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 #56. 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 Luke 12:23 which reads: “The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to the Weekly, A study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the US found the older and more overweight a person was, the more likely they were to spread the coronavirus because they exhale more often. The study observed 18% of the 194 test subjects made up 80% of ‘exhaled aerosol’ particles while breathing out. After evaluating the relationship between exhaled aerosol particles with age, sex and body mass index, researchers only found a correlation between BMI and age with the output of breath. Essentially the older and more overweight a person was the more likely they were to spread aerosol droplets into the air and by extension possibly spread a virus.
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 5:
If you think you “hate” all vegetables, start by simply eating more of the familiar plant foods you do like — such as potatoes and brown rice. There are so many ways to “disguise” the taste of vegetables with seasonings and sauces that this shouldn’t be a barrier. You just have to get a little creative with your food preparation. This may be a challenge at first, but read up on how to prepare vegetables in this book and also what they can do for you body, which may make them go down a little easier.
Just as your taste for meat and dairy products was acquired, you can acquire a taste for foods you thought would be impossible to eat. Take bread, for example. If you buy good-tasting whole grain bread in the first place, you should enjoy the taste of the bread by itself, without any high-fat toppings. Try it. You can acquire the clean taste of “plain” bread after just a slice or two and you’ll love it. Some people “hate” the taste of Portobello mushrooms. Try grilling them with barbeque sauce or A1 steak sauce. They’re delicious and a great substitute for hamburgers. And if you absolutely can’t stand mushrooms (or another plant food), put them in a food processor, then mix them into a meal.
Your tastes for food will change with this diet and you’ll find you prefer the “cleaner” taste of natural foods. After eating this way, you’ll find that high-fat foods will taste heavy and greasy and you’ll notice that when you do eat high-fat foods, your entire system slows down and you feel sluggish.
Plant foods are bulky, which means you end up eating more food, in terms of quantity, but you’ll actually consume fewer calories. One of the biggest problems is convenience in that you usually won’t find healthy food at your local convenience store. This diet does not have to be inconvenient, you just have to think ahead and think in terms of whole plant foods. It’s easy, once you get used to it.
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.