What is food? The definition of food is, "any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth, etc." A second definition says simply, "nourishment taken into the body." According to these meanings, sodas and other 0% juice drinks are not food. Most candy is not really food. How can it be? What about donuts? Nope. Cakes or cookies made with only white flour and white sugar? According to these definitions... no. Junk food does not supply nutrients or proper energy to your body. On the contrary, it robs your body, depleting essential vitamins and nutrients... nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy. Anything labeled "junk food" should be off the table... literally!
I've heard a lot of people, when talking about eating junk, say, "everything in moderation" or use the word "balance". Everything in moderation? Where did people get that from? Many look to the Bible. I've looked up "everything in moderation" or "all in moderation", in multiple versions. That phrase is not in the Bible. The words "moderation" and "balance" are in the Bible, but are used differently. What's really going on here?
Many people want to feel good about eating their junk. At least, they want to feel okay about it. I've personally struggled with this for years. We tell ourselves that it is permissible and even fine, according to the Bible. But it's not true. According to the Bible, God wants us to surround ourselves with good things and shun the bad. It's pretty simple. But like the expression, "have your cake and eat it too", so many want to "have their junk and eat it too." For your own health and well-being and for the health of your loved ones, surround yourselves with only good food, real food. God wants us to eat foods that help us, not junk that hurts us.
This month's article written by Will Schultz. (Elizabeth is taking the month off.)