Welcome to the Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony podcast, a companion podcast to the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony message series. This is episode #61. 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 Proverbs 23:20-21 which reads: “Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to the Washington Post, according to a new study, childhood obesity rose significantly during the pandemic. The greatest change was among children ages 5 to 11, who gained an average of more than five pounds, adjusted for height, according to the study published in Journal of the American Medical Association. For the average 5-year-old (about 40 pounds), that’s a 12.5 percent weight gain. For the average 11-year-old (about 82 pounds), it’s a 6 percent weight gain, according to the study. Before the pandemic, about 36 percent of 5- to 11-year-olds were considered overweight or obese, and that increased to 45.7 percent. The study concluded, “Significant weight gain occurred during the covid-19 pandemic among youths in Kaiser Permanente Southern California, especially among the youngest children. These findings, if generalizable to the U.S., suggest an increase in pediatric obesity due to the pandemic.” Barry Popkin, an obesity researcher at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said what’s alarming about this study is “how large the change was in a very short period of time.” He added that about 15 other studies in both high- and low-income countries reflect a similar trend, when it comes to pandemic-spurred obesity in children.
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: What To Expect, Part 1:
In a letter to the author, Chris writes: I spent the last week eating no snacky stuff. I packed two lunches with me to work each day. When I got hungry in the afternoon, I reheated the second lunch and ate that. And I lost 2 pounds! I am really surprised that I can feel full and eat so much food and still lose weight. It’s a strange feeling. I really didn’t try cutting back on portions or doing anything “diety.” My goal was simply to get through each afternoon without eating junk food. So I just took each day one at a time and ate rice, beans, vegetables, and fruits and ate enough to feel full. Thank you for your support and amazing film. Talk about life-changing. Best to you always.
Everyone is different and people will react somewhat differently to any new diet they adopt. You’ll find you are eating far more food than you ever have in your life – and still losing weight. This is very different from typical dieting plans where you have to restrict portions in order to reduce caloric intake.
Here are just some of the possible changes you might experience when adopting the RAVE Diet.
Baseline Measurements: Eating habits can vary considerably even within the RAVE Diet guidelines, which is one of its strengths in that it can accommodate specialized diets within its overall boundaries. If you have trouble meeting the Baseline Measurement goals, e.g., your triglycerides are too high, always increase your consumption of low-fat vegetables and decrease your consumption of starchy vegetables, fruits and whole grains. In other words, aim toward the middle of the RAVE Diet food pyramid and make low-fat vegetables the center of your diet. In short, go for the greens – particularly leafy green vegetables – and cut back on the grains. Try that for a month and your results will improve dramatically.
Cravings: Some people experience cravings for some foods, particularly sweets, chocolate and cheese. Hard as this may be to believe, these are withdrawal symptoms that are not totally uncommon when switching to the RAVE Diet. Such foods are actually addictive and food manufacturers have invested heavily in juggling ingredients to make foods as addictive as possible. The problem is that we’ve lost our taste for real food because most food we eat today is smothered with salt, fat, sweets and chemicals. As a result, your taste buds are currently “warped.” It normally takes about three weeks for tastes to change. If you stick with the RAVE Diet, your cravings for the “highs” of sugar, fat and salt will go away as your taste buds return to normal boundaries. If you don’t think you can resist these cravings, think of transition foods, such as soy ice cream instead of regular ice cream. And remember to use the visualization techniques described above to resist temptation.
Hunger In-Between Meals: Some people get hungry before lunch, others in mid-afternoon, depending on the meal beforehand. This happens most often with people who are trying to lose weight because they will cut back on portions. This is a mistake on the RAVE Diet because all the foods are low calorie to begin with. Some people will eat only fruit for breakfast and get hungry before noon. Add whole grain products to your breakfast, such as oatmeal, and whole wheat bread. (By the way, oatmeal is the most filling breakfast food.) If you eat salads for lunch, make it a meal salad (think big!) and add a handful of beans. Or have a baked potato with it or another side dish. If you’re at work, bring your own food and make sure you have enough to snack on if you need to. At dinner, use brown rice or potatoes to fill you up. Don’t be afraid to eat because you’ll probably consume a larger quantity of food on the RAVE Diet than you did previously – until your body adjusts. The quantity is not as important as the type of foods you’re eating. Remember, this is a long-term diet and it’s much better to lose the pounds slowly and comfortably because you’re establishing new eating habits for the rest of your life. The hunger in-between meals is usually the result of consuming fewer calories – which is, after all, the point of this diet. Your body has to adjust to the caloric decline slowly, so increase the portion size at first so you don’t get hungry later.
Constipation Cured: A good bowel movement is one of the most under-appreciated aspects of American life. With the RAVE Diet, your constipation will be cured and, for most, this will be the biggest immediate change. You’ll not only experience bowel movements like you’ve never had them before, but you’ll also be getting rid of toxic substances in your body on a regular basis. And if you’re accustomed to reading the newspaper while sitting on the toilet, that pastime will be history because you won’t have time! Nor will you experience the straining you used to put up with (which can result in varicose veins). Some people will find they have two to three bowel movements a day (one after every meal). Far from being abnormal, this is actually the ideal. Parenthetically, constipation (and the accompanying straining) is a common side effect of “low-carb” diets. It’s not surprising that profits of laxative makers skyrocket when low-carb diets are the craze. Our intent is to put these businesses out of business because once you’ve adopted the RAVE Diet, you’ll never have to take a laxative again.
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.