Your Body is a Gift from God
It’s true that our bodies are gifts from God, they are truly amazing in spite of the fact that we tend to focus on our flaws. It was crafted by the hand of God Himself, who placed His image within it. Most of us are ashamed of its appearance and society tells us to hide it from view; it’s bad. Yet we have a huge healthcare industry to care for it and “Health Care” is a huge political issue in our country. I’m probably weird in this, but that has always struck me as an odd contradiction.
Most of us don’t really understand our bodies and how they work, and as a result, we tend to abuse them, even in the most basic of ways, the way we fuel them.
I’ve long thought that one of these days I really should find a sustainable and sensible way of eating so that I can provide appropriate and responsible nutrition, and to do so in a financially responsible way. It just seems like good stewardship, and one of these days real soon, I’m going to get into it.
A quarter century, maybe more, has passed and one of these days still hasn’t appeared on the scene.
There’s no rush for me, I feel fine almost all of the time, I haven’t had a cold since… the Clinton Administration, and I’ve had the flu one time in 10 years, and a bronchitis episode once after sweeping up a dusty basement without ventilation: Not bad for an old guy. I still have a cast iron stomach and I can eat like a teenager, although I’m not as active as I was then so I have to watch how much I eat.
I have no prescriptions, I don’t take anything over the counter, but I do need to lose a few pounds. There isn’t anything new about that, I’ve been on this cycle for years: My pants get a little too tight and I lose 20 or 30 pounds and restart the process. Several years later, I do it again. Last time, I used the junk food diet (of my own creation). I ate anything I wanted: chips, hot dogs, burgers, processed junk of all kinds, but nothing after dinner. I lost enough weight doing that to drop a couple of sizes, and I’m still in those sizes, but I threw away all of the larger sizes, so it’s time to reduce again.
See, I’m doing great!
So why does this little voice in the back of my head keep saying, “Don, you know this is going to catch up with you, right?”
My answer is always the same: “Yes, but I’m not going to let that happen because one of these days I’m going to get this all sorted out and figure out how to eat properly and responsibly.”
That annoying little voice always wants the last word… “Don, didn’t you publish a post 3 years ago that said ‘tomorrow’ never comes because it’s always ‘Today’? Didn’t you also write that ‘one of these days’ is just like ‘tomorrow’, a philosophical illusion that never comes?”
“Didn’t you just say that your body is a gift from God and that you should take care of it as a simple matter of good stewardship?”
“I’m not listening to you anymore!”
Am I the only one who has to deal with such an irritating and contentious little voice in their head?
There is however, a catalyst this time around: My wife needs to follow a certain dietary course because of her health concerns, and since I’m the main cook around here, it might just be easier to consider doing the same thing she’s supposed to be doing. Yeah, sadly that would be more practical, but what she’s supposed to be doing, and which she sometimes actually does, is rather extreme; it’s called “Forks Over Knives” and was recommended by her Endocrinologist. On the other hand, we have friends who are doing the opposite and, actually, my daughter is as well, and they are reporting great results. The one they’re doing is the Keto Diet which to me, sounds like certain death.
They are complete opposites that appear to make the same claims about the results; who can make any sense about that?
So, here’s what I’ve decided to do: I will look into both of them and tell you what I learn.
Or I could just lose my pounds by my tried and true method: Eat less and move around more: 30 pounds, 30 days− easy money. I’ve done that at least a half-dozen times…
But then in a few years I’ll be right back where I am now, so I’ll look into the subject just to shut that little voice up.
All right then, that’s what I’ll be writing about this week in my second post: Stewardship and the Human Body. I’d be very pleased to hear any insights or experiences that you have had with this subject, or with either of the approaches I’ve mentioned already; see you next time when we’ll take a look at the documentaries for Forks Over Knives and Keto.