Eat Food| Not Too Much| Mostly Plants.

This is the book I’m reading right now.  It’s so fascinating I’m having a hard time putting it down.  It’s a sequel of sorts, to Pollan’s ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’ but gives further practical advice on how to avoid the evils (and there are many) of the Western diet.

As I read In Defense of Food, I get more an more flabbergasted by the lack of public discourse about our eating habits in the West – and especially the lack of discussion about these issues in the Church. 

Sure, I can go into any grocery store and read “low-fat”, “nutrients”, “antioxidants”, and “omega-3” on nearly any product’s face.  But what do they really mean?  And as a follower of the Way of Jesus – do I even need to care? 
My gut reaction is a resounding YES! 
The Omnivore’s Dilemma looks at the industrial, industrial organic, and beyond organic food systems in the USA.  Pollan interviews countless farmers of all different stripes and comes to a few very important conclusions about industrialized food. 
In Defense of Food is exactly that – it explains more of what/how/why we should eat.
As a Church, perhaps we focus a little too much on those blasted “tickets to heaven”, instead of the Kingdom of God.  As a Kingdom People, what should our lives look like?  I can’t help but think that our eating patterns should reflect those Kingdom principles – caring for creation, not letting food consume us, watching our environmental footprints – because inevitably, the decisions that we make here in North America impact the world we live in.  
The dialogue about faith should include food – and where it comes from.  I do think we should blast open the dialogue about food and start talking about some of these things – factory farms and feedlots, the overabundance of food we consume while others in the world starve, and of course, ecology.  If we want to be followers of Jesus’ way, I do think we will start to think about these things and allow the Spirit to move. 

One thought on “Eat Food| Not Too Much| Mostly Plants.”

  1. I especially think that it’s important to Christians to have this discussion about food because… well, one of the primary symbols/sacraments/mysteries of the Christian faith /revolves/ around food! Communion/the Eucharist/our common meal is something that is pretty central in many ways to many Christian communities, and I think that Jesus’s example of sharing food and drink at tables with sinners and saints alike is pretty inspiring.

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