Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Get. Excited.

Check it out! This is officially my 89th blog post! *YAYYYYYY!!!!* I know, right? See, told you- exciting. So, I was thinking about doing a countdown beginning with my 90th blog post. #100 will be the "blast off" post- A.K.A. the zero of the countdown. But what to do...? A picture a day? A random fact a day? A verse a day? Answering a question a day from readers? Guest blog posts? Why don't you decide! This is my nifty little way of making you do the thinking for me. You like how I did that? Anyway, please, please, pleeeeeaaaase submit an idea for my "Countup to 100" extravaganzaaaaaa! If you would like to submit an idea but would prefer to submit it privately, please e-mail me at brittany.engebretsen@gmail.com. You can also make a comment anonymously. Otherwise, comment away as usual!

Let's make this interesting.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Mathematics and the Messiah?

My father-in-law sent this to Travis, and it was pretty interesting. Therefore, I thought I would share it with you, dear reader! Enjoy!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tooooooo Muchhhhhhh Sugarrrrrrrrr!!!!!!


^ That is my brain on Hershey's Kisses.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

One Year and One Month =]

"Don't go changing, to try and please me
You never let me down before
Don't imagine you're too familiar
And I don't see you anymore
I wouldn't leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times, I'll take the bad times
I'll take you just the way you are

Don't go trying some new fashion
Don't change the color of your hair
You always have my unspoken passion
Although I might not seem to care

I don't want clever conversation
I never want to work that hard
I just want someone that I can talk to
I want you just the way you are.

I need to know that you will always be
The same old someone that I knew
What will it take till you believe in me
The way that I believe in you.

I said I love you and that's forever
And this I promise from the heart
I could not love you any better
I love you just the way you are."

-"Just The Way You Are" by Billy Joel

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

We Were Hopping and Bopping to the Crockodile Pot!

=D Get it? The title? HAAAAAAA!!

I am going to share with you a wonderful slow cooker recipe. It was first introduced to me by my mentor during my teaching internship. It comes from Brenda Arnold who submitted the recipe to Allrecipes.com. What I love about this recipe is that it contains few ingredients, it can be modified according to taste preferences, it takes barely any time to prepare, and it makes plenty of servings (for large families or small families that want to "stretch" meals for financial or time limitations).

Okie dokie! Now that that is out of the way, here is the recipe. Enjoy!


2 (10.75 ounce) cans of condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix

1 1/4 cups water (My mentor advised me to add 2-3 beef bullion cubes in order to add a little bit of flavor.)

5 1/2 pounds pot roast


1. In a slow cooker, mix cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix and water. Place pot roast in slow cooker and coat with soup mixture.

2. Cook on High setting for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low setting for 8 to 9 hours.


Easy peasy, right? The preparation time is 10 minutes! What could be simpler?! Okay... maybe something microwaveable or PB&J, but what could be simpler and substantial...er...? That's riiiight. Anywho, I made this pot roast this morning (it is on low cooking right now), and I added chopped up carrots to it. I didn't have any potatoes, but I would recommend adding chopped potatoes, carrots, and any other vegetables your family likes. Maybe not lettuce, though, because that will get soggy and gross. Plus, who wants meat-flavored lettuce? NOT ME! However you choose to make it, this is a simple meal that is sure to tickle your taste buds and impress your guests!
Ciao... down! =D

Monday, January 17, 2011

Is There Anybody Out There?

E-mail: brittany.engebretsen@gmail.com
Chain mail=NO!

Cell Phone: HA! Yeah right! I don't want any weirdos calling me! (Shoot me an e-mail if you want my number!)

You know what... I just had an epiphany... I am really not going to give out anything other than my e-mail here because of the aforementioned reason, so go ahead and shoot me an e-mail if you want my Skype name, AIM name, or cell phone number. Ha ha! Sorry about that! I began writing this blog with every intention of giving out my Skype and AIM names, but then as I thought about it just now I was like, "Hmmm, that is stupid..." Thus, please e-mail me so that we can chat.

That is one of the sad things about leaving Facebook- it did help me easily keep in touch with friends through Facebook Chat and the messages. However, I have already received a couple of e-mails from people who wanted to keep in touch despite my leaving Facebook, and I have really enjoyed how much more personal it feels communicating with them. It isn't posted on a wall for all to see, and I can really just take my time reading and responding to what they have to say.

Anywho, this is just my personal opinion. I am not trying to rebuke others for having Facebook by any means. I am simply expressing that I am personally enjoying my communication/life without it. =]

With that said, please feel free to e-mail, call, or IM me at any time! Okay... not any time... if you call at like 2:00 AM, I will be kind of peeved. Puppy Ciao!

P.S. If you understood my title (A.K.A. where/who it comes from), you get a cookie- a virtual cookie... O <--- there it is... I know it looks like an uppercase o, but trust me... it is a virtual sugar cookie. Bon appetit! If you "get" the title without having to "Google", please comment with your answer/guess! No cheating!

Chaotic Cleaning Collision of Cool... Caribou

So I discovered a new method of cleaning the other day. I like to call it "Whirlwind Cleaning". This is a type of cleaning where you give yourself about 1 and 1/2 hours for you and your spouse/roommate/poor innocent friend roped into cleaning with you must go throughout your entire condo/dorm/home/apartment/etc. cleaning the main areas that need... cleaning. Now, to some, this may sound like normal, weekly cleaning. To those of you who are as naturally compulsive as I am, you understand why I have a problem with this. You see, when I start to clean my condo, I become a stubborn, OCD, nit-picky cleaning fiend. Instead of just doing the minor cleaning things to make the condo look nice and neat, I have to go all-out and make sure I clean every nook and cranny perfectly.

This becomes a problem because it tends to create an "all or nothing" cleaning theory. "If I start now, it is going to be a difficult, drawn-out process that will take hours and hours to accomplish. Therefore... nahhhhh. I will try another time." See that being a problem? If not, please read it again because it is super obvious.

This becomes a massive issue because then the condo gets messier and dirtier, yet I refuse to clean up because I know how much of my day it will devour. Well, this compulsive cleaning style comes to an abrupt halt when a guest calls up and says that he will be there in about an hour and a half (much earlier than you expected). Chris, if you are reading, yes... that was you.

This happened the other day, and boy, I will tell ya... although my jaw dropped at the news of an early arrival, I didn't have time to pick it back up! *Insert image of me running around the condo cleaning whilst my jaw sways limply to and fro* ... kind of a disturbing image... reminds me of Jacob Marley in Disney's animated A Christmas Carol. If you have seen it, you know what I mean. If you haven't, what are you waiting for? Go see it right now. I know it is mid-January, but seriously... now. Trust me, it is good. Anyway!

I didn't know that I could clean so fast. It was like magic. Oh, and let's discuss how my mom and dad gave me this new vacuum that they weren't using. It is one of those ones that has the bag compartment rolling around while you vacuum using another piece attached by the hose... something like this...

So anyway, I have officially named mine "The Ninja Vac".

Please note the legit ninja dress shoes.

That's right... ninja. Why? Because as I was busting around the condo with that thing, I could detach the head, use the hose to pick up bigger things (small pieces of paper and such), reattach it, and resume vacuuming in seconds flat! With my other vacuum, it was a big hassle because the hose was looped around a hook and attached to the side; hard to explain- all you need to know is that it was a pain in the bootayyy. The Ninja Vac is thusly named because I plugged the cord into the wall on one spot- ONE SPOT!- and it reached the whole condo. Yes, my condo is a relatively small size, but not that small! Let's also discuss the annoying cord situation that occurs with other vacuums:

1. You spend a junkload of time unwrapping the cord in order to vacuum the house- a task that you don't want to do in the first place!

2. You vacuum each room, dragging the cord to as far as it can reach, getting frustrated when it runs out prematurely.

3. You (annoyed) pull the cord out of the outlet, plug it into another outlet, and proceed.

4. Finally, you are finished. Phew! Ahhh, time to relax, but then... NOOO! The cord... it still needs to be wrapped BACK around the hooks on the vacuum.

5. Wrap, wrap, wrap, wrap, attempt to clip the plug onto the cord... attempt again... drop plug... oh snap! It is unwrapping again!!! Re-wrap, clip plug, chuck vacuum angrily into the closet and proceed with the rest of the cleaning- that is... unless you are too stinkin' frustrated to continue at that point.

Not with the Ninja Vac! You simply press a button, and the cord retracts back into the vacuum... that's right. Be jealous. Needless to say,





with my new vacuum!

Thanks, Mom and Dad! I appreciate the Ninja Vac more than you could even fathom! Did I mention that it sucks the dust right off the baseboards? Ahhhh, blissful vacuum.

Thus, with my new vacuum, my hubby, 1 and 1/2 hours of time, and a bucketload of stress, that condo was ready for company. At least, I hope so... Chris, if it wasn't... stuff a sock in it!!! I need the other readers to believe me!

Anywho, do you have a similar impromptu cleaning extravaganza story? Please share it below as a comment! I would love to have a good laugh over a story with which I can relate. If you just want to express that you liked or disliked this post, feel free to use the "Fast Feedback" buttons. Have a glorificiouso day! And happy cleaning!

P.S. I am aware of the fact that I shouldn't begin a sentence with a conjunction... it is called WLS: "A Writer's License to Style". No, I just made that up actually.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ruh Roh!

Okay, so apparently switching the URL for the blog is causing more problems then I had hoped. Joy and rapture... that is ruptured vein from all the stress!!!! Deeeeeep breaths..... phew! All righty then, I'm good. It's good. Fabulous.

Now then, if you subscribed to T.A.B.L.E. Talk, GREAT! And sorry. Now that I have switched to this new, fabulous URL, you must re-subscribe because otherwise, you will be getting updated posts from the other website which I will not be using other than to direct people used to the other URL to the new URL. joyous, right?

Sorry about this! Hope you aren't terribly annoyed. See? This is what the "dislike" button is for... so that you can vent your frustrations in a virtual, non-pain-inducing-to-Brittany kind of way! =D Anyway, the same rules apply to subscribe to the blog; unfortunately you just need to redo it because the blog is confused. It isn't even one full year old; give it a break! It will prove itself to you! It promises! Anywho...


Friday, January 14, 2011


Well, I am a little peeved right now... not much... just a little. It isn't a big enough deal to get too peeved about it at all. I will save massive "peeve-ation" for another, more serious occasion. It is just that... when I switched out the URL, all of the "likes" disappeared!!! What is with THAT?! Boo! Anyway, that is all. Adios, people!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Turn and Face the Strange Ch-Ch-Changes!

Hey everyone! Just popping on here really quickly to announce that the new URL for my blog will soon be http://tabletalkny.blogspot.com. I thought that would be easier to remember and spell. Sorry that so many changes are happening at once, but "I do believe (they) have been changed for the better..." Anyway, sorry about the mass confusion! Please bear with me! Just remember the title of the blog- T.A.B.L.E. Talk plus the state in which we reside- New York! Please do me a gihunkous favor and click "like" or "dislike" (doesn't really matter which; I am looking for a large enough number) so that I know you have acknowledged the change. I don't want to switch over prematurely and have people thinking my blog no longer exists. After all, I was crazy enough to get rid of Facebook. What would stop me from deleted my blog as well?! Don't worry, I haven't gone that utterly mad... yet. Happy blogging!

My Movie Review: The Santa Clause Series

The Santa Clause: * * * * *


The Santa Clause 2: *


The Santa Clause 3: none


the end.

Taking Out the Trash

How to Take Out Your Garbage:

1. Just kidding.

This post is not- I repeat- not about taking out actual trash. Therefore, if you need instruction on how to remove actual waste from your home, please seek help elsewhere... and I do mean... seek help.

This is about some recent changes I have made.

1. No cable.

2. No Facebook. (*gasp*!)

I know, go ahead and get your "Oh my!" and "Golly-gee-willicurs!" faces out. Yes... that is how you spell it. No really though I have no idea.

I have decided to take out the garbage that has been wasting countless, precious, God-given hours of my life. It is time to remove elements of my life that are not encouraging me to live the abundant life the Lord has planned for me. Therefore, the cable. gone. The Facebook account. deleted.

How will I ever keep up with my friends and family you may ask. Well, there is a nifty little invention that I have found to be extremely useful. It is called a cell phone. Have you heard of it? It is a CLEVER little device on which you press a certain, specific code of numbers. You then wait a moment while the phone, using that code, attempts to access the person's (for which you used the code) same little device. AMAZING! The best part is this:

1. You can actually hear the other person... now THAT is live chatting for you!

2. They can hear you, too!

3. Your tone is less likely to be misinterpreted. In other words, you are much less likely to get into those pointless "online spats".

4. You are also less likely to get into trouble due to your words being saved in written format. Think about that... every time you post something, it is saved and could be used against you in a court of law.

5. If you are feeling particularly primitive and just need to write/type something to someone, many cell phones have a "text messaging" system. That's right... you can use the device with which you can speak live to someone to type words to them in order to communicate more slowly!!! Fascinating, right?

There is another method: e-mail. I can use this if I need to say a lot without getting interrupted or having an annoying message pop up telling me that I need to stuff a sock in it because I am blabbing over the character count.

If I reallllllly want to feel "old-fashioned", I could send a... get ready for it... LETTER! Woah. "It sounds crazy, but it just might work!" I put that in quotes because I know it is used a lot... so I don't really have a place from which to quote it, but I know it is a quote... so I put quote marks.


Considering that I like making cards and like actually... writing (...with a pen and paper... if you haven't done it recently, you should try. It is a real thrill.), writing letters could be a fun, creative way of communicating for me. Hey, it may be primitive, but at least it isn't still being transported via Pony Express. Now it is Federal Express!!!! Haha! Get it? Because they are both... express...es... That lame joke/pun/thing doesn't even work because I use the USPS for letters and such. poo. Oh well! Let's carry on!

What was I saying? Oh yeah, I am getting rid of Facebook. No, I didn't make a spectacle of it on Facebook, writing the proverbial "announcement" post: "I am leaving Facebook forever *insert scary horror movie music here*, if you want to contact me, my e-mail address is brittany.engebretsen@gmail.com. Oh, and I have an iChat, too. And Skype. And a cellphone. Goodbye cruel Facebook world! I shall miss thee!" I just figure that my true friends will eventually realize that I no longer have a Facebook and will contact me some other way. Most likely, he or she will have my number or e-mail address. If not, he or she can find a way to get those things. And people who I was just "friends" with on Facebook... really won't care! It all works out!

Anyway, the reason I am announcing my lack of Facebook on here is because through deleting it, advertising for my blog has gone kaput. As you probably remember, I used to share my posts via Facebook as soon as I had published them. I (obviously) can no longer do that. Soooo if you want to continue reading my posts when I publish them but you don't want to have to check the blog on a regular basis (although I'm sure it is on your to-do list every. single. solitary. day.), you can subscribe via the two little buttons at the top of the blog under the verse from Hebrews. One reads "Posts" and one reads "All Comments"... yeah... those...yes... no... you had it right the first time!

If you want to subscribe via e-mail, click the button and then click "Atom", not "Eve". Get it?! Ba-dum...cha! After clicking "Atom", you will be directed to another page. Once there, you will see a little box with an arrow thingie to the right. Click the arrow thingie. Then click "Choose Application...", and find your mail application, click it, and voila! That is how it works on a Mac. I am not sure how to operate it on a PC. Therefore, if you have a PC and you correctly figured out how to subscribe via e-mail, please post the instructions as a comment below.

If you wish to subscribe a different way, please disregard all that has been written in the previous paragraph. Thank you. =]

Oh, yeah, and if you want to be the bestest of friends forever and ever, you can totally share any of my posts that you find interesting on your Facebook. See how I just encouraged you to advertise for me? =D

All righty then... what else is there for me to say? I love you all (all... 3 of you readers... ok fine, that includes me...), and I hope you have a glorious Thursday! Bye bye now!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon was an adorable, animated full-length film with a lot to offer. From its skillfully made animation to its adorable, tight plot, this movie had me on my toes for the vast majority of it. Speaking of which, this movie, though animated, may be too much for young children considering its action scenes and the fact that it is... well... about dragons! Some of the more intense scenes involved loud sounds and music with scary chasing and attacking content. For the average 10-year-old, I would not worry about showing them this movie. To watch the movie with a child younger than that, one would have to gauge how his or her child normally reacts to action movies involving chasing, fire, and fight scenes.

I don't want to give too much about the movie away because explaining the whole movie isn't my job! That's your job- to go see the movie for yourself! Trust me, you won't regret it. What I will say is that overall, the movie was a delight! The main dragon was created with such an endearing personality that it was impossible to dislike him. He had cat-like movement and dog-like playfulness that left me wanting to have my own dragon! In fact, that is about the only disappointing factor in the entire movie: you will so fall in love with the leading dragon, that you will be somber over the fact that you simply cannot own one due to the fact that they don't exist!

This movie had a deep theme to it about understanding versus fighting. It shows that things are not always as they seem and that perhaps there is a reason for someone behaving a certain way, a personal situation that is causing him or her to act in ways of which you disapprove. Perhaps if you walked a day in his or her shoes (or in this case, flew a day in his or her wings!), you would see the cause of unwanted feelings or actions. This sounds confus-ilating now, but trust me, once you see the movie, you will understand the morals of which I speak... er... write.

The famous and over-used analogical phrase "You can't judge a book by its cover" takes on a fresh, positively adorable new packaging in this film, and I would highly encourage a discussion with your children after viewing it to make sure that they grasp this underlying moral concept. Perhaps movies like this one will encourage kids to better understand their "dragons" at school or other social areas.

Whether you are searching for a movie filled with moral analogies to teach your children or simply for an adorable, immensely entertaining film, How to Train Your Dragon is your Friday night flick! So pop some corn, cuddle up with your whole family, your significant other, or hey, with your teddy bear, and enjoy one of DreamWorks's most heartwarming, yet exciting films to date.

I Rate This Movie: * * * * *

Friday, January 7, 2011

Jesus is Delicious and Nutritious!

Balance. Moderation. If you have ever tried to be healthier or lose weight, you know these words. These words refer to concepts that are difficult- sometimes seemingly impossible to achieve. Well, I am a firm believer in moderation. Although I am a die-hard conservative, I understand the need for more liberal thinking in certain areas. For example, if everyone was conservative... we would eventually all die because there would be no more forests, trees, plants, etc. to keep oxygen flowing... imminent suffocation would occur. However, if everyone was liberal... we would eventually all die because everyone would be expecting everyone else to make food, build homes, and essentially take care of everyone else. Sure, the foliage would be fantastic, but everyone would be expecting everyone else to plow the crops, grind the wheat, etc., to turn that foliage into food. Thus, no one working=starvation. Starvation or suffocation? Take your pick... either will kill ya.

Well, recently I have (by the grace of the Lord) begun eating healthier. I have tried to stay away from preservatives, pointless calories, and gluttony. The Bible says to do all things unto the glory of God, thus, I have tried to change my eating habits to obey this command (After all, is not eating part of "all things"?). Well, with eating healthier comes that unreachable goal of keeping balance and moderation with what I consume. It is quite simple really. Food has categories:

Junk Food

These are foods that you could live your entire life without. You could be 100% healthy never touching any of these foods. Potato chips, Cheez-Its, crackers, candy, chocolate, etc. all fall into this category. Now you are probably thinking, "Chocolate is good for you!!!" No. Cacao is good for you... chocolate has refined sugars in it. Plus, most likely you can get most of the "health benefits" of chocolate from other places. Either way, let's just avoid the argument by saying, the avoidable chocolate is milk chocolate and white chocolate- chocolate with a low percentage of cacao and a high percentage of milk and sugar. Either way, you know what is in this category... the junk. The stuff where if you look on the back of the package, not only can you not discern what half of the ingredients are, but you also cannot understand why all the chemicals and garbage thrown together taste so good! These foods make you addicted easily. The more you eat these, the more you want them. The good news is that the longer you go without eating these foods, the less you want them.


Ahh, fruit. Such an important part of one's diet, so healthy! Fruit is healthy; however, beware of it becoming an "alternate addiction". You see, once you take the really, really bad stuff out of your diet, you may switch from eating candy to eating fruit... wonderful! However, remember that fruit can be very high in calories and sugar. Now, it does not contain the horrible refined sugars, but it still has sugar nevertheless. This is not as easy to become addicted to as junk food, but it can become addicting, especially if it replaces your addiction to junk food. The problem with fruit is that it becomes a comfortable addiction. You always hear that fruit is good for you, so you figure that eating tons of fruit isn't bad. Your addiction is healthy. The more you eat of fruit, the more you want it. The less you eat fruit, the less you want it.

Vegetables and Protein

Have you ever just said to yourself, "Man, I could reallllyyy use some spinach right now!" or "A Brussels sprout would just HIT the spot!" Try getting addicted to vegetables... good luck. Try getting addiction to chicken, fish, or steak. Noooo, not Mickey D's fried, breaded chicken-head concoctions... just a plain, baked or grilled chicken breast. What about veggies with no dressing? Nothing to make them seem tastier to us? What about chicken and steak with no sauce... no spices? Would you really, truly want veggies or protein more than fruit or junk food then? I like to think of these foods as the ones that you have to choose to eat because you know that they are good for you. Now don't get me wrong. I am not saying that your body doesn't know what is good for it. Your body could be craving chicken and broccoli, but with what do you decide to fill it? Same thing applies: the more you eat these, the more you want them. The less you eat these, the less you want them.

Many times, our body needs something that is in a certain food, but instead of giving it the food it knows it needs, we give it the junk or the junk's replacing, better-looking, yet still addicting food- such as fruit. It isn't that our body is never telling us to eat good stuff, it is just that many times we say, "Yeah, yeah, eat these chips! That will make you happy!" And indeed, that junk food will make your taste-buds soar for about... eh... 5 minutes at most. However, once full of the junk, there is no longer room for a good meal, so we skip it. Surprisingly, though, even though we "don't have room" for a decent meal, we can always eat a few more chips. Why? Because they hold us under their addiction at that point- they are very hard to resist. So after filling up on garbage, we end up with... well... a tummy-ache. Even if we eat too much fruit, the acid gets to us. The sugar may make us even crash land and feel horrible by the end of the day. You see... there is a difference between what your body needs and yearns for and with what you decide to fill it.

This is the way I look at being a follower of the Lord. Now, hold up! I am not crazy! ...Okay, who am I trying to fool? If you have read any of my other posts, you already know I am 100% out of my mind. So I may be crazy, but still, hear me out. Nutritionally balanced discipleship:

Junk food

Simply put- sin. You could have a wonderful, full life never, ever needing to sin. The truth is, we want to sin. Sin is an addiction. Whether your sin is cursing, drunkenness, lust, wrath, gluttony, etc., etc.... it addicts you. When we look at the actual ingredients, however, we see the garbage:

Cursing: Letting fowl language that makes you look tacky and cheap flow from your lips just to hurt someone or express pain. Trying to seek shallow approval from others (individuals who are probably not worth being friends with anyway) by using swear words in everyday language and jokes because "This joke just requires it."

Drunkenness: The horrible effects drunkenness has on your body and mind. The fact that you lose complete control and can end up sleeping in your own vomit at the end of the night.

Lust: The disgustingly pathetic people involved in the pornography industry. The ragged girls and men that have torn hearts and lives trying to fulfill their deep desire to feel desired by wasting their bodies on other people who feel the same way but are too hurt to ever commit.

Wrath: Allowing yourself to completely lose your mind in order to fulfill your lust for vengeance. Making yourself seem like a hateful person who allows others to control him or her through "getting at him or her" to the point where you explode, losing any witness you once had.

Gluttony: trying to fill your emptiness with food to the point where you feel sick and look fat. Once self-esteem plummets, you eat more, trying to feel better with empty calories.

If we look at the packaging of sin... it... is actually really gross. It contains trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated oil! It is nasty and useless! How could we want it? How could it taste so good? Well, we have a sin nature for one. I mean, it is hard to explain but... we naturally desire the bad. After all, think of the food we like to snack on!!! However, think of the other thing I said... the more we have, the more we want... the longer we go without, the less we want. The same thing applies here. If you are struggling with a sin that has you in addictive bondage, the only way to get free is to let God free you and help you hold off from the "junk food". It will be excruciating at first, but eventually, as you starve yourself of that sin with the Lord's guidance, you will be set free! Does that mean you will NEVER sin again?! Ha! I wish! Because you change to eating healthy does not mean you will never see another slice of pie... in fact, the next addiction could be chips instead of pie! It simply means that once you begin eating the healthier things and your addiction is far away, it will be easier to hang on to your Heavenly Father's hand and say, "No!" The longer without, the less you want it.


This is going to church, worshiping to music, and having fellowship with other believers. These are all good things... in moderation. The problem is, we begin to fill up on these things without really much substance. These are good for you, yes, but you cannot live on fruit. The real problem with these things is the same as the problem with fruit. They are a "healthy addiction" because technically, they are good for you. In fact, the interesting thing about fruit is that you can be openly addicted to it! As a Christian, you would not be openly addicted to pornography and be okay with it. That is like me shoveling down two bags of potato chips in front of perfectly skinny and fit women! Please! I would be wayyyyy too embarrassed to show my addiction to them! Well, if I was around a bunch of obese, large women... BRING ON THE CHIPS!!!! In today's culture, many non-Christian men are open with their desire for pornography with their non-Christian friends. Once they become Christians, though... their brothers and sisters in Christ are the "perfectly skinny and fit women" (All the men are thinking, "Wait a second! I have NEVER been a woman!!!" Bah! You know what I mean!)... now those Christian men who are struggling with porn hide that addiction. However, Christian men may spend copious amounts of time fellowshiping and going to church- perhaps even volunteering! This would be like me being in a room with those skinny women, and eating lots of fruit... it is no longer embarrassing! They are eating fruit too, and, well, it is good for us! This is the scary illusion of church, fellowship, worship, etc.... they are good, but not completely filling. However, we replace our sins with spending time with other Christians and think that our walks are perfect. In the end, we could just crash from the sugar high and acidity of the fruit. The more you eat, the more you want to eat. This is good, in moderation. For example, as long as I am not filling up every waking hour with church activities to the point where I cannot have some veggies and protein, then I am good! The less you eat, the less you want to eat. This is good, in moderation. For example, if you need to free up some space for veggies and protein, this can be good to eat less of the fruit. However, beware that you don't cut it out so much that you no longer desire to go to church or spend time with your brothers and sisters in Christ. That is dangerous as well... you need those antioxidants and Vitamin C!

Veggies and Protein

This is where we get really healthy in our walk. However, it has to be a choice. I am not addicted to hours on my knees in prayer with my Heavenly Father... I am not addicted to hours of studying His Word to know Him. In fact, in order to get myself to want to spend time with him, I usually have to put some sauce or dressing on my "good food" so that it tastes better to me. The sauce I use to get into the Word is Bible studies and books about the Bible. Why is it that I cannot just have a taste for plain spinach without ranch dressing? Why can I not eat a piece of plain chicken without salt, spices, or BBQ sauce? Do I actually have to use a Bible study and/or books involving the Bible in order to delve into the juicy, healthy Word of God? Sadly, yes. All I can say about sauces and dressings is... it is better than nothing. Sure, the healthiest food would be buck-naked veggies and proteins; however, it is better to have some sauce on veggies or protein than no veggies or protein at all. Plus, think of it this way, the more you eat of those things, the more you will want them... perhaps after doing a few Bible studies, you can begin to delve into the Word of God on your own without any other voice interjecting into the study. Please, please, PLEASE don't misunderstand! Bible studies are great! And for people who are just beginning to eat healthily, they are wonderful helps! They encourage you to want more personal time with Jesus. All I am saying is that, make sure you are addicted to Jesus, not the sauce. When that Bible study ends: when you run out of ranch, are you still going to delve into His Word each day: still going to eat those carrots?

It is a choice. Period. You may not feel like you will ever be addicted... but you will. Someday all followers of Christ will be eternally addicted to plain, un-sauced, un-dressingified JESUS CHRIST!!!! What's best is that He will be the most desired... no junk will even be available. We will fellowship (eat fruit) in moderation by Worshiping Jesus forever, together in one family. A healthy, forever fulfilling meal. The point is, eating proteins and veggies is a choice. You must choose daily to die to yourself and learn more about Jesus. Choose to know Him. Choose.

Does this mean that you will have to wait to get to Heaven before becoming addicted to the Lord? NO! The wonderful thing is that, as with eating better, once you have been eating well for awhile, choosing day-by-day to make healthy choices, eventually it will become routine for you to reach for a carrot instead of a candy bar. Not only that, but you will know how to satisfy your body so that when it tells you what it needs (A.K.A. when your spirit tells you what it needs), you will desire to fulfill it properly! Mmmm! And boy will it taste good! Add some church, some fellowship, some Vitamin C, and you got yourself a balanced relationship with the Savior! Isn't it interesting that Vitamin C keeps us from getting diseases and sicknesses, and fellowship keeps us accountable to stay away from spiritual disease?

Three more things:


It is easier to fall back into addiction toward junk food than it is to keep addicted to good food. I will use myself as an example. When I went to my parents' place in Tennessee this Christmas, I still ate pretty healthily, trying to avoid gorging myself with fattening treats. However, they were in the house, they were available. Therefore, I did eat some. By the time I returned to New York, I was craving things that I hadn't craved for awhile. I was falling into over-eating sweets and letting cravings conquer will-power. However, when I was in Tennessee, I wasn't craving veggies and fruits and protein each day! I wasn't begging for broccoli! But suddenly, back home, I was dying for dessert! My point is, if you let a little sin back into your life ("Just this one curse word..." "Just this one porn video...") it will grab you around the neck and refuse to let go. If I would have not eaten any junk while in TN, I would have come home and been fine. However, I let a little junk in, and it wanted to keep me under its addiction. The same thing applies to sin. Disciple of Christ, do not let even a little sin in... it will surely cause you more pain and stress than just bee-lining it away from the dessert table the moment you notice it across the room.


If you surround yourself with fat people, you will stay comfortably in your junk food addiction without worrying. Surround yourself with thin people. If you surround yourself with "thin and fit" Christians, you will surely be influenced to keep away from the french fries and eat something healthier to ensure that you lose some weight yourself and to ensure that you will not be rightly rebuked for your addiction to sin.


Surround yourself with good food. If you keep junk food in the house, you will privately consume it. If you struggle with pornography, get yourself an accountability partner and a block on your computer. If you struggle with anger, stay away from people who you know will provoke you; get an accountability partner. If it is impossible to stay completely away from them (A.K.A. family members, people at work, etc.), try to spend less time with them and pray the Lord will help you; get an accountability partner. If you struggle with drunkenness, stay away from the wine menu and stay away from nightclubs and bars. Go elsewhere to have fun; get an accountability partner. You get the gist. If you can't stay away from the potato chips, get them out of your house! Throw them out, right then and there! Starving people who have no other food to eat would kill to have what we would consider bland veggies and chicken. Take out the junk; starve yourself of sin, so that you will only want to consume Christ- all that He is, all that He was, and all that He will be. Change your body... change your life.

Have a blessed day. Let the Lord "feed" you with His nutritious, fulfilling Word! Make the choice to be a healthy disciple.