Although I have been on diet since the first day of 2011, only ONE person (bless the wonderful, insightful, aware, and gracious woman) has noticed. But, I don’t let that get to me. I am not doing this for others. I am doing it because I will die a premature death if I don’t. With one heart attack already under my belt (mid-morning, July 1st, 1997) I realized over the last few months of 2010 that I was eating my way to another.
As Charles Finney would say I was “digging my grave with my teeth.”
So, even though you’ve not asked (and also apparently not noticed) I thought it time to reveal my two-part weight loss secret to the world.
Part 1: I saw a book on Facebook entitled What Would Jesus Eat.
Although (brace yourself for a really long sentence) I’ve written “against” the use of those ridiculous WWJD bracelets (see my column under my pseudonym Richard McChurch – you got to use a pseudonym if you knock WWJD bracelets!) and, while I find ALL Jesus Junk (Jesus magnets, bookmarks, stickers, pencils, baseball caps, wall-paper, toothbrushes, deodorant, place-mats, curtains, bobble-heads, and so forth) in Christian Bookstores quite revolting, and while I have a hard time even entering your typical strip-mall Christian bookstore and even though this would have been a book I’d have judged and rejected by its title – I made the purchase. Yes. I bought it. I bought a book I’d typically reject if I did ever see it in the unlikely event I ever entered a so-called Christian bookstore.
I am pleased I did.
The book, by Dr. Don Colbert, offers a fine synopsis of three things:
1. What was available in the region at the time of Jesus.
2. What dietary restrictions He’d have followed.
3. What we know from the New Testament about His life-style (walk, walk, and more walking).
The book does not offer much of a daily diet but is an excellent help in setting some broad parameters for what to eat (grains, fish, fruit, olives, dates, vegetables) and what to avoid (processed foods, sugar, fast foods). (Wait! I had to BUY a book to find this out?)
Part 2: What has REALLY helped the pounds fall off me (which only ONE person has noticed) is a little trick I have developed to help me resist everything I should not eat. I invite you to use my little trick but I will warn you that it can put a strain on relationships.
I call food what it is and I do so loudly and I do so smugly.
Hope this helps you if it is weight loss you are seeking. While I am grateful for all food I find that if I name it what it is it is easier to resist.
“Dead Drugged Pig” (pork), “Executed Drugged Cow” (beef), “Drugged and Throttled Bird” (chicken, turkey) makes meat easy to resist.
If I think of sodas as “Embalming Fluid” I find plain water most attractive. If I call chocolate “Artery Plugs” sucking a carrot is a pleasing alternative.
See, it is all about loudly, smugly naming things.
Who wants to eat old dead drugged chicken that’s been sizzled in used coagulated dead drugged animal fat? Not me!
So long as I name stuff out aloud, and say things like “Funeral Food” when I see a spread of cakes or cookies or doughnuts, I know it does not endear me to many, but it does keep me moving steadily toward unrefined grains and extra-extra-virgin olive oil and whole heads of lettuce sprinkled with oil and vinegar JAJA (Just As Jesus Ate).