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I love Tex-Mex. I love enchiladas, tacos and chili. In fact, I love hamburgers. I don’t love the weight I put on eating such food. That is why I started following Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live. He gives the science that stands behind a mostly vegetarian diet. You can be vegan or not, it depends on how much weight you need to lose and the choices you need to make for your health. Yesterday I participated in a hamburger cook to raise money for Andrew Heard’s fight against cancer. (Andrewbheard.com) I made an exception to my diet. I ate a hamburger. That night, my wife made vegetarian fajitas. Tonight, she is making vegetarian chili. The health benefit comes by eating more vegetables. If you think of the food pyramid, the base should be vegetables with meats, sugars, starches and fats as the minimum part at the top.

I think some people recoil at the idea of eating vegetables because they think they will taste horrible. The reality is that taste is learned. You can retrain your taste. For some time now my wife and I have removed most of the sugary sweetness from our food. We eat oatmeal, for example, with no additives except fruit. As a result, we have learned to enjoy food that is less sweet. We have also learned to enjoy the flavor of vegetables, even some which are raw. I remember eating a salad one day and noticed how sweet the carrot tasted. A month ago, I would have thought the carrot was bitter. Celery also has a sweetness. Yet, even if you cannot subscribe to loving raw vegetables, you can always add spices and still enjoy veggies. Add chili and give a Southwest flavor to the meal. What I know is that since we have been eating mostly vegetables, our weight had been coming off and we both feel healthier.

As Christians we are free. We are free in what we choose to eat. This choice of food is not a religious issue unless our eating habits leads to such ill health we are no longer able to serve God well. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, as the Apostle Paul said. It would make good sense that we take good care of that temple by avoiding excessive weight. God can supply the self-discipline to help us choose to eat wisely. If you need to lose weight, let me encourage you. You can retrain your taste buds to enjoy a different group of foods – i.e. vegetables.

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