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“From Daniel Style – To Doggie Style!” Day 20 Early Edition

24 Jan

“As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.”  (Proverbs 26:11)

I know…I know.  Some of you clicked this link thinking I was about to share some “escapade” with you, but I don’t get down like that . . . . . on my blog 😉

What I want to talk about today is the challenge set before us as the veil of the fast will soon be lifted and we resort back to eating our “normal” diet.  Your body is clean, mind sharper, skin brighter, waist smaller – all the beautiful things that happen after completing the journey of a fast.  You thought you couldn’t do this, but you did!  Now that it is almost over, what will we do?  Some of us are already thinking of our next meal, piled up high, with a side of “whatever,” only to spiral back into the downward cycle of a way of eating that it took 21 days to fight off.  Has all this sacrifice taught us nothing?  I use the analogy of a dog returning to its vomit because a dog will sop up anything you set before him without asking any questions.  He doesn’t care if it is thrown together, he just knows to him it tastes good, and in less than 3 minutes flat he has licked the bowl clean anticipating another serving.  And if he gets sick and throws up – he might walk away for a moment, but he will return back and sop it up too 😦

That is how some of us are.  We KNOW some of the things we have eaten have made us sick, but we return right back to it.  We know before we unwrap it and put it in our mouths that it will provide no nutritional value whatsoever, just a moment of empty pleasure.  One slogan I use with The Prepared Table 73 is “real good – feel good” food.  Food should taste real good and most of all make us feel good.  Who told us that we cannot have both?  By now, you should have mastered a few healthy meals in the kitchen, with an appreciation for fresh whole foods.  The 21 days were not a time to endure something, but to LEARN something.  You thought it was all spiritual, but an unhealthy body will indeed affect your spiritual life.  Try getting up to pray when your blood pressure is high, or preaching when your sugar is too low, and see how much mileage you get.

The whole notion of this blog today is for us to think about all the good things we have reaped during this time, and incorporate at least a few elements into our new normal  that we will create.  You might decide to have salads more, have meatless Monday dinners, do a vegetarian plate some nights, or just make the decision to buy real whole foods.  Whatever your decision is, just make sure you make one!  There is a big shift now in people caring about the food they eat, and I think it is here to stay.  I know for me, there are certain things I will not eat and certain restaurants I can say I will never patronize again!  Listen to your body and it will be an instant-read thermometer for what foods keep you in balance, and which ones don’t agree with you.  Even as we are on the eve of the last day of the 21 day fast, this blog will continue on  infinitely to do what it does best – “talk about all things food and whole-listic living.”  We will have fun along the way, chat, laugh, share –  all the while enjoying this newfound freedom in food that we have discovered.  Feel free to leave a comment of your experience.  Blessings to you on your journey . . .

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