Eat Like a Baby!

Psalm 127: 3-5 

Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
    when they contend with their opponents in court.

baby eatingWe could learn a lot from babies. For example, have you ever noticed how a baby eats?  It’s almost impossible to get an infant to eat if it’s not hungry!  Instinctively they’ll eat only until they are satisfied. Then they stop.

That’s what we should do – eat till we’re satisfied, not until we’re full. Somewhere during the course of life, our dietary instincts become altered.  For example, most babies when they get their first taste of salt, make a face, detesting the flavor.  But eventually children develop a taste for it, even crave it.

Our desires can similarly change. We start craving the ‘saltier’ things in life: excitement, sweets, larger portions. Nutritionally, a hormone called ghrelin changes our body chemistry until we begin to crave fattier foods like a Whopper or Big Mac.  The solution?  Eat every 3-4 hours before your blood sugar level drops and cravings begin. Bring a snack to work or carry one when shopping. But if hunger kicks in, develop strategies to confront the temptations it brings.

There are several biblical applications you can put into place to withstand temptations:

  1. Be prepared.  ( paraphrasing Psalm 127: 5b” We should not be put to shame when we meet our opponents in battle”)  Our opponent is temptation. If we know how our body works, we can fight against this. Have healthier snacks such as grapes with cheese and crackers, yogurt with berries or peanut butter on a whole grain muffin. Consume a small combination of carbohydrates, protein and fat every 3-4 hours. This makes our bodies run like a well-oiled machine to flee temptation.
  2. Be cautious of developing an insatiable desire for something that can hurt us! Let’s not make an idol out of something that could control us – that includes food. Today we live under grace and as it distinctly states in 1 Corinthians 10:23 “Everything is permissible . . . . but not everything is beneficial. . . “    A temporary joy can bio-chemically anesthetize us to its dangers. But eventually the consequences could catch up, including diabetes, high blood pressure, joint problems, cholesterol and heart disease. Destroy our temple of the Holy Spirit and the devil wins.
  3. Be aware that peer pressure comes at any age.  Just because someone made your favorite brownies doesn’t mean you must eat them or you’ll hurt their feelings.  Proverbs 1:10, “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.” And “But I made them just for you.” isn’t an excuse!  If someone said, “Hey I bought this heroin just for you!” would you give in?  I would hope not. If you’re suffering from chronic heart disease, brownies can be as dangerous as heroin to your system. Would you give in then? Thank the giver, freeze and dispense tidbits later.
  4. It takes a lot of self-discipline to remain steadfast. 1 Corinthians 16:13. “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”  Don’t be taken down by a cookie! Find a reward you desire more than food: a new cologne, scarf, shoes, book, nail polish, movie tickets.  I think it was the Jenny Craig organization who stated ‘Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.”  So true!

Lifetime success begins with baby steps. Let’s start walking toward the Lord!

Jesus and children

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4 thoughts on “Eat Like a Baby!

  1. I really like your point at #3 about peer pressure comes at any age. I think we focus so much (I do, at least) on teaching our children to resist peer pressure, that we (I) forget that even as adults we are under pressure also. I really got a lot out of this. Thanks for sharing! ~Blessings~

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    • Thank you so much for your wise comment! I bet you are a remarkable mom!

      Sadly what you said rings so true. At some point we must remember to honor God before men. In my case it was employment rather than a social situation. My situation reminded me of that old song, “One Tin Soldier” – some bullies simply want what you have and don’t realize that peace comes from within. In a nutritional sense, some are threatened when a friend becomes healthier because what does it say about their own control?

      Peer pressure is bullying. When we can begin to look at bullies through God’s eyes we have sympathy for them. I found that someone can steal one’s job but can’t steal their Joy if God controls that. If God hadn’t directed my paths, I wouldn’t be doing what I love now and I can’t put a price tag on that! I appreciate you, blessings,

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