We give in to cravings, thinking, “Nothing I do works anyway.” Shame and lack of progress put us right where “the enemy” wants us….self-defeated and discouraged.
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.”
1 Corinthians 6:12
Obesity is a term used to describe an excess amount of body fat. Overweight is a term that describes an individual of excess size which may involve large bones, fat, or muscle. The statistics for obesity and chronic disease is staggering, with correlation to arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Obesity is an epidemic among the land of plenty. It has a stigma attached to it that other diseases do not. It appears as laziness, when in fact most obese people are very hard working. Obesity gives the appearance of an over eater, and in some cases that may be true. In others, it is a matter of metabolism slow down and chronic insulin resistance that prevents the body from burning the ingested calories as fuel, instead, storing them as fat. People try every diet under creation, yet find they cannot lose weight.
May I tell you this first? God loves you just the way you are. He is looking at your heart and not your fat cells. He gave you that body to house the Holy Spirit. Entailing the responsibility to respect it, keep it strong and refurbish it as it ages. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 states:
” Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
This passage is talking about sexual immorality, but let’s face it, for most of us…….the love affair is with food. Food that satisfies and doesn’t nourish or replenish. Food that robs us of energy, vitality, and contributes to disease. Just look at the latest findings onsugar and cured meats.
We give in to cravings, thinking, “Nothing I do works anyway.” Shame and lack of progress put us right where “the enemy” wants us….self-defeated and discouraged. We are not to berate our souls for a metabolism out of control, or moments of weakness where we try and fail. Yet, at the same time we don’t want to make food an idol either . God, in His all knowing power gave us what heals, satisfies, and strengthens, His son. Once that Son came, gave His life for us and rose on the third day, He sent us the Holy Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
Self-defeat is not in a Christian’s vocabulary, well, it shouldn’t be in the vocabulary. Don’t you like the words victory, steadfastness, perseverance, over comer, much better? We are given the Holy Spirit as a gift and will produce much fruit in time if we submit all to Him, who loves us so much. It is time to fill up with the Spirit and exude a huge piece of His fruit, self-control. This, along with ascertaining metabolism function and appropriate medical intervention, assists with the obesity battle. Check with reputable resources for more information on metabolic health and stay focused on the reasons you need that body to be in its best condition.
Skip the defeated…..glazed doughnut choice for breakfast…..
Skip the non-filling, “fortified’, milk sodden, sugar spiking to dropping bowl of cereal
And choose —
Eggs with fresh baby spinach
Oats with walnuts, or almonds, or berries
Quinoa with nuts and berries
An apple with tbsp of almond or peanut butter
These choices hold the appetite for more than 2 hours. Many times our choices of nourishment are meant to satisfy cravings rather than provide necessary fuel for cells to repair and function.
We lose muscle mass and bone mass as we age. It it important to do those weight bearing exercises (walking, lifting 3-5 lbs weights) to strengthen those arms and legs to prevent falls, or be able to pull yourself up if you do fall!