Living Under Dietary Bondage

The law is bondage. The law is restrictive and confining, so how can one live perfectly within it?  The answer is, we can’t. There is no one who lives perfectly except Christ  We all are guilty under the law.

“as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;” Romans 3:10

police car behind

It can either be scary or comforting to live under laws. On one hand we can be assured that if needed, police officers would be at our assistance, even risking their own safety for us.

However, have you ever driven down the street and all of a sudden found a police car following you? Innocent or guilty, what’s the first thing we do but check our speed limit, right? Were we driving above the law? Do we go through a quick mental check list and ask ourselves whether we came to a complete stop at that street corner or possibly driven through a red light? We breathe a sigh of relief as the officer turns down another street.

Unfortunately most people drive a few miles over the speed limit, so legally what’s to prevent that officer from pulling all of us over? Because he/she allows us a grace period. The officer understands that no one can drive perfectly within the law every time they get behind the wheel. But if someone flagrantly flaunts the speed limit, driving recklessly, endangering others, he’ll absolutely restrain them for everyone’s good! The punishment will fit the crime.

So it is with dietary laws. If we eat recklessly, totally out of control, unconsciously, disregarding our dietary health, we could pay a high price too. We’ll feel disgusted with ourselves, sluggish, possibly ill and probably guilty at our lack of willpower. However, there’s no question that the punishment is deserved, right? We alone chose our pathway: to denigrate our bodily temple! Because no one else lives there but us.

Hopefully we learn our lesson not to break some reasonable physiological laws.

So why do we expect perfection?! If we’re attempting a weight loss plan, it takes incredible willpower to remain on it with all the culinary temptations offered around us. Especially this month with the football play-off parties each weekend. The odds are many will fall into temptation and break their dietary goal in some way. Then what happens?  Mostly discouragement and faulty thinking, “Why bother? I can never succeed!”

Never give up! Strategize. Have a reasonable plan beforehand, such as eating a bit before attending, so you don’t arrive famished or choosing wisely (shrimp appetizer versus cheese dip.)

If we happen to eat a few more appetizers than necessary, simply eat more nutritiously the following day. Even if I realized that I had been speeding, I’d slow down, being grateful to God that it didn’t cost me a fine. I’d change my ways immediately.

Why are we so strict and unforgiving when it comes to diets? We must learn to forgive ourselves and immediately get back on track if we overindulge at a function. Why do we expect perfection? It needn’t be “all or nothing.” Why can’t we give ourselves a grace period similar to the illustration above? God wants us to enjoy the life He gave us but not to harm ourselves.

I urge you as well to incorporate forgiveness and sensible boundaries into your lifestyle, without license to sin.

“For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”  (Romans 6:14)

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13 thoughts on “Living Under Dietary Bondage

  1. Hi Ellie, I have a question about healthy ways to feed your pet. We had to put down a very beloved pet this month and I am heartbroken. We still have two left and I want to give them the best possible life I can. Do you recommend a healthy dog food for them? Do you know of any recipes for healthy homemade dog food that I can make for them?

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    • Oh Wendy, I’m so sorry. Pets are family. Having lost several who lived almost seventeen years I know how much of a loss that is. We always vow we’ll never get another due to the painful loss, but sure enough another finds our heart and wins us over.

      I have a friend who shows her Rottweilers and feeds them better than third world countries eat, spending hundreds on real food. I’m not that much of a fanatic but have at times when our rescued Cocker was so sickly I’ve had to cook up some chicken and rice, cut up very finely. I’ve also feed him carrots and a little sliced apple and he loves lettuce! He’s my “sous chef” in the kitchen when I cook.

      I try to find foods that have no dyes, chemicals or preservatives as much as possible. And I don’t think one must purchase expensive vet food either. I feed our dogs Iams and they are as healthy as possible. Thank you for the question and blessings back,

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  2. I love the comparison with over indulging and speeding Ellie. It’s human nature for us all to be hard on ourselves. But moderation is always key, and if we’re good most of the time, the odd indulgence can be forgiven. 🙂

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