Monday, January 3, 2011

So, an explanation

So the next three weeks, the food on here will be drastically different... It will be vegan... Why vegan, you ask? Well, I'll tell you!

My husband and I are joining our church in what is called the "Daniel fast." The fast is based off of a passage in the Bible:

Daniel 10:2, 3 “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”

My husband and I will be fasting with our church from today through January 23rd. We consider this fast to be like our monetary tithe that we give to God with every paycheck. A tithe is basically 10% of your income, but we are called in the Bible to give the FIRST 10%, not the second or third. God wants the first fruits of our blessings. He should get it anyway, because without Him we wouldn't have been blessed!! So our church collectively decided to give up the first fruits of our year!

We are giving up meat, dairy, and all the fine foods (anything processed, like bleached flour, pasta that isn't whole grain, white rice, refined white sugar, etc). Those things aren't good for our bodies anyway, and yet in America they have taken control over our lives. We let our taste buds and desire for those fine things rule what we eat, and that shouldn't be how it works. So we are also taking control over what goes into our bodies and not letting our desires rule what we consume.

I am hoping that this fast will not only help us in the short-term but become a way of life in some aspects, like avoiding certain processed foods and limiting the intake of refined products that have no nutrients.

So, if you read all of that, you get a gold star!!! Thank you to my faithful readers, as you stick with me through this difficult 3 week span coming up! I don't know what I'm going to cook but here's hoping it's interesting!!!

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