...but I decided against it. Instead, I stoked up the fire in the woodstove and made our (the kids' and my) favorite comfort food for lunch: mac & cheese with hot dogs. Yep, that's right: mama is out and about, and papa is feeding the kids. Sadly for them, my culinary repertoire is primarily grill-centric.
On the other hand, the problem I see is that there are people out there who will go to extreme lengths to extend their life or live "healthier" lives, but make no attempt to incorporate a spiritual dimension to this. God gave us a certain amount of time on this earth to come to repentance and to develop a relationship with Him that will last for eternity. If we waste that time trying to extend that time... we've lost everything. Even if you are physically healthier, you are spiritually impoverished, so what's the point?
From my perspective, it's quite simple: I'll follow the entirety of the Orthodox pattern of life as much as I am able. I'll try to fast when the Church recommends, and won't fast when it's a feast; I'll try to follow the pattern of the Church's calendar in worship, which is not bound to a pagan or Papist calendar (as a side note: I think this cyclical pattern sets the tone for the rest of one's life, and has a deep impact on the way one thinks and lives). As for the quality of the food my family eats, we try to raise, grow, hunt, fish, or gather our own as much as possible. We're intentionally and methodically weaning ourselves off of the System. We produce our own eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream. We make our own wine with fruits that grow within a few miles of our house. We grow meat chickens every spring, and have a garden every summer. We hunt and fish in the summer and fall. That's how we feed ourselves. Does that stop us from, when it's convenient, stopping by Taco Bell or McDonald's? Absolutely not, because for us, it's about self-sufficiency and freedom from the System.
All right. Back to work.