Step 10: Clean Out the Junk food

 

Actually, “cleaning out” should be more of a process than a day on your calendar when you ruthlessly fill garbage cans. It might be wiser (and easier on your checkbook) to simply finish what’s in your pantry. The only exceptions would be the foods that God has specifically asked us not to eat, although that would have to be your personal decision. Another exception would be if you have serious health problems and need to quickly regain your health.

Do you still have an X on all the bad food in your cupboards? You’ve probably already found that it’s hard to buy more of it. So you’ve probably already begun the elimination process.

But some of the foods that have an X on them are gone because — well, you ate them! And maybe you bought some more. :-)

The difference between the changes you’ve already made and the changes that are harder… is motivation.

As a review, let’s remind ourselves of some of the foods we want to clean out:

  • Unclean foods listed in Leviticus 11
  • Any commercially processed foods
  • Foods that contain hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated fats
  • Foods that contain refined sweeteners
  • Pasteurized, homogenized dairy products
  • White flour and white rice
  • Rancid vegetable oils
  • Factory-produced meat or eggs
  • Improperly prepared seeds and grains
  • Non-organic fruits and vegetables
  • Caffeine-containing foods
  • Fluoride and chlorine-containing fluids (mostly tap water)
  • Synthetic vitamins
  • The microwave oven
  • Chemical-laden home and body care products

Motivation to change how we eat comes when we repeatedly go back to the list and remember why they aren’t good for us. Sometimes motivation comes when we repeatedly feel aches and pains, fatigue or illness, and we remember why we have those symptoms.

Either way, remembering why is a major help in cleaning out the junk. For the long run.

As you clean out, remind yourself that foods have a “good, better, and best” quality. Get the junk out, then do the best you can from there. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember that this is a process that takes time!

Finally, before you clean out, be sure you have a plan for what you’ll eat instead! Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for disaster.

I’d love to help! Surely I can help with the weekly motivation, or by pointing you to resources that will help you know why. My weekly e-zine is a great place to start.

P.S. What changes are harder for you to make than others?

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  7 Responses to “Step 10: Clean Out the Junk food”

  1. I think that this is a great step toward better health and better alignment with what God would have us do… however, how ever do you find dairy that has not been pasteurized? I personally have started having digestion-related problems with dairy and think that raw milk would be a great benefit to our family. I would love find some, but short of buying a milk cow/goat/sheep, it is not legal in our state to obtain it from another person. I do have one friend who has found a farmer who is willing to sell under the table to a few choice folks (i.e. not me) and I have been asking around as discretely as possible, but haven’t found anyone. Any suggestions?

  2. Yes, keep persisting! We’ve moved several times, and this is always a worry of mine as we arrive in a new town. Sometimes it has taken several months to find a new source. Pray about it! I think this is a special, favorite prayer of God’s to answer, for after all, He “owns the cattle on a thousand hills.” Ask Him to help you find your cow. :-)
    ~Anne

  3. Hi Anne,
    While I enjoy your writing, I have to say I am shocked to hear that you are encouraging your readers to abstain from some foods on the basis of the Levitical law. Besides Peter’s expereince in Acts 10 that teaches us that all animals are now “clean” and may be eaten freely with thanksgiving, if you are going to be consistent, you have to embrace all of the requirements of the Law. Why stop at unclean animals? Will you also refrain from wearing clothing made out of a blend of fibers or certain haircuts or hundreds of other requirements that the Law placed on the Jews (which they couldn’t keep either–hence the need for and joy in the news of the coming Savior!)? It’s one thing to say, “I feel pork or some seafood is not a good choice for me so I will abstain and I think you should, too.” It is quite another to site the Bible as your grounds for the abstinence. It is absolutely fine, from a moral and nutritional standpoint, to eat animals formally considered “unclean.” You may have very valid reasons to encourage others to refuse to eat them, but “because God says so” cannot be one of them.

    Respectfully,
    Jamie Rives

  4. Jamie,
    This is an excellent question! I wasn’t trying to ignore you. It just took me a few days to get an answer written down for you.

    I’ve answered you over at my regular blog, since I think the discussion will probably get a little off topic here. I invite you to head over there where we can discuss as much as you’d like!
    http://anneelliott.com/blog/2010/11/is-gods-law-for-us-today/

    Thanks for being so observant! Readers like you are a pleasure…
    ~Anne

  5. I am loving reading your blog, but being the lover of a great discussion feel I want to jump in here. I come from a dispensational theological background. I am not wanting to argue with anyone, just state where I come from. OT law was given to Israel, not to Christians. When Christ died and rose again, this put an end to OT law, and now we live under the law of Christ and his instructions. This does not mean to OT is irrelevant, it is far from that. It is a wonderful guidepost for us by teaching us how to love God. Christ fulfilled the law. As far as the Ten Commandments go, they are pretty much repeated in the NT by either Christ or his disciples. All of them except remembering the Sabbath.

    It is very important to understand the OT as it lays down the foundation, history and character base of the entire Bible. There is much to be gleaned there for Christians, but I am thankful for Christ’s work of fulfilling the law and I am free in him!

    That is it…not that any of this makes much difference for eternity. As long as you are a born again believer of Christ and the work he did on your behalf I will see you in heaven one great day!

    • Stacey, I so much appreciate your comment! I am a pastor’s daughter, raised in a staunch dispensational home, and my husband and I have been dispensational all our married lives.

      One question I would ask to my dear dispensational friends, though, is — How many people of God are there? Are there TWO people of God (Israel and the church), who are distinct throughout Scripture, or is there only ONE people of God? Check out especially the first four chapters of Ephesians, and note how 1 Peter 2:9-10 compares to Exodus 19:5-6.

      I won’t open a huge discussion here, but I do thank you so much for commenting like this! Keep it up, everyone! Be a Berean, and check what I say with Scripture.

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