A Review of “What Would Jesus Eat?”

I just finished reading “What Would Jesus Eat?” by Don Colbert. I gotta say, the title really turned me off.  I don’t like all the “WWJD” stuff. It’s one thing to think about what Jesus would do in a situation, but to market it so is what bothers me. And it’s so easy for nonbelievers to make fun of. I’ve seen “What Would Scooby Do” and “What Would Martha (Stewart) Do” stuff. All the WWJD stuff was popular when I was in youth group and, invariably, it was worn by kids who definitely weren’t thinking or practicing what Jesus would do.

But I digress…I’m not totally sure why I picked up this book. I’m trying to focus on eating healthier and someone recommended it to me as being more “doable” than “The Maker’s Diet.” I did not see this to be the case, though. While this book has a lot of good info if you’re completely ignorant of healthy eating, it didn’t offer much if you already knew the  bascis. Also, there was very little info about the science behind things and some of it was faulty. For instance, the author states that aerobic exercise is the best of all. Well, I have a degree in exercise physiology and I know that is not the case. Aerobic exercise is great and necessary, but so is strength training. One is not better than the other.

And just because Jesus ate something, does that mean we should automatically eat it? Jesus wore sandals; does that mean we should wear sandals, too? I also don’t know how Colbert can say what Jesus’ favorite food was. How does he know? And again, I think that’s like saying what Jesus’ favorite day of the week was. Interesting, but not really relevant.

The thing that bothered me the most was the lack of info on how to follow the diet. It could have used some recipes and some realistic lifestyle changes. I understand his point; maybe this is ideal. But we can’t all afford this diet and you have to work with people where they are. It would be great if everyone in America had a gym membership and worked out regularly. But we don’t. So we need to find strategies that work where we are. I wish there’d been a little more of these in the book.

I can’t really recommend this book because I didn’t like it. I think there are far better diet books on the market. It’s an interesting read if you approach it from the perspective of what did Jesus really eat, but as a realistic diet, I think “The Maker’s Diet” is better.

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Published in: on March 28, 2008 at 7:18 pm  Comments (2)  

Frugal Fridays—Just Ask!

frugalfridays-754123-778598.jpgOne thing I’ve found is that if you ask, you will receive. Let family and friends know what you are in need (or want) of. Just by letting our family know that we were willing to take unwanted items off their hands, we’re received tons of items for yard sales; a huge playhouse, picnic table, tricycle, and rocking horse for our daughter; clothes, shoes, furniture, and books.

Most of these items were in great or even new condition. The original owners just didn’t want them. For example, my cousin lost some weight and wanted her “fat” clothes out of her sight. I was happy to take them off her hands. We try to pass on the favor by giving things we don’t want or can’t use to others who can. We also sell items very cheaply at our yard sales (like 5 or 10 cent clothes). We may not make a lot of money off them, but I know I’m helping someone else get nice clothes for very little money.

It never hurts to let people know what you want! My sister in law had always wanted a piano and received one for free; she just had to pick it up. (So far, this hasn’t worked for me with receiving a new car, but hey! You know never!)

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Published in: on March 28, 2008 at 11:39 am  Comments (1)  

Works for Me Wednesday–Sneaky Exercise

wfmwsmall2.jpgI have a hard time fitting exercise in, even though I do like to work out. (I know, I’m a weirdo.) I try to get in ten minutes each morning so that I feel like I’m off to a good start. Then if that’s all I can do that day, at least I did something. Usually that motivates me to do more exercise later in the day. For the ten minutes, I usually do crunches and other ab work, pushups, and some stretching.

If I missed my morning ten minutes, or if I don’t have time to do more later, I’ll try to sneak in some exercise during the day. While I’m waiting for water to boil, I’ll do squats. If I get time to watch some TV in the evening, I’ll try to stretch or do crunches during the commercials. While my daughter plays in the tub, I’ll do standing leg lifts and pushups against the sink. I’d do something while I brush my teeth, but I’m not that coordinated!

You could also try having an exercise “trigger.” Like at every stop light, you’ll hold in your abs for 30 seconds. Or you can only talk on the phone if you walk around while talking.  I have a thing where, when we go to get the mail, I have to push my daughter in her little toy car 2 laps around the yard. She enjoys it and I get some easy exercise (and we usually end up doing about 5 laps!). While these things might not get you in marathon-shape, it’s a good way to fit in some sneaky exercise!

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Published in: on March 26, 2008 at 11:46 am  Comments (10)  

You are being watched….

Curly Haired Husband and I have been attending a new church the past few months. We’ve really enjoyed it, but one lady in particular has caught my attention. She’s everywhere; working in the nursery, singing solos, greeting people. She’s very friendly and seems very nice. However, that’s what made me realize how important it is as Christians to be polite in all situations, not just church. I knew this, but this lady brought the point home to me.

A couple of years ago, before I had Curly Haired Baby, I was the manager of a local business. My first day on the job, this lady from church called and blessed me out about something the previous manager had done. Then she hung up on me. I was polite to her (it was my first day!) but I had no idea what she was even talking about. She called back, wanting preferential treatment and for me to pull some strings for her. I explained it was my first day and I’d have to talk with the owners because I lacked that authority. This made her so mad she came down to the shop and tried to intimidate me in person. (It didn’t work.) After that, she wasn’t too friendly each time she was in. I dreaded her coming in because I was kind of scared of her.

Then I see her at our new church and she’s the star soloist, the happy teacher, etc. This is kind of amusing to me, but it also makes me mad. So she can be nice and friendly at church, but not to service people? She was downright rude and ugly to me, but she can be nice at church? This aggravates me, but how would this look to a nonbeliever? If I wasn’t a Christian, this episode wouldn’t make me think too highly of them.

Yes, I realize that she may have changed in the past couple of years, and maybe she was just hormonal or something. But my point is valid. We need to be aware of Who we represent at all times. We’re not just Christians on Sunday. We’re Christians every day. And yes, I’ve done things and said things that were rude, too. (More than I should have!) I’m not trying to pick on this lady. She’s just a good example of how we’re always being watched. Others are always watching to see how we handle tough situations. We need to be different from the world. This was a reminder I needed!

Published in: on March 25, 2008 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tanning?

This might be a strange thing to say, but I totally don’t understand the tanning craze. Here in the South, girls tan almost every day and it’s all they talk about. I think it’s asking for skin cancer. I can somewhat understand tanning outside, but why go to the tanning bed? It’s like paying for skin cancer.

I’m a Southerner. I’m very pale, too. I don’t tan. Get over it. I’ve been made fun of for years because of this, but I’m hoping it pays off when I’m older. It already has, when I run into people I went to high school with. They already look years older than they are. And they know it. Yet they keep going to the tanning bed. I don’t get it.

My sister-in-law and myself are the only women under 35 I know who haven’t ever been to a tanning bed. I think everyone thinks we’re weird. I’ve used the self-tanning lotions, but they just make me look worse. I don’t even want to bother with it. What’s so bad about being pale? I do admire a pretty tan on other people, but I sure don’t want to pay for it.

I had a friend in elementary school whose mom was addicted (literally) to tanning. When I first met her (the mom), she was still in her twenties, but looked ages older. I actually thought it was my friend’s grandmother at first. I’ve never seen anyone that young that wrinkled. That pretty much destroyed any tanning for me!

Published in: on March 24, 2008 at 12:32 pm  Comments (2)  

The Empty Tomb

1 Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”
3 Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. 4 So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. 5 And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed.

John 20, NKJV

Published in: on March 22, 2008 at 11:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Resentment

I was reading some the of the sweet comments I’ve received on my posts and thinking about my Mercedes-loving friend, and I realized that I am resentful of the things I’ve given up to be a SAHM. I know I’m doing the right thing, but I would like a new car or a bigger house (or cable).

I wish the people who tell me how lucky I am to “be able” to stay home saw that. I wish they saw how much we don’t have; that it’s not easy. I don’t want to feel this way; I don’t want to be resentful. I believe what I’m doing is biblical. Curly Haired Husband is completely supportive, even though he’s having to work overtime and he’s had to give up things I know he wants (cable, anyone?). My family and inlaws are supportive. But I still feel somewhat resentful.

I’m trying to find the joy in homemaking, but our society in general belittles it. I guess I’m used to getting “rewarded” for a job well done: a promotion, a raise, a good grade. Those things aren’t coming for the SAHM. My final project won’t be complete for some time.

When I’m feeling the most resentful (usually when I’ve just run into a well-dressed friend with an SUV and a working dishwasher), I try to think about what it would be like to drop Curly Haired Baby off at daycare. Or worse, what it would be like without her at all. My mom has a good friend who has all the expensive toys: luxury cars, a beach house, ability to travel, money in the bank. But she has no children, by choice. Yet she can’t even look at photos of Curly Haired Baby without getting upset at what she gave up.  That’s what I need to remember.

Published in: on March 21, 2008 at 10:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Frugal Friday–Reusing Grocery Bags

frugalfridays-754123-778598.jpg    Okay, so this might not be the most environmentally friendly thing to do, but I think it is frugal. I actually thought everyone did this. I save plastic grocery bags and use them for little trash can liners, for diaper transportations (I use cloth mostly, but they work for disposables. You don’t have to buy those little diaper trashbags), for taking stuff to a friend’s house, etc. You could also use them for doggie poop bags.

If you’re really frugal (or my grandparents) you can use them for suitcases. (This is not a joke btw-my grandparents really do use grocery bags as luggage. And they even have a nice set of luggage. They’d just rather use a Harvey’s bag. You can imagine how much I enjoyed family trips.)

A good way to store them is to stuff them down in an old Kleenex box. You can get tons of bags in one and it doesn’t take up much room.

More Frugal Friday tips are at Biblical Womanhood!

Published in: on March 21, 2008 at 12:21 pm  Comments (3)  

My non-scientific study

This is very non-scientific, but I thought I’d share. My one and half year old daughter has not been sleeping well for months. I thought it was stress at first (my husband lost his job and was out of work for some time) that she was picking up on, but it seemed to be getting worse. She went from sleeping 10-12 hours a night (with a 1 hour nap) to waking up every 4-6 hours and not napping at all.

 And no, I don’t want advice. I’ve heard it all. I’ve tried it all and I’m pretty tired of hearing how I’m somehow doing something wrong. I tried everything in the book. Nothing worked. Her doctor wasn’t concerned, but then he’s pretty calm about everything. (And he wasn’t the one getting up with her.) Finally, this week, my grandmother suggested she might have a milk allergy. Not lactose intolerant, but allergic to milk. Curly Haired Baby has had a chronic runny nose and a slight cough (at night, when she drank milk), too, but I just dismissed it as general allergies since she was playing fine and not running a fever.

 So, on a whim, I switched her to soy milk. I read if she truly had an allergy it would take up to 2 weeks to work. This week, her nose hasn’t been runny for the first time in months, she’s not coughing, and she’s sleeping better. Not great, but a lot better. This may be coincidence, but I’m sticking it out for two weeks.

Published in: on March 20, 2008 at 10:54 pm  Comments (1)  

Cars vs. Kids

I’m going to rant about something here. I have a friend who has spent several years trying to have a baby. She’s had all kinds of fertility treatments and spared no expense. She and her husband recently adopted a baby. That part’s great. I’m happy for them. What aggravates me is that she’s immediately gone back to work. The baby has gone to a special “school” daycare. Because her husband bought a Mercedes.

I know there are situations where women have to work outside the home because of health, insurance, being a single mom, true financial need, etc. This isn’t one of them. They’d rather have a luxury car than their long-awaited child have his mother at home. That drives me crazy. Why are we pretending? Why don’t we just admit that a car is more important than the well-being of our children?

There are many times I don’t like being a SAHM. I miss having adult conversations; I miss not having sticky, gooey fingers on me at lunch. I get tired of cleaning up the same messes time and again. But this is what is best for my child. And I’m sure not going to trade her well-being for something as temporary as a car. I just don’t understand why someone would want something so bad and spend so much money trying to attain it, then immediately turn it over to someone else. Because let’s be honest; that’s what’s happening here. Why don’t we see that while daycare may always be necessary, it’s not the ideal? Let’s don’t fool ourselves into thinking it’s somehow better than Mom being at home with the kids. It may be necessary at times, but it’s not superior. Why don’t we see it as regretful that some mothers have to work? Why instead do we see it as regretful that some “miss out” or “fall behind” in the working world while home with their kids?

When we’re 85 years old, are we going to be telling the old ladies at bingo about how great our jobs were, or what luxury car we drove at age 30? Or are we going to be bragging on our kids? Shouldn’t that tell us what’s important?

Published in: on March 20, 2008 at 12:08 pm  Leave a Comment