What to Eat?

Last week Diane and I were subjected to a random and fairly extensive medical check-up. The health insurance we have had for over 25 years was up for renewal, and our insurers noticed that we are not getting younger!

Before they could renew our cover, which had lapsed for a couple of months, they needed to be sure about our health. A doctor explained our results yesterday, and had a lot of good things to say. Everything they checked was good. At 64 or even 55 years, good health is actually God’s favor. Thank you, Lord!

So today, after a nice lunch of vegetables (carrots, peas, red beets and cabbages) and flying termites, and with the recent warning by the World Health Organization (WHO) ringing in my mind, I paused to take stock of the eating habits I have developed over the years.

My typical menu includes lots of vegetables and fruits, fish, chicken, and brown rice. Yes, a bit of ugali now and then, brown chapattis, nuts, soya milk. Almost no dairy products (butter, cheese, ice cream) and almost none of all the other sweet stuff. Very little red meat. O yes, and some herbs like stinging nettle, bitter leaf, and papaya leaves. Not to forget walking for exercise as often as possible. For a person who loved sugar and sweets, nyama choma (roast meat) and bacon, changing diet was not an easy task. It called for discipline and prayer. I still have to work on saying “no” to tempting food and desserts.

The WHO news flash which is generating quite a bit of discussion explains that processed meats (sausages, hot dogs) and beef increase the likelihood of cancer. For sure, some doctors are trying very hard to dispute these findings. The fact is, our world could be a lot healthier and happier if we all just exercised a bit of discipline in what we eat, both physically and spiritually.

If eating certain meats poses a health risk, it would only be realistic to start looking for possible alternatives. Other than the white meats (fish, chicken, or turkey), winged termites could very well make the cut. I know a few people who already consider these a delicacy. <:)

According to the International Journal of Food Nutrition and Safety (2012), those flying termites have high nutritional qualities. They are a good source of protein and other micro and macro nutrients. They have low phytic acid value and hydrocyanide value, meaning that they are harmless. They provide high-quality proteins and minerals, even when dried. Hmm, termites could actually be a good inclusion for nutritious international cuisine!

Seriously, though…. as stewards of God’s creation I believe it behooves us to make the right decisions, and I expect that these decisions will include what we will or will not eat. May God find us faithful even in this area of life.

~ Ibrahim

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About Omondis In Kenya

Ibrahim and Diane Omondi serve on the DOVE Christian Fellowship International Apostolic Council, giving oversight to the region of Africa. They have been ministering together in Kenya since 1984 and now oversee the work of more than 100 congregations in four nations. They also give leadership to the missions thrust of DOVE Africa which includes 14 Kenyan and Ugandan missionaries serving among unreached people groups in these nations. The Omondis direct Springs of Africa, a non-profit organization sponsoring micro-finance, community development and various education initiatives.
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4 Responses to What to Eat?

  1. Great reminder. Could we please cover those termites in chocolate though?

  2. Why not? Actually, seriously, we should give it a try. Will let you know how it works.

  3. Daniel Albitz says:

    Totally agree… well not completely – termites taste too bland to me! There needs to be some development there, like a termite cookbook or something!
    But seriously, one thought that has stirred within my soul this year – I need to be more selective! Our world today offers us so many options. While this perhaps makes us even better at choosing what we want, it also demands the discipline necessary to be selective of those options that are really best for us. We must be selective.

  4. Lilian says:

    …….’as stewards of God’s creation I believe it behooves us to make the right decisions, and I expect that these decisions will include what we will or will not eat.’

    May God find ME faithful even in this area of life.
    Thank you for sharing Pastor.

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