It seems, especially on the U.S. coasts, that major city dwellers are continuing to opt for more meat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-added-free, paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, raw food dining options, whether at home or out. A fixation on fresh, raw eats with substitutions galore is trending. Food is one major part of existence, and this goes for those less healthy foodies, too. It can be elevated as a temporary or lifestyle change. With the reemergence of spring, and eventual warmer weather, you might be ready to come out of hibernation and freshen things up. Spring 2014 might be the time for alternative edible priorities. Blogs and photo-heavy social media accounts are bursting with ultra-fit, health-conscious people. Many of these people started a “cleanse” just to try it, but adapted it into a lifestyle.

So, what does the V’havta have to do with food and spring cleaning? “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5) is definitely about a lifestyle commitment. This was important to a handful of Sephardic boys from the book of Daniel. They took on a special “clean eating” regimen for ten days. God honored their decision; their skin glowed compared to the Babylonian royal norm. The priority of these young men was to honor God and abstain from the unclean (non-kosher, idol-sacrificed) foods that the king served (Daniel 1:5). Their eating lifestyle came out of their devotion to God.

For those who follow God, he expects holistic devotion and love. Perhaps beyond body image or energy, you have felt dissatisfied with your mental and spiritual cleanliness. At this time of renewal, would you consider a dramatic lifestyle change? In knowing him, all other decisions, even meals, are filtered. Why not look to the ultimate reason to maintain internal and external purity? As food guru and author of Eat to Live Dr. Joel Fuhrman would likely say, food follows function. If God created you so that your main function would be to love God with your whole self, would you pursue that life? Ask God and see if change and challenge might be on the menu this spring.

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