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Raw Foodist survives in the airport...

Breakfast- 1/2 large watermelon

Lunch- 1/2 large watermelon

Dinner- 5 pluots

I feel terrific today.  I'm always amazed at the difference in how I feel after keeping my food really simple for a couple of days in a row.  A pluot, (yesterdays entry) by the way, is a cross between a plum and an apricot.

When I woke up this morning I felt groggy and a little stiff but in a good way.  It was that familiar sensation that comes from my body having rested well and done some deep healing and cleansing that it's not able to do when I'm eating heavily on rich foods.  After a few glasses of water and practicing yoga outside in the fresh air and sunshine I felt like million bucks.

When I was traveling last Saturday, I was feeling overwhelmed by stale airplane cabin air.  What's worse is that air quality inside airport terminals is pretty poor also.  Both the plane and terminals are filled with plastic and vinyl that must be pouring out all kinds of toxic compounds.  At the Richmond airport I had a 2 hour layover so I decided to go outside and get some fresh air and sunshine.  Wow it felt wonderful.  I let the sun shine on my face and eyelids and I did some yoga breathing (pranayama); that gave me a lift.

I decided that I needed to move around and stretch my body.  I found a spot on the sidewalk, it was more of a pedestrian plaza, and did some push ups, yoga poses- seated forward bends, shoulder stand, and fish pose.  There weren't any people around but I still felt somewhat self-conscious; I just kept breathing and let it go.  Afterward I felt energized and refreshed. 

Dr. Douglas Graham, www.foodnsport.com, once told of being in an airport and going outside to loosen up a bit.  He was doing some handstands when a security guard told him that he couldn't do that on airport property and he must stop immediately.  I wonder what the charges would have been if Dr. Graham had persisted.

The Philadelphia airport is huge and really has no convenient place to get fresh air.  Outside there are automobiles and streets everywhere.  My solution was to find a parking deck and take the elevator to the roof level outside.  It was very quiet, car fumes were absent, there was a gentle breeze, and the sun was setting.  I sat down and leaned back against the wall, removed my shirt, and facing west just took it all in.  Ahh, that felt "naaahhhhhiiiccce."  There again, I felt a little conspicuous.  There were probably security cameras around.  I wouldn't have been surprised if a security guard had appeared and questioned me for seeming like a suspicious character.

It's too bad that we don't see people just stopping and stretching and breathing when they need to.  I look forward to the day when it is the norm rather than the exception and I plan to be around to be a part of it. 

Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 11:51AM by Registered CommenterStephen Parker | CommentsPost a Comment

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