Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony #38
Welcome to the Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony podcast, a companion podcast to the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony message series. My name is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International. The purpose of this podcast is to share with you, from a biblical perspective, the means by which we can combat and overcome the sin of gluttony and its outcome of obesity.
Our passage from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 which reads: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to Science Daily, During the years 1976 through 1980, 15% of U.S. adults were obese. Today, about 40% of adults are obese. Another 33% are overweight. Coinciding with this increase in weight are ever-rising rates of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and health complications caused by obesity, such as hypertension. Even Alzheimer’s disease may be partly attributable to obesity and physical inactivity. Ali Güler, a professor of biology at the University of Virginia, said: “The diet in the U.S. and other nations has changed dramatically in the last 50 years or so, with highly processed foods readily and cheaply available at any time of the day or night. Many of these foods are high in sugars, carbohydrates and calories, which makes for an unhealthy diet when consumed regularly over many years.” In a study published in the journal Current Biology, Güler and his colleagues demonstrate that the pleasure center of the brain that produces the chemical dopamine, and the brain’s separate biological clock that regulates daily physiological rhythms, are linked, and that high-calorie foods — which bring pleasure — disrupt normal feeding schedules, resulting in overconsumption. Using mice as study models, the researchers mimicked the 24/7 availability of a high-fat diet, and showed that anytime snacking eventually results in obesity and related health problems. Güler’s team found that mice fed a diet comparable to a wild diet in calories and fats maintained normal eating and exercise schedules and proper weight. But mice fed high-calorie diets laden with fats and sugars began “snacking” at all hours and became obese. Additionally, so-called “knockout” mice that had their dopamine signaling disrupted — meaning they didn’t seek the rewarding pleasure of the high-fat diet — maintained a normal eating schedule and did not become obese, even when presented with the 24/7 availability of high-calorie feeds. Güler said: “We’ve shown that dopamine signaling in the brain governs circadian biology and leads to consumption of energy-dense foods between meals and during odd hours.” Other studies have shown that when mice feed on high-fat foods between meals or during what should be normal resting hours, the excess calories are stored as fat much more readily than the same number of calories consumed only during normal feeding periods. This eventually results in obesity and obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes. Speaking of the modern human diet, Güler said, “The calories of a full meal may now be packed into a small volume, such as a brownie or a super-size soda. It is very easy for people to over-consume calories and gain excessive weight, often resulting in obesity and a lifetime of related health problems. Half of the diseases that affect humans are worsened by obesity. And this results in the need for more medical care and higher health care costs for individuals, and society.”
In this podcast, we are going through the book, The RAVE Diet and Lifestyle: The Natural Foods Diet With Meals that Heal, by Mike Anderson. This section is titled: No Refined Foods:
Always use whole-wheat pastas or whole wheat breads because they kept their fiber on the way to the grocery store. Make sure the label says whole wheat, not wheat flour. With grain products, the first ingredient should always have the word “whole” in it, sprouted wheat or organic rolled oats. Don’t let the words “hearty wheat,” “stoned wheat,” or “multigrain” on the package fool you. This is just healthy-sounding advertising because these ingredients are made from refined white flour. And there is no difference between white flour and wheat flour. Wheat flour has some caramel coloring so it looks brown and sounds healthier, but it’s the same as white flour.
Those who complain about carbohydrates are complaining about refined, or simple, carbohydrates, not the complex carbohydrates found in whole, natural foods. Those in pursuit of weight loss on “low-carb” diets are trading one set of problems for another because their diets are lacking in nutrients, particularly antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which are essential for good health and can only be found in whole plant foods. (This is one reason why many low-carb diets recommend that people take supplements – in order to make up for the poor nutrition of such diets.)
Plant fiber does a number of miraculous things for your health, but one thing it does best is remove toxic substances from your body so you can flush them down the toilet. Fiber even removes heavy metals such as mercury, which you probably have in your body as a result of eating fish – or farm animals that were fed fishmeal. Fiber also removes cholesterol – the reason a fiber-rich diet will lower your cholesterol. In addition, fiber binds with sex hormones, such as estrogen, and removes them from your body. In the case of estrogen, American women have very high levels of estrogen due not only to our high-fat diet, but also due to the lack of fiber in our diets. Fiber also slows down glucose absorption and controls the rate of digestion, making food act more like a time-release pill, which will keep you feeling full longer.
Think of plant fiber as your intestinal broom because it will clean out a dirty bowel and prevent bad things from happening, like colon cancer. One of the major reasons refined foods and animal foods are not part of the RAVE Diet is because they do not contain fiber.
If you don’t think you’re eating much refined food now, I have a small experiment for you. All refined foods come in some kind of packaging. Every time you eat any refined food, keep the packaging it came in and put it in a bag. Do this for a week and at the end of the week inspect the contents of the bag. That should be enough to scare you into eliminating refined foods from your diet.
We will continue looking at this topic in our next podcast.
— PRAYER —
Now, in this series, as we focus on overcoming the sin of gluttony, and managing our bodies as God intended, we must not lose sight of the most important part of our existence — our spiritual life. Even those of you who are fit, who eat right, and who exercise regularly must still address the condition of your soul. You may keep your body in perfect condition till the day you die, but you will still die — we all will, and the only thing that will matter is the condition of your soul. Is your soul in shape? Is your soul in right standing with God?
The only way to make sure of that is to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and the consequences of sin. He alone can save your soul, put you in right standing with God, and ensure that you do not perish in Hell. Now, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, believe in your heart that Jesus died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time, may God bless you and keep you is my prayer.