One of the things that I have found most frustrating is that I can’t eat what everyone else eats. Not only am I a fifty year old menopausal woman, I’ve also dealt with hypothyroidism since I was about 27 years old.  This means I’ve had to deal with weight gains and the difficulty that comes with losing weight, fatigue, depression,  and a host of other minor issues associated with the disease.

In the past I tried to use the disease as an excuse which may have worked for others but I was never able to actually convince myself to give in to it.

Then I spent years (and I do mean years) complaining that I couldn’t eat what everyone else was eating. And by everyone else I really mean Hank. Seriously, Hank would eat a Jethro-sized bowl of ice cream and not gain an ounce but when I carefully measured and ate one cup of that very same ice cream I’d gain weight. And I won’t even go into bread, chips, candy, sweet tea, cookies……..

And then I realized what the problem was for me. I had conformed to the Standard American Diet and was dealing with the results which settled around my waist and hips. I had to return to eating the way God created ME to eat. That’s lots of fresh fruits and veggies along with fish and lean meats.

So often we read Romans 12:2 and only think about the spiritual aspects of conforming to the patterns of this world. But there’s so much more to it than that! We need to apply this verse to every aspect of our lives including our eating habits!

During the next week, I challenge you to look at your eating habits. Are you trying to eat like the world but wanting to look and feel like the beautiful woman God created you to be? Maybe it’s time for a renewal of your mind……

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

For birthdays and celebrations, I always ask Hank, Hannah, and those I love what is it that they would like for dinner and then I do my best to make everything they wanted. It’s my gift to them and I want them to know with every bite that I love them.

And our Heavenly Father is no different. The food that He created for us is a gift that he gives each and everyone of us.

I guess I’m like him too in that I often use food as a reward for those I love. If someone has been through a difficult time, I reward them with a special meal or dessert. But God doesn’t give us pizza or treat us to ice cream instead He causes the sun to shine and the rain to fall, the seeds to grow, and the harvest to be picked. He rewards us with produce!

Isaiah 1:19 If you will only obey me, you will eat the good things the land produces.

When we eat fruits and vegetables, we are literally eating God’s rewards! How much more would we enjoy a salad if we saw it God’s reward instead of feeling that we are denying ourselves something that we really want?

Is it possible that eating well could become a moment of gratitude for all that God has done for us in our daily lives?

When we enjoy God’s garden and say to ourselves that it is good then we are coming into agreement with God Himself and giving Him praise with each bite!Image

The Standard American Diet is not God’s perfect meal plan for us. But neither is Jenny Craig, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, or any other man-made system.

When we are on any one of these plans we are conforming to the patterns of this world.

Let me say it again. When you are following the  advice of government, corporations,  or people rather than following the Word of God then you are conforming to the patterns of this world.

Yet Scripture teaches us that we should “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

Let’s you and I  transform our health by the renewing of our minds as we discover God’s perfect meal plan in scripture by going back to the very beginning as we look at God’s provision for Adam in the order He created it:

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:11-12

Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:20-21

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:24-25

If you want to be on God’s perfect meal plan, then you should:

  • Eat mostly vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, beans or, put another way, those things that grow from seeds.
  • Get the majority of your proteins from fish and fowl.
  • Occasionally include beef, lamb, and pork.

In the past we’ve seen eating this way as a diet or as a way of denying ourselves what everyone else is eating. Yet God himself says that “it is good.” When you and I are transformed by the renewing of our minds and understand that God’s ways are always good and that they always work for our good, then we will no longer see this way of eating as a diet to be endured but as another way to honor our Father.

Let’s not wait to start a new diet on Monday but begin eating God’s way today.