally frustrated, she decided to take her son to see his idol – Mahatma Gandhi; perhaps her son would listen to him.
She walked miles, for hours under scorching sun to finally reach Gandhi’s ashram. There, she shared with Gandhi her predicament. -
“Bapu, my son eats too much sugar. It is not good for his health. Would you please advise him to stop eating it?”
Gandhi listened to the woman carefully, thought for a while and replied,
“Please come back after two weeks. I will talk to your son.”
The woman looked perplexed and wondered why had he not asked the boy to stop eating sugar right away. She took the boy by the hand and went home.
Two weeks later they revisited Gandhi. Gandhi looked directly at the boy and said,
“Boy, you should stop eating sugar. It is not good for your health.”
The boy nodded and promised he would not continue this habit any longer. The boy’s mother was puzzled. She turned to Gandhi and asked,
“Bapu, Why didn’t you tell him that two weeks ago when I brought him here to see you?”
Gandhi smiled,
“Mother, two weeks ago I was eating a lot of sugar myself.”

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