Welcome to the Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony podcast, a companion podcast to the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony message series. This is episode #45. 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 Proverbs 23:1-2 which reads: “When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to Spectrum News, We all know that unhealthy foods can take a toll on our physical well-being, but it appears the damage doesn’t stop there. Overeating some of those snacks in the cabinet could actually lead to a drop in mood. Experts say foods high in sugar and unhealthy fats may make you feel good initially, but it wont take long until you feel a crash. Lina Begdache, Binghamton University assistant professor of health and wellness, said, “That drop in blood sugar will cause our serotonin to be depleted from the brain, so people now feel depressed, they dont feel good, they sometimes feel guilty about eating but then they need to boost that mood again so they resort to eating again.” So how do we stop this pattern? Begdache continues, “If you buy snacks, you’re going to eat those snacks. So why don’t you include healthy snacks? Sometimes when we eat healthy snacks, because of the fiber, the water content in fruits and vegetables are filling.” It’s also important to follow a schedule. That could mean setting times for certain meals, or making sure you aren’t eating past a specific hour. Begdache said, “You’re brain will get used to eating at a certain time so you’re not feeling hungry at odd times. If you train your brain to eat at certain times, you should be okay.” But having a schedule doesn’t only apply to eating. It’s recommended that you set aside at least a half hour for a home workout, which will help both your physical and mental health. Begdache said, “Being at home, confined most of the time, has a toll on mental health. So by exercising, you get the stress out and you build those brain chemicals.”
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 Vegetable Oils, Part 2:
Even seemingly “innocent” foods such as movie popcorn are dangerous as they are usually popped in coconut or palm oil, both of which are extremely high in saturated fat.
The current rage among some health authorities is olive oil. It’s ironic that our health authorities are advising an overweight nation to eat the most concentrated form of fat on the planet, which packs more calories, pound-for-pound, than butter. The basic reason (presumably) is that they are trying to move people away from margarine, although these same authorities (e.g., The American Heart Association and virtually all major health experts) were praising margarine just a few decades ago – and quoting studies purporting to show margarine, containing hydrogenated oils, was heart-healthy!
Although olive oil is healthier than butter or margarine, that’s not saying much. It’s probably the worst way to get heart-healthy fats because there’s almost no nutritional bang for the calorie buck. In fact, olive and other oils are so nutritionally bankrupt that Joel Fuhrman, M.D., gives oils a score of 1 out of 100, just above refined sweets, which score a zero.
Olive oil is 100 percent fat and contains high concentrations of saturated fat, while the fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals of the olive itself have been stripped away. In clinical studies on humans, olive oil has been shown to be as bad for the heart as eating roast beef. In other studies, it has been found that monounsaturated fat, although showing higher HDL and lower LDL levels, resulted in just as much coronary disease as saturated fat.
Using the bra-chi-al artery tourn-i-quet test, it was found that olive oil constricted blood flow by a whopping 31 percent! Why is this important? Because when arteries constrict, the en-do-the-li-um (artery’s lining) is injured, triggering plaque build-up or ar-thro-scle-ro-sis (heart disease).
In addition, the Omega-3’s in vegetable oils are highly unstable and tend to decompose and unleash free radicals that cause damage to cells. Vegetable oils have also been implicated in several different studies with cancers and polyunsaturated fat turn out to be the strongest promoter of skin cancers of all the foodstuffs we eat. Vegetable oils also suppress the immune system and actually promote the spread of some cancers.
Simply put, olive and other oils are bankrupt foods that have little nutritional value, a very high caloric cost and actually do damage to your body. If you’re after the good fat in olives, get it from the olives themselves, not the denatured oil.
Some highly questionable studies claim to show a “slower progression” of heart disease when people consume olive oil. But having a slower progression of heart disease hardly makes the case that olive oil is heart-healthy, assuming such a causal relationship exists in the first place. Other studies have shown it is not the olive oil at all, but the high fiber content in a traditional Mediterranean-type diet that accounts for lower rates of heart disease. A diet is not heart-healthy unless it arrests and reverses heart disease and only a whole, plant-based diet – which specifically excludes all oils – has been proven to do that. Adding oils to such a diet only impairs its effectiveness.
We will continue looking at this topic in our next podcast.
— 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.