Excuse Me This, Excuse Me That . . .

Some visualize Jesus as a robotic personality who never showed much emotion. But while on earth, our Lord experienced friendships, joy, pain, loss, exhaustion. In other words, he recognizes and feels the challenges of everyday life. But did he offer excuses??? No.

He also got righteously angry upon seeing his Holy Temple in Jerusalem misused. So how do you think Jesus feels when he sees us destroying our bodily temple of the Holy Spirit? Probably the same.

As a counselor I get frustrated with excuses too. Here’s a sample of what I’ve listened to over the years and what I’d offer as an alternative, practical solution to overcome them:

“If I don’t eat right, I can simply take a vitamin pill” Our bodies work within a fascinating team environment. Vitamins and minerals need food in conjunction with each other to produce optimal efficiency. For example; iron should be consumed with vitamin C for maximum absorption, (try tomato sauces with meat). Calcium, Magnesium and potassium work together for electrolyte balance . . . and so on. Without food, vitamins aren’t effective, so eating junk and then popping a vitamin won’t succeed and you’ll be wasting your money.

But without fat, food doesn’t have flavor” Oh, really? Well then, open a Crisco can and dig in. It’s herbs and seasonings that give flavor to food. Avoid heavier fat items such as ice cream or whole milk for a while and you’ll taste the difference when you resume. (Fat coats the tongue, thus no flavor after awhile.)

Garlic, onions, mustard, curry, oregano, sage, thyme, cumin, lemon, even wine and vinegar enhance food flavor. Try adding vinegars, especially balsamic vinegar, to pasta sauces. Sure, use real butter, but use less of it.

“I have no time to eat right” By the time you get to the fast food joint, get out of your car, get in line, order, wait around, pay for your order, get back into your car, drive home, change into something comfortable, get your place settings out, get drinks and sit down, you could have pounded a chicken schnitzel, popped a few baked potatoes in the microwave, created a salad and have relaxed with a glass of wine! So don’t give me that excuse!!

“It’s too expensive to eat right” See above. For the amount you paid for that bucket of chicken, you could have purchased spinach, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, radishes, any meat on sale, potatoes and a loaf of French bread and had leftovers! Search store circulars and choose sale items from that week. As my mother said, “You can have anything you want . . . and this is what you want.”

“I have no time to exercise!” Listen, I know you’re tired after a tough day at work. Exercise revives you! Do you watch TV at night? During the commercials use stretchy bands or lift small hand weights. One of my patients peddled her stationary bike while watching Jeopardy each evening. Have children? On weekends, get them involved! Dance with them, rake and jump in leaves, play Simon Says, walk the dog, go to the park, throw the ball around. Your children will forever cherish those memories with you.

 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus didn’t offer excuses. Are your excuses more important than HIS were? He went to the cross because he thought you and I were worth it. Respect Christ’s choice and let’s choose to honor God with our bodies.

“for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)

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12 thoughts on “Excuse Me This, Excuse Me That . . .

  1. There is always time for everything.
    I would just disagree about fat. About two-thirds of the human brain is fat, and 20 percent of that fat is a very special essential omega-3 fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA. DHA is critical to the development of the human cortex and allows us to have well-performing brain. It is especially critical for child’s brain development.
    For people who choose vegan diets, it is important to know that plant foods contain no DHA. The omega-3 fatty acid found in plant foods like flax, walnut and similar, is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Clinical trials show that it is difficult for the adult human body to make DHA out of ALA.
    I personally relate the extremely high rates of Alzheimer’s and dementia to the many decades when people have been avoiding fat.
    I eat only real butter and while I am not obsessed with meat, I have it some 3-4 times a week. I always consume everything as close to natural as possible (no added stuff, no free-of something) and cook from scratch. I’ve never changed my weight and size since I was 21, and I do not exercise because of all fractures I had in accident and surgeries to fix them, but I am walking and working a lot in the garden.
    I love only normal food with fat, always have.
    I have also a lot of confidential information from clinical trials about supplements. Since their formula is never the same what occurs in nature, they all cause problems, including cancers (overuse of synthetic vitamin E), kidney failure (overuse of vitamin D), kidney stones and plague on arteries (synthetic calcium), the list goes on and on.
    Your advice is very good, I’d just like people to focus on gardening and growing their own food or buying it only at good places and farmer’s markets from seller who you either trust or know.

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    • Thank you Inese for your comment. When God created the World, He created all things Good. Man messed it up. Omega 3s,6s and 9s are essential for good mental health as well as bodily wellness, Restrictive diets were never originally in God’s Plan but you recognize how much mankind makes idols out of food. “Their God was there belly . . .” Philippians 3:19. There are false diet gurus everywhere stating “eat this only and this restrict this group.

      Have you ever seen the movie Lorenzo’s Oil? That movie will assure you how important good fat is toward ultimate wellness. Good fat allows our critical and vital myelin sheath and telomeres to do the talking for our bodies. Fat has an essential purpose.

      But have you ever seen a Paula Dean or Trisha Yearwood food show? Oh my gosh – I was shocked at how much butter they included in their recipes (probably 65%) That’s NOT healthy! Health, not weight loss is the most important aspect of wellness. Blessings back,

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