As we approach the new year, many will be hoping for new resolve in the area of diet. I must share a book that has impacted me greatly in my relationship with food! (I’m one of those people that shouts from the mountiantops when something works for me.) The book is called The Eden Diet. And it’s 99 CENTS on Amazon Kindle right now!!! It’s a Christian approach to eating that is simple yet profound. For those of you that may not read it or want to know more about it, here is the jist…
Basically, the author states there are four rules: 1. We shouldn’t be gluttonous (Proverbs 23:2, 20–21). 2. We shouldn’t worry about or think too much about what we will eat (Matthew 6:25). 3. We can eat any type of food (Mark 7:15–19). 4. We should eat to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). She states that we should eat according to our hunger cues (pangs). Wait until we are moderately hungry, then eat a small amount. (Nothing larger that the size of your fist as this is the size of your stomach.) She gives practical tips for avoiding the temptation to overeat at gatherings, restaurants, buffets, etc. And not eat again until our next wave of hunger–another very small portion. But the only denial is in portion size; you can eat anything you want. She even says if you want dessert, have it first OR even as your only course . She says that the body will actually balance itself out by craving protein at the next meal (after a high carb meal). Another suggestion she makes is to prove food is not lord over you by leaving at least one bite of food uneaten at each meal (and sometimes as much as half of your food uneaten).
“Jesus is Lord over me, and I am the boss over the food. This is how I believe God meant it to be in the beginning.”
I have followed this method for the last week. First of all, I am amazed by how small of portions are necessary to satisfy hunger for hours. I must have been eating way TOO much! Strangely, the first couple days I had a hard time identifying “moderate hunger”. I had been eating based on emotions & cravings for so long that real hunger was hard to identify. Also, I really like the empowerment that I feel when I leave food behind. Feeling powerless against food has been a terrible struggle in my life. I’m down 2 pounds this first week, but the real victory isn’t in the scale. It’s in my heart.
I’m hopeful that this will be a change that I adopt for the rest of my life. It gives glory to God in an area that I have withheld from him for years. I hope you will check out this resource, and that it helps others as much as it helped me.
Happy New Year!