Column: Food for thought

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One of the least-discussed issues during the pandemic has been the state of our national health, and what we, as individuals can do about it.

The healthier we are when confronted with the need to combat illness, the more likely we are to have positive outcomes. Plus, there’s the added bonus of feeling better when not battling a virus.

So, I’ve been running more than I have since I half-trained for my last marathon over a decade ago. As much as I dislike running, I hate the thought of being unable to run even more. My girlfriend and I ate the elk she shot last fall and the greens she grew in her garden for most of the summer so I hadn’t felt so healthy and ready in a long time. Not that I had let myself go, but I felt like I had reached a new level for myself and felt great about it.

It was a bit of a surprise then, when upon returning to the boat after hiking off the mountain with a deer split between our two packs, Abby and I had a dinner of Cheetos. Yes, the entire bag, after a 6-mile hike up and down the alpine mountain ridge from camp, then 6 more miles down an old logging road on mountain bikes to the boat. Cheetos.

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