Let me begin by saying to someone who said that they could not relate to this series on health and wellness. It isn’t “Lenten” enough – or properly “somber.” That is the kind of thinking that has made many of us unhealthy because we just don’t talk about a healthy approach to living. Lent is about sacrifice and giving up. What better thing to give up for Lent than a bad habit. A habit like eating lots of processed foods.
It is almost impossible to avoid them. There are at least four things that are terrible for us in processed foods. They are: 1. Trans fats, 2. Refined grains, 3. Salt, 4. High fructose corn syrup. These elements are everywhere and are killing us slowly and all to help the bottom line of food corporations for the most part – not to make us healthier. We need to make better choices but our habits have become ingrained now and we automatically choose highly processed foods. It’s easy, they are everywhere, and they are advertised.
Yet, if our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), then shouldn’t we do a better job of understanding what we are putting into our bodies. Habits take a long time to form so they will take awhile to break and reform new healthy habits. We won’t do it if we resist and say that isn’t really a proper Lenten theme. This is not really a spiritual matter. If we have a healthy body it would be bad stewardship to NOT take care of it.
Vol 4 #25