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MB #029: Pagan Christianity, Hunger, and The Carrot Test

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Hey friends,

Welcome back to The Mission Briefing, the weekly newsletter with the goal to equip you with what you need to accomplish your family's unique mission.

Today at a glance:

  • Food For Thought: Hunger
  • Quote: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Fitness Tips: The carrot test and the veggie-first strategy
  • Book: Pagan Christianity
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🧠 Food For Thought:

I'm convinced that one of the detriments of our modern era of food production and availability is that humans have lost the skill of enduring hunger. We have an abundance of food that allows us to eat at the first sign of 'perceived hunger', boredom, or emotional stress. In general, men have lost touch with doing hard things, one of which is the ability to endure a few extra hours of hunger before eating. Does this play a role in our health epidemics? You bet.

✍️ Quote Of The Week:

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." - J.R.R. Tolkien

💪 Health And Fitness Tips:

1. In light of our food for thought above, here's a great way to test true hunger versus cravings - even though there's still good reason to practice enduring hunger:

Try the carrot filter.

If you feel hungry, ask yourself "Would I eat a whole raw carrot right now?"

If not, then you are having a craving.

If yes, then you're likely experiencing authentic hunger, which I would suggest you then eat the healthy choice - the carrot.

Very few people crave raw carrots or any other raw veggie (with exceptions). It's often a great way to filter and discern what you're really experiencing.

2. If you struggle with overeating, try the veggie-first approach.

When you sit down for any meal, eat 2 fist-sized servings of veggies.

This could be a small salad, some raw veggie appetizers (like carrots, broccoli, and bell pepper with hummus), or whatever veggies you're serving with the meal.

Then continue to eat the rest of the meal.

The fiber will help fill you up with low-calorie, high-nutrient foods - also known as nutrient-dense food. Additionally, veggies often require a lot more chewing which is telling the brain to increase fullness signals. By the time you get to calorie-rich foods, you'll be fuller and have an easier time using moderation.

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