say it like it is. My three year-old granddaughter introduced
me to her stuffed turtle.
his name? I asked.
name is Slow," she said. "Because heís slow."
your pink ponyís name? I had to ask.
Pony," she said.
simple. But my, how things get complicated when we grow up.
Most simple nutrition advice, for example, is backed up by
reams of complex research. A newborn baby thrives on the pure
simple milk of his mom. Yet we now know that human milk
contains thousands of distinct substances that protect infants
from infection while developing the brain and other
is it important for us to simply consume a balanced diet?
According to the scientific report of the 2015 Dietary
Guidelines Committee, "A healthy diet is a pillar of
well-being throughout the lifespan. It promotes the
achievement of healthy pregnancy outcomes; supports normal
growth, development and aging; helps maintain healthful body
weight; reduces chronic disease risks; and promotes overall
health and well-being." Wow.
feast or humble meal, our bodies still have basic needs. And
the interaction of substances within even the simplest of
foods is profound. Experts now agree itís not the
independent nutrients we consume but the synergy between
combinations of foods that has the greatest effect on our
health and vitality.
all pretty simple. Put more calories into your body than it
needs for energy and you will gain weight. Burn up more
calories than you consume and you will lose weight.
outside when itís 10 degrees below zero and the hairs in
your nose will freeze. Stay indoors and decorate a gingerbread
house with your granddaughter and your heart will be
the message is simple. Itís not the pills and supplements we
take but the foods from each nutrient group in balanced
proportions that brings the most benefit to our physical,
mental and emotional health. And this time of year especially,
we can appreciate that hungry bodies are nourished with simple
food; and hungry hearts are nourished with simple truths.
shines in the heavens. A child is born in a manger. Pretty
simple. Yet the impact of this event on our human race has
do we have Christmas?" my granddaughter asked me as we
put the final touches on her gingerbread house.
birthday party for Jesus, I said. And I was reminded that ó
under all our hustle and bustle ó itís really pretty
simple. Nourishing meals donít have to be complicated. And a
simple Nativity scene can be full of meaning. May we always
see Christmas that wayÖthrough the eyes of a child.