Tuesday, March 1, 2011

100 Calorie-Sized Debate and "Reshaping It All" Review

In a world that hammers the message “Go Green” into our heads, why must food be packaged in 100 calorie-sized sacks? This question crossed my mind last night as I saw yet another commercial for a snack pre-packaged to fit our caloric intake. It’s ironic that we go through the drive-thru and “super-size” our meals only to open our cupboards and find chips, cookies, etc. in smaller containers than they were years ago. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of “going green?”

On the one hand it sure is convenient to grab and go. And it’s easier to stop eating when you hit the bottom of the bag than try to stop part way through. On the other hand, are we wasting our money and contributing to society’s trash problems?

Why this dichotomy?
  • Laziness?
  • Lack of self-control?
  • Or is it smart to know our limits and work within them in this manner?
I don’t know the answer for everyone. I know our family does not have the resources to purchase large quantities of food in small-sized packages. So, for us, it’s usually not an option. (Although I promote taking a small portion from the larger bag and putting the “rest” away before eating that portion.)

This subject begs another question. Have we been so spoon-fed that we don’t have to exercise self-control? And if self-control is not necessary, is our relationship with God hindered?

So while I would say there are times when pre-packaged foods are acceptable and even helpful, wouldn’t the requirement of self-control, which is a fruit of the Spirit, draw us closer to God and therefore, allow for molding us into His image? This, in turn, creates an environment where others are attracted to Christ in us. Isn’t that the goal?

Just some thoughts to ponder.

Book Recommendation: Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure
Remember Kirk Cameron’s little sister? She played DJ on Full House. Candace is now married with three children, and her passion is faith and fitness. After a bout with bulimia, Candace turned to Jesus for help and guidance in the physical area of life. The book combines Candace’s biography with her spiritual journey to physical wellness. I like this book because Candace connects our walk with the Lord to our eating habits. She lists reasons why she became bulimic and the answers to freedom. At the end of each chapter, Candace gives a summary statement, answers questions from her fans, and furnishes practical steps toward reaching goals. Additionally, she provides a healthy, yet tasty, recipe. As a person who likes concrete steps, I welcome these little “extras.” I thought the book got better as it progressed. I especially appreciated the chapter in which she encourages us to not just practice a positive physical lifestyle, but pass it on to our children.

Housekeeping: I love comments and this post creates lots of room for commenting. However, I may not join in the discussion because I will be in the hospital for a few days and then down and out recovering from back surgery. Be sure to come back next week, though, because a very talented writer has agreed to guest blog.

1 comment:

Laura said...

Thanks for the great post, Barb! I'll be praying that all goes well with your back surgery and recovery.