Buying organic local food can be expensive, but our health is worth it. Here is a grocery list to keep you going for a week: 2 lbs of greens (spinach, kale, collards, or Swiss chard, 3 onions, 1 large box of sliced mushrooms, 1 large clove of garlic, salad vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower–whatever vegetables you like, including cooked ones because you can put cooked veggies in a salad), 3 cans of low sodium beans, one bag of brown rice, 1/2 gallon of soy milk, a bunch of bananas, a mango, a box of strawberries or other in-season fruit for smoothies (i.e., apples would not work with a smoothie), oranges, lemons, and snacking fruit (apples would be okay for this :), Braggs Aminos Liquid, olive oil, flax oil, ground flax-seed, coconut oil, popcorn kernels (yay! not the microwave stuff), toasted sesame seeds, nuts and nut butter (peanut butter is fine-no sugar), tofu or other high protein food (try to stay away from meat and chicken because they are full of bacteria–protein powders are okay), and dates.
Eating healthy food is easier than we think, and it is much easier than cultivating a healthy spirit when we carry around a grocery list of pains and wrongs done to us. Anger and resentment build and these emotions can be hard to give up and very unhealthy.
In the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14), the master gives his servants “talents” to invest. In this case, look at these talents as hardships. The master hands out hardships to his servants, each to his own ability (1 Corinthians 10:13). In the parable, two servants invest the talents and make more talents. We can invest our hardships by forgiving people and/or circumstances, and then help others overcome similar ones. Consider the past events that have hurt and know that the LORD can make good from them.
However, the last servant did not invest his talents. He buried his in the ground and so the master threw him out of his household. This is true when we bury our hurts and anger in our hearts and carry a grocery list of wrongs done to us or misfortunes laid upon us. Eventhough forgiveness brings joy and freedom from anger and depression, it can be hard to do. Writing out the list and praying to God to help you “give up” the list can lead towards forgiveness. Christ is a powerful master, God, and friend. He can help us let go of grievances and embrace the power of good over evil that is in our Savior.
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