Just got back from walkin’ off yesterday’s leg routine on the treadmill! My thighs are not happy with me after the incline leg presses Michael had me do yesterday with my feet high and wide on the platform; that’s an excellent inner thigh exercise, FYI!
To rebuild and refuel my body – something we should do every 3 to 4 hours – I’m having a sweet potato and an organic chicken breast. I realize you probably couldn’t care less about what I’m currently consuming, but I mention my lunch because eating is the subject of this here series of posts! 😉
I took a nutrition course in college, and along with educating me about macro and micronutrients, etc. at the intended intellectual level, it also fed me spiritually (no pun intended). I know that sounds loco, but it’s true! I began to marvel at God’s cornucopia created and renewed daily to nourish, protect, and be enjoyed by all of us. If we stop and think about it, the fact that He color-coded fruits and vegetables based on their nutrient profile is pretty astonishing…
Many red foods contain lycopene, which lowers women’s chances of developing lung, breast, and stomach cancers and men’s risk of prostate cancer. Blue/purple foods are high in flavonoids, which make our blood vessels healthier, thus lowering our risk of heart disease. By seeing that my sweet potato is orange, I know it contains beta-carotene, which maintains the lining of my organs and lowers my risk for heart disease and certain cancers. It’s also been shown to stop or prevent the development of age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.
The Darwinians out there may conclude that the color-vitamin connection is simply the result of millions of years’ worth of evolutionary processes. But what about foods’ shape-function connection? Maybe I and other like-minded believers are being overly attentive to our vegetables’ appearances, but it seems apparent that a Supreme Being, not natural selection, ingeniously designed and engineered this planet’s food sources to actually look like the organs and parts they’re made to bolster.
I encourage you to do the following: next time you slice open a tomato, look at it carefully and ask yourself what it resembles. It’s red. It’s round. It has four chambers… That’s right, it’s like a heart! And guess what! Lycopene is an inhibitor of heart disease! Cool, huh?
Check this out: if you just had a baby and want to shed some lb’s, you have a choice between eggplants, pears, and avocados to help you do so. Each of those foods resembles a cervix and the womb and helps you lose weight and balance your hormones! And a bit of interesting trivia: it takes 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit! 😉
I could go on, but I encourage you to look at your dinner salad or flip through a cook book and notice the shapes and colors of the ingredients. You might find Your Maker’s fingerprint there…
‘Til next time…
Stay fit, stay faithful ~<3 Di
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” –Romans 1:20