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 #62. 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 6:19-20 which reads: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to the Economic Times, A new study has claimed that overeating isn’t the main cause of obesity. Instead, much of the blame for the current obesity epidemic lies on modern dietary patterns characterised by excessive consumption of foods with a high glycemic load: in particular, processed, rapidly digestible carbohydrates.These foods cause hormonal responses that fundamentally change our metabolism, driving fat storage, weight gain, and obesity. The findings of the study were published in ‘The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’. The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines further tells us that losing weight “requires adults to reduce the number of calories they get from foods and beverages and increase the amount expended through physical activity.” This approach to weight management is based on the century-old energy balance model which states that weight gain is caused by consuming more energy than we expend. By this thinking, overeating, coupled with insufficient physical activity, is driving the obesity epidemic. On the other hand, despite decades of public health messaging exhorting people to eat less and exercise more, rates of obesity and obesity-related diseases have steadily risen. The study points to fundamental flaws in the energy balance model, arguing that an alternate model, the carbohydrate-insulin model, better explains obesity and weight gain. Moreover, the carbohydrate-insulin model points the way to more effective, long-lasting weight management strategies. When we eat highly processed carbohydrates, the body increases insulin secretion and suppresses glucagon secretion. This, in turn, signals fat cells to store more calories, leaving fewer calories available to fuel muscles and other metabolically active tissues. The brain perceives that the body isn’t getting enough energy, which, in turn, leads to feelings of hunger. In addition, metabolism may slow down in the body’s attempt to conserve fuel. Thus, we tend to remain hungry, even as we continue to gain excess fat. To understand the obesity epidemic, we need to consider not only how much we’re eating, but also how the foods we eat affect our hormones and metabolism.
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: What To Expect, Part 2:
Detoxification: What you will be doing on this diet is a natural form of detoxification. Most of us have a lot of toxicity stored within our cellular tissue. As soon as the shift is made to more natural foods, the body will begin to release toxins. The high fiber content of the diet will bind with toxins in your system (e.g., mercury) and take them out of your system the same way fiber binds with cholesterol, excess sex hormones and other substances and removes them. At first, a very small percentage of individuals may feel a lack of energy or fatigue, as well as other side effects of eating healthy. This is the result of the body detoxifying itself. People who quit smoking often experience exactly the same feelings. Stick with it! This will pass as your body gets rid of toxins and adjusts to this new way of eating. Your energy will return and return at a much higher level than before. Other people have experienced headaches. This is similar to withdrawal from caffeine. Again, stick with it. This is a classic sign of detoxification and the headaches or other side effects will go away.
Initial Gas: Due to the high fiber content of the RAVE Diet, you may experience more flatulence than normal. As your body transitions to the RAVE Diet, however, that problem will go away and you won’t have any more gas than you did on your old diet. A side benefit: The gas from eating plant foods is nowhere near as smelly as the gas you get from eating animal foods (scientific fact). You’ll also find that not only your breath, but also your body odor is much sweeter smelling. Parenthetically, refined plant products, such as refined soy products cause more gas than whole, natural plant foods.
Not Eating Animal Food: Some will, no doubt, experience anxiety because they think they’re going to miss out on an essential nutrient by not eating animal foods. (See Notes – Protein.) This is a measure of the brainwashing we have all experienced, not only from the meat and dairy industries, but also from our own government, doctors and dieticians. Trust me, only good health will result. This is, after all, the way humans have been eating throughout our history. A neighbor of mine told me that he couldn’t sleep without having a slab of steak or chicken before he went to bed. He was clinically obese and still is. You won’t have any problems sleeping on this diet. In fact, I wish I had a dime for everyone who told me how good he or she felt by not eating animals. You will, too, and it just may help you sleep more soundly.
Pleasure Traps: We’re living in a sea of food advertisements which constantly tell us it’s “Ok” to eat bad foods. During holidays, in particular, your friends will encourage you to eat bad foods and it’s difficult to resist these temptations. This is the “Pleasure Trap,” and often results in backsliding and getting away from the RAVE Diet altogether. Once you do that, the weight will return and you’ll be back where you started. Simply stated, the Pleasure Trap means you will be caught in a trap of immediate pleasure, which undermines the long-term goals you have set for yourself. You’ll be sacrificing long-term pleasures (being slim and the lifestyle that goes with that) for the short-term pleasures of high sugar, salt and fatty foods. What to do if you fall off the wagon? The first thing I’d suggest is that you get some blood work done to see how out of whack your measurements are against the Baseline Measurements spelled out in this book. That should provide some incentive to get off the animal or refined foods. If you find yourself caught in the Pleasure Trap, here is what I would suggest: Get off the animal and refined foods completely for at least three weeks. The process of withdrawal is not all that different from what one experiences with cigarettes. It takes about three weeks to change your taste buds – roughly the same amount of time it takes a smoker to really feel he or she is over the nicotine hump. And just as cigarettes will always be a lure to a smoker, so too will animal and refined foods to someone who was once addicted to them. Stay away from these foods for at least three weeks and the cravings should come under control, if they’re not gone altogether. Find substitutes in herbs, spices and sauces. As your taste buds get used to these flavors, you will come to prefer them. Get smart and follow the RAVE admonition “No Exceptions” – and stick with it. The long-term rewards are far too great to sacrifice for short-term pleasures that will only wind up on your belly and butt.
Carbophobia Conquered: You’ll be able to enjoy carbohydrates of all varieties – so long as they are made from whole, natural foods. The carbohydrates you should rightly be afraid of are from refined foods. One misconception about high carbohydrate diets is that they raise triglycerides (blood fats). This is a common misconception based on tests done with refined or simple carbohydrates, which will raise triglycerides. If you’re eating only complex carbs found in natural foods, triglyceride levels will not go up. In fact, the best way to dramatically reduce triglycerides is to follow the RAVE Diet because the combination of complex carbohydrates and exercise will reduce triglycerides better than any other approach. (In a few people, who are sensitive, any form of fruit will raise triglycerides because the primary sugar is fructose, a simple sugar.) There is so much confusion about carbohydrates, it would take a book to sort them out. Instead, just remember the refined carbohydrates are the bad guys, while whole-food carbs are the good guys.
Sniping Remarks From Uninformed “Friends”: In social occasions, I normally do not bring up diet, but if you are eating, it’s often inevitable. A remark often heard by people is that low-fat diets are dangerous. This is how strange our attitudes toward food are. The fact we consider a diet that actually reverses diseases to be dangerous is nothing short of outrageous! Yet the diet your friends are on – which causes diseases – is considered safe! People who call low-fat diets dangerous are, in fact, eating the most dangerous diet in the world. People eating RAVE-like diets are in excellent health throughout the world and are not killed off with cardiovascular disease, our common cancers, diabetes and our other major diseases. A low-fat diet is the healthiest – and safest – diet in the world. Billions can attest to that. Unfortunately, very few are Americans and I’m sure very few are your friends.
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.