Toss The Crutch

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While the design of the crutch has changed over the years to make it more comfortable to use, its purpose has not — to help those suffering from leg, knee, ankle and foot injuries move around temporarily until their wound has healed.

I once used a set of crutches when I sprained my ankle playing basketball in 10th grade. Once I realized how restrictive they were, I thought it would be better to limp on my own power than use them. I can’t say if I healed faster or not, but the end goal was to get back to playing basketball — without the crutches.

What’s always been interesting to me about crutches is the dual usage of the word. When we’re not talking about sticks made of wood or composite metal to help us walk, we use the word “crutch” for foods and substances that we’re addicted to — eating sugary foods and sweets, cravings salty foods, smoking, drinking too much, overeating.

Interesting, because the purpose of using these crutches is much different than a crutch you use for an injury. We use these various crutches — or false crutches — to give us a fleeting promise of energy, give us shallow pleasure and shield our real emotions. These false crutches are used for a lifetime and the “injury” is much deeper than a sprained knee or broken bone.

But just like using a set of crutches to assist in the healing process of your limbs, you can use these false crutches to assist in your own healing, so you can life your live free without them.

So if you have a crutch and want to get rid of it, look deeper than your cravings and lack of control over them — you might ultimately find and heal the wound that caused you to need it in the first place.

Your question of the day: What is your crutch?

Live Awesome!

P.S. Get tips on how to toss away your crutches here.

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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