by Diann Ducharme
Ryan Abernathy’s long legs loped up the treadmill’s steep incline. His eyestrained on the beige wall in front of him, he thought of nothing except his body’swell-being. The daily six miles completed, Ryan wiped his head and neck with a toweland made his way to the kitchen. Assembling ingredients and piling them into ablender, he stabbed the “puree” button with a determined forefinger.He ran a hand over his toned torso as he watched the organic blueberries andstrawberries, soy yogurt, soy milk, honey and shelled hemp seeds mix rapidly intomush. He made a mental note that a cup contained approximately 200 calories; hecould eat another 800 calories today.He poured the mixture into a glass and carried it to the kitchen table, wherehis biochemistry textbook waited for him, along with his neatly lined up bottles of vitamins and supplements. He prescribed to a daily regimen that includedmultivitamins, capsules of fish oils, and supplements of muscadine grape,Coenzyme Q10, turmeric, milk thistle, ashwaganda and bacopa, all of which hadbeen shown to neutralize the free radicals that roamed a body, damaging thebody’s cells and leading to premature aging. He washed the pills down with a glassof water, then popped a tablet of anti-anxiety medication into his mouth andswallowed.