Making it a Daily Habit
During a lunch gathering some years ago, a new friend left a lasting impression on me.
After asking for God's blessing on the meal we all served ourselves from the variety of appetizing dishes before us...
As we ate, I noticed that my friend was taking her time to eat. She set down her fork while she chewed, and chewed each mouthful fully before moving on to the next. She was in no hurry.
Once she had finished all the food on her plate, she set down her fork. That was it! She did not reach for seconds and politely declined any offers from our hostess for additional food.
And the food was really good too! What discipline and self-control! I admire people like that.
But my ultimate and most impressive example is Jesus. After 40 days of fasting, he was really hungry. Even though He had the power to turn the stones before Him into bread, He chose to deny His appetite. He waited longer because it was the right thing to do.
As a child Jesus often gave his lunch away because someone else was hungry too and He would rather go without than have someone else go without. What love! What selflessness!
I'd like to do the same.
Recently, I've been experimenting with setting up my plate before a meal and then not taking any seconds. It feels good to be able to say "no" to the extra helping that usually is too much and gives me indigestion anyway.
Surprisingly, I've noticed that the sense of satisfaction that comes to me from exercising self-control is greater than the satisfaction that comes from the extra helping.
In fact, anytime I give in and take seconds, it usually ends up being too much! Nine or more times out of ten, that is the case. So I really don't need that extra helping my appetite tells me I do.
"An abstemious diet for a month or two would convince many sufferers that the path of self-denial is the path to health." Ministry of Healing, 235.2
As I mentioned in my last post, I am determined, by the grace and help of God to gain the victory over my tendency to overeat.
My personal challenge this month and next (because it takes about that long to establish new habits), is to be more consistent in eating less on a daily basis.
At the same time, I need to make sure I'm getting all the nutrients my body requires to maintain a healthy weight and to thrive.
I'm inspired by this quote from Christian Temperance and Bible Hygeine, 51.4:
"...eat less, and masticate slowly. The benefit derived from food does not depend so much on the quantity eaten, as on its thorough digestion; nor the gratification of taste so much on the amount of food swallowed, as on the length of time it remains in the mouth."
Today I'm officially starting to practice this new habit. Here is my action plan so far...
Follow my journey as I return to the original plan for living and eating...
This website and blog is where I share my personal experiences as I go back to our Creator's original plan for eating and living as found in that greatest of all textbooks, the Bible. It is for information and educational purposes only, and in no way should be taken as medical advice. For the diagnosis or treatment of disease and for medical advice, see your doctor or qualified healthcare practitioner. To come into harmony with God's true principles and methods for health, see the Great Physician.
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Psalm 103:1-3
If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. Exodus 15: 26