The following article was written by my colleague, Steve Drake and was posted on the Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch site in Missouri on April 4, 2014. I thought looking at diet and exercise from a spiritual lens would interest my readers in Georgia. Enjoy the excerpt of the text below and then click on the link to read the full article. The video is a twenty two minute mini lecture by Evan Mehlenbacher, a Christian Science practitioner and teacher who explains how he lost weight through spiritual means alone and who also explains how we can flourish no matter what.
Eating a balanced meal should not be as complicated as a chemistry experiment. Is it possible to live one’s life fully without being subject to the ever-changing theories and beliefs around what constitutes good eating? No question that it is important to nourish our body, but not at the expense of our mind, heart and spirit.
Famous aviator, Charles Lindbergh, had an innate craving for scientific discoveries and advancement in aviation and medicine. Later in life, he set his sights on a more metaphysical view, with this intriguing remark, “If his civilization is to continue, modern man must direct the material power of his science by the spiritual truths of his God.” [Lindbergh, A. Scott Berg p484] Lindbergh traveled the globe many times eating what was set before him and feeling enriched by those with whom he came into contact.
While Lindbergh would probably never have been described as a health or diet expert or, even less likely, a couch potato. He did have at least one interesting opportunity to be a poster boy for healthy eating. Just before his famous 1927 flight, he was approached by the president of the Vitamin Food Company, to fortify his body during his upcoming unprecedented flight with Vegex (apparently, the Marmite of Vegemite of the day). To get Lindbergh on board, he used words one might easily hear today about a number of food or supplemental products: “crossing will depend on your clear head, steady nerves and endurance.” [Lindbergh A. Scott Berg]
Unconvinced, Lindbergh, an ever practical and frugal Midwesterner, decided instead to pack only five sandwiches and a canteen of water. According to his journal entry, he downed his first sandwich at 4:15 a.m. the day he departed from New York. Incredibly, he wouldn’t have another sandwich until 30 hours later when he reached the coast of northern France. So much for theories about the importance of food – and certain foods in certain amounts – to maintain clarity, focus, stamina, etc.