Day 471: An Inconvenient Truth

Hate to break it to ya. But this is not a commentary on Al Gore or his favorite topic.

Although most of you are probably relieved… I think it’s had its fair share of opinion-slinging!

But I am gonna talk about something almost equally “crunchy”.

Processed food.

Oh. I hear you. You’re thinking “I can just ignore this post. There have been, what, 8 billion posts about it.”

And there have been, well, maybe not 8 billion, but quite a lot of them. Like I mentioned on Day 466: Hungry, Hungry Hippie, cutting our processed food is just so trendy right now. But with good reasons (if you would like a decent and quick to read list of why to cut it then read here).

Honestly, I don’t know what’s good and bad for me. And anymore, I don’t know who to “trust” about it.

But I do know WHO to TRUST for WISDOM about everything. And that would be God.

And well, my common sense “wisdom” tells me that processed food is too far from the original source to be AS good for me as REAL food.

So, that’s why I’m switching.

Well, that and because they call Velveeta a loaf of cheese.

Seriously?!?! A LOAF?!?!

That’s just… ewww.

But, well, it IS like a loaf. Or maybe even better put… a brick.

So, part of my goal with eating right is to eat things that are as close to the original state God put them in as often as possible. {And just writing that was a good reminder for me!} For example, if I can have an apple or a granola bar… then the apple is closer to the state that God made it, so I should choose to eat that. {And I say “should” because, like I said, this whole paragraph is a good reminder for me!} So, the way I see it is this:

fruits and veggies grown in my backyard = ideal, Garden of Eden type life
fruits and veggies = per dern close to original
homemade granola bars and meals = pretty close, I’ve just mixed them up with all “original” ingredients
processed food = farthest… uses some original ingredients and some stuff that is just entirely man-made

But here’s the deal. Pretty much every option up there except for the processed food is… inconvenient!

Having a garden? SUPER inconvenient… especially when you’re like me and kill plants simply by looking at them!
Eating raw fruits and veggies… you always have to be going to the store to replenish because you can’t stock them up in the pantry. Mildly inconvenient.
Making homemade/from scratch meals… oh my. This involves a lot of cooking which means a lot of time. And a LOT of thinking ahead… you know, like planning. And ya gotta be on the ball with shopping. Yep… inconvenient.
Using processed stuff from the pantry… sooooooooooooo easssssssssssssy. Can you say con.ven.ient.?!?!?!?

So, I’ve got the truth of God’s wisdom, but it is inconvenient (hence, An Inconvenient Truth… eh? eh? I know, I’m so terribly clever!)

But just yesterday I came across a meme with a quote by CS Lewis about Christianity and I think that it kind of sums up what I’m going through…

CS Lewis religion happy bottle of port don't recommend christianity

Cause this is not about being comfortable. This is about glorifying God, a verse that I also came across on Day 469: Inspirational Instagram while going back through my YouVersion bookmarks:

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

So, even though I might try to make homemade mac and cheese and it turns out to be essentially cheesy gravy (NAS.TAY.), I’m going to try again and again and again (or just abandon the entire idea of mac and cheese completely if necessary) because this is about honoring and glorifying God through my body.

And well, it may be cumbersome and time-consuming, but ya know… I’m pretty sure that Jesus dying on the cross wasn’t exactly “convenient” for him. So, maybe, I can step a little out of my convenience zone here and there for Him.

It’s not like eating natural foods is the same thing as taking a cross up on my shoulders and walking to calgary to die. But, well, I think it is sorta what He means when he says…

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Day 468: Inspirational Instagram

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Instagram.

You know of it?

I used it personally before I came up with my Covenant Diet account on there, but I only let my brother follow me… mainly cause I used it just for the filters. Since then I have found the aviary app (which I love for filters and whatnot).

Sorry… irrelevant info.

Well, I have gotten into the whole instagram thing for sharing with people going through the covenant because it puts a face with a name and you guys get a little peak into my world (as if me laying out my entire life here wasn’t enough – then you also get to see pics of me with kleenex shoved up my nose! Yeah, that’ll make ya follow me!). Anyway, this week I was like, ya know, I’d like to really go through and remember some of the verses that God has shown me throughout the past year that I have bookmarked on YouVersion. And it’s already been a really cool thing to go through.

In fact, I’d recommend going through your bookmarks on YouVersion or even things you’ve highlighted in your bible or scriptures you’ve noted from sermons or verses you’ve written in your journal… whatever and from wherever… and allow God to remind you of those truths that probably meant A LOT to you at some point. Cause… maybe they’ll mean A LOT to you again now.

And, so I thought to just kind of show you, I’m putting in two of my screenshots from my instagram account.

{Yes, in case you were a little weirded out by the fact that I’m already finished “talking”, this is a short post… mainly because I had the brilliant idea of taking nighttime cold meds and then sitting down in my bed with my laptop to write a post. Yeahhhhhhh, I’m practically having to prop my eyelids open with toothpicks. Ha!}

But this evening in particular… since I was sick I wanted to eat everything in the house. No, I have no idea why I do that but when I have a cold I just want to eat. Anyway, but this was my next bookmark to come across and it pretty much immediately convicted me. So, I ate my cute little dinner with the boys and that was it. And when I wanted to eat and eat and eat the pantry after putting them to bed, I said this verse to myself again. and then again. and then again two or three or four more times. until I made it to my bedroom with my laptop with which I will probably fall asleep.

Just kind of a random “Oh hey… this was really cool for me to do” kind of a thing that I thought I’d share! Happy Verse Remembering!

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Bull Honky (Haha!)

So I was looking up verses last night with the word glorious in them and I came across this one…
They traded their glorious God for a statue of a grass-eating bull. Psalm 106:20

I thought -wow- that is so like exactly what I was talking about at the beginning of my post, so I bookmarked it. When you bookmark something in YouVersion you can put in a title for it so you can find it later but it needs to be a short title so you can see all the words when you pull up the bookmarks list, so I shortened it. And I just thought the shortened version was funny (and a bit poignant).

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