I recall visiting India for 10 weeks back in 1998. Back than I used to eat beef, hot dogs and pork and plenty of cola’s to wash it down. I also used to pour sugar in my tea and coffee to make it sweeter. I usually exercise but ate unhealthy foods. After returning to USA from India, I told my wife Denise, I missed hamburgers and I want to get couple of whoppers from Burger King and a large cola drink. I ate those whoppers for couple weeks everyday to satisfy the need. In India many of the Indians do not eat beef or pork due to religious reasons. Hindus respect and worship cow, and the Muslims (Islamic) do not eat pork, because of uncleanliness. When I first arrived US back in 1964 from India (at age 18), I did not have any beef or pork while growing up in India. But, as I settled in US, I ate beef and pork and drank plenty of cola’s for about 42 years, most of my adult life.
I had excessive cholesterol in my body, and my doctor told me back in 2002 to cut back on red meat and exercise more. I did follow up what my physician told me, and brought down my cholesterol down. I completely stopped eating the beef and pork in 2006, after seeing the movie “Fast Food Nation”. Instead of eating beef, pork and hotdogs, I eat turkey, chicken, fish and eggs. When I mention temple, I am talking about respecting and honoring our bodies as a temple. Do you ever question what happens when we are not healthy and not feeling good in our physical system? Just because the meat is available in plenty and eat plentifully that produce unhealthy results, is that respecting our bodies? I recall drinking diet 7ups constantly for many years, and sugar in my coffee and tea tasted “good”. But, the price many pay with diabetes as they get older?
In “our land of plenty”, many of us indulge in eating “bad” foods without even questioning it. Are we caught up with meat industry and supermarket commercials and neglect our health? Are we so addictive, that without cola’s, we can’t eat our meals at a restaurant or at fast food joints? Are we respecting and honoring our bodies? Food for thought.
Rev. Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas