Caution: the holiday season is quickly approaching and advertisers are trying to lure you into their net.
I recently heard a pastor comparing a fish lured by an enticing fish-hook to humans being ensnared by the temptations of this world. Now being a nutritionist, I view everything through a nutritional lens, so I immediately thought, “hmmm, how true! Another similarity between nutrition and spirituality.”
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:16 (KJV)
How many times have we innocently strolled along the aisles of the local mall when we suddenly get a whiff of cinnamon or popcorn and start salivating? Or walk past the Food Court and a McDonald’s calls our name? Eating at a restaurant is not wrong. However if we are trying to become healthier and food controls us, then we have a problem.
Although focusing on finding that perfect pair of jeans, we can’t get the thought of those cinnamon pretzel sticks out of our mind, no matter how hard we try! Now we notice that every corner has an Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon or Wetzel’s Pretzels. Temptation begins to lure us in through its cinnamony, buttery aroma and a feast for the eyes as we observe others pulling apart its flakey bounty. That’s all it takes and we’re hooked! Losing control, we feel like failure and Satan gleefully dances while we suffer.
Why is it that as we attempt to eat healthy, tempting food choices abound everywhere?! Satan wishes to destroy our bodily temple with unhealthy fats, preservatives and chemicals. He cannot read our minds but he sure is attuned to our human nature, having deduced what our weak links have been. It takes Herculean power to resist his hook baited with temptation, but it sure feels great when we do!
Marketing knows what it takes and are counting on that fishhook to lure us in too! As the world becomes more globally secular through the internet, raunchy sit-coms, music and even commercials, it’s easy even for a strong Christian to be side-tracked nowadays with the many lures of secularism.
So how do we resist the lure of temptation? It’s extremely tough, so we must be prepared. Especially now, if we’re on a healthier dietary plan, we usually gets sidetracked, giving up until January. Never ever give up striving for health! God wants us healthy!
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
Logically, think ahead, in regards to challenges. You already know as you shop for gifts, there are plenty of food trip-ups at the mall so be prepared:
- Don’t go hungry. Duh.
- Love cinnamon? Have it on your yogurt, in your coffee or on your whole wheat toast before you go. Your hypothalamus, the little traffic cop in your brain, will regulate and dispel your desire for that nutrient.
- Bring a snack with you, such as homemade granola, peanut butter on whole grain crackers, 2 Hershey Kisses, grapes, banana or an apple.
- Shop with a disciplined friend who isn’t a “yes ‘mam” when it comes to being tempted and will keep you in control.
- Reward yourself with something you want more than food when you overcome temptation! Perhaps a scarf, a book, CD, manicure or other non-food reward.
I promise you, nothing tastes as great as being Victorious ever will!
“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:27