A Few Thoughts On Food And Tradition

Good Morning, God!

I know from the Book of Leviticus that FOOD is important to You. There are a lot of Rules in that Book. I confess, it has been years since I read it. Hmm. Yes, You’re Right. It would be a good idea for me to pause and read SOME of it before continuing our Conversation!

That was a Surprise! It was only Chapter Eleven that talked about food — clean and unclean MEATS. I guess I was hoping to find a section on eating vegetables. Hmm. Yes, that was in the book of Daniel, wasn’t it. I suppose that was because Daniel and his friends would have had no way of telling if the King’s food was clean or unclean.

Meanwhile, what’s been on my mind is how colorful traditional diets are! The photo here is of a Persian dish — sabzi — mostly green herbs! Suz wrapt them in a piece of flatbread and dug in! An older man next to us asked her, “Are you Persian?” And then added that he had NEVER seen an American eat like that!

I think back, God, to the iceberg lettuce of my childhood — or the creamed celery of my Canadian father. So Colorless! What is it that Michael Pollan said? That ALL tradition diets support life and good health — EXCEPT THE AMERICAN DIET!

Suz observed at our Persian meal that we have become “unlinked” from our Traditions. We are like Children, Set Free, to chose what we WANT! No wonder we have wandered into the Land of Excess — The Land of Sugar — The Land of Tastes Good.

It is kind of scary, God. What will it take to deliver us from “The Sugar Serpent?” Please help us, God! Please help ME!

Story teller,

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