There is a popular snack on the market today that boasts of the benefits of offering snack portions in increments of only 100 calories. While these are great—in theory—for portion control (if you can keep yourself from eating six of them because they are so small) I find them to be less satisfying because they are filled with processed food, lacking real nutritional value.
That brings me to share with you about a trip I made the other day to Barnes and Noble Bookstore. I found myself in the nutrition section and was drawn to a book about “eating clean.”
Reading it was fascinating. It reinforced a lot of what I already knew about eating clean—that it is about eating the way nature intended. You eat the foods our bodies were designed to function the best on.
When you eat clean you actually get to eat more often. You will eat lean protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats. These practices keep your blood-sugar levels stable and keep you satisfied.
As I thought more about the concept, I realized that we can mess up even a good thing when we distort God’s intended purpose for it. For example, oranges. If you drink too much orange juice it can actually negatively affect your insulin levels. That’s because man has created the “drink” and puts it in a concentrated state beyond how it was intended to be consumed. It’s much better to simply eat an orange. If you eat an orange in its natural state it comes in the perfect serving size and also comes with roughage that your body needs to digest it.
That’s when it hit me. God was the original inventor of the 100-calorie snack. I did a little research and found that a large orange, apple, banana, grapefruit, and even a mango all are equal to 100 calories! Plus, they come in the perfect serving size and it’s just the right amount to satisfy your hunger. Sometimes you can even eat the “package.” Everything in fruits and vegetables can be used by the body; even the seeds if you choose.
It really reinforced the fact that God created our bodies and designed them to work in perfect harmony with nature and with the food He provided for us.
So in actuality, there were 100-calorie packs in the Garden of Eden…they were called apples. It’s when we take things and overindulge that we get things out of order and mess things up. There’s nothing that tastes better than a naturally sweet strawberry or a perfectly ripe banana. There are no imitations for that.
With all this in mind, I’ve renewed my commitment to cleaner eating. And I hope you will too.