Monday was a busy day for me then I had a rest from my labours on Tuesday before another two days of hard slog! If I was twenty years younger of course my workload would be even heavier but those days are gone which suits me fine. So on Wednesday and again on Thursday I found myself once more very busy at work. Although the work left me feeling tired I still found it difficult getting off to sleep at night, something that seems to be the norm lately. I could say that worrying about getting off to sleep doesn’t help but in fact it is more the case that find it hard to switch off from the things that happen to me in my daily life. I do get to sleep eventually so I am not suffering from sleep deprivation which is just as well for someone who has a busy working life, busy for my age I might add. Although I say it myself I think I do well and as long as my customers are happy then I am too. I had an appointment at the local clinic on Friday morning. They were to take a blood sample for routine cholesterol checks, actually lipid levels to do with the liver which I am supposed to have at least once a year. My last appointment was in June 2014 so I was four months overdue. I sometimes wonder if I am being monitored as perhaps I should be. On my last visit to the doctor’s surgery which was on Tuesday I was told my blood pressure was a little high but I guess it wasn’t something to be worried about else I’d have been told. I can only carry on as I am doing and hope that all will be better next time. In recent weeks I have been changing my eating habits and my diet has changed too. Because of the medication I have been receiving over the last thirteen years my diet had to change in order to keep my cholesterol levels down more than I suppose it would otherwise have had to. Nowadays we are all encouraged to keep our cholesterol levels down whether we are on medication or not. I am therefore trying to cut out more on those foods which can so easily raise cholesterol levels. When people ask me what kind of diet I am on now I tell them the ‘Daniel Diet’. They look at me confused until I explain………….
Daniel’s Training in Babylon
1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god.
3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— 4 young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. 5 The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.
6 Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 7 The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.
8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. 9 Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”
11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
So there you are, Scripture points the way to more things than you might expect. I know the diet works for people tell me I look younger than my age and I have a wonderful complexion. I also feel better too. At the time of writing I am hoping for a three-day break from work but wonder if it will happen.