Through a long winter of isolation, I started gaining weight. As I started to discuss this situation with friends, I discovered they were having the same problem. We decided to have weekly accountability talks and see if we could turn our weight gain around.
In the process of assessing why I was gaining unnecessary and unwanted weight, I discovered food addictions.
I was living to eat, rather than eating to live.
So much junk food had crept in over the past several months that it seemed I was living to eat Cheetos, potato chips, and M & M’s, and the list goes on. Many of us medicate boredom, loneliness, frustration, depression, anxiety, and general misery with food.
Our food and lack of responsibility with it is killing us. In the past twenty-five years, America has become the “fat nation” and proud of it!
If Satan can’t take us out one way, he will take us out another. He has come to steal, kill, and destroy in whatever ways work. Well food works! Our food addictions are killing us!
When I hit 50, I ran into some health issues. I had a cardiologist tell me I needed to keep my weight around 130 pounds for the rest of my life. I got serious about my health for a few years, lost twenty pounds and hovered around 130 for two years. My bloodwork reflected the major changes I had made in my diet and lifestyle. At that juncture, I adopted a macrobiotic lifestyle that was rigorous and demanding, and I was able to adhere to it for about two years. The lifestyle and eating were so rigorous and restrictive that I couldn’t continue to live like that for the rest of my life, so I gave it up.
Over the years, I packed on the twenty pounds I had lost. Thus, the need for a major attitude and behavioral shift.
I have a book titled the FastDiet. In the past eight months, I have read it three times. It recommends intermittent fasting. In my last read through two weeks ago, I finally GOT IT!
Intermittent fasting allows the body to recover from constant eating and allows for major adjustments in overall attitude toward food. The more we pull unhealthy food out, the more we are forced to replace the bad with good nutritious food. I have lost almost five pounds in the past two weeks, so I am motivated.
God expects obedience in all things, and I don’t believe He is excited about our blatant disobedience in the area of food. We think no one sees and knows.
WRONG! Everyone sees and knows!
“I have the right to do anything,” you say – but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything” – but I will not be mastered by anything.
1 Corinthians 6:12
In the middle of this transition, I have learned God expects obedience in ALL things. Even food.
It is our job to figure out what obedience looks like in this area of our lives.
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