Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bye, bye junk food (for the most part)

Let me start by asking you a question: What is food? I mean in it's most basic, true form, what is FOOD?

I guess food is what we use to nourish our bodies, this glorious machine God gave us to help us with His work here on earth. But what are we actually putting IN our bodies?

Less chemistry and more veggies!!
We don't have cable or an antenna, so I watch a lot of Netflix; which means I watch documentaries that I normally wouldn't. There are a whole lot of them about food and America's obsession with food. Some of what I've taken out of these programs is that Americans are some of the most overfed, but undernourished people in the world. We have an overabundance of stuff we call food, but is it doing what God intended food to do? Is what we buy at the grocery store producing healthy bodies or sick ones? Let our doctor's bills answer that.

Now I am not a new age vegetarian, meat hating, all organic kind of gal (no disrespect to my sister who is) and frankly up until yesterday I didn't see a problem with stuffing my face with Dorritos while watching these documentaries on health and food until I thought about my kids.

Ugh, I feel awful just thinking about it. I am old enough to choose what poisons I put in my body. If I want to pump my body full aspartame and high fructose corn syrup, I am a grown woman and can make that choice. My babies eat what I give them and it's been, truthfully, a lot of junk. I sometimes read labels, and most of the time I can't pronounce half the stuff that's in my "food." We need less chemistry and more veggies!!

My boys made this smoothie. It's got apple,
carrot, pear, and spinach. And it's
I may love chips and doughnuts and nuggets and some seemingly "healthy" stuff, but I love my kids too much to give them nothing but the best. And the best is NOT partially hydrogenated oils and lots of sugars. What have I been feeding my kids their whole lives? It's scary to think about. Are they getting the adequate nutrition? Probably not. Shame on me!!
I have to make changes and believe me it's not going to be easy. (My husband got pretty annoyed when he found out I threw the chips away). My kids (and me) are used to eating a certain way and, to be honest, there wasn't a lot of variety.

Come on, if we fuel our cars with the wrong stuff, it doesn't work right. So why do we expect our bodies to work right when they're fueled with chemicals that most of us can't pronounce? I don't believe we honor God when we destroy his creation with what we're putting in it. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Are we treating our bodies accordingly? Are we treating our bodies (and our children's bodies) as though they were "wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14) by God, or are we giving in to fleshly desires and filling these temples with trash?

"As for me and my house we will serve the Lord..." (Josh. 24:15)  and my family will serve Him by treating our bodies, God's glorious creation, with respect. I WILL start feeding my kids the way they deserve to be fed. With nutritious, NATURAL foods. Will they get cookies? Yes, I tend to make my own, so I know what goes in them. I'm not trying to deprive my kids. Rather, I'm allowing them to thrive!!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to drink the carrot, apple, pear, spinach smoothie my 7-year-old twins just made for me. ;)

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