Holistic Health

I recently finished Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food. I started reading this book just days after watching Food, Inc. Simply reading the book or watching the film will really get you thinking about what you eat, how you eat, and even when you eat. This isn’t simply about health…it is a moral issue, an ethical issue. If they don’t change the way you eat, each will at least make you more mindful of the process of food.

While at Annual Conference,  I’ve been thinking about holistic health. As Bishop Schnase has been talking about the Five Practices of Fruitful Living, I keep thinking about the component that is missing…physical health. The five practices will lead us towards spiritual health and a vital faith life, but it sort of avoids the conversation about physical health.

He did talk about needing to let some things go in order to connect with God. Of course, in a room of Christian leaders, we tend to think about the big ones…”don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t chew…don’t go with girls who do.” But, some of those vice’s we’re clinging to are unhealthy eating habits and ignoring exercise. We get so busy “doing ministry” that we simply don’t have the time to take care of ourselves…and that, I believe, is dangerous.

Of course, this is somewhat difficult to talk about because I’m not exactly the picture of a holistically healthy person. But, I’m trying.

So, maybe the way we can practice radical hospitality and encourage risk-taking mission and service is to develop ministries that help people take care of themselves…spiritually, emotionally, and physically???

3 thoughts on “Holistic Health

  1. Jason–

    Amen to holistic health… but life gets in the way…hope new treatmentd for Emily are effective…we’ll pray, as well…but careful attention to good, healthy food…whatever can be eaten at whatever point your body is at…will certainly help.

    Britten finally went to a doctor, a woman, who is herself diabetic, and she gave him VERY good info on diet. (She was at IU in 1973, when we were there, studying cello, but after two years, decided to go with biology at Stanford, and then medical school)

    I know Marnie is working on diet and excercise, too.

    I’ll stay in toch, now that I’m “retired”….at least until I start something new.

    Oh, and the kiddie size ice creme at DQ is OK…once in a while….2 cones…one for Sammy, and you and Josh split one!

    Uncle John

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