Starting January 1, 75 % of the human race will be creating New Year Resolutions. Of those, 80% will begin a “diet” trying to lose the crazy pounds they put on during the holidays. By the third week, only about 10% will still be on it. Why do they quit? Because they never got to the root of WHY they eat in the first place! A “quick fix” only masks the core problem.
Many years ago, as I was explaining those basic necessities for losing weight to a new patient: consume smaller portions, slow down, exercise and drink water, she sat back in her chair, looked at me and stated discouragingly, “Oh Ellie, I know all that already.”
Well, I didn’t doubt it. The average patient who came to see me had attempted at least six weight loss plans before coming into my office. With so much media coverage today from morning news shows, talk and cable health programs, magazines and infomercials, everyone seems to be an ‘expert’ in the field. Most people know what is required to lose weight but they fail to reach success.
When my new patient mentioned that statement above, something clicked inside my brain. If patients know ‘all that’ already, then why aren’t they following it? Immediately a Bible verse popped into my head:
James 2:19: “You believe in God? Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder.”
The demons also had all this “head” knowledge and no “heart” knowledge, so it failed to change their actions as well. As I meditated on that verse, I thought how very much like those who say they ‘know’ Christ but do nothing with it. Knowing and doing are two different things! It is a matter of accepting Christ’s gift of salvation personally and doing something about it that evokes a changed behavior. For many know, but do nothing to practice their faith, anymore than they have all this health knowledge and do anything to become healthy. Actions glorify the Lord, so like salvation, change must come from within! And that’s how New Creations Ministries began.
Discovering why people act as they do and producing a lifestyle change is what I enjoy most about being a nutritional counselor! Practical education, understanding why actions occur and motivating others to present their bodies as a living sacrifice before the Lord produces individual change.
Romans 12:1,2 1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spirituala act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Creating a habit usually takes at least three weeks. I’ll be posting more often in hope of encouraging you in your goal so please stay with me. I’ll discuss such subjects as:
- The best commercial diet programs available, (as well as false diet plans you should stay away from!)
- Why Dieting is like the Westminster Dog Show
- Why Craving Chocolate Isn’t a Personality Disorder
- Creating Solomon Smarts for High Risk Situations
- Conquering Nutritional Fads and Myths
- How to Stay Motivated When No One Compliments Anymore
- Accepting Oneself, Faults & All . . . and many more.
However, I want to address what challenges you. PLEASE let me know what restricts you (or a “friend”) from reaching health goals. I assure you, you are not alone. And if I don’t know the answer immediately, I’ll research until I do. We’re in this together; God, you and me. What a Support Group we are – with a team like ours we’re bound to be successful!!! Let’s get started . . .