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Day 263: do you have willpower to turn down starbucks?

20 Sep


I love coffee shops and not just for the coffee.

There is something exhilarating about the vibe of music, the hum of coffee grinders, the buzz of customers.  It makes me feel like I am SOMEWHERE, even when my head has taken a nose dive into my computer screen and I sequester myself off into my own java corner.

Today was no exception.
While working at Starbucks in Chestnut Hill (after a dentist appointment to FINALLY get that chip in my tooth fixed and crossing my fingers that it holds this time) I sat at one of the little circle tables with my computer screen wide open.

I sensed someone standing over me and hesitated to looked up.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear
a barista with a green apron and free samples held dear

“Would you like to try a sample of our new Salted Caramel Mocha?”

Oh. Would. I.
As she stood there with a bright happy smile on her face I held a grimace on mine.  Um, what do I say to this lovely free offer? For a moment I sat frozen, jarred by her offer, stuck between my promise and a sweet place.

The evil Jamie voice inside me popped up and prodded — Who would know if you just snuck in a little drink? 

And, then, the good Jamie voice gently inquired — Now just how much sugar do you think is that salted caramel mocha sweetheart?

Then the voice of Dr. Katz, who spoke at the IIN Conference this weekend, popped into my head — knowledge is not power, knowing what is the matter really isn’t the matter. We need knowledge and the effort to translate it into the way. 

What he meant is simple to understand.
We have known for a very long time that food is medicine.  And, by long time I mean 460 BC – 370 BC, the time of Hippocrates. “Let food be thy medicine.”

But, given the state of our collective disease, obesity, illness and our national health crisis, it seems that knowledge is not power.

“Would you like to try a sample of our new Salted Caramel Mocha?”
I chose knowledge and willpower — and said no.

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