Getting Back Up

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By Chris Mittelstaedt

I’ve always been a pretty active person—something that made coming down with a random medical  condition all the more humbling. About a month ago I had an acute onset of achalasia, an uncommon  disorder in which the muscles around the lower esophagus clamp down like a boa constrictor and  restrict food and liquid from getting into the stomach. A FruitGuy without the ability to get nutrition—  life is pretty ironic. Doctors suspect the condition is caused by a virus that attacks the nerves, but they  really don’t know why it happens. I had an operation and am now on the mend and trying to get back  into my exercise routine.

Trying to get healthy can be overwhelming and even depressing, especially when you feel you’re  starting from scratch. It’s my opinion that at these times we all need a solid touchstone—whether it’s  a vision of being healthy in the future or the Rocky theme music playing in our heads, we need to find  some way to stave off the tar pit–like inertia that can keep us from making progress on our goals. I  found that walking more and walking faster was a great way to shake off my post-surgery inertia and  start getting my heart rate up again. From there, I started easing back into my routines. I’ve never  been a supporter of the “get rich quick” mentality that grips our culture (both in terms of health and in  business). The reality is that for most of us, it’s the consistent accumulation of small steps forward that  creates long-term health and success. The key is not giving up.

I’ve thought about this a lot lately as I’ve heard stories from our East Coast farmers whose crops were  affected by Hurricane Irene. Some will have a great deal of work to do to recover their farm’s health;  others were spared. The impulse to get up again after being knocked down and to take positive steps  forward is a good and, I think, very American one.

So as we begin the transition from the height of summer fruit into fall, let’s take notice of the changes  nature makes at this time of year. It’s a good time to pause and think about what changes we want  to make to our health even if they involve small steps forward. As always, check our mix pages to see  what’s in your case this week:

Enjoy & Be Fruitful!



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