I suffer from depression, panic, anxiety, phobias, diabetes, high blood pressure, vestibular disorder--inner ear damage affecting my balance--and asthma. I am overweight and use a cane for walking. I have an all peer support group, the Anxiety, Panic and Phobia support group.
Common Good can be really therapeutic. People from our group came; one woman helped the herbalist chop up some herbs; she really enjoyed it. The farm is a really good activity if you’re depressed or panicked; it takes your mind off it, it is a safe place to get out to. Getting that close to nature can change your brain.
It is also a great place for people who are embarrassed about their weight. I know a lot of people who are afraid to go out, to exercise, because they are overweight. Common Good is a beautiful little garden, everyone is real friendly and the food is good, too.
We need more. We need a good nutrition policy, some kind of bill stating what is in the food, that there is so much genetically modified food. We are constantly bombarded by media advertisements featuring unhealthy foods, and there is not enough information out there promoting healthier choices. A nutrition policy would teach not only myself, but others in my condition. We need better eating. With legislation we would have stuff in place to help with that.
I was vegetarian for a while and I felt better but I did not have a support system and I fell off the wagon. A nutrition policy could help put in place good support groups. If you have been eating junk food your whole life it is really hard, it is hard when you turn on the TV and see fried chicken. You know kale is healthy, you know broccoli is healthy, but it is hard to maintain healthy eating when you have a piece of piping hot fried chicken in your hand.
I thought about starting a vegetarian support group. Being overweight, I felt embarrassed and didn't think anyone would listen because most of the vegetarians I've met were all small build people. None of these vegetarian supporters offered to help in promoting a support group which is badly needed for healthy eating to really work and have a long lasting positive effect.
Common Goods should be in every state, so people can learn about healthy eating. Common Good City Farm has programs for lower income residents who really lack the knowledge and support to lead healthier lives filled with affordable organic, nutritional foods.
I urge anyone who can to help with a nutrition policy. People will be healthier and more informed because of it, and it just might actually save lives.
Thank you, Grace M. Kelly, Green Tomorrows participant