Options food choicesMarch is not only the preview of spring, but it’s also National Health Month. So, in the spirit of a true spring-cleaning, I decided to do a whole body cleanse.

Go big or go home.

I have, for 3 days now, abstained from sugar, gluten, dairy, anything white, caffeine and yes, even my beloved wine. I’ve made several treks to thegrocery store in search of healthy alternatives. As I stash my healthy eats I notice…

My refrigerator is stuffed with “stuff.”

There are marinades, more mustards than any self respecting chef would need, vegetables good and rotten, and all sorts of beverage options from Pellegrino to probiotic drinks – oh, and the water. My husband collects water bottles like a certified hoarder. All icy cold, of course.

This got me to thinking – life is like my refrigerator. It gives you tons of options, from the good to the deviously perilous. Sometimes, your refrigerator gets so packed you can’t ferret out the good choices. Left unchecked, well- intentioned food goes moldy. This is true for meals…and for life.

We’re bombarded with options in this society. It’s a virtual smorgasbord of choices. We have:Options too many choices

  • Business options
  • Educational options
  • Clothing options
  • Career options
  • Transportation choices
  • Enough healthcare options to drive a savant mad
  • Payment options
  • Housing options
  • And many others

We’re offered options for where to do things, who should do things, who we should do things with, when to do things, what things to do and how to do things – I’m sure I’ve left SOMETHING out. Being such a consumer-based society, in my humble opinion, has gotten a bit out of hand. We suffer from clutter; physical clutter, emotional clutter, information clutter.

The more privileged you are, the more options you have. Not all options are available to the average person, I would know nothing about leveraging currency exchange rates or off-shoring business assets, for example. I’m also aware the disadvantaged have fewer options than most.

We’re reminded of our options by the television, in supermarkets and retail stores, in print media, on the radio and God help us –

On the Internet.

We’re presented with so many options, at times, I can’t bear to face them. I can’t speak for you, but sometimes it’s paralyzing, confusing, over-informative and, let’s admit it, over-whelming. Not only that, I can’t see the healthy choices in my refrigerator because it’s chock-full-of-options.

I’m thinking, because this issue is so far reaching, it’s best to start by cleaning out the fridge, then I might move on to simplifying other areas. I need to see my healthy options. I need to clean up any hidden, rotting, possibilities.

Are you doing some spring-cleaning, and if so, does it involve more than your closet? Feel free to continue the discussion below.

Let the cleansing continue….


Michelle Andres is a writer and artist who cultivates her own Well Lived LifeWriter, Artist, Coach by drinking in the beauty around her, following her passion, respecting others and doing her best to own her own dookie.
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