you all know that since i've found fitness jesus again, i've been pumping up the jam non-stop with clean eating and my workouts. i've even turned into an annoying wangface because that's what fitness jesus believers do - we spread the word of healthy living to anyone who wants to hear it.
i workout to stay healthy; to keep my muscles strong and toned and my heart working at its best.
i sleep well to help my body repair and refresh.
i eat clean so that my body has enough fuel to do what it needs; to repair my muscles and detoxify itself.
however, i heard some disturbing information the other day: a kid i know is 8 years old and has started puberty. she's in grade 3. i'll give you a moment to let that sink in.
every thought in your head right now? yeah, that's what i thought too. fucked up, right?
while we all go through puberty, hearing that this 8 year old is going through it really upset me.
because an 8 year old is still a CHILD.
an 8 year old isn't mentally or psychologically prepared to handle puberty.
an 8 year old shouldn't have to worry about training bras or periods.
and 8 year old IS AN 8 YEAR OLD AND SHOULDN'T BE GOING THROUGH THIS SHIT SO SOON.
i started puberty in grade 7; that's when i started to grow boobs. i got my period sometime between grade 8 and grade 9 but at that age, i was ok with it; i was able to handle it; i was prepared for it because they basically start preparing kids around grade 6 to handle this new phase of their life.
but not in grade 3.
why has it changed so drastically? what is causing this kind of early trigger of puberty in kids?
in my mind, every sign points to the food we eat. in the last 20 years, the quality of food has changed dramatically and by quality, i mean increased GMO, pesticide use and probably eleventy billion other things that we don't even know.
we try to eat healthy by decreasing or avoiding processed foods and eating clean.
lean meats. more veggies.
lots of fruit. tons of water.
but meats are filled with all kinds of crap like antibiotics and growth hormones.
fruits and veggies are sprayed to death with pesticides and other chemicals to boost crop growth and increase production and distribution.
the water we drink contains trace chemicals and other shit we have no idea about.
and even though we try even harder to stay healthy by buying organic, cross contaminiation happens because unless farmers completely isolate organic crops from regular chemical-laden ones - which they likely don't because it's all about the bottom line - cross contamination WILL happen. the only true organic is if you raise your own stock and grow your own crops.
i hate the fact that we still have to live with these kinds of consequences despite our efforts of avoiding them.
i hate the fact that clean eating isn't really clean.
i hate the fact that it feels like we have to choose between the seriousness of ailments: cancer, weight-related ailments or early puberty? which is the lesser of evils?
that makes me wonder: what is this all for? is all of this - the effort we put in, how hard we work to stay healthy - is all of this even worth it?
sorry for being a debbie downer folks but shit, this has got me in a tizzy.
and so, i'll continue with what i'm doing. i'll continue to live as healthy a life as possible but will likely complain and whine like a bitch about this whole thing because that shit ain't right.
i'll still stick to my organics and hope for the best.
do you sometimes wonder if it's all worth it?
don't forget about tomorrow's humpday confessions linkup with me and ryan! grab his face and hump it!