Whole Foods

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Since living in Charlottesville for nearly three months, it didn’t take me long to pick up on the fact that most locals are all about natural, local, organic healthy food.  Pretty much anywhere you live, fresh and local is totally hip, but Charlottesville takes it to a whole new level.  My friends warned me I would quickly pick it up, but I didn’t believe them…I’m a processed foods girl through and through, give me some Doritos, Coke (with high fructose corn syrup), and Sour Patch kids, and I’m one happy girl! 

However, I do like to adapt to new cultures and so slowly but surely, I’m learning to bring my grocery bags with me to the store, stock up on my produce at the farmer’s market, and get the fancy bread from the fancy bakery, even when it’s not on sale.  I have to tell you, it doesn’t really support my quest for frugal groceries, but fresh, natural food is delicious!  I don’t think I can ever go back. 

I’ve always heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I just thought that the phrase was coined by overachievers to make them feel good about themselves.  I mean, really, who even has time for breakfast?  I’m lucky if I can eat 3 flakes of Special K in my car on the way to work.  But, last week, I had an epiphany… 

Encouraged by my friend Virginia to invest in some Great Harvest bread and sunflower butter (yes, sunflower), I have discovered a new delicious breakfast routine: two slices of toasted “Cville Crunch” bread with sunflower butter on one side and fresh apricot jam from the farmer’s market on the other.  It takes a little time, but it’s delicious, ya’ll! 

I didn’t notice the results right away, but day-by-day, I noticed that I wasn’t as tired during the day, I didn’t need 5 snacks to carry me to lunch and dinner, and overall, I just felt better.  Please forgive me for stating the obvious, but this little novice is only just beginning to learn that what we put into our bodies matters. 

Similarly, what we nurture our hearts and souls with makes a difference.  In today’s culture of information overload, there is copious amounts of information to devouron the internet, email, facebook, twitter, cell phones, TVit’s everywhere.  But what are we feeding on first thing in the morning?

Like a good breakfast can set the tone for the day, so can feeding on a little inspiration from our God.  I know mornings are rushed and super busy, but spiritually, our hearts need nourishment.  We need the strength, refreshment, and perspective that only He can supply as we start our days.  Let’s make feeding on His Word and Promises a priority.

“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.”
Jeremiah 15:16 
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”  
Psalm 143:8