Are you hungry enough?
For the past several Januarys I have been doing something I have a really hard time doing…a three week Daniel fast. This fast is basically choosing to eat only fruit, veggies and all-natural foods for 3 weeks. It is a food-restriction fast versus a 100% food withholding fast.
The first time I attempted this fast was the worst. I am a diehard coffee-lover for one thing and the withdrawal headaches seemed unbearable. On day two of the fast, Jeff fixed us a lovely stir-fry, but something rose up inside of me, and I just COULDN’T eat them . Yep, it’s true, I spent the dinner literally crying into my vegetables. It was that night that I realized I had a big problem…as embarrassing as it is to admit, I had (have?) a food problem. I enjoy eating whatever I want, whenever I want, without even thinking about the consequences to my body. I am guilty of only caring about the outward appearance of things. As long as the time I spend at the gym ensures I can still fit into my size 8’s, or even better-my 6’s, I figured I was ok.
News flash: when the thought of eating a plate of vegetables brings you to tears, you are not ok.
The Daniel fast re-alligns me, both physically and spiritually. I find myself telling the Lord, “I want you more than I want _____________ (fill in the blank with any number of food items).” “I want to be hungry for you, above everything else.” “You are in control of my life, my body, my all.”
If I really believe Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” , I have to wonder what exactly I am hungering for and then in correlation, what am I being filled up with? Am I filling up physically and spiritually on empty calories versus life-sustaining food?
Jeff preached a sermon recently in which he talked about having “leanness of soul”. This is a concept we read about in Psalms 106:13-16 KJV speaking about the Israelites in the wilderness, even after all they had already experienced of the Lord’s miracles and provision…”They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.”
Ouch. For those of us that want God to truly be in control of us, these verses should feel like a slap in the face. Oh, how I don’t want a lean soul! I don’t want to persist over and over again in demanding my own way, only to end up actually getting it. I’m like any woman out there we wants to be thin on the outside, but Oh Lord, I want a fat soul! Help me to be more and more hungry for you.
A few yummy recipes for those who are also on the Daniel Fast…
1. Roasted Fall vegetables…
Cut some potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots and red onions up into bite size chunks. Toss in olive oil with some fresh garlic and salt and pepper and whatever other seasoning you might like.
Cook at 450 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring halfway through.
2. Peanut Sauce stirfry
Use whatever vegetable you like to stirfry (peppers, zucchini, carrots, mushrooms, califlower, beans…) and cook them up.
Make some brown rice to go with it.
The sauce that you mix the veggies in at the end of their cook time is:
1/3 cup Natural Peanut butter
1/3 cup water
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp Bragg’s soy sauce (all-natural)
2 tbsp lemon juice
Cayenne to taste (optional)
Stir all and then microwave for 30 seconds to heat. Pour on veggies and enjoy!
(we usually double the sauce recipe because we cook a lot of veggies at once.)
3. Carrot Soup
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion (about 2 cups), chopped
3 stalks celery (about 1 cup), chopped
4 cups sliced carrots
32 oz. vegetable broth (I use 2 organic vegetable buillion cubes with water)
1 teaspoon whatever seasoning you want
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
In a large pot put the olive oil and saute the onion, celery, and carrots, garlic and all the seasonings for about 10 minutes. Then add the vegetable broth. Cover and simmer for 25 mins or until the carrots are tender. Let soup cool a little and then blend in a blender in batches.
This is actually quite delicious and I suggest doubling the recipe as well.
A few good websites to check out for recipes…
http://networkedblogs.com/p23269021 – so many great ones and encouragements for the fast as well.
http://deliciouswisdom.com/2008/09/15/pecan-date-granola.aspx – this recipe is awesome and the site has tons more.