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 #63. 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 Philippians 3:19 which reads: “Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to Healio News, according to findings published in Economics and Human Biology, greater adiposity was associated with increased risk for hospital admission in the UK, and greater central adiposity increased risk more than higher BMI. Audinga-Dea Hazewinkel, Population Health Sciences and MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at Bristol Medical School at the University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, said in a related press release, “We live in increasingly obesogenic environments with the World Health Organization identifying 39% of men and 40% of women as being overweight, and 11% of men and 15% of women as obese worldwide. Findings causal effect estimates between fatty tissue and hospital admissions larger than those previously reported in existing studies emphasizes the necessity of exploring policies aimed at reducing obesity in the population.” Researchers observed a direct causal effect of higher BMI and waist-hip ratio on higher yearly hospital admission rates. There was a 1.03-fold increase per BMI standard deviation and a 1.14-fold increase per waist-hip ratio standard deviation for hospitalization. These estimates were larger than estimates collected from existing research, according to the researchers.
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 3:
Better Skin: Because you are clearing out your blood vessels, the blood flow carrying oxygen and nutrients throughout your body will be greatly enhanced and will produce some amazing results. Some people have even had “liver” or “sun spots” disappear from their skin when they adopted this diet. Other people have told me that if they don’t consume oils, their skin will dry out. This is a misconception, and a greasy one. Most people have dry skin because they are dehydrated due to their diet. Restrict your consumption of diuretics, which take more fluid out of your body than they bring in – and increase your consumption of plain water and plant foods (which contain high amounts of water). Doing this will keep your skin moist and fresh and do more for your wrinkles than any skin cream on the market. The most common diuretics are coffee, tea and similar stimulants, as well as alcohol.
Better Senses: Largely as a result of opening up your blood vessels, there will be a range of changes you will notice over time, including better hearing, eyesight, taste, smell and touch.
Cheaper Grocery Bill: Many complain about the higher cost of organic foods, but overall, you will save money on groceries. One estimate, made some years ago, pegged the savings at around $1,400 a year. If fruits and vegetables are expensive in your area, use frozen fruits and vegetables instead of fresh. Frozen produce is often packed at the peak of freshness and will also taste better than out-of-season produce. The big savings with the RAVE Diet is not on groceries, however, but current and future health care and medication costs.
Blaming the Diet? Don’t blame this diet for coincidental things that may happen to you either physically or mentally. I’ve heard everything from a man’s hair turning gray, to someone’s depression blamed on this diet. Don’t worry. Your nails, hair and everything else will continue to grow just fine, if not better than ever. The only thing you may experience are anxiety attacks because you think you’re not getting enough protein or calcium, especially after you watch the next food advertisement on television. You’ll get over it. A year after adopting this diet, you’ll have a completely different view of food that will make your doctor smile at your next checkup.
Food Sensitivities/Allergies: In rare cases, the increase in consumption of whole plant foods may trigger food sensitivities or food allergies with certain foods simply because you are eating more of them. In these cases, it is a matter of finding out which foods are triggers and eliminating them from your diet or cutting back on them. For specific information on a variety of “trigger” foods, get a copy of Foods That Fight Pain, Neal Barnard, M.D. A few have experienced gluten intolerance, or Celiac Disease. This is the result of eating more wheat-related foods. The RAVE Diet did not cause the Celiac Disease. You always had an intolerance for gluten (the protein in wheat-related foods) and the diet just brought it out due to increased consumption of wheat. There is a simple solution. Stop eating all forms of wheat (including durum, semolina, spelt, kamut, einkorn and faro) and related grains such as rye, barley and triticale. You can substitute rice, potatoes, etc. or there are gluten-free products that are becoming increasingly available.
If you are already in good health, the changes will be subtle and you will find you will be in even better health over the long-term. If you have an eating-related disease, such as heart disease, the changes can be dramatic, such as those described by Dr. Neal Pinckney in the film Eating. Dr. Pinckney was scheduled for an emergency bypass operation. He walked away from the operation, changed to the RAVE Diet and within just two weeks, he cleared up his severe angina. After just seven months, his heart disease had been reversed and he completed an eight-mile marathon run. He accomplished this by simply changing the way he ate. No bypass, no stents, no drugs, no nothing!
If you have any one of a myriad of eating-related diseases, these can be treated and cured with diet. Check our web site (www.RaveDiet.com) for a list of health providers who treat diseases naturally using diet.
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.