Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony #36
Welcome to the Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony podcast, a companion podcast to the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony message series. My name is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International. The purpose of this podcast is to share with you, from a biblical perspective, the means by which we can combat and overcome the sin of gluttony and its outcome of obesity.
Our passage from the Word of God today is Galatians 5:17 which reads: “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to The Boston Globe, Picture this: It’s Thanksgiving Day, and your family has savored a bountiful feast of roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, and green bean casserole. Your Uncle Jeff retreats to the couch, falling into a postmeal slumber to the lull of a football game on the television. Your cousins retreat to their rooms, phones in hand, for midafternoon naps. The clamor of the house is reduced to a restful calm, and everyone blames the turkey for their lethargy. Should the humble fowl still get all the blame? Metro Minute turned to Alicia Romano, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at Tufts Medical Center, for answers. “The research doesn’t really support that turkey itself is what makes you sleepy. Tryptophan [TRIP-TUH-FIN], an amino acid found in turkey, promotes the creation of serotonin and melatonin [in the body], and these two components are linked to getting a more restful sleep. The amount of tryptophan [TRIP-TUH-FIN] present in turkey is extremely small and is not fully linked to the sleepy feeling we get after eating turkey or that heavy Thanksgiving feast. The heavy carbohydrate intake is much more linked to the sleepy feeling that we get as opposed to turkey. Everything on the side of the plate — the potatoes and stuffing and pie and rolls and all those really heavy, simple carbohydrates in large quantities — tend to spike your insulin levels. It sets off a chain reaction leading up to an increase in melatonin production. I think the combination of all these things — not just the turkey, but the whole shebang on Thanksgiving — gives us more of a sleepy effect. It’s really the volume. If having more balance is important to you, try to be more mindful about portion sizes. Don’t fill your plate with all the carbohydrates and a third piece of pie. Try to dig into some fresh greens or veggies to balance out the meal itself a little bit. Thanksgiving gives you the best pieces of leftovers, and you can certainly divide up that plate into multiple servings. Remember that good healthy nutrition is a balance of eating what you enjoy and eating the foods you should eat.”
In this podcast, we are going through the book, The RAVE Diet and Lifestyle: The Natural Foods Diet With Meals that Heal, by Mike Anderson. This section is titled: No Refined Foods:
Dr. Kelly D. Brownell of Yale University says, “Unhealthy food is available everywhere all the time, like never before in history. Gas stations, drug stores, schools…”
A Newsweek magazine from November 3, 2003, reported, “Hunters are using candy as bear bait. After gorging himself on candy, ‘One bear just started walking around in circles…. Among the deleterious health effects: cavities, hair loss and lethargy.’ If it does that to a 500 pound bear, just imagine what it does to humans.”
Refined foods are plant foods that have been denatured and stripped of their fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients. These foods are lifeless imitations of the vibrant products found in nature. They are devoid of any nutritional value and are usually transformed into dull, man-made foodstuffs that do not satisfy hunger, wreak havoc on your health and generally don’t require teeth to eat them. Sadly, about half of the total calories in a typical American diet come from refined foods.
Refined foods are simple carbohydrates such as white flour, wheat flour, refined sugar, pastries, white pasta, white semolina, white bread, white rice, French fries, chips of any variety, cakes, soft drinks and similar junk foods. You know the foods I’m talking about – foods that have been transformed from their natural state into man-made products. This includes all refined soy- or rice-based meat and milk substitutes (e.g., soy/rice milk, tofu, etc). The only soy product allowed on this diet is the whole soy bean (endamame). The only rice product allowed is whole brown rice.
Because refined foods have no fiber, they spike your blood sugar, cause insulin surges, stimulate your appetite, accelerate the conversion of calories into body fat and promote many diseases. From your body’s perspective, eating refined foods is, for all practical purposes, the same thing as eating refined sugar straight out of the box. From a weight loss perspective, refined foods do not fill you up, so you’ll soon be hungry after eating them, which means you’ll have to eat even more calories to feel full.
Many people think they are eating a plant-based diet because they are eating foods that do not contain animal products. Refined foods are every bit as bad for your body as animal foods and should be eliminated from your diet. A plant-based diet is about eating natural, whole plant foods. The health benefits of this diet (including weight loss) will be greatly diminished if refined foods are not eliminated from your diet.
Food manufacturers have spent billions of dollars researching ways to mix the right ingredients in order to “seduce” you into eating bad foods. Scientists have found that chocolate, for example, reaches its point of “maximum irresistibility” with a mix of 50 percent sugar and 50 percent fat. But it doesn’t stop there. Ingredient profiles have been created that are targeted down to genders and age groups in order to make refined foods as addicting as possible. If this reminds you of cigarette companies, you’re thinking in the right direction.
The following sections provide a succinct explanation of the RAVE diet.
— PRAYER —
Now, in this series, as we focus on overcoming the sin of gluttony, and managing our bodies as God intended, we must not lose sight of the most important part of our existence — our spiritual life. Even those of you who are fit, who eat right, and who exercise regularly must still address the condition of your soul. You may keep your body in perfect condition till the day you die, but you will still die — we all will, and the only thing that will matter is the condition of your soul. Is your soul in shape? Is your soul in right standing with God?
The only way to make sure of that is to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and the consequences of sin. He alone can save your soul, put you in right standing with God, and ensure that you do not perish in Hell. Now, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, believe in your heart that Jesus died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time, may God bless you and keep you is my prayer.