According to his journal entry, he downed his first sandwich at 4:15 a.m. the day he departed from New York. Incredibly, he wouldn’t have another sandwich until 30 hours later when he reached the coast of northern France. So much for theories about the importance of food – and certain foods in certain amounts – to maintain clarity, focus, stamina, etc.
As children, my mother let our diets be driven by the “spiritual truths of God” too. I remember well balanced meals; yes, even heartily enjoying TV dinners on special occasions. Without preaching, she instilled in me the biblical wisdom of “eat what is set before you.” Perhaps, when he shared this with his followers, Jesus understood that it was spiritual truths that really constituted the science of nutrition; of what sustains us.
I’ve found this to be true in my life. Only a few times while traveling overseas have I been anxious about what was set in front of me. I faced a plate of fresh bread and raw bacon during a sailing voyage across the Atlantic aboard a Ukrainian Tall Ship. Twelve westerners on this vessel looked down at raw bacon that morning.
Given the formidable health concerns about eating raw pork, we looked around the table at each other in disbelief. I soon decided that if
it was good enough for Ukrainians, it was good enough for me.
This allowed me to nourish my heart, mind and soul by focusing on the gift of food from my hosts rather than worrying about or succumbing to human theories about nutrition and sickness. I would have three more opportunities to eat raw bacon on fresh Ukrainian bread with no ill effects during what was for me my own Lindbergh-like adventure of a lifetime.
So, not taking so much thought about what we eat appears to be a good, lifelong habit. Today’s food science, with its focus on [“eat this, don’t eat that, this will make you ill, that will make you strong, this will weaken your immune system, etc.”] limits our lives in so many ways. I’ve found that food science grounded in spiritual truths offers us lives of unlimited adventure and robust health.
Steve Drake is a health writer focusing on the leading edge of thought, consciousness, spirituality and health. He is also a liaison to the media and to the legislature for Christian Science in Missouri.