Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Eat Well

Prime Rib from Flemmings In my semi-daily bible reading (getting better thanks to my friend Mason) I came across this line:

Listen to me, listen well: Eat only the best, fill yourself with only the finest. Isaiah 55.1-5 The Message

Obviously this isn't talking about eating really.  It's really talking about listening to God's word and making it a part of your life.  To be really open, the next line says:

Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words. Isaiah 55.1-5 The Message

Honestly though, I think there is something really important to be said for eating well.  I tend to eat just ok.  Believe it or not, that's a step up from when I worked in DC and went to McDonald's every day for lunch.  No, I'm not kidding, and no, I didn't order the salads much, if at all.

Going back even further though, I ate pretty well in high school.  I went vegetarian for a little while, having a lot of Subway veggie subs with melted cheese (I said vegetarian, not vegan).  I ate salads and sushi (rarely the sushi, I was in High School).  While I was eating well, I also felt downright good.

There's a lot more involved in that.  I walked, roller bladed or biked to school each day.  I had more friends than I could count, and I'd begun putting away some of my less acceptable indulgences.

Overall though, when I begin changing my diet to eat more healthy and even eat less, I feel better.  The world seems like a pretty good place, and my place in it seems to just fit.

It's hard to eat well.  We go out a bunch, and most of the food is processed.  Heck, I am slowly getting our Golden Retriever to eat raw food from a natural dog store up the street, but I still eat McDonald's once a week and processed foods more than I'd like to.

I'm wondering what compromises we make for the sake of convenience.  I caught a bunch of fresh fish a few weeks ago, and I swear if Erin didn't get tired of it, we'd have had fish every night.  It felt good to eat and I felt better having had it.

No deep meaning that's different from what's stated.  I'm just wondering whether other people have found eating healthier makes them happier and more in control.  I'm also wondering how you've found ways to eat healthy, both at home and when going out to a restaurant.


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