And yet God knows us intimately.
“You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.” Psalm 139: 3
With our individualized physiological/chemical structure, it is impossible to lump each of us into one specific weight loss program. In addition, our personality affects how each of us should approach a diet plan. Some people crave structured menus/packaged foods, while others want more independence to make their own choices. Some need education or encouragement daily, while some want to be well trained and left alone.
Since everyone is unique, certain diet plans might work for one but not for another. Some do well on a low-fat, carb enriched, Ornish plan for example, while others on the Atkins, Mediterranean, Zone or South Beach Diet. I’ve known some dieters, so adamant that theirs is the only way, the diet procures a cult status. I repeat: no one plan works for everyone.
One Truth is known regarding our bodies; that in all we do, should be for the glory of God: 1 Corinthians 10:31. If a diet plan doesn’t detrimentally affect someone’s health, then I look on it similarly to ‘non-essential liberties’ in Christian doctrines. If it doesn’t affect our Salvation, why argue over something we’ll only discover as Truth in heaven?
I distinctly remember once discussing different diet plans with my patient, Mattie. When I attempted to discourage her from implementing the Rice Diet because it wasn’t a good fit for either her personality or physical needs, she blurted out angrily, “Oh NO, Ellie! THAT one worked for me! It worked for me three times!” She failed to see the irony in that statement. A good diet is one that works forever. (The only time it wouldn’t is when one’s chemical structure changes due to illness, doctor prescribed medication or stress.)
In any diet plan, consult with your doctor, dietician or nutritionist about your physiology and try sensible solutions based only on a variance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. NEVER try dangerous diet pills or harmful chemicals which promise a long-term, quick fix it can’t deliver! I hope you’ll agree that each of us is diverse. Even identical twins, have a different personality and chemical makeup.
This week I want to ask some questions and then we’ll discuss what ‘type’ of dieter you are on Wednesday. So take the following test and discover something new about yourself.
Personality: (Answer yes or no)
- I’ve already been on at least five diet plans
- I lead a very busy life
- I’m a curious person
- I’m very social
- I like making my own decisions
- I feel deprived on a diet
- I’d prefer structure in my diet plans
- I am very thrifty
- I’m never impulsive
- Food is extremely important in my life
- My hands and feet tend to be cold
- My hair/skin is on the dry side
- I gain weight usually around my waist
- I tend to crave sweet snacks
- I prefer chicken over steak
- I like onions on my burgers
- Raw salad is one of my favorite meals
- I like avocados
- I tend to sweat a lot
- Sometimes my personality tends to be anxious, irritable, jittery.
- I gain weight around my thighs/hips
- I prefer mayonnaise over mustard
- I could enjoy eating potatoes at every meal.
- I prefer salty snacks like potato chips, popcorn or pretzels
- I get hungry between meals
- Sweet foods like candy or cake usually taste too sweet to me
Isn’t it amazing how God knows us completely . . . our individual good and bad points in spite of how many lived on earth? Amazing! Strive to live for excellence!
“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:3
On Wednesday, I’ll begin discussing what your answers indicate and which diet plans might be better for you so stay tuned!