Wheat, Meat and Sweet

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Drink coffee. Don’t drink coffee. Eat chocolate. Don’t eat chocolate. Or meat. Or bread. Or… What’s a body to do? It’s January again, the month of resolutions, many of them regarding what we put into our mouths. The information out there regarding healthy eating is a bit contradictory, but here are a few facts that seem pretty reliable to me:

  • We have a responsibility to take care of the bodies God has given us.
  • Most of us need to eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Surprisingly, plants have plenty of protein, calorie for calorie, (not ounce for ounce) when compared to meat. We don’t really need to have chicken on that Caesar salad every time, as long it’s a big enough salad.

And so, my husband and I have embarked on yet another journey toward healthier eating. We’ve moved closer than ever to what’s often touted as the “Daniel Diet.” That means we:

  • Go light on wheat, limiting our carb-heavy foods to a couple of daily helpings of whole grains (think brown rice, oatmeal or whole grain bread) or sweet potatoes.
  • Go light on meat. It’s still on the menu for us, but in smaller quantities and not every day.
  • Go light on sweet. I keep “goodies” out of the house most of the time. Still, tonight we are going out on the town, and I plan to eat dessert. (Well, half a dessert. Steve and I will share.)
  • Go heavy on fruits and veggies. Once you cut back on the three items mentioned above, this becomes a natural habit. We eat lots of soups, salads, and roasted vegetables (with garlic and rosemary!).
  • Eat a small handful of nuts most days.
  • Eat about a cup of beans (often in soup or salad) most days.

Surprisingly, our meals are more interesting and more satisfying than they were this time last year. And we’re feeling great. So, if you’re looking for a simple way to upgrade your eating habits, just remember to lighten up on “wheat, meat and sweet.” If in doubt, consider giving this plan a try for a month. And if you want a few of my recipes, all you have to do is ask.

May God be glorified in all that we do, even in our eating and drinking! Next week, back to the usual sort of essay, entitled “A Shot in the Arm.” Thanks for reading. I welcome your comments.

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