Daniel Plan 1/20/17: "Sustain Life, Provide Energy, Promote Growth"

Good day to all!

I have been getting some encouragement from participants who are giving this plan a try. I feel better already and slept for almost 7 hours in a row last night. That hasn't happened in a long time.

To the right is a picture of a beautiful breakfast skillet that is mostly made up of vegetables from my garden. Gardening is fun and really productive here from September to May. I have yet to find much that will thrive over the summer.

I use raised beds and have good success with a variety of greens. Collards, kale, chard, turnips, lettuces, broccoli, arugula and herbs all do well in my Indialantic location. It takes a little effort, but as my son says "you can taste the sunshine." Back in my home in Western New York you could plant a zucchini and it would produce as much as you could eat, but I haven't been able to grow them here. I've also had limited success with tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and peas. Peppers grow but tend to get white fly, which spread throughout so I leave them alone.

Today I want to expand on the concept of food. First it might be helpful to define food. I know you think you know the answer, but here is what the Medical Dictionary says:

food: "a nourishing substance that is eaten or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, or promote growth"

So, if we operate within that definition we might notice that there is nothing about taste or feeling good. The purpose of food is to "sustain life, provide energy, or promote growth". This is a substantially different viewpoint than is commonly applied.

Let's look for a minute to our animal friends. If you had a race horse that was worth a million dollars, would you be inclined to feed it Cheetos or goldfish? Probably not! Why on earth would we feed them to our children who are worth more than a million dollars to us?

Our dogs get a balanced food with specific ratios of protein, fat and carbohydrates, that are calculated to make them thrive. Shouldn't we be at least as careful with ourselves and our loved ones?

All the best for the weekend. Keep trying, you can't lose if you don't give up!

Today's bible verse

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
— Proverbs 3:5-6