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Friday, February 11, 2011

Veggy Good

I'm yet to meet a parent who didn't have to say "eat up your veggies before you get up" to their child(ren). I guess even those of us who didn't (& possibly, still don't) like vegetables, believe that it is good for you.   Indeed, "vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber, all of which are crucial for a healthy diet. We are even learning that the more vegetables you eat, the more diseases you ward off."* That's why I'm here... encourage us to love ourselves and go beyond making our children eat up their yours too so they learn from your example.

In my family, we now eat broccoli and a lot of it because one of our children made us come to like and even enjoy it - not sure about how that "reverse parenting" happened but it's a classic example of how you can learn good things from your children.

Let's go past me to the World's best seller - the Bible...I particularly love this passage because of the way it highlights many things including the benefits of vegetables...
When high-potential young men were to be put on a "most desirable" royal menu, Daniel resisted it. Daniel 1: 12-15 tells the rest of the story -  '“Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said. “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.” The attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king.' (NLT)

Now, while encouraging us to eat more vegetables and of course drink lots of water, I need to stress that this is not to lead you into becoming a vegetarian - for 1 simple reason:

I'm not one - and I have a reason for that too - because of God's command in Gen. 1:29: "Then God said, "Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food." (NLT)

The issue about drinking water is another day's story...for now & from now, "please put vegetables in your plate & eat them up - they are "Veggy good" for you. Love them - they'll take care of you.


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