Sharing

Sharing

What can you spare today to help another? Of all the wealth and plenty we enjoy, what kind of small sacrifice could you make to bring health and happiness and a full tummy to someone in need?   Being here in Uganda, it’s a mind trip to see what people post on Facebook; their new car, the latest tasty dessert, another mountain race or marathon completed, fun on a distant beach or seeing another world landmark. It is easy to see what is important to people and where they spend their time, money and efforts, and I respect that.   Back to Uganda. The poverty we see every day is staggering. Payment of school fees (about $90 U.S. per semester) is the greatest challenge most families face. If they can’t pay the fees, their kids stay at home. Many families struggle to have enough of the most basic foods like posho and beans (about $2 per day) (think of that next time you’re at the buffet). Medical care here is free, but they have to buy their own medicine, bring their own bedding to the hospital, and furnish their own food to eat while they convalesce. And that costs lots of money they don’t have, so many die simply because they can’t get the help they need. Yet, this is the happiest and humblest people on earth.   I had a dream a few months ago. I was in the home of a friend in our neighborhood at some kind of social. As I sat in the comfy chair, I saw a huge bowl of red seedless grapes sitting...
Healthbeat

Healthbeat

I don’t expect people to follow me, but here’s where I’m marching for the next 130 days. As I age, I’ve become educated and earnest about my health. RaNae and I want to celebrate our 80th wedding anniversary together and in good health. RaNae has always been health conscious, but I’ve often struggled with my weight. Lately I’ve determined to march my way back to where I want to be. The purpose of this blog is not an ego trip. I already know what I can do and have done it many times before. But I would love to share with anyone with health or weight challenges to consider this as an alternative to crash diets, pills, or magic dust. A march is a set duration of time, during which I will strictly abide by some pretty strict orders, as follows: Rokit Fuel Breakfast shake every day (not yet on the market). Rokit Fuel cereal or Rokit Fuel NutriBites (not yet on the market) for lunch. Healthy, plant-based dinner. No meat, dairy or eggs. No snacks or desserts. Cardio exercise 6 days per week, resting on Sunday. Each day I’ll score myself on how completely I achieved these five daily goals. I will march for 130 days, ending on July 19, 2016, when we leave Uganda to return home to Utah. My objective is not weight loss, but better quality of health and fitness so I can live long, serve well, and give all I’ve got to building the Kingdom of God on the earth. I will photograph everything I eat for just one week so you can see what goes down the ol’...