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Keep on Strolling-Junk Food and What is Normal in our Culture

Made it through the first round of tests at school with all A’s but one B (88% bah!).  I’ve got all my business taxes taken care of and just need to finish my personal taxes.  The spa is trucking right along.  We made it through an amazingly busy Valentine’s week and had the biggest grossing day in the history of the business.  (I think everybody getting released from the ice and snow helped push that along).  I did 22 massages that week and it was the week I had 3 tests.

9 more days till March and about 2 and a half months till final exams.

With the weather change I’ve been able to run everywhere with my stroller.  Today I had to eat at the Union because I didn’t pack enough food and a woman stopped me before I could get out because she wanted to ‘see the baby.’

There is no baby.  Yes I push a jogging stroller everywhere I go, and the baby is my baccalaureate of science in nursing.  So if you see me in public, I’m the weird lady pushing a stroller full of business clothes, computer, school books, and raw food.  Cuz when I leave the house in the morning I have many hats to wear, and they all gotta come with me.

Zachary got his braces off this week.  He’s so happy.  And his teeth are so straight.  While I was waiting for him to get done with his 2 hour appointment, I watched Khan Academy videos about Metabolism and tried not to fall asleep.  When Zach came out he had a bag of ‘goodies’ for doing such a great job.  In the bag?  Candy.  Tons of Candy.

Yes, I was speechless.  No, I don’t want to be the food Nazi, but seriously?  The reward for getting your braces off is that you are now free to destroy your health as efficiently as possible.  Congratulations.  No thank you.

I took Zach to Penguin Ed’s, a local restaurant, for one of their homemade cookies as a consolation prize for giving all the junk food back to the Orthodontist.

I think I will forever be known as the weird unstable mom in that office whenever I go back again.

It’s very surreal living in this culture, knowing what I know about food and clean burning fuel for my body, and jogging with my weird jogging stroller past these ‘normal’ stores that probably don’t have one piece of fresh, real food in them, but are filled with snickers bars, cheetos, m&ms, kellogg’s nutri grain bars, etc. etc.  Walls full of garbage, stores full of poisonous fake food.  It’s surreal living in a culture where it is normal to reward kids, actually today one of my teachers actually rewarded our class–a class of adults, with candy.  It’s surreal living in a culture where I feel strange drinking strawberry, banana, coconut oil, cashew, and dates out of a mason jar, but I would feel ‘normal’ if I had a throw away Starbucks cup and a Snickers.

Wow, I had no idea that huge soap box was just going to jump right out on the page, but there it is.

Keep on strolling.

Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student.  She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.