Is ice-cream good for you?

Is ice-cream really good to eat when you are sick?


Earlier this week I had a sudden attack of vomiting, which I suspect may have been food poisoning. Suffice to say, it was unpleasant!

After having my stomach completely empty itself, it was very sensitive to anything I attempted to put in there. Water and fruit seemed to be the preferred options, with a few dry crackers maybe. One thing that did help with the nausea was ice-cream.

After being completely empty for a couple of days, the amount of food my stomach would tolerate also decreased dramatically. All of this has caused me to consider my usual eating habits. I am quite stunned at how much of my diet is highly processed foods containing all sorts of added muck to keep it from going stale, to add flavour, to make it look nice, to make it feel good to eat, to inhibit bacteria and mould, &etc. It is so easy to fill my body up with junk and end up functioning in a substandard way as a result.

Then there is the issue of eating too much, and eating to make me feel better when hunger is not actually the problem…

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV)

My poor eating habits can basically be summed up as a lack of discipline. One of those distasteful words that connotes hard work and lack of enjoyment. Yet when what I had eaten contained something toxic to me (or bacteria that made a toxin), eating only pure, fresh foods is exactly what I most wanted.

This translates into other areas of life. One of my biggest distractions from God is the computer, especially the internet and reading blogs. There is a lot of good stuff to read and keep up with, but it is not the best stuff. When I put away the distractions and go directly to God and the Bible, it can seem bland compared to the newness and interactiveness of the internet. The Bible is still ‘just a book’ and praying can seem like talking to the ceiling.

I think the problem lies in my confusion over what good food for my body and good food for my soul should actually achieve: Contrary to advertising hype, food is not primarily to give ecstatic pleasure in the experience of eating it – it is supposed to provide nourishment for my body so that I can have joy in being the person I was designed to be. The enjoyment of food is a secondary benefit.

So also with food for my soul; reading the Bible, praying, serving others. The primary purpose of these is that I grow in maturity and Christ-likeness, as that happens I have joy in knowing God. Receiving immediate insight, joy or a sense of God’s presence while reading the Bible is a secondary blessing which may or may not occur any given time. I still need the nourishment for my soul regardless of how I feel.

… train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV)

So, is ice-cream really good for you? What do you think?