Give Me That Mountain

What I Eat Is Not Just My Own Business

Health and Healing. Day eighty-six...

How do you feel? Do you feel as good as you imagine those people on the covers of the fitness magazines feel? Or do you feel good, as in relative to how you felt yesterday?

According to Journal of the American Medical Association, seventy percent of the premature deaths in the U.S. are caused by poor nutrition, physical inactivity, or tobacco use. What we eat or otherwise ingest into our bodies definitely affects how we feel.

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Under Grace

Health and Healing. Day eighty-five...

As a young boy on the farm, my family ate “from the land.” I don't know all the reasons why, but I'm certain saving money had something to do with it. And I'm equally certain nutrition had nothing to do with it.

Of course, we had a huge garden. (To a small boy whose job was to pull weeds, the rows seemed to be the length of two or three football fields.) But we also ate the meat from animals raised on the farm.

boy in garden

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But Why?

Health and Healing. Day eighty-four...

“Stay out of that!” You're trying to watch your toddler and work at the same time. But neither seems to be going all that great because you just don't have enough brain cells to focus on the task at hand, and give a reasonable answer every time your child responds to your direction with a, “But why?”

At first, you used all the “why” questions as precious teaching moments. But how quickly you reached a tipping point, when the only answer you had the presence of mind for was, “Because I said so!”

but why

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Food Rules, Anyone?

Health and Healing. Day eighty-three...

On Sirius XM Radio recently I heard someone make the comparison between the food choices of a King in medieval times (with a staff of over 400 servants) and the food choices of a modern‐day traveler (with a city full of restaurants).

Intuitively, the King, with hundreds of servants at his disposal, would have had more choices. But in reality the modern‐day traveler in a larger city has far more food choices for any given meal than did a wealthy King of old.

medieval banquet

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Eating to Live

Health and Healing. Day eighty-two...

Eating to live is a completely different mindset from eating for enjoyment. Sherrel and I eat to live and, for the most part, we enjoy what we eat. But eating to live puts the priority on the nutritional benefit rather than on the satisfaction of the taste buds.

If the idea of putting nutrition ahead of taste elevates your blood pressure, please consider the possibility that food could be an area of your life which is off‐limits to God.

angry young woman

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Thorns and Thistles

Health and Healing. Day eighty-one...

All of you fellow meat‐eaters, unite! But there was a significant trade‐off for our privilege of grilling a steak or frying some chicken.

The trade‐off was thorns and thistles.

steak on the grill

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Vegetables Anyone?

Health and Healing. Day eighty...

I'm not sure how the subject came up, but a couple of weeks ago one of the young men in my class said that we could eat all the sugar we wanted to eat—as long as we balanced it out with other foods.

Ah, the logic of the human nature.

spoonful of sugar

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Don’t Mess with What I Eat!

Health and Healing. Day seventy-nine...

When my daughter was little she liked to spend time with her aunt (my youngest sister). On one trip to the mall, my sister asked her if she wanted a Coke with her meal.

As I learned later, my daughter immediately replied, “On no! Mom and Dad don't let me drink pop because it makes me wild!”

wild eyed girl

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Formulas Are No Longer Necessary

Health and Healing. Day seventy-eight...

We have many intersections in residential areas of our city that have no traffic signs. I suppose there is a law in place regarding yielding to other motorists. But if there is one, I don't know it.

And I don't need it either, because I have an internal law. I yield to all vehicles at those unmarked intersections.

blank yield sign

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Resisting the Desire to Live by Formulas

Health and Healing. Day seventy-seven...

We like our formulas when it comes to solving problems. The self‐help seminar industry could not survive without delivering catchy‐sounding formulas to those in attendance.

People want to go home from such a seminar with at least some kind of a recipe for success. Whether the formula will actually work or not seems to be secondary to how much hope it inspires.

motivational speaker stage

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