It's Wednesday and I'm late with this post. I've been putting it off because the topic is FOOD. And that's a problematic issue in our family's life.
Does one have to be slim and eat like a bird before one can discover the hidden art in food? I don't know. I know Adam had a huge wake up call two weeks ago about his health, and he has a radically changed regimen now. His caloric intake, his portion sizes, his snacking ... it's all diminished profoundly. He's excited. He's gonna be thin, he says! I may lose some weight in a support role - haha!
But here's the rub: when you have to count every calorie that goes in your mouth and weigh out your portions with a scale and enter it all in an app on your iPad ... how in the world can that be hidden art?
We're a family that's into this:
Many of Schaeffer's recommendations are already part of our weekly lives: market fresh food, home baked bread, homemade soups and jams, and this past week Adam made his first batch of pickles! We have to avoid making cakes and pies. And we do eat our leftovers every day. We don't waste; we eat economically because we must. Adam makes the evening meals and he puts love, thought, and imagination into what he serves us. We invite friends over to share our food, and enjoy communication with our children at the table every evening. I think we do a good job following Schaeffer's advice in chapter eight.
But it's made us obese.
Adam discovered that his problem with food is this: he likes the taste. He wanted that taste over and over. He ate large portions and had seconds because he wanted more experience of whatever taste he was enjoying. It is kind of a insatiable greed for pleasures of flavor. Now he is trying to get lots of flavor in his food still, in each bite, using lower calorie foods and much smaller portions.
It would help to live at a place like L'Abri with hundreds of people to feed. A good cook could enjoy baking pies and cakes every day and be sure others would gobble them up! As Adam says, a cook needs eaters!! I'm sure Edith had many mouths to feed and got lots of exercise simply by the work she did every day, serving everyone.
I'm sorry to say that our joyful appreciation of food has led to health problems and even sin. Schaeffer doesn't discuss this aspect of food. (I wish she did.) But here's to hoping we can lose weight, be healthy, and still find the joy and beauty in food!
Read more posts about chapter eight over at Ordo Amoris.