Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Healthy eating

Yesterday morning we had some friends over for breakfast. As I do with my children, I put out the cereal choices on the counter: Rice Crispies, Mini-Wheats, Corn Chex and Rice Chex. One of the girls eyed the mini-wheats and said:

"We only eat HEALTHY cereal for breakfast."

I quickly pointed out to her that they were all healthy choices, and she could have whatever she wished. She chose the rice crispies, as did her sister. I'm glad she's figured out how to make healthy eating choices at a young age, even when confronted with a frosted (yet high fiber) cereal :)

It's interesting how "healthy choices" has different definitions to different people. By Indiana standards, we eat pretty healthy--I'm the parent at pre-school and soccer complaining about too much sugar in the snacks. But move us back to the region of NY we lived in last year, and we were in the bottom quarter. For example, Saturday's soccer treat was Gatorade and Nutter Butters; I'm the mom who brings 100% juice and Nutrigrain bars. The NY moms would have been gasping that I gave my children non-organic juice, or any kind of juice for that matter, and Nutrigrain bars? Too many preservatives. The snacks there would have been fresh fruit and water. (No, I'm not exaggerating--I saw one of the other preschool moms take a snack away from her child at a nursing home where the kids went caroling because her child had never had juice nor a cookie before).

The same thing happens in the church--is it "healthy"for me to wear pants? jogging shorts when I exercise? A tank top? Should I go to that movie, or watch that TV show? What about whether I work outside the home or not?

Romans 14 talks about these exact issues, and Paul even starts with food: "One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. "

Lord, help me to teach my children to make good choices, and stick to those convictions when they're outside of my influence, but that their choices in these areas don't make them a better or worse Christian than any other person.


Jen said...

My kids...honestly! If it makes you feel any better, they had Pop-Tarts for breakfast a few days ago! But, it's good to hear that they made a good choice on their own. I pray they learn to do that with weightier spiritual matters!
I've always tried to think along the lines of what might make another person stumble...a particular choice might fall under "liberty" for me but "licentious" for another so I avoid it when in his or her presence to keep peace in the Body. Not always that simple, though...

mexicanmasala said...

"Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand."

I so wish more people would practice this!!

I'm amazed at how regional healthy eating is. In AZ where I was raised, it was non-existant and still is for a lot of people. (Maybe cultural, too?) Here, where I live, many are very healthy, but again, culturally speaking some are not. All we can do is hope we enstill the right values and ideas into our kids.

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