Do we really need two eggs?
Do we really need two eggs?
The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down. Proverbs 21:20, NIV.
I am not a dietitian. I am a consumer who is learning about himself and how to eat healthy.
I have been wanting to lose some weight for the last couple years. I tried different programs or systems to include the infamous NS and JC, one neutral and the other titled with a name of a woman. Can you guess the systems? They are good programs or systems but I lost interest in the both of them as I was eating the same thing or felt like I was eating the same thing over and over again. I actually lost a good amount on JC, but it just became too expensive. So, now I am participating in another program, one with a coach and educational material. Is it working? I have lost 10-11 pounds quickly and that was primarily water loss. I am slowly losing weight by the choices I am making. The system has changed the way I think.
I am currently eating every two to three hours, primarily with 100-110 calories with one exception. I have a lean and green dinner, which can range between 400-500 calories. All together I should be eating 1200 calories a day—only because I am not running or exercising. I am sure I would add calorie intake if I was exercising. I like the program because it seems educational. For instance, experientially I am finding out that I usually have joint pain if I go off the plan and make a choice that includes bad carbohydrates. I eat the bars, shakes, and some of the other food products from the company. I like them, tasty…with some exception.
This is what I learned so far about myself (applicable to the rest of humanity): (1) I ask myself, do I really need two eggs? Do I really need a donut or two, or three? No, to all of it. There is a difference between what I really need and what I want. I only need one boiled egg to get me to the next two-three hours when I will eat again. (Ok, sometimes a toasted bagel may join the egg, but I am wondering if I really need it). (2) Most of the time I eat what I want because I can. It is an attitude of privilege and because of that “attitude” I had become obese, impacting my health. Think about it…it is strictly because “we can” eat what we want when we want and usually it is because we are tired and on an emotional roller coaster in life. Yes, eating unhealthy food that is not good for us is all about comfort. And marketing. Do soft drinks, full of sugar, really quench our thirst? No, just makes us thirstier. By the way, why do we call "soda pop" (cans/bottles of water mixed with various chemicals) "soft" drinks when they are hard to the stomach?
I will be honest and tell you I may order two eggs when I visit a restaurant or I may not. I think it is important to our own health that we consider the primary question when it comes to eating, “Do I really need this?” See, some will say, “no, but I still want it… (Why?) …because I can afford it and I want it, it gives me comfort.” Isn’t that an attitude of privilege? People make money off of our attitudes and privilege.
My hope is that I will order what I need and enjoy the food knowing that I am working on losing the unwanted burden of our fallen world. I do know this, no more “hop” for me- nothing but sugar and too much of that. No more BK or McDs and absolutely no more fast “Americanized” Asian food—you know the one with the drive through. I will end with this one disclaimer. You may see me one day at a restaurant and I may be eating something that I shouldn’t, my hope is that I am not as heavy as I am now and that I can afford a little “play food” as I fellowship with others…I just don’t want to overeat or eat unhealthy food to be a practice of life for me.
© Dan Kinjorski, 2019
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Dan is in a second career, that of Counselor, but he is a pastor at heart. He desires to present the Word of God in its context and then challenge the reader in its application to our lives. It is the Word of God that brings revival to our souls. The psalmist writes, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.
Dan and Maribel Kinjorski
Dan and Maribel are Bible Teachers. They love to expound on the Word of God. Maribel has been involved in Church since an early age. A graduate of the University of San German, Puerto Rico, in Business Administration and Economy. Dan is a graduate of East Coast Bible College (now shuttered) and the Pentecostal Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity (1999) , Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2019), and now working on a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology: Counseling Education and Supervision.