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.
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…
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.