Good Mood Food
By Elaine James –
“You’re right.” This was my daughter’s quick response when I asked, “I guess you don’t want to be in a good mood, then?”
My 17-year-old daughter had just gotten home from school when this conversation took place. Prior to her coming home, I happened to drive by an Arby’s and its sign out front said “Try our new cinnamon bites, The Good Mood Food.” I found out that in February, Arby’s launched a Good Mood Food advertisement. The new Outside-in Cinnamon Bites; try them for $1.00. My mind created its own sing-a-long jingle to help decide if I should indeed “try them.”
It is three o’clock
I can’t block
the monster in my brain
I feel insane
cause my tummy
is a bit rumbly
I am falling
For this calling
I have to have a bite
of that sugary delight.
It was a sign
I will be fine
I won’t whine
Isn’t this worth the fight
For the Good Food Mood, right?
Then, I attempted to bring my daughter down with me by asking the question, “Don’t you want to try some Good Mood Food?”
“It looks like a Totino Pizza Roll,” she said.
The ad says “Light and flaky bite size pastry with warm cinnamon cream cheese filling all on the inside,” I replied.
All she could say was, “Gross!”
After laughing together, I tasted it and decided that I did not like the cinnamon bite.
I heard a whisper inside me saying, “God is the true good mood food.”
Americans can get caught up thinking about food too much. Marketing campaigns like this one know this all to well. They market the food at a great price, with the most desirable ingredients, using fancy playful words all with the intent of making money, not really concerned about you and your health.
Little did Arby’s know that the Good Mood Food marketing ploy would prompt me to write a jingle at the 3 o’clock hunger hour and then be reminded of what truly satisfies me—God.
PRAYER: Father in heaven, so many choices today; help me to put You first. You alone can give me a good mood. Thank you, Father, for providing and help with daily needs.
“I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you” (Psalm 63:5 NIV).