Monday, November 04, 2013
I was listening to the radio the other day and heard a very good quote from author/nutritionist/speaker Pam Smith. If I remember right she was talking about giving children too much on their plates then making them clean their plates, but I think it should be applied to adults with the bad habit of over eating as well. She said, "Wasting food is wasting food whether you're putting it in the trash can or into a body that doesn't need it." A friend of mine once said, "The food looks better in the trash can than on my hips." Being raised by parents who grew up through the Great Depression of the 1930's it's hard for me to get into my head that if I'm full I don't have to clean my plate. If my body doesn't need the food, then I am wasting it just as much as if I were throwing it directly into the trash. Wasting is not good stewardship of the blessings God has given me. I need to change my thinking, making a conscious effort to learn how much my body needs so I don't put too much on my plate.
Another thing I thought of is this: our use of the term "over eating" is just a psychological softening of the sin of gluttony. When I overeat I am committing the sin of gluttony. The only way to overcome that is to confess it as the sin that it is and repent, turn away from it. As Paul wrote to Timothy, "Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart." (2 Timothy 2:22) If that means using a portion-divided plate, not going back for seconds, doing without dessert, not eating at restaurants that super-size their portions (or buffet style restaurants), etc. then so be it. Self-control is part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and we need to apply that self-control to our eating habits as well as other areas of our lives.