Look at my baby.

Isn’t she amazing? I’ll tell you more about her later.
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What are YOU eating?

Last night, I watched Food, Inc., a documentary about the food industry in North America.

Wow. I may never eat meat again, and I’m definitely planting a garden this year.

If you haven’t seen it, you should. It will change the way you think about eating and shopping for food, and it will make you see some companies in a very different light.

And for the record, that was a veggie burger I had for lunch. Beef is DEFINITELY off the menu.

PS: Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping MANA reach 10,000 fans on Facebook! You saved children’s lives.

Will you join me?

There are two ways I would appreciate your help today. One will help children who have no food; one will help children whose bodies cannot process the food they have.

MANA is an organization that provides nutrient enhanced peanut butter to mothers in third world countries so that their babies will not die of starvation. If their Facebook page can get 10,000 people to “like” it before tomorrow, they will receive a $10,000.00 donation. They still need 2400 fans, so if you haven’t already done this, please do it now. How often do we have a chance to save someone’s life just by clicking a mouse a couple of times?


Second, I have registered to lead a team at next fall’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk in Little Rock. If you would like to raise a small bit of money and walk with us, we would love to have you on our team. You can join my team online and fund raising is easy. The walk is scheduled for September 18 so you have plenty of time find a few sponsors.

I hope you’ll consider at least one of these easy ways to help others. If you can only manage one, please support MANA. It’s seriously just a matter of logging into Facebook, finding their page and hitting “like.” When will it ever be that easy to save a child’s life?

Love you all!

Food for thought


There a many arguments put forward that fasting of the more ancient form is too difficult in the modern world – though I cannot understand the reasoning. We have too much food therefore we cannot refrain from certain foods? We’re too busy to pray? etc.

A thousand years ago there would have been no Christian in the world who did not fast or think of fasting as an integral part of his/her life. It’s growing disappearance is part of a vast sea-change that effected some of the most fundamental understandings of the faith.

It would sound odd to many were I to say, “There is no Christianity without fasting.” But this would not have sounded odd a thousand years ago.

Fasting is not a law. We can certainly be saved without it. We do not earn anything by fasting. But breathing is not a law. I do not recommend a Christian abstain from breathing. Fasting is simply a normative part of the Christian spiritual life – like prayer. It may even be the case that we can be saved without prayer – it’s just that I can’t imagine what that would look like.

Taken from a February entry from Glory to God for All Things, the blog of fatherstephen

Eating again

Not only is that the title of this post, but it’s kind of the story of my life. In addition to my lifelong preoccupation with food that I’ve already written about, now I’m the mom who gets asked, “What’s for breakfast?” as soon as feet hit the floor and “What’s for supper?” as soon as kiddoes are picked up from school. My personal favorite? “What are we doing for lunch?” before we’ve even left the church building on Sunday. God may have rested on the sabbath, but people who prepare food sure don’t get to!

I’m still plowing through this whole eating thing. We eat supper at home more than we don’t and planning, shopping, and preparing is all pretty manageable with the E-Mealz system. Breakfast in our house is typically cereal, yogurt, cheese sticks, and maybe toast or bagels. Since we’ve had to add more protein for Caleb, there are also mornings that I get up and poach eggs in an egg poacher that belonged to my grandmother. I love the memories that come with it and the quickness of getting five eggs started, just walking away, and having them ready in a few short minutes.

So where is the hard part?

Lunch.

I love going out for lunch with friends. I have wonderful friends. WONDERFUL FRIENDS! I love my co-workers and we try to eat together at least once a week. I have other friends who also work on campus and lunch is a great time to get away from campus, away from the office and get a boost of encouragement for facing life again.

Also, I’m not a morning person. I’m doing good to get anything pulled together for breakfast. Asking me to think about LUNCH is really asking me a lot. Because of that, I usually leave the house without anything in hand. There are times when I stock up on frozen lunch things and eat them in the break room, but honestly — I often forget to buy them when I’m shopping.

So then 12:00 rolls around and I have to decide. To eat, or not to eat. That is the question. Usually the choice is to eat, but I’m unprepared. Choice A: going out with friends. Choice B: Something from the student center.

There are several options in the student center, but what I tend to get is the Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme. Oh my word. It is several layers of greasy Tex-Mex wannabe goodness and it is only $2.08 because of my faculty discount. OOH! And most of the time I don’t even have to pay for it right then because I can use my ID and charge it until the end of the month.

Yep — lunch is my downfall. Lack of preparation, the desire to get away, and quick and easy bad-for-me food create an ongoing situation of bad choices from Lisa.

I’ve been thinking about how to make changing my lunch routine (or lack thereof) a fun thing. How can I see this as a joy instead of a task?

I’d love to hear ideas from you. What do you do for lunch if you work away from home? Or better yet, how have you made changing habits a positive and enjoyable thing? I need your help, people!