When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well.
Matthew 6:16-18 Message Paraphrase
I'm a sucker for a good detox trend. Green juices, apple cider and cayenne infused waters, processed sugar elimination, you name it, I'll try it...or at least read 200 articles about it because nerd alert.
I lost myself in a Pinterest spiral a few nights back, reading up on fat blasting, milk saving detoxes and cleanses that are safe for nursing moms and their milk supplies. Right there in the middle of the "how to's for lactation cookie bakes" and "protein/juice day fasts," I felt the Holy Spirit speak in that good, soul convicting, loving rebuke.
In a culture so Goop-ed up (guilty! - sidetone: nothing wrong with Goop.com, just using it for reference here), ready to hit hard the next fad diet, the next fitness phenom, and the like, we have lost sight of the holy basics. We have taken the simplicity of God given organic, body saving lifestyles, and turned them into a production line of quick turn over and fleeting popularity.
What I mean is, it is easy to take a dip in the "what's trending today, drop it tomorrow" waters of eating and exercise, and neglect the holy call to eat and fast and work our bodies in the method and regularity that we are called to.
Scripture lays out a resource of inward cleansing spelled out in fasting, it lays out a God of provision whose initial creation WAS organic, free-range, etc., etc, it lays out a calling to work (I'll jump on that tangent train another time) in physical movement and hours of daylight. And it lays it all out in a lifestyle reference. Not a casual, once a year when my church fasts, or I decide I want to lose weight, empty mindset.
So I'll say it again, detox shmeetox. Let's be women who fill, withhold, and move our bodies in a way that aligns with scripture. Let's beat culture's frame, and establish again what health looks like from Heaven's perspective. Let's be champions of strength in sisterhood, and ditch the need to "be as thin, or as dewy skinned as her." Let's return to the beauty and soul care rooted in the hardworking of fasting, and let's do so in all measures into our life's flow, if only because we know it will bring us closer to God's heart. I'm not calling guilt into the occasional brownie (because chocolate am I right?), or shame into a healthy desire to be toned and thin. I am instead calling us as women to rise up from a state of holy health. One whose guidelines are written from the breath of God, and one whose mindset is well versed in scripture's defining. It is in these parameters we will find TRUE health tapped from a love and lifestyle steady for all eternity.
Pinks + Greens Toast
- 1 bunch of chard
- 2 honeycrisp apples
- 10 red radishes
- 1 pomegranate
- 2 TBSP olive oil based mayo
- 3 TBSP feta cheese
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 2 pinches of sea salt
- really yummy bread (we opt for rosemary sourdough - Whole Foods bakery)
- heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium low heat and drop in chard/pinch of sea salt until just wilting, and remove from heat (about 30-40 seconds)
- thinly slice (use mandolin if you have) radishes and drop in warmed chard, add second pinch of salt
- thinly slice two apples, drop in skillet with chard and radishes
- in a small sauce pan warm mayonnaise and feta cheese on medium low heat until cheese is melty and remove
- seed pomegranate if whole (easiest done in a bowl of water)
- toast bread (should be able to get 6 hearty pieces)
- spread mayo/cheese combo on toast once ready, top with greens/apple/radish mixture, sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, and top off with a dusting of turmeric powder
- best paired with a gooey, buttery, over easy egg.
Just a few of the benefits:
Swiss chard is a nutritional powerhouse -- an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber.
pomegranate seeds are low in calories, high in fiber, high in vitamins and high in phytochemicals that may promote heart health and help to prevent cancer.
Sourdough bread contains the bacteria Lactobacillus in a higher proportion to yeast than do other breads. More Lactobacillus means higher production of lactic acid, which means less of the potentially dangerous phytic acid. And what does that mean? More mineral availability (particularly k, p, Mg, Zn) and easier digestion!
- Turmeric aids in fighting inflammation, is a rich antioxidant, protects the heart, is helpful for arthritis, is brain boosting, and may be helpful for fighting diabetes and cancer.