Most people I know have got something in their life, character , personality, habits, etc., that could mark them out as “weird” to many of the people they come across in their daily life.
I guess I’d better own up – I’ve got so many things I believe passionately about that people initially find weird that I’ve actually started seeking out the attention of people I think might be up for a debate. I guess in another life I could have been a missionary, trying to convert the heathen hordes. I’ve lost count, for instance, of the number of times I’ve explained to body-builders that you don’t need to eat meat to grow and retain muscle and definition. And doesn’t the word “vegan” make you sound so much weirder than “vegetarian”. Most of them think I’ve got a magic formula that keeps my body in trim, or worse, that I must be on steroids. And nothing could be further from the truth than that – because I’m totally opposed to putting any drugs into my body – even pain killers. I even hate the idea of having anesthetics, but unfortunately it’s not easy to get hold of a surgeon who will operate on an injury without one.
Another debate I often get – also usually in the gym, is the “water or energy drink” question. I find I can provoke it just by inverting my water bottle a few times to “energise” the water. The question “Skip, what do shake your drink up for?” gives me a perfect excuse for ripping into their sugar-crammed recovery drink with its eye-candy label and packaging. Last week I was telling them how to breathe properly and now I’m off on one about how pretty much any drink other than pure, clean, fresh water is bad for you in one way or another. In their eyes I must be “off- the- scale weird”.
But the fact is, that if we were meant to drink anything else, it would have been provided free for us by the universe – just like fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sleep, sunshine, oxygen and all the other nutrients we need to live healthy, vibrant lives.
Pollution is tough to avoid. It’s all around us in so many forms. But our bodies can work out most of the day-to-day toxins we come across – even the self-inflicted ones. So although I’m pretty weird, I’m not mad enough to deprive myself of all the benefits of modern-day living – even though I know many of them are in some way harmful. I’ll have a drink with my mates and I’ll occasionally eat something I know won’t serve my body – because I fancy it. I know my immune system will cope with the fall-out – because I look after it. And after all – it’s completely true that “a little of what you fancy does you good”
But when it comes to most drinks other than pure, clean, active water, this missionary’s position is simple – we just don’t need them!