life in recover, day #12,
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
November 25,2015.. I have a very large extended family, who all gather for Thanksgiving at Great Grandma’s house. About 90 of us when we are all there, but these year, it will be quieter, only about 50. Dinner is at 1, a buffet style with sit down at the table, complete with wine glasses and cloth napkins. I have learned that if I am going to eat in any way healthy, paleo, diabetic friendly, I need to bring my own food. So even though I don’t host thanksgiving, I am going to be cooking, just not the bird. I will bring bacon braised kale, a green salad, a sweet potato dish, and sugar free cranberries. Everything else will be covered in cream, or cool whip or cheese. There will be lots of jello. They can even kill a nice vegetable like broccoli by over cooking to mush and then cover it in Velveeta. The turkey will be wonderful. So are the potatoes, but I will pass. The potato flour rolls are really something wonderful, winner of lots of blue ribbons at the county fair, but I can leave them to the masses. I need a game plan. I choose:
* one plate (and a modest size one at that)
* one layer (no piling up food three or four stories high!
* one serving (no seconds)
* no triggers
The point of the gathering is to talk to people, and I don’t always see eye to eye, or eye to gun eye piece, with all of them. I will be remembering this lovely quote “We exist because God is infinitely beautiful, infinitely good, and overflowing with a love that seeks to share itself. When he made us and placed us in this glittering created world, it was an act of pure generosity.”-from True Radiance. God made cousin Brett, too. I will remember that.
You who are young, be happy while you are young,
and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart
and whatever your eyes see,
but know that for all these things
God will bring you into judgment. — Ecclesiastes 11:9
“Whether you are a Christian or a Jew, if you have accepted God as your King, you have committed to living your life according to God’s will. This means taking the moral high-ground even when it might be easier to lower your standards. It means doing the right thing even when it is unpopular. It means being generous and kind even when you are tired and spent.In Ecclesiastes King Solomon is addressing the young person in us all — the young man or woman who wants to have fun and do whatever he or she wants. It’s the teenager inside who never grew up and who values immediate gratification without a thought to the ramifications. To that part of us, Solomon said, “Go ahead. Do whatever you want. Follow your desires. No one is forcing you to accept the yoke of God’s Kingdom.”However, the verse doesn’t end there. It continues, “but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.” No one will force us to live a moral and ethical life, but as the verse warns, there will be consequences for our behavior. Though they may not be immediate, and while it may seem at times that the wicked flourish, there is judgment day for us all. At that time, righteousness will be rewarded while wickedness will endure harsh consequences.” (can I look at the chronic nature of Diabetes as a consequence? I would rather think that God is an opportunist, who is taking advantage of my free will and consequences. )”The Jewish sages share the following parable in reference to this verse. A bird was confined to its cage. Another bird came and said, “You must be so happy to have all your food given to you without having to look for it!” The confined bird replied, “How pitiful! You see my food, but you cannot see the bars on my cage.”Among the lessons in this parable is that if we think living a life unbound by morality or God’s will is better, we aren’t seeing the full picture. If we look at a little slice of life, we might see non-believers having a grand old time. However, we don’t see the cage. We don’t see the unhappiness and unhealthy side of living a life without self-restraint. We also don’t see the final judgment. Today, see the big picture and know that though serving God may be difficult at times, the reward is unimaginable and the benefits unfathomable”- Rabbi Eckstein.(apply this to food- if I think that eating unrestrained, with no boundaries is better, I am not seeing the big picture. Eating this way will feel better, be healthier. Food boundaries are good restraints.) "The solution isn't more willpower - it's creating a system for your diet". –paleo diet
Today’s verse. “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”. 1 Corinthians 10:31