Lactard Intolerance.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 24, 2010
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Prejudiced against people who can’t drink milk?

Like to make fun of folks who post notes asking folks not to burn incense?

Tired of whiners whining about your love for perfume?

I once was, too.

Growing up in an American Buddhist community, I was used to folks with dietary restrictions and Rice Dream back before there was an environmental movement, per se. Before there was Whole Foods, or Michael Pollan books atop the bestseller lists.

I was young, seemingly invincible (I once ate an entire dozen Dunkin’ Doughnuts, just to prove a point; and every day ate “seven meals”—two heaping plates of breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus two over-healthy servings at snack time). I worked as a lumberjack for the better part of a year, I played basketball and smoked Shermans and drank too much and was, generally, a big wild silly dumb kid.

But now, in my thirties, and having learned a bit about how bad conventional food is getting (Michael Pollan: “food has changed more in the past 50 years than in the prior 10,000″*); having learned that walking down a conventional candle aisle is worse than smoking a couple cigarettes, there’s so many toxins (fancy word for poison) in the air; having learned that perfume is made in laboratories and milk is full of hormones…I’m no longer intolerant of the sensitive among us.

In fact, I’m one of them.

Recently I was out of town, at a family dinner, and was shocked at the lack of care mothers invest in what their children put in their mouths; I was shocked at the factory farmed crap that men stuffed in their fattened mouths; and I was grateful to return to Boulder, the “fittest city in the US.”

Still, here, it’s easy to be unhealthy—our state is the least obese in the nation, at only 19.7 percent, but only 20 years ago, back when I was a young silly wild invincible young man, 19.7 percent obese would have made us the fattest in the nation. Everyone gets their food and coffee in togo containers we then throw away five minutes or five hours later—our responsibility is still out-of-sight, out-of-mind. That said, 300 days of sunshine a year has a way of encouraging folks to get outside, to bike or climb. And getting outside has a way of making people fall in love with the Great Outdoors. And love sounds the death knell for ignorance.

We’re fast forwarding in real time: change isn’t hard to see, you only have to sit back and watch us decimate our environ, and ourselves.



The Thinnest State in the US in 2010 would have been the fattest State in the US only 20 years ago.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


8 Responses to “Lactard Intolerance.”

  1. Thin doesn’t always equate to healthy, though, and neither does fat always equal unhealthy.

  2. Andrew Grimm says:

    Are you saying that all milk (apart from breastfeeding) is bad, or that modern milk is bad?

    FYI: I’m full of hormones too! 😛

  3. I’m one of the sensitive and don’t care if people are bothered by it as I get older. I find it offensive when people slather on perfume ESPECIALLY when I have to smell it when I’m biking or camping or when someone blows smoke my way when I’m outside trying to enjoy a meal. People can no longer claim ignorance about the toxins they are spreading. I guess that makes me Obnoxious Intolerant.

  4. Yayass! I'm with you.

  5. Of course! Not talking about thin as the ideal. Talking about healthy as the ideal.

  6. lactard, glutard…love'em all. I am glad to live in Boulder where there is less ignorance, more tolerance and gratitude for all that is!

  7. River girl says:

    Can I marry you, smart, witty, conscious, cause-oriented man? You're thoughtful writings are refreshing, to say the least. Thx for sharing. xx