Today on Facebook, I caught an article by Fooducate (the helpful app for your smart phone). They reported on their blog about the “Facts Up Front” plan, that is supposed to helpful to consumers on making better choices, when buying foods.
Facts Up Front is a nutrient-based labeling system that summarizes important information from the Nutrition Facts Panel in a simple and easy-to-use format on the front of food and beverage packages. Facts Up Front is a voluntary initiative aligned with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines and regulations. If you’ve seen this at all on some packages – it looks like this:
While it’s definitely a START…
BUT…without some other information, most people aren’t going to know if these numbers are too high, or if something is even good for you if they’re not educated.
Moral of the story? If your health is important to YOU (because we know it’s important to HIM who created us!) GET. EDUCATED. about what you’re putting in your body.
We know all ready by looking at a label like these example – 450 calories? That’s a lot. I’m hoping that’s a meal that includes all of the food groups… Not knowing what this is, the sugars is high too (we shoot for under 10 grams). While the fiber is great to know, without knowing the total carbs, you don’t know what the net carbs are? See the holes in this idea?
When I see things like this – I think of how important it is to know all aspects of what you’re looking at:
….and then I think – what else am I going to be consuming WITH this – and how high is this meal total going to go??
Obviously, marketing gurus could use these “helper boxes” to their advantage, and it’s YOU and I that will pay, if we just pay attention to what they spoon feed us. The fact that it’s voluntary and not being fully regulated, could pose a lot of problems as well.
I was reading this past week about the word “NATURAL” not being regulated… while the word Organic is… but even that isn’t always what we think. When you see NATURAL on a product? Aren’t you going to assume that it’s not containing additives? Unfortunately… it really doesn’t mean much at all.
Do you have any “surprises” you’ve unearthed lately that might help us all be more aware as we keep striving to be healthy for Him? Please share!
“God did not keep His own Son for Himself but gave Him for all. Then with His Son, will He not give us all things?” – Romans 8:32
Do you think God cares about what goes into your body?
Do you wish someone would SLAP your hand as you reached for that second something-or-other that you shouldn’t be having… or when you mindlessly put another chip into your mouth only to wonder WHO just ate that, because you KNOW you didn’t???
I’m not sure why over eating, or eating poorly is an accepted sin in this world – but as my eyes have been opened, I began to realize how, as a society, we seem to laugh it off! We actually joke it up about eating way more than we know we need.
It’s accepted, everywhere… even within our own churches… I had CERTAINLY accepted this way of thinking as well.
I began thinking of all of the holidays and events CENTERED around FOOD and drinks. AND… we aren’t talking about the healthiest food, or keeping our portions under control… but rather celebrating OVER eating! We then justify it – because it’s what you’re suppose to do…. after all, there was just SO MUCH GOOD FOOD!!
So… EAT! EAT! EAT! EAT until you feel sick, and then eat some more!
Do you really think that’s how God wants us to act and feel?
I wondered… why couldn’t all holidays and get togethers be like normal days – where I felt able to make the best choices, instead of feeling like I needed to eat like it was my last meal EVER?
Suddenly my perspective was changing… God was literally changing my heart and mind about what it meant to eat healthy for Him! As I read different Scriptures, I began to see God’s Truth in the matter. He was speaking right to me. “Sara, this isn’t the last brownie to be had. One. Is. Enough.”
Just because I loved _____(name whatever food you long for!) didn’t meant it had to rule over me… It was to enjoy, often nourish… and I could be thankful!! Maybe even savor it while I ate it… but be content in NOT having it consume me. I didn’t need to be short-sighted on how it would make me feel AFTERWARDS, when I ate TOO MUCH… physically and emotionally.
Now, I’m not saying I eat perfectly now… because I don’t. I realize we live in a fallen world, but I also don’t use that as an EXCUSE to have no self-control. When I have weaker moments, I continue to draw that strength I need from Him.
God wasn’t asking me to eat 100% perfectly every day, but rather for us to do OUR best for Him.
Quick Tip – for all of your App junkies out there. Fooducate is a great app for comparing food products and getting the low down on why something might healthier than another product. Definitely worth checking out – lots of great information! Do you have a favorite app that has been helpful to your journey to being healthy for Him?
To GOD be the glory!
“It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.” Proverbs 25:27