The Most Nourishing Food of All: A Pie Called Humble


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Yesterday, I wrote about Nourishing Food Made Simple and linked it to my Facebook account. A few friends, who could be relied on for their honesty, left comments to my link that left me thinking about how I’ve been writing my blog posts on Nourishing Foods.

I have to digress, but I promise it’s related.

It’s easy for me to get caught in some sort of crusade. It’s just my thing, you know? I can be the most evangelical person I know if I get into an issue that just burns deep and shatters my heart into a million pieces. Which is why I jumped at the opportunity to become a missionary after college. It’s also the reason why I started this blog, why I delved into Attachment Parenting with so much idealism right after my little one was born, why I champion for a life of simplicity and why I am attracted to campaign for real foods, local foods, just foods.


For the past year or so, I’ve been learning that being evangelical is not nourishing. Lest you think I am anti-Christian, let me define what I mean by evangelical.

evan·gel·i·cal: marked by militant or crusading zeal.

My all-time hero, Jesus, was not militant, nor was he crusading. He wasn’t a pushover either. He questioned status quo with his words and life. He asked questions that unmasked and unravelled us. He led a revolution in the most un-revolutionary way. He took the path of humility, the path of sacrificial love, the path of paradox. He believed that a death, namely his, could bring about life.

And so I never want to be militant, ever. There is no point in being militant. Yes, I want to be revolutionary, but I also want to be authentically real no matter how painful or humiliating.


Back to Nourishing Foods.

Maybe it’s because I’m reading a book called, Food Inc. that I am compelled to warn people about eating industrialized foods, and encourage everyone to opt out in whatever way they can from the Standard American Diet. But to be honest, I also don’t make the best choices every single time. Reality is more like three steps forward and two steps back. Last month, I was feeding my daughter a lot of gold fish because she liked it, and it was easier than having to steam veggies or make homemade bread for snacks. Guilt won eventually and I dumped out the rest of the goldfish and right now, I am doing pretty good at making that homemade stuff. But I am consistently inconsistent. So I’m pretty sure, next month, I’ll be making that eventual step back somehow.

So what I am saying, in a very long roundabout way which I’m sure have lost you by now, is that…

Passion needs to be married to humility.

When we have a moment of clarity about something in Life, and the Truth burns hotly in our souls, we have to remember that it is just a small piece of the whole story. We tell it the best way we know how. We freely give it because we freely received it. We graciously share it because we don’t own it.

And so here is a truth I have learned that I want to pass on: that the most nourishing food of all is served in a pie called humble.

This post is part of Cheeseslave’s Real Food Wednesdays.

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  1. Anita says

    Hi Vinajoy, & welcome to RFW!
    I enjoyed your blog, but what are the ‘goldfish’ your daughter was eating?

  2. says

    One day as I was standing in the checkout line, seeing a mom with two runny-nosed, overweight, very peevish children and watching her load sugar, sugar and more sugar on the belt to be scanned, I found myself being very, um, ungracious in my mind. I wanted to talk with her about her nutritional choices and those poor children and how it didn’t have to be that way.

    Then I remembered me. Two years before that day, that was me. I hadn’t started up the learning curve yet and was more focused on money and convenience than food and health. I felt absolutely flogged in my spirit, but it was a lesson I will never forget. James 3:13 is my new goal: Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

    Or, as we say in the South, “Well, shut my mouth!”

  3. Kika says

    Good post. It is important to remember, too, that when we beat people (or ourselves) over the head with our ideas or set our standards super high, many people will give up before they even begin. I love the learning and personal growth that come from gleaning information, online, related to healthier living. But it is a process and there are times I definitely come up against a feeling of inferiority or inadequacy because I cannot “measure up” to certain people online. This is silly, of course; one step at a time really matters. Furthermore, as a ‘recovering perfectionist’ I now choose to offer myself much grace to live with less than perfect. Should I not also offer this grace to others?

  4. manang says

    vina, you should’ve just given me th goldfishies instead of throwing them away. unhealthy as they are, i hate to see “food” go to waste and alex could’ve just shared it with other kids in school – yeah, it’s allowed as a snack.

  5. Kelsey Byron says

    Thank you so much for this post. It’s hard to be humble when you know you’re right. 😉 Humility is such an important virtue and I struggle with it daily. Fortunately, I also get *many* opportunities to practice it!

  6. says

    Hey Vinajoy-

    What a great post. I was talking to someone today who was asking me about a friend who just “didn’t believe like he did” and “What do I need to do to make her realize that she is just wrong?”

    I said – sometimes you just have to live your life out in front of them, and stop trying to evangelize and give 3 points to a happy not going to hell life! Live differently than others so they start to notice and say – Wow, whats different about you? Which leads to cool conversations.

    The only way to do that is to have one of those pieces of Humble Pie you are talking about. Or 3, or 12. :)


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