One of the most difficult things to do in our culture is eat healthy.
Everywhere we turn we are being sold processed food with too much salt, too much sugar, and too much fat. Our taste in food has been so ‘messed with’ by these unnaturally produced foods that good stuff like fresh fruit and vegetables, water and whole grains just don’t seem to taste as good.
Add to all of this a crazy, hectic, and complex family schedule in which there is no time to prepare healthy meals. So, instead, we go fast food, take-out, or unbalanced quick foods.
If we don’t eat healthy… we won’t be healthy. The term ‘garbage in… garbage out’ applies to more than just computer programming, it applies to our bodies as well.
Back in ancient times there was a faithful follower of God named Daniel. He (along with a few friends) found himself in the service of a rich king, in a rich kingdom. He was given royal meals of food and wine and this is what happened (adapted and summarized Daniel 1:8-20)
Daniel resolved that he would not eat the royal food and wine; so he asked the palace master. The palace master said to Daniel, “I am afraid of the king; he has appointed your food and your drink. If he should see you in poorer condition than the other young men of your own age, you would endanger my head with the king.” Then Daniel asked “Please test us for ten days. Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. You can then compare our appearance with the appearance of the young men who eat the royal food. At the end of ten days it was observed that they appeared better than all the young men who had been eating the royal food. So the guard continued to withdraw their royal food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.
Living in the richest nation of the world… our food is like royal food, but we are sorely unhealthy. For me, I think it’s time to make my diet more reflect my desire for health…
…and more reflect my thankfulness to God for my health.