Pillar 3: Living Foods
Think About These Questions:
- Who is going to tell you when to stop eating?
- Who will restrain your appetite?
- Who is going to pay the price when you don’t listen?
- Who feels badly when too much food is consumed?
- Who dislikes the reflection in the mirror?
- Who will benefit from a change in lifestyle?
If you answered “I will” or “I do” to every one of these questions, you got all of them right except the last one.
Everyone in your family will benefit from the changes that you make because you will be around longer, have more energy, become more active, and be a happier person.
Can you answer these questions?
1. The main reason Americans are obese is simply _________________.
2. Overeating is generally because of ________________ and emotional problems first, and a dietary problem second.
3. Dr. Colbert has treated many people with weight problems and almost always it boils down to an _________________ problem.
4. __________________ breaks the vicious cycle of negative thoughts and self-loathing.
5. True or False: Religious people are more overweight than nonreligious people.
Correct answers can be found at the end of the excerpt.
Pillar 3: Living Foods
(Excerpt from Day 16, “Your Body Is a Temple”)
The 2004 movie Super Size Me chronicled one man’s switch to an all McDonald’s diet. In just thirty days he went from 185 to 209 pounds, his cholesterol went up a whopping 65 points, and his body fat jumped from 11 to 18 percent. That’s not even including what he suffered from mood swings, high blood pressure, and symptoms of addiction. His was an experiment, but many people treat their bodies that way by choice.
The main reason many Americans are obese is simply gluttony, and Christians are no exception. Think about this: How often are church functions centered on food? How many churches have doughnuts and coffee to raise attendance numbers for a Bible study or service? A study from Purdue University found that religious people are more likely to be overweight than are nonreligious people. In state-by-state comparisons, they found the percentage of obesity highest in states where religious affiliation was more prevalent. Think about it! Christians often think that because they don’t smoke, drink, or party, they can eat all they want! Then they reap what they sow in obesity, heart disease, cancer, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, reflux disease, sleep apnea, and loss of quality of life.
Gluttony, or overeating, is a spiritual and emotional problem first, and a dietary problem second. Gluttony is simply a lack of temperance. We may not like to think of our weight problem as gluttony, because confronting our emotional issues can be painful. Many times people who struggle with a weight problem experience self-loathing, loneliness, low self-esteem, depression, guilt, and shame, especially the latter two. In all my years of practice, I have treated numerous patients with a weight problem, and almost always the root cause is emotional. The moment they mess up by eating something they shouldn’t, they feel guilty and ashamed, and they feel like quitting. In my medical office, we know that we need to treat the patient’s body, mind (emotions), and spirit. We give them Scripture to confess daily aloud and meditate upon so that they begin to change their mind-set from a negative to a positive state. The Word gives them hope.
I take them through forgiveness therapy, which enables them to forgive themselves as well as others. When they forgive themselves and begin to love, respect, and accept themselves, it breaks the vicious cycle of negative feelings and emotions. Then we address the physical by making lifestyle changes—eating living foods and exercising.
Our physical bodies are precious and were created as a dwelling place for their Creator.* Yet most people pollute their temples by eating too much food and eating the wrong foods.
We must be willing to start loving ourselves and forgiving ourselves. In so doing, we can begin to exercise self-control over our physical nature. No one is going to restrain your appetites for you. You have been given the power to restrain yourself by having the ability to control your cravings. You make the choice.
*See 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:20
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