Good Food, Bad Food, I just want the Food (“Fed Up” Documentary Response)

So I knew about bad eating, I also knew about good eating. I knew pop is bad and the more ingredients there is (with longer names, that you don’t understand) the more likely that its bad for you.

But something about this documentary, scared the sugar out of me. After watching this, I wanted to purge myself of everything I’ve ever eaten, EVER.

It was like something finally clicked in my brain, and I realized I have to not only change the way I eat, but the way I view food. I can’t only focus on the taste of the food but what the effects putting it in my body might be.

If you are not aware, Fed Up is a documentary (which is now available on Netflix) about the obesity epidemic in America. It focuses on the food industry’s (negative) connection to the issue and how food companies are only making things worse for the consumer. You always have to be careful with documentaries to not absorb it without a filter, because they are naturally want to sell or promote a specific idea. While the documentary keeps berating the food industry, it does throw in some education along the way.

The documentary has caused me to change how I view the food I eat, and has made me start checking the labels way more. It also made me rethink my weight loss approach:

  1. Casual exercise won’t give results. Have to go hard
  2. Eating better, life giving, foods is a must
  3. Eating less will go along way
  4. I am the owner of my food choices.

Eating out isn’t completely off the table, but I need to order way smarter and portion control myself. Discipline with food is a key. You don’t really think about disciplining the way you eat because eating isn’t inherently bad. But with food so readily available, and so heavily processed, using discipline is a must (definitely if you went to Taco Bell every other day in college).

In the end this is a lifestyle and not just a temporary fix. I don’t want to live my life in a hospital or nursing home waiting for diabetes to kill me. I know Jesus heals and that he can take away any disease, but there is a responsibility that one should have and not just carelessly lean on God to fix their messes. I don’t want to be like that, I want to prevent the problem so I don’t have to worry about fixing it later.

So here is to good eating!

My Energy Boosters

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “On the Edge

We all have things we need to do to keep an even keel — blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?

What is my sanity booster? I love blogging and writing. I also love reading and watching Netflix, but I can’t do those at the same time though. I love hanging out with my friends and my wife. All these are great ways to keep my level and to keep my energy up. God created me in a way that my desires are to write and read and fellowship with people. I enjoy thinking and having quiet. Not that I don’t like loud spaces (I was in a rock band, I know loud), but to regain some energy I need quiet.

The best times spent in quiet I have found is when I praise God for what he has done in my life. Yeah I can write and read and those do have a great impact on me but nothing quenches my soul like talking to God. Sometimes it isn’t easy, either my flesh doesn’t want to or my calendar is telling me I don’t have time; my soul and mind know that spending time with God makes the greatest impact more than anything.

My soul is most at peace when I connect to God and hear from him. He is truly a Fountain of Living Water.

Psalm 46:

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”

Revelation 21:6

“And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.”