Here’s to your Health!

We have finally made it through the toilet tissue craze and now another product, All-purpose flour is in short supply because of the overwhelming desire to bake. Strange things happen during a crisis. Now, flour ranks second in the shortage of supply and demand. The deficit of viable income still exceeds all else during this pandemic.

Why All-purpose flour? An unknown source, most likely a host from a cooking program, recommended baking as a productive activity to alleviate boredom. Many have grasped the idea of learning how to bake homemade foods because the United States has not experienced a flour shortage since World War 2. https://time.com/5836012/flour-shortage-history/

So, aren’t home-baked items healthier than commercially prepared, store-bought items? The answer to that question would be a resounding, “yes” for the majority of individuals who do not have a well-rounded knowledge of flour. There is nothing wrong with baking your bread or snacks. The issue is that All-purpose flour adds lots of calories.

And the recommended foods for baking during the pandemic are: “16 Delicious Ways to Use All-Purpose Flour. Southern-Style Biscuits. Peanut Butter Blossoms. Jelly Thumbprint Cookies. Banana-Nutella Crepes. Banana Bread. Homemade Donuts. Snickerdoodle Cookies. Rosemary Garlic Focaccia.”

Since my diet is very different from the recommended foods, I searched for testimonials of those who have learned the art of baking while staying at home. On social media, I found an honest and straight-forward time-line of events from a Newbie Baker. She relayed that within eight weeks, she could no longer fasten her pants or close button-down tops, and even her stretchy items fit snug. To clarify, she stated that she only baked twice a week because it was still hard work to make items from scratch.

Yes, there are many healthy flours, and I do recommend them if you must bake to get rid of boredom. My preference is still the organic version of the healthy flours–since it is minus the chemical pesticides. This blog has a comprehensive list of alternative flours. https://blog.shawacademy.com/choose-healthy-flour-for-weight-loss-best-tips/

Now, I will share my testimonial regarding flour. Except for “Dave’s Organic Whole grain bread (70 calories per slice) and a few Blue Corn Tortilla chips, I do not use flour or products made with flour, deemed healthy or not. It took me over 2/3rds of my life to overcome and abolish the gnawing desire for high-calorie, high-sugar content, and high-fat foods to transition to a plant-based healthy lifestyle.

I decided to do some research while I was writing this blog. The Blue Corn chips that I love and munch on in my spare time are not my friends. The information on the label almost made me throw my bag of chips away. Per the manufacture, a serving size is 28g. Okay, can you translate 28g into the number of chips in the 140 calorie count, and calories from fat–54, with saturated fat comprising 3%? And saturated fat is the fat that causes clogged arteries.

Oh my! But wait, I found the answer, 14 chips=28g. My solution is to take seven triangular shaped chips and break them into four pieces each, and that will give me 28 mini pieces for my snack.

Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit contains seed. They will be yours for food. Genesis 1:29

My body does not belong to me; therefore, I can no longer do as I desire, especially in my quest for food. Since following a plant-based diet, my mind and body have responded in a manner that I never thought possible. Yes, a weight loss of 50+ lbs stabilized my chronic illnesses. Even so, it is my mental acuity and energy level that has improved beyond what I ever thought was possible. My memory has shown significant improvement, and I have the desire to study the Bible because I do not feel sluggish. I also have several little talks with God in prayer throughout the day. Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

God allowed me to view a physician on youtube, Matthew Weiner, MD that advocated a plant-based diet for his patients. He is a bariatric surgeon specializing in gastric sleeves, etc. However, the exciting aspect of his practice is that Dr. Weiner does weight loss management without surgical intervention. In his book, How Weight Loss Surgery Really Works, he recommends eating 1 lb of leafy green vegetables a day.

Because I only eat two meals daily, in the recommended portion sizes, and 1-2 small snacks, only if I feel peckish, I am unable to eat 1 lb of cooked green vegetables every day. However, I do include one or two leafy or green veggies, fresh kale, spinach, broccoli, green beans, and collards in my daily intake. For some reason, there is never a shortage of these veggies in the supermarket.

To say that my mouth does not water at the sight and smell of fried chicken wings or the thin slices of a corned beef sandwich, it would not be the truth. But, when I look in the mirror and see a smaller waistline, and wake up every morning feeling great, I think about the blessing of finally achieving excellent health. There are still a couple of areas that I need to overcome to have an optimal level of health, and I strive daily to do my part in caring for my temple.

You can retrain your tastebuds!

I will reserve my blue corn chips for twice a month and return to my thin sliced cucumber chips or celery sticks for those peckish times. God has given us the ability to make positive changes to achieve our optimal level of health, which differs for each individual.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 1 Corinthians 6:19

Here’s to your health!

Bible Reading: Daniel 1

Heavenly Father, we thank you for creating us in your image and with the ability to make positive choices and changes in our lifestyles. Please give us the strength to cast aside all harmful foods and to appreciate the gift of our wonderfully made bodies. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020, No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted for commercial purposes without the author’s written permission.

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By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, with a passion for helping others overcome the obstacles in their lives. I am a writer of Devotionals, Romantic Poetry, and Research Articles. The recent development of Mentoring and launching as a Motivational Speaker has prompted me to address real-life issues for women from a spiritual perspective.