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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Gluten and God

I've been reflecting on a statement a dear Franciscan nun had shared with me.  We were discussing the gluten issue and her thought was: What better way for Satan to attack the christian people, the faithful people, but through he body of Christ.

That got me thinking....

It makes sense in several ways.  It is not Satan who has caused our intolerance to gluten but our own selfishness, greed, gluttony.  He just encourages us to give into our vices, our weaknesses, our gravitating toward sin.  Am I saying wheat is sinful...NO!  But any time we start to put more importance on ANYTHING outside of Christ....well that is sinful!

Thus from this conversation that I had with this wonderful woman....led me to think about the connection of food and faith in an even more interesting way....so take a trip with me on my pondering....

I would imagine at the time of Christ that making bread was a treat.  A person couldn't just go out and buy flour.  They had to hand grind or mill it for themselves.  It took time, labor, love.  A person also had to crop and harvest their own; or at the very least barter with others or go to market.

Further think that grain didn't mean just wheat.  It could have been any grain that was indigenous to that area.

There weren't refinery plants to take out any nutrition.  There wasn't mass productions of growing wheat, thus no altering the plant chemically to make it grow faster, stronger, more, and in an area that it didn't belong.

Think and reflect about what was probably at a dinner table in Jesus' time:

Lots of vegetation, dates, some fruit, nuts, maybe some meat....whole fresh or fermented foods!  Bread wasn't a staple so much as a side...an add on.  I like to think of it more as a condiment.  It was probably used sparingly.

People probably pulled one chunk, maybe two from a loaf or flat bread....but didn't eat the whole thing!

They took just enough to get a taste; to appreciate all the hard work that was put into creating the bread.

Then as man got older over the generations and generations of mankind.....well....we grew in our greed, selfishness, gluttony!

The industrial age did not help.

Now let's take a look at just the science of our body.  It can only handle so much of anything.  Nuts and eggs are a great example.  They are nutritious for us but even they can become intolerant to our body if we indulge in such a way that our body starts to say no more....thus creating an allergy or intolerance.

Take a grain that is ultimately a seed, a baby of a plant, that is being mass produced....stripped of any possible nutritional value....and its being pushed on and in ALL food products.   It is being marketed to us for convenience....to give us more time to spend with family because all we have to do is pick up ready to go foods.

BUT does it really create communion with family?  Does it really give us more time?

NO!

We have as a nation, a people, lost the art of true gathering.  Our own fresh, whole food, real food....has been forgotten.   We must figure out how to create something real from our foods!

We have lost the art of gathering together, of partaking in the breaking of the bread!

We have lost the art of realizing it took time and love to prepare and create this meal, this bread.  Therefore, we must cherish these bites.  We have lost the sense of not over indulging or taking more than our share at one sitting.  We have forgotten to think that there are others at the table who need to partake as well.  There are others all around us who need to partake at the table, the banquet, the feast!

If we just stopped for a moment to think:  if I just take my share, my bite, then we can continue to reap the blessing of coming back to the banquet table each day to grow and strengthen our love and faith with Christ.

THAT IS COMMUNION!
THAT IS SACRIFICE!
THAT IS GENEROSITY!
THAT IS DISCIPLINE!
THAT IS LOVE!

AND...that is what we must fight for!

We must not let Satan steal our hearts and souls.  Don't let Him rob us of our COMMUNION WITH CHRIST!

Tomorrow is a perfect chance TO GIVE THANKS....to celebrate MASS; the true sacrifice...the true partaking of the bread!  And to then go forward in our day...
 to share that miracle,
that LOVE
with others as we gather and feast with...
reverence...
fellowship...
yet also with...
self-control...
discipline...
dignity...
LOVE!!!

***I am thankful to all of you who always let me share my pondering, my thoughts, my reflections on my daily walk of faith.....

Many blessings and prayers to you all during the glorious gathering of Thanksgiving and every day!

~K :)




Monday, November 11, 2013

Paleo: Protein, Power, Peace

I have been wanting to post about some of my favorite sites I go to to continually learn and grow through this amazing lifestyle I have embarked upon for over 3 years now.

It started out as a spiritual journey....that has turned into the most amazing life changing experience for my mind, my body and my soul!

But with this posting I promise to not get drawn out....I will just give all of you my favorite spots I go to for resources: recipes, Q&A, support, etc.  And I will give a summary of why I go to that particular site!

I have two main sites I go to:

balancedbites.com  and everydaypaleo.com

BALANCED BITES:

Understanding the science of food....how it hurts or heals us.
Sugar Detox recipes
Game planning for a sugar detox
excellent podcasts

EVERYDAY PALEO:

Fitness tips
great support as you read about her journey
recipes
mental support
family support

Now I am going to just list all the sites I read and then put them into categories :)....

Elana's Pantry

Excellent source for recipes!!!

Mark's Daily Apple

Excellent source for fitness and the science behind the food.

Food Babe:

Understanding the science about the chemicals in our foods.

Paleo Hacks:

Support forum with other Paleo's
recipes
podcast

Whole 9:

I first learned about this site because of their book "It Starts with Food"

It is truly about getting back to basics...REAL FOOD!  Challenging yourself for 30 days to eat nothing but real food....
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As far as categories are concerned these are how I look for something in each of these categories.  Listed in the order of how I go to them :)....

RECIPES:
Elana's Pantry
BALANCED BITES
EVERYDAY PALEO   ***ironically....I think Sarah Fragosa has amazing recipes...but I have all 3 of her cook books so I go to my hard copies more than the blog site...:)...

WELLNESS OF MIND HEALTH:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES

SCIENCE:
BALANCED BITES
Food Babe
Mark's Daily Apple

FITNESS:
EVERYDAY PALEO
Mark's Daily Apple

GREAT SPOT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PALEO AND SUPPORT:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES
Mark's Daily Apple
Paleo Hacks
Whole 9

MOST FAMILY FRIENDLY:
EVERYDAY PALEO
Elana's Pantry

EXCELLENT PODCASTS TO LEARN MORE AND GREAT GUESTS TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR SITES AND HOW THEY CONTRIBUTE TO THE PALEO/REAL FOOD COMMUNITY:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES
Paleo Hacks

***I am going to finally mention one I haven't really had the chance to delve into the site as much as I would like to yet....but I really enjoyed hearing her interview on Paleo Hacks podcast....Primal Kitchen.

And it was with that podcast and interview that I learned about Eat to Perform.

I don't know much about those last two yet....but I look forward to reading and learning more!

Finally MOVEMENT.....my favorite spot to just watch/read/hear about quick ways to keep my body mobile and intune with how it is suppose to function and work is:  Aligned and Well.  Katy gives great sound science on how our bodies need to be respected.

SUMMING IT UP....

If I absolutely had to choose....

It would go back to the beginning of this post....BALANCED BITES and EVERYDAY PALEO.

And if you still pushed me...

I guess EVERYDAY PALEO would win because it is geared around family....they are both parents they understand the ins and outs of parenthood.

BUT....BALANCED BITES reminds me to be real...and it gives me a feeling of Gilmore Girls...lol....

So....

Those are my top spots for now....

I am continually learning....thus....

The list is continually growing...

I will add as I come across more or as I think of ones I may have forgotten!

Until then....

Many blessings to all of you...

Have a blessed week full of "P" POWER! :)....

~K :)