I recently got a book recommendation from a friends about food stuffs. It's title was Nourishing Wisdom. I immediately turned to the library to discover I'd have to get it via interlibrary loan. I requested and then waited. It finally showed up a few weeks ago, I started reading. It was pretty good. The book is about food psychology at its core. I was intrigued and hooked.
I learned a ton of different things about myself as I read through the book but as I sit back and let it digest, a few things keep ruminating, so I thought I would share.
My main one is from the very end of the book, when you eat, you are secretly making a pact to continue to live. I love that idea that every time I eat, I'm saying yes to more life. I often think of food as something that's trying to kill me or make me sick, we fight a lot. But I'm hoping this new understanding will help draw a peace between us.
Another thing that I keep pondering is the idea that we crave sweets because we crave sweet encounters with our maker. And that I can actually answer my mouth desires for sweets with a heart encounter with Jesus. This has a lot of potential in my life, because honestly, I love experiencing sweet. It's one of my favorite flavors. I'll take sweet over just about any food experience. If my body could handle it without getting sick, I'd only eat sweets :-) But since I deal with insulin resistance, I'm not looking into the all sweets all the time diet any time soon. But I am planning on adding some more Jesus time into my days :-)
Here's another quote about sweets and artificial sweeteners that I think is spot on. If sweet treats are a substitute for sweet experiences then artificial sweeteners is like buying artificial diamonds with fake money. He quotes a study that found that women that consume artificial sweeteners gain more weight per year than ladies that don't. As if I needed anymore reason to stay away from aspartame.