Why More Christians Are Sicker Than They Should Be
Let me just say before I get started, I'm not saying that being sick makes you a sinner, or if you just had enough faith you wouldn't be sick. Everybody gets sick, has been sick, or will be sick in this world eventually, but what I'm asking you to do is take a look at a few things with me that might make you feel better than you feel right now.
First, I'm not judging, Jesus said, "Judge not", right? I'm asking you to privately ask yourself a few questions and you be the judge.
Do you eat junk food when you feel emotionally upset or when things go wrong to make yourself feel better? I'm going to tell you something that you as a Christian ought to know already, and I'm sure you do. When we have needs, we should go to the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer not turn to our friends with sugar.
1 Peter 5:7
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Now let's define junk food just in case we have any misunderstandings. Junk food, also known as comfort food, is anything that has added sugar, usually lots of added sugar and other ingredients you can't find in real foods like fruits and vegetables. Junk foods are like pizza, ice cream, milk chocolate, chips, sodas, cakes. Even if you make it yourself, a cake is junk food. It might be less harmful depending on what you put in it than store bought processed cakes, but assuming the main ingredient is sugar, it's still junk food.
Everything aspect of our lives is supposed to be in subjection to Christ, but for some reason most Christians believe that God wants us to eat what makes us happy, no matter what that might be. One thing to consider, sometimes what we think is making us happy is really making us miserable. Anything that comes before God in our lives will make you miserable. Anything that you go to for comfort more than God has become your god.
When you feel depressed, do you go to God or a cupcake, a cigarette, or some other vice? It's not a coincidence that even science says a quite time is healthy and eating junk food is scientifically and most assuredly not healthy.
What's fasting about? I've come to the belief that fasting is just a way for us to put ourselves in greater subjection to God's will. I think God wants us to put him first before even food, and surprise, fasting is proven to have health benefits. Now, full disclosure, I'm not a big faster, and I wouldn't do so if you have existing health conditions that would cause your doctor to not recommend fasting. It's something you have to put thought into, but for most of us, it's something we could do from time to time. I've started going without food longer on some days. We need longer times to digest our food and give our bodies a break from digesting so much food occasionally. Skipping breakfast every once in a while, or discontinuing eating in the evening shouldn't harm most people, but check with your doctor.
Personally, I like to cut off my eating as early in the evening as possible. Eating too late will give you heartburn among other things. The idea is to train the body to eat fat instead of carbs. If you keep feeding your body lots of carbs all day long then it never feels the need to consume all of the fat you may have stored up. If you have any doubts talk to your doctor before fasting. I'm a big believer in baby steps, except for junk food. I think you need to take junk food items and throw them out the window. If you absolutely need sugar, then eat fruit. It's the fiber in fruit that makes the difference, so don't think fruit juice is the way to go just because it has vitamins.
But back to the main point, which is that we should be putting food in its proper place. It should be fuel, not our comforter, not our friend. People don't realize how addictive sugar is. Studies have shown sugar to be as addictive as hard drugs. If you think that's a crock, then ask yourself does the idea of giving up your favorite junk food make you angry, depressed, or just emotional in general? It's not healthy to have an emotional connection to food no more than you have an emotional attachment to gasoline. Being overly emotional about food is, in my mind at least, a sure sign of addiction.
Has God ever given us anything that is bad for us, and yet, we know that sugary snacks are bad for us. Most of us just don't care. If God means for us to be good stewards of our money and possessions, then surely he also means for us to take care of our bodies while we are on this world. Shouldn't we get the most mileage we can so that we can do God's work longer on this world? Eating junk food is basically the same as jumping off a really high bridge in daily installments. It's in the same category as smoking.
It makes me so sad to see good people eat food that makes them sick and yet, they seem oblivious to the fact it's the food they eat that's hurting them. The more they hurt, the more they turn to their poison for comfort. Nobody can avoid sickness altogether in this world, but if science is to be believed, and basic common sense, then shouldn't eating only healthy foods limit how often and how bad we get sick? Isn't it worth taking a chance that eating only healthy foods could make you feel better in the long run?
Just one more thought. If you feel depressed or something has happened to you that has caused you to feel depressed or feel anxiety, then try finding a quite spot to pray in first, before you go to the store and buy those doughnuts or sodas. Ask God to give you wisdom and knowledge about the foods you should be eating. Remember, we are supposed to put everything in subjection to Christ. He should be Lord of everything which includes the foods we eat.
Here's some other pages and information you may find helpful.
What does soda do to your body? Just for starters within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.
Fructose Facts Just a few important facts about fructose sugar and the dangers it may present to you and your family.
The Relationship Between Insulin to Sugar - Insulin actually is the body's appetite suppressant.
And for motivation to change your diet here are some of the things that sugar can do to you.
1. It can cause mood swings, fatigue, headaches and cravings for more sugar and higher stress levels.
2. Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
3. Tooth decay and gum disease
4. Bad for your liver. I had a friend that found out he was killing his liver because the only thing he ate for most of the day was a honey bun. You can't go on calories alone. Just because you eat very few calories doesn't give you the ability to eat junk food without consequences. Eating junk food as your only source of sustenance all day long can be dangerous. You would be better off eating something healthy first then having junk food than only eating junk food. Too much sugar causes Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
5. Sugar is fuel for cancer.
6. Sugar is addictive.
7. Ages you faster
Fact: In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year. By 2009 half of Americans were found to consume 180 pounds of sugar per year!
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