Tag: food

Left Over Spirituality

I had left over chicken cacciatore for lunch today.  I microwaved it for 2 minutes and took a bite – it seemed ok.  When I dug down to stir it up the bottom was still ice cold.  I nuked it another minute and stirred and then ran it for another minute.  It turned out pretty good but I’ve had microwaved leftovers that could frighten a dog’s pallet.

There are a couple rules about leftovers: 1) The food needs to start out great  and be appropriate for heating up later.  Ex.  A quick stop at McDonalds may seem like a good idea when in a hurry but don’t ever microwave a Big Mac and fries.  Just trust me.  2)  It needs to be fresh – a microwave is not going to help “dead” food with mold on it.  3)  Eat it fast before it starts to go downhill.  Microwaved foods seem to have a half life and can’t be heated a 3rd time.   4) When in doubt, throw it out.   If a fresh run to McDonalds is better than the leftover, don’t eat it.

So….One of the problems in Christiandome is people constantly feeding others old leftovers that are warmed up in the microwave.   For my generation, it was choir and quartets on Sunday nights.  I could see the mold growing from the back of the church!  Fresh food in that period was hippy Jesus music.  That sound was tough and spongy when I tried to serve it to my kids.

What are you eating now?  Leftover prosperity gospel?  Warmed up end times doctrine?  Stir fried house church?  Grilled King James only scripture?  Maybe you are one of the 30-40 somethings that would rather starve than eat another re-heated meal that gave so much nourishment to your parents.

Here’s an idea.  Grow a garden with the food you like.  Make something fresh and delicious that makes you healthy.  Just remember, that no carb diet or vegan diet or gluten free food that YOU love may not be good for your kids in ten years.

Mark 2:22 (NIV)

22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”

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Here’s a diet, there’s a diet

I’m not trying to be unhealthy but the rules change continually.  There are over 73,000 listings for diet books on amazon.  Americans spend 40 billion 40 billion a year on diets, books, and programs.  In my life I have seen:

Low calorie, low carb, natural, raw, salad, now wheat, no sugar, no salt, vegetarian, vegan, timing (small portions and carb), supplements, pills, powder, shakes, pre-packaged meals, meetings, grapefruit, nuts. tofu, oh and don’t forget gluten.  (I know I’m probably missing a bunch)

Speaking of supplements and vitamins: We have gone through A, B, C, D, E, K, fish oil, calcium, fiber, – there are too many to list.

All of the above run like this – Someone comes out with a report “We need to take this in huge doses. It used to be in our food but we have stripped the nutrients and now we don’t get it and we need it.”  People rush out to the stores and buy massive quantities.  We are judged for not buying the “real” supplements instead of the cheap junk that really isn’t the true supplement.  After spending hundreds of dollars on this stuff that really didn’t make us feel any different another guru comes out with a report that the original report was false and even worse “this supplement may be harming us, stop taking it.”  There is mercury in the fish pills.  The fish pills have been sitting too long and are now bad.  Vitamin E can actually harm our hearts instead of helping.  Expense urine.

Are we suckers?

The majority of the world lives on rice and beans.  Another large population lives on potatoes.  Oh no! Starch and carbs.

Most  people eat to survive.  We eat for entertainment.  Did you know that one of the biggest conversations at dinner is food?  We talk about food while we are eating!

Is wine good for us or is it bad?  Let’s all drink bottled water.  Wait, there are chemicals in the bottles that could be killing us.  Is coffee helping us or hurting us?  It’s the processed food that is killing us.  Our produce is filled with fertilizers and weed killers.  Buy organic.  There is no test to prove that organic is healthier.  Don’t eat eggs, eggs are now okay.  Don’t forget fast food – let’s get a burger down the street instead.

These statements have not been approved by the food and drug administration.  Who will tell us what to eat while the government is shut down.

Seriously folks, I’m not trying to be a cynic.  I take a dozen prescription pills a day to stay alive.  I inherited really bad genes and I don’t have aspirations of living to 100.  I had my first heart attack at age 39.  I need to lose 40 pounds.  Oh, and I could write a whole other blog on exercise.   Lift weights.  Don’t lift weights.  Run, no walk.  Walk fast.  Dance – oh wait dancing is a sin.  Swim.  Did you know there are chemicals in a pool that can hurt you?  Do Yoga.  Isn’t that spiritual?  By the way, what is the difference physically between sitting on a couch and reading for 3 hours verses watching tv?  When I read, I can only eat with one hand because I’m holding a book.  When I watch tv I have both hands free unless I’m holding the remote.

When someone figures this all out I will listen but until then I will enjoy my see-food diet.  I eat what I see.

Romans 14:20

Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.

One day closer to dying

I woke up today realizing that I am one day closer to dying.  I’m not trying to rush it.  I’m not hoping it is today.  It is just a fact that there is a point when I will die and everyday I get closer to it.

Our generation worries about death and aging.  We worry about our diet, our health, safety, and how we can prolong this great life.  Truth is, we are living longer than any other generation.  And yet we do everything we can to extend it further.

We sit and talk about what we eat, how we exercise, how we feel, what supplements we take.  Other people groups think about when their next meal will be.  We worry about the balance of our foods – protein, vegetables, fruit and those dreaded carbs.  Imagine, there are people who live on a steady diet of rice and beans their whole life.  To them, meat is a special treat that they may get once or twice a month.  To us, it is something to cut out because it is killing us in one way or another.

I’m not putting down diets.  I wish I was better at self control.  Once again today I am  fighting my addiction to sugar sodas.  I need to lose weight and get my sugar level down.

This isn’t an argument about western diets verses other diets.  Its not about affluence and poverty.  It’s not about living with less.  It’s about living with more – realizing that we are spiritual beings in physical bodies.  These physical bodies will age and die.  Some of us go quickly.  Some will go slowly.

No matter what we eat today, we are one day closer to dying.  Hopefully, we are one day closer to living eternally.  That’s what really matters.  I won’t have a sugar addiction in heaven.  Let’s hope that whatever you “eat” today brings you closer to life.

James 4:13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.