Good morning Trinity Tribe,
I was looking at the news online today and caught an article talking about the Mediterranean Diet. For many years, researchers studied the diet of people who lived on the Mediterranean Sea. They had lower obesity rates and better heart health. They attributed it to the type of food eaten and the fact that olive oil was a staple. Recently, however, Mediterranean people have higher and higher obesity rates and poorer and poorer overall health. The Greeks may export olive oil, but apparently we are exporting McDonald’s and KFC to their detriment.
This is the paragraph that caught my attention:
What the article has apparently overlooked is that the Mediterranean Diet is not just about what people eat. It is about the values, habits, relationships, quality of how food is grown and the quantity of how food consumed by these particular groups — not just how or what they eat. A point that is often missed by the media is that health is not isolated to one’s diet. The whole health of an individual is about the physical, emotional, nutritional, environmental and even spiritual components that create our overall state of health. Our dietary choices and habits can be seen as a metaphor of what the overall or whole picture of that individual’s health is expressing. We eat how we think, feel, work and behave, all of which are influenced by our environment, values, age, financial and education levels and even by our gender.
Beyond just nutritional health, the Mediterranean Diet promotes a way of living that includes the following components, which could explain the positive health benefits.
Intense physical activity that includes work and all its forms of movement; farming, building, planting, gardening, dancing, sports, house work, child care or any activity that provides a non-sedentary daily routine.
Consuming many types and varieties of food in moderation as a form of nourishment — both physically and socially, as well as sharing with others.
- Meals are a part of the social and family fabric and are not taken alone.
- Time spent eating is relaxing, nourishing and pleasurable.
- Foods choices often include fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread and other cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts and seeds.
- Olive oil is an important monounsaturated fat source in the diet.
- Dairy products, fish and poultry are consumed in low to modest amounts, and little red meat is eaten.
- Eggs are consumed zero to four times a week.
- Wine, a component of social family sharing and bonding, is a dietary staple this is consumed in low to moderate amounts.
Is it any surprise that Europeans, who now have McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, electronic messaging that is replacing relationships and high credit card debt (none of which were there when the Seven Countries Study began), are becoming as obese and unhealthy as Americans are?
What is missing from many “nutrition books of the week” is the organic, common sense understanding that the food we eat is just part of a multi-faceted set of choices we make in how we choose to live and behave. Many of these choices are based on our personal and collective social values.
The Church can speak to this! God wants us to be whole and healthy mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Like in the study, community is important in the Christian faith. Eating meals with your family and friends is a good Christian thing to do! Eating in shifts or as individual islands is not the way we were created to eat. With our busy lives, eating together with friends is hard to schedule, but vitally important. Eating alone day after day can drain your soul. I love how we host the Fellowship and Friends luncheon on the first Saturday of the month. That is a great way that we as the church live out our biblical values and show Christ’s love in a tangible way. Fellowship meals including our meet up dinners on the Second and Third Wednesdays do that as well.
Here are some scriptures to contemplate thinking about wholeness and health:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20: 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 10:31: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
3 John 1:2: Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
Psalm 139:14: I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
What are some other ways we can live into our call to be more healthy? How can we squeeze more community gathering into our lives? It is good for our soul and good for our bodies! How can we care for one another on an emotional level as well as a spiritual one? Who are some people who eat alone that we could invite to dine at our tables? I know it takes a little extra coordination and organization, but I believe it is well worth it. How can we at Trinity promote exercise and healthy eating along with healthy community?
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