We spend a lot of time dealing with fear in our lives. We run from fear, hide from fear, and try to conquer fear. Maybe it’s simply because we don’t understand fear’s purpose, and we’ve just been letting it run amuck instead of using it for what it was meant for. Instead of being the Grim Reaper, what if fear was actually our partner? And, what if its whole purpose in our lives was to help us navigate through without getting ourselves killed?
You know how you make those little mini-resolutions several times a year to “eat healthy” and “lose weight” and “give up potato chips” and “stop eating fast food”?
First of all, why do you keep making those same resolutions over and over? Well, because presumably, they didn’t work the first time.
And why didn’t they work the first time? Because, as hard as you tried, you kept craving the very foods you were trying to give up. And what about those “healthy” foods you were supposed to be eating instead? Ha! You wanted nothing to do with those cardboard, tasteless, sorry excuses for food! Right?
Think about it. You were good the first day. You made it through without one, single potato chip, one ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie, or one greasy, cheesy, yummy piece of pizza. You were SO proud of yourself! You even made it through the second day okay. Heck, maybe even the first week.
But then… dun dun duuuuuun…
You’re sitting there innocently, eating your healthy salad like a good, disc...
Do you know that the process of digestion takes more vital energy than any other bodily process? Even exercise! When we eat one or two food groups at a time, say protein and vegetables, the body can easily break down those foods, separate the vitamins and nutrients it needs from the waste it doesn't need, and leave you feeling energized to do other things. But give it a meal like that crazy holiday ensemble and it pretty much has to shut down business for any other bodily activities until it can attend to that mess in your gut. And, I do mean mess!
Because at this point, the meal is not providing you any nutritional value. It's only providing a mess to be broken down and discarded. It's kinda like when you drop a jar of peanut butter in the grocery store - Clean up on aisle six! How can you get any value out of food that's lying spilled on the floor?