I love to eat. In recent years, it has been showing a bit more than in the past.
One of my challenges, when it comes to food, other than the fact that I live in a place of overabundance and a culture of overindulgence, is that I have a touch of hypoglycemia. Low blood sugar, that is. Hypoglycemia isn’t mere hunger pangs and gastro-growling. Hypoglycemia manifests itself in things like blurring of vision, headache, jitteriness, and irritability. When it hits, I’ll grab just about anything besides what I should since the craving for sugar is my body’s way to sustain life, even though it may be temporary.
Temporary, because, as many people may not realize, although sugar will raise your blood sugar quickly, it does not sustain it. In fact, the body’s natural production of insulin will fluctuate in such a way that is quite unhealthy when I merely treat the hypoglycemia by answering my immediate cravings.
By contrast, the intelligent thing to do is to sustain a healthy blood sugar by eating foods high in protein. Fast-acting carbs (orange juice, pop, candy), will drive up the blood sugar level, but it’s the protein (meat, cheese, peanut butter, etc.) that sustains it. Even better is to leave off much (most) of the rapid-acting carbs and eat slower-acting carbohydrate like whole grains, followed by protein.
Besides that, our American idea of three squares a day—breakfast, lunch and supper—is really not the way to go. Smaller and more frequent meals, or quality snacks between meals, is also helpful (or, in my case, needful) to promote this consistency that helps maintain a steady blood glucose, making me more alert, active, and—important point—effective.
Thus, I graze throughout the day…
Which brings up a practical thought, spiritually that is.
At this writing, I’m sitting on my couch wrapped in soft blanket in the quiet of our family room on a Sunday morning eating my (very high-quality, multigrain) oatmeal. Pure luxury. Praying and reading in this environment is a gift I tend to take for granted. But then…
…it will soon be time to get moving into society, whether it be church, or Monday morning work, or kids, or whatever. And what I’ve eaten spiritually had better sustain me, at least to get started. But is it reasonable for me to expect my morning time with God to keep me going strong throughout the whole day?
I propose “spiritual snacking”, grazing on God throughout the day. Just like I strategically place healthy snacks in my office, I can also be strategic in placing tidbits of God where I can reach for Him easily when my heart/mind/soul are low, rather than indulging in things that may feel safe for the moment, but only make me crash later, like taking offense, self-pity, or worry.
“But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.”
Jude 1:20-21 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.