How to Ditch Fad Diets and Feed the Soul


I woke up this morning with a Bible verse running through my head.

I know, I know.

You probably woke up wondering why you’re alarm didn’t go off or if there was still enough time to get the trash out to the road before the garbage truck came.


Don’t be intimidated by my spirituality. I often have no thought patterns until well after breakfast.

Waking up is a complex process.

So, to experience one clear thought was exhilarating.

I have to confess, the verse was not about

  • the covenant,
  • end times,
  • immaculate conception.

It was about food.

That may have been because I stayed up until 2 in the morning writing about

  1. hush puppies
  2. catfish
  3. frog legs.

Confession -I struggle with food.

Not hand-to-hand combat with lethal dishes of apple pie or stare-down contests with diabolical beef ribs slathered in Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce.

It’s more like the abuse of food.

I use it as an

  • escape from stress.
  • shelter from criticism.
  • distraction from responsibilities.

Sometimes I don’t even taste it. After a while, the pounds start piling on.

I get angry at

  1. skinny people.
  2. calories.
  3. myself.

And I lose the joy of food.

Sure, too much can cause serious illness even death. But, it’s not like smoking or drinking. Total abstinence is not an option.

Fact is- food is a magnificent gift from God.

All you people munching down on cardboard crackers lightly smeared with an artificially flavored fat free cheese, give your head a shake.

I’m not talking about ingredients with names that require a chemistry degree to understand. I’m talking about food with shelf life.

Eat real food.

I know. I am not the poster child (or geriatric pin up model) for body beautiful. I never will be.

That’s fine.

I just want to get healthy, not skinny. Enjoy my food, not force down a skimpy diet of prefab, no flavor substitutes.

Ditch the fad diets. Feed the soul.

Oh, about the verse that ran through my head this morning –

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

No artificial sweeteners. No reduced fat.

Just full flavored goodness.

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