Lunch

Posted: April 29, 2008 in Lessons

So this is lunch today: lean turkey, lowfat cheese, on wheat bread, with some sweet peas on the side and a nice banana – topped off by a nice bottle of water. This is what a hiatal hernia will get you.

But it’s a nice lunch don’t you think? I mean, it tasted good.

I’m now taking medicine four times a day. I have to take the medicine either one hour before eating or two hours after, and I’m not supposed to eat within three hours of bedtime. So you do the math. Even though I’m getting up at 5:30am and going to bed at 10:30pm, I’m eating three times a day. Period.

No more tomato-based foods or anything spicy. No fried or fatty foods. No citrus anything. No caffeine. No chocolate, and for some reason, nothing peppermint or spearmint.

But you can have lean turkey, lowfat cheese, on wheat bread, with some sweet peas on the side and a nice banana – topped off by a nice bottle of water.

I’m not complaining. Much. I actually appreciate the kick-start toward being healthy. I’m just headstrong enough to do it.

It does have me to thinking, however. I think we all need to learn how to fast. I used to say that I could not (literally) go to bed without eating a snack – which is a ridiculous thing even to say. Of course I can, and I will from here on out. But we live in a culture that tells us we never have to do without anything. And how unhealthy is that?

Maybe if we learned to fast.

Maybe if we started as children learning how to intentionally go “without” it wouldn’t kick us so hard when we learn that this is a necessary part of life.

And maybe we’d be able to live our whole lives for something more important than satisfying our fickle cravings.

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