At the beginning of the year, a new ministry was started by one of my church members called Take Back Your Temple. "TBYT" is a ministry that emphasis healthy eating and exercise. The first project of the ministry is to complete a 3 week fast called the Daniel Fast. The Daniel fast is based on the book of Daniel who did a partial fast for 21 days as part of his spiritual discipline. The only foods that Daniel could eat was food that was grown from the earth and drink water.
Today was my first day of the fast, however, I have been planning for this day for some time. On January 2nd, I stopped drinking coffee. The headaches for the first week were almost unbearable after being a slave to coffee for over 30 years. I also started reading labels closely and shopping for foods that I could eat.
After all of the preparation for the 1st day, I still ran into a few issues. First, after church today, I had to take my oldest son back to college. I decided that I would go to McDonald's to get a salad to go and get him something to eat for the ride. All of the salads that McDonald's had were made in advanced and included ingredients that I could not eat like eggs and cheese. I walked out of the restaurant leaving my son to order his food so I would not have to be tortured by the smell of McDonald's french fries. I then realized I had some walnuts in the car and I ate those on the ride.
Once I got home, I felt like I was starving. Since I have 3 other sons to cook dinner for, I decided to cook my meal first. This turned out to be an excellent choice because it satisfied my hunger which kept me from eating the fried chicken that I was preparing for them. My meal consisted of diced potatoes cooked in coconut oil, with green peppers, garlic, onion, red peppers, mushrooms and fresh spinach. I also had sides of broccoli and carrots and sliced roma tomatoes.
With 20 more days to go, I look forward to the adventures this fast will take me on. My goal is to spend more time with the Most High instead of spending more time at the dinner table.