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 #52. 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 1 Corinthians 10:7 which reads: “Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to Yahoo News, Psychologists have long understood that we eat when we’re under emotional stress. Jennifer Dau-ben-mi-er, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, “We often overeat, not because we’re hungry, but because we want the delicious food to soothe away an unpleasant feeling.” And the real harm, she says, may come later from the shame we feel over our behavior, which can trigger overeating to spiral out of control. So, how does one overcome the power of a table of holiday dishes taunting “how many are you going to add to your plate?” The answer may lie in practicing what’s called “mindful eating,” a technique that helps you to recognize the signals your body gives you when hungry or distractions that cause you to overindulge. In a recent study of obese adults led by Dr. Dau-ben-mi-er, 100 volunteers were taught mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques like meditation, yoga, and mindful eating drills designed to empower them to stall mindless overeating. The results, reported in a recent issue of the journal Obesity, showed that women who experienced the greatest reduction in stress levels from these mindfulness techniques also had the greatest loss of visceral belly fat, the deep, most dangerous fat that forms around internal organs in the abdomen. At the end of the 18-month experiment, the mindful eaters also experienced improvements in fasting blood sugar, the ratio of HDL cholesterol to triglycerides, and a reduction in the percentage of their daily calories that came from candy, cakes and sugary beverages. Dau-ben-mi-er says, “If you can train yourself to recognize the reasons for overeating, what you’re feeling before you act, you have a greater chance of making a wiser decision.”
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: Essential Dietary Guidelines, Part 1:
Here are a few simple keys to the RAVE Diet.
The #1 Golden Rule: Always eat foods as close to their natural state as possible. Eat whole foods that come in their natural packages and avoid foods that come in a package or can, unless they are fresh-frozen. Some of the sample menus will contain items that are canned. This is for convenience. If you can find the item in its natural state or are willing to take the time to prepare it, instead of buying it in a can, then you should do so.
Always eat whole foods: In packaged goods, look for the words “whole,” “sprouted wheat” or “organic rolled oats” in the first ingredient, not the second or third. Always eat whole-wheat pastas or whole wheat breads. Make sure the label says whole wheat, not wheat flour. Don’t let the words “hearty wheat,” “stoned wheat,” or “multigrain” on the package fool you. Such ingredients are made from refined white flour and there’s no difference between white flour and wheat flour. Wheat flour has some caramel coloring and sounds healthier, but it’s not.
Eat a wide variety of colorful foods: Always eat a wide variety of foods because each food has its own special health benefits and disease fighting profiles – and they work as a team, complimenting, reinforcing and magnifying each other’s benefits. This is the new math of cancer prevention and eating a variety of foods actually multiplies cancer-fighting and cardiovascular benefits because they work together synergistically. Along the same lines, most of the antioxidant benefits of fruits and vegetables come from the component that gives them their color, so make sure your plate is full of different colors – the deeper and darker the colors, the more cancer-fighting nutrients. The magic is in variety. Get in the habit of chopping up vegetables and putting them in containers, or buying vegetables already chopped up. That way, you can add a variety of foods to your meal very conveniently.
Uncooked Food: Eat at least half of your food uncooked. The more uncooked food, the better. In general, cooked or processed foods contain fewer phytochemicals and antioxidants than fresh and uncooked foods. Some nutrients become bio-available only when you cook food, while others are only available in the food’s uncooked state. Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, radishes, and cauliflower are the best sources of a powerful anti-cancer nutrient called sulforaphane. In human tests, the absorption rate of this compound was ten times higher in uncooked broccoli versus cooked broccoli. Steaming is the best way to cook vegetables. Try to eat your food plain or with herbs and spices. If you buy good-tasting products in the first place, you won’t need anything on them. Include lots of sprouted grains as a regular part of your meals.
A Salad Is An Ideal Meal: A salad puts into practice the previous four tips about eating. If you find that a salad takes too much time to prepare, simply stop by your local salad bar, be it in a restaurant or supermarket – but bring your own salad dressing, or use vinegar without oil. If you use sliced beets, the juice from them can serve as a delicious dressing.
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.