Come On! I’m a meat and potato kid raised in Iowa and I’m supposed to do what? You want me to fill half my plate with produce? Like carrots, salad, green beans, oranges, apples, and stuff like that? Yes, that is exactly what I’m telling myself and you. During Lent how about taking our plates and filling them half-way with fruits and veggies. Most Americans don’t get enough anyway so what if for Lent we do this? I’m not counting potato chips as a vegetable, either. Not only will this be healthy for us, it will fill us up, and give us more fiber.
We eat too much meat and bread. The average U.S. consumer eats significantly too much meat and grain, and not enough fruits or vegetables, according to data form the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Economic Research Service. The USDA estimates food consumption by tracking how much food is produced and circulating through the U.S. food system (“food availability”), then adjusting that for losses such as spoilage, inedible parts of vegetables, and food that is cooked but not consumed. These values are then divided by the population to get an estimate of per-capita consumption.
According to these figures, the average U.S. resident consumes 30 percent too much grain, primarily in the form of bread. The data given do not specify whether this is mostly whole or refined grains; if refined, it is possible that people are both overconsuming grain in general and underconsuming whole grain in particular. Then include the fact that meat consumption is 20 percent higher than recommended you realize we have a problem. This may be the habit you decide to tackle this Lent.
John 6:35, “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”