About a month ago Candice and I watched two documentaries about healthy eating habits with some friends. One of them focused exclusively on “juicing” while the other covered a more broad subject matter (including the benefits of juicing). 

 
The next day we bought a juicer and we haven’t looked back. 

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We aren’t on a 100% juice fast but we are choosing juices made from fresh fruits and veggies for most of our meals.  We both have more energy.  We’ve both lost weight.  We spend more quality time with our son because we’re not as tired.  Consequently, he watches less TV.  We’ve been more active outside as well, but that’s due, in part, to the weather being warmer. Also, I’ve only had coffee four times in the past four weeks; if you know me at all, you know that’s amazing. 

[I’ve been hash-tagging this as “Healthkick” on my Twitter account]
 
 
A Difference in Mindset
 
As I said, we’re not on a complete juice-fast.  We’re making good choices and choosing to do most of our meals this way.  It’s not excessively legalistic or regimented.  Occasionally we’ll have small portions of something along with juice.  Sometimes we’ll have juice before we go out to dinner or to some place we know will have food, thus helping us eat less in those situations.  We might take a day or weekend off completely from juicing and just eat normally.  We don’t think regular food is bad, just that our ratio of Healthy : Neutral : Junk was skewed before so we’re swinging the pendulum the other way.  We’re rebooting our system.
Something I’ve noticed is that “regular food” just isn’t as appealing to me anymore. 

  • I had Mt. Dew about a week ago and it wasn’t as great as I remembered it.
  • I had some VERY tasty breakfast food at church today, and my acid reflux is acting up for the first time in a month.
  • One or two bites of something sweet is enough now (it used to be one or two plates full). 
  • I find myself sort of regretting when I have regular food, not as a sense of guilt, just that I’ve missed an opportunity to make a better choice. 

 
This all got me thinking…
 
 
Juicing Jesus?
 
Maybe it’s time to consume Jesus only. 
Maybe I need to choose to take in only the Good. 
Maybe I need to pick out the fresh fruits of the Kingdom of God and make that my exclusive diet for a while.
 
Maybe taking in a high concentration of Jesus for a time would loosen the appeal of the world.  Maybe smaller portions of Facebook, or movies, or video games would satisfy me if I got my major sustenance from Him. 

Maybe my soul craves more entertainment because entertainment, like junk food, is designed to leave me craving more. 
Maybe if I spend the majority of my time with Jesus I’ll be content, and not look elsewhere.

Maybe I need to stop missing opportunities to make the better choice. 
 
This is not to say that all things of the world are bad, but perhaps my ratio is skewed. 
Maybe I need to swing the pendulum
Maybe I need to reboot my system with Jesus.  

 

 

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2 Responses to Juicing Jesus

  1. Ben Salgado says:

    God is up to something. I just finished reading the 1st chapter in the book of Daniel, where Daniel has asked Melzar if rather than eating the Kings portion, that he, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah could eat vegetables and water instead, for ten days. We know the story goes on to say how they all were found to be ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in the Kings realm. hmmmmmm
    I was looking at a website about your dad and he mentions your book metamorpha. I go to your web page and you are talking about juicing. I believe God is talking to me about changing my eating habits which are not very healthy to say the least.

  2. I began to drift East, spiritually speaking. I took a meditation class and began to meditate rather regularly, and I found it challenging and it really sharpened my concentration. I got Huston Smith’s guide to the spiritual classics and I read them all: the Tao Te Ching, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Rumi, The Essential Kabbalah, and The Way of the Pilgrim. I was on a Spiritual Quest.

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