Doing A New Thing
Today I cooked my own version of Mary’s recipe with the colored bell peppers, onion, and mushrooms as described in the post, We’re All A Part of God’s Body.” I only had green peppers, so I threw in cabbage with the onion and mushrooms. Sauteed all of that and piled it on rice. It may not make the cut for Martha Stewart, but it was tasty and healthy. I enjoyed it. Many people in Dr. Barbara’s Monday class are deciding to go further than the 40 days in making a change in their way of eating.
I propose a new thing. How about a Daniel Lifestyle??!! Daniel, as you recall from the Bible story, refused to eat the King’s food.
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Daniel 1:8
The story goes on to say:
Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead. Daniel 1:12-16
Daniel was not eating to fast as much as he was asking to be given food that would keep him strong and healthy. Daniel wanted to return to his lifestyle of healthy eating and not eat the King’s food which was (I’m assuming) like the rich food we eat every day!
Okay—I’ve stopped preaching and gone to meddlin’! I know. I hear you. All of us want to get through the 40 days and get back to our real life!! 🙂 I can hear those potato chips and cookies calling my name.
But, there are some who will start feeling better; who will begin to enjoy experimenting with new foods; who will want to have a Daniel Lifestyle not a Daniel Fast!! For you (and for people like me who still feel the pull of the King’s food) I am including some reasons for eating more vegetables and fruits.
Top 10 Reasons To Eat MORE Fruits & Vegetables
Why eat MORE fruits and veggies?
Color & Texture. Fruits and veggies add color, texture … and appeal … to your plate.
Convenience. Fruits and veggies are nutritious in any form – fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice, so they’re ready when you are!
Fiber. Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps fill you up and keeps your digestive
Low in Calories. Fruits and veggies are naturally low in calories.
May Reduce Disease Risk. Eating plenty of fruits and veggies may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.
Vitamins & Minerals. Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized.
Variety. Fruits and veggies are available in an almost infinite variety…there’s always
something new to try!
Quick, Natural Snack. Fruits and veggies are nature’s treat and easy to grab for a snack.
Fun to Eat! Some crunch, some squirt, some you peel … some you don’t, and some grow right in your own backyard
Fruits & Veggies are Nutritious AND Delicious!
http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/ This website also has recipes, a chart of what fruits and vegetables are in season, and kid friendly recipes
Prayer for Day 17: Dear Lord, you provide us with such a variety of food. Direct us during this season when we have given up the King’s food to hear you calling us to a new thing. Amen.
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/eat-your-vegetables-15-tips-for-veggie-haters. More tips on how to love your vegetables even if you hate them!
http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/vegetables-high-in-protein.php This site gives a list of the protein content of 34 vegetables.