I have been blessed with a good metabolism, and I confess that I have taken it for granted for many years – all my life, in fact. Well, as I get closer and closer to 50, I bet you can guess what has happened! Still, I don’t obsess over weight – it’s just a number. It’s more how I look and how I feel in my clothes that concern me most. I recently went to the doctor. Of course, one of the first things they do when the nurse brings you back is to have you step on the scale. Well, this last time I went, I was in for a shocker! Yikes. In the last year or two, I’ve gained ten pounds. It’s not a huge deal in and of itself, however, if I keep on the same pattern, I could be in trouble a few years down the road.
Anyway, I decided to do the “Special K” diet. Just as the advertisement says, I eat a bowl for breakfast, a bowl for lunch and a “sensible dinner.” Why do I tell you all this? This is not a nutrition/diet website. I bring it up, because I’ve tapped into something sort of “spiritual” through this experience. In eating the same thing over and over again, it has greatly simplified my eating – and shopping for groceries – at least for myself.
In Louisiana, a popular saying is, “We don’t eat to live; we live to eat.” It’s sad, but true in many cases. Eating a simple diet has made life easier in that I don’t think about what I will put in my mouth next. It’s already decided. It has given me a renewed sense of empathy for those around the world who do not (because of poverty or illness) have the food choices that most of us do. It has turned my focus from eating for pleasure to eating for sustenance. It has made me more aware of the blessing inherent in each bite of food that I consume. Just like God feeds the tiny sparrows, He feeds us as well. When I’m eating unconsciously, popping whatever looks good into my mouth, thanking God for the blessing of sustaining nourishment seems farther from my mind.
I knew that simplicity was something to be desired in other aspects of life in order to grow closer to God, but I had no idea that eating simply could also bring spiritual awareness and benefits. I suppose this is some of the wisdom behind the practice of fasting! I know that disciplining the will is part of fasting as well – something that I definitely need to practice.