Playing Russian Roulette with Diet Plans

“The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly. ”  (Proverbs 15:14)

Sometimes gaining experience can be humbling. When I first started out as a nutritionist nearly thirty years ago, I trusted what the experts told me. I encouraged my patients to follow some crazy recommendations of the times, like skipping eggs, potatoes and butter. When I began researching God’s Plan I learned better.

Most dieters don’t get diets right the first time either. So they’ll attempt different plans, jumping from one diet to the next, hoping for the best. They follow blindly without understanding physiology or why they crave food.  By doing so, they are playing Russian roulette with their body.

How many of us have made fools of ourselves by following one crazy diet plan after another? Some blogging sites exhort: cut out a food group, give up bananas, sweet potatoes or legumes. Eat more fat, give up fat, eat tons of protein, cut out all carbs . . . so how are we to know what’s truth and what’s not? By understanding Truth and the process of metabolism makes it less frightening.

Think of it this way: God could have designed us to be energized by solar power, oil or hydro energy. But He chose food as the source of our bodily power. How much more fun is it to consume food rather than oil?  God gave us a gift! When we receive a cherished gift we honor it, right? Then why do we trash God’s Heavenly gift?

Is it any wonder why we feel so discouraged mentally and physically after following unhealthy diets with artificial preservatives, dyes and even chemicals? This creates changes in brain chemistry. We weren’t meant to run on junk food because it interferes with healthy physiology. These harm our bodily functions while  the devil dances gleefully as we give in to foods that produce diabetes, heart disease and even cancers.

I read and follow dietitians, doctors and other nutritionists who practice what they preach while avoiding those who profess myths like “lose 10 pounds in a week!!!” All diet plans will cause weight loss but not all diets are healthy and some are downright unsafe!

Therefore I recommend analyzing yourself first.

Know yourself.  Are you a creature of habit? Does watching a movie mean sitting down with a big bowl of popcorn every time? Habits are difficult to break but it can be done. Create strategies before you go to a food function, like: have a glass of water with lemon to keep your hands busy, sit with your back to the food, memorize motivating Scripture verses or visualize gooey cheese coursing through your veins. By conquering your temptations, you’ll feel victorious!

Why do you eat? Do you eat for enjoyment, guilt, comfort, curiosity, peer pressure, boredom?  Think before eating. Ask yourself if you are really hungry or simply provoked by a feeling? If it’s a feeling, do something else: Read, take a walk, play with the kids, bike, dance, drink water – anything other than eat unless you are truly hungry; then eat a small nutritionally healthy snack. Create an alternative list and post it on the fridge.

Are you motivated enough? To stay motivated, one needs positive reinforcement. Read God’s Word for strength. Our Lord overcame everything, even hunger and peer pressure and he remained strong in his goal. Read positive devotional or autobiographies of inspirational champions who have overcome obstacles. If they did it, why not you?

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  (1 Corinthians 10:31)

 

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9 thoughts on “Playing Russian Roulette with Diet Plans

  1. Yes, very true. The “Why” is so often overlooked! Emotional and habitual eating can be huge contributing factors. Wise words, Ellie; habits can be incredibly hard to break and support is crucial in breaking them 🙂

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    • Thank you Daen, Exactly right. A person must get to the heart of the problem or it’s simply another ritual or head knowledge. We all eat for different reasons. I’m a researcher, so I have a lot of curiosity and eat to discover what something tastes like. Therefore I strategize when around buffets. By the way I hope your blog followers are growing as well because yours is one of the most practical and best on the internet! Blessings back,

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  2. Ahhhh, habits. How easy it is to fall right back into them. My hubby treated me with a frosty the other night. Being the wonderful, loving, caring wife that I am I ate it. Albeit a small one, but yes…I ate the whole thing. I felt like I was in a sugar induced coma the next day. How easy it would be to fall into those “sugar” habits. Pleasurable for a while……hmmm, there is a spiritual lesson in there! Thanks for sharing dear friend!

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    • You’re right Tamara, it’s so easy to fall back into old habits. The devil knows human nature and how to tempt us. But Tam, you know that having a Frosty is not baaaad – however having a frosty, hot fudge sundae, root beer float and banana split all at once, by yourself, WOULD because the ice cream then becomes an idol.

      God gave us ice cream for pleasure, not as an idol. I love ice cream (in moderation!!!) But watch out: if your handsome hubby pressured you into feeling guilty if you didn’t, then stand fast! Giving in to peer pressure is another issue entirely if you consumed it when you really weren’t hungry. You’ve consistently allowed God to control your life, so enjoy his bounty in balance and moderation. Enjoy your cone, Every. Single. Bite. of it! 🙂

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  3. And we are victorious when we conquer temptations be it food or other worldly pursuits. We can only victorious when we give ourselves over to the victor – Jesus Christ. Thank you for your help and encouragement. I am finding it easier to not buy comfort foods – I actually accidentally went down the potato chip aisle last week – I forgot my water and had to back track and with out thinking found myself face to face with a row of comfort food – Potato chips!!! I almost turned back but then thought, no I want to be victorious and so I walked down that aisle with head held high and the Lord by my side. I conquered it – not even a small bag. A small step but a big success!

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    • Well done Patti! It’s actually the first BIG step! I am so proud of you and always knew you could conquer and overcome those food cravings. Soon you’ll be able to sit across from anyone eating chips and never even be tempted (I promise you because it happens to me all the time.) Keep up the good work and when tempted again, remember how wonderful you felt when you walked down that food aisle and said “NOT TODAY, Satan, NOT TODAY!” ❤

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