Monday, March 29, 2010

The Week in Words

Melissa at Breath of Life hosts the Week in Words. In her own words: " just write a post of the quote(s) that spoke to you during the week (attributed, of course) and link back here. They can be from any written source, i.e. magazine, newspaper, blog, book. The only requirement is that they be words you read."

I love good quotes that really make me think or strike my heart so I'm right in here. How about you? Join us as we share the quotes the that spoke to us over the week.
"It is as easy to draw back a stone thrown with force from the hand, as to recall a word once spoken."

Menander as quoted in Here Burns My Candle
by Liz Curtis Higgs pg 117
This one always hits me no matter how or where I find it written. I'm one who very easily lets things out of my mouth that I wish I had stopped up and thought about first, and then of course it is impossible to grab those words and stuff them back. It is an area that God is on a constant work with in my life and something that He is trying to teach me to be always aware of. I am so much better but still have much work to do. Sigh.

This next quote really hit me because I've been trying to make better choices as to the food I allow into my body. I'm definitely not to the point of study and buying right from the farmer type of eating (expense, people, expense!) that a lot who are way more knowledgeable than I, but that doesn't mean I can't make small steps each day and do what I am able. I am definitely not in the category of food snob, far, very far, from it, and will never be, but at the same time I want to make better choices than I am right now. As I'm in the middle age bracket (heaven's, I hate even typing that but it's a fact) I want and need to make small choices that make big steps in my overall health. Here the author is talking about how our eating used to be much simpler before government stepped in and convenience foods and/or eating out became our norm. I'm interested in this because I tend to be on the end of thinking that government and media get on their little bandwagons and tout semi research as absolute facts and then retract them years later. Simple eating has become complicated and expensive which it should never be. Anyway, I'm just trying to make better choices within the things I buy. So...

"...a lot of people in the government developed an opinion about why all the people were getting fat.
And suddenly, food got really complicated...Something that ought to be easy as pie -literally- became fraught with challenges, shrouded in myth, and obscured by a combination of complicated government regulation, marketing mystique, and dietary hysteria."

David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding
quoted from Cook This, Not That

"Here's the actual good news: So much of the confusion about what to eat and how to eat surrounds the stuff that's prepackaged or cooked up in a restaurant. Cook at home, for example, and you'll automatically put a damper on your trans fat consumption. home, in the comfort of your kitchen, you're in full control. No secret fats, no hidden sugars, no misleading menu descriptions. Just you and the simple building blocks for your next meal."

David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding
quoted in Cook This, Not That
pg. 4

I love this set of books. They are in the Eat This, Not That series. I find them really a simply written guide that helps you to make better choices at restaurants, the grocery store and this particular book, with cooking at home. They actually show you in terms of brand names which are better choices and why. They don't advocate buying super expensive foods, they just give you tools to make better choices.

To join in, head on over to Melissa's.


Barbara H. said...

That first quote is definitely convicting.

Did you see Janie Oliver's Food Revolution that premiered last week? He's a chef from England who came to what was supposed to be the unhealthiest city in the world and began trying to teach families and schools about cooking with real, whole foods rather than processed stuff. It was sad but eye-opening, especially all the government regulations in regard to school cafeteria meals.

Beck said...

I'm really enjoying the This, Not That series TOO! It makes healthy eating so DOABLE, and I think that's really important.

Susanne said...

So do I Beck, that is exactly why I like these books. They are more realistic for the average person.

Jerralea said...

I enjoyed reading your post on This Week in Words. (I'm going to have to look into that - looks like it is right up my alley ...)

Anyway, I enjoyed especially the quote you shared from Liz Curtis Higgs. Learning to think before I speak is one of the first challenges as a young adult that I seriously addressed. I've made great strides over the years, but still have a ways to go!

Islandsparrow said...

Very interesting Suzanne - I'm working on the first quote alongside you.

And I'm going to request David Zinczenko's books from the library. Thanks for the ht.

Faith said...

LOVE that first quote. yikes...convicting to me!!

Sounds like a neat set of books about nutrition, etc.