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.