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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 17

January 20, 2010

Limit Your Sugar Intake

Scripture to Memorize:

She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.
Proverbs 31:14-15

Passage to Read: Proverbs 23:1-2 Today’s passage deals with eating. To the casual observer it seems to be strange advice — if you are dining “with a ruler, note what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.” It appears to strange to the casual observer because one doesn’t expect to be told to slit their own throat, but if we meditate on this passage further we discover the point isn’t slitting our own throat but to watch out for gluttony (over-indulgence) and to avoid foods that aren’t healthy for us.

Guided Prayer:

Thank God for all he provides, thank him for allowing you to dine with the King of Kings. Acknowledge your challenges in this area where food/dining are concerned. Confess your cravings and weaknesses concerning food. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to escape any bondage in your life in the area of food, so that you can glorify God at all times, in every area of your life.

Personal Observations:

We have learned that the Proverbs 31woman provided food for her family and portions for her servant girls. Since everyone rose up and called her blessed, we can assume that the food she provided was not only pleasing to the taste but healthy for her family. Do you believe the epidemic of childhood obesity is genetic in nature or due to poor habits? The answer is poor habits! (Both in eating and physical movement or exercise.) Today we’re discussing the types of foods we eat, tomorrow we’ll address portion control.

Have you ever noticed that the very first recorded sin involved a woman being tempted by food that looked too good to pass up? (Do you still have that problem? I know I do and sometimes it is the smell that causes me to buckle and give in.) What happens when we give in to those good looking/smelling foods that aren’t good for us? Well, for me it alters my blood sugar (I really need to watch that since I have Type 2 Diabetes) and eventually my clothes don’t fit right. Both these things affect my personality from the crash of my blood sugar causing me to become irritable to getting depressed over not having clothes that fit. (Note, even Eve ended up getting new clothes after her inability to say no to a unhealthy food choice.

Sugar. It’s wonderful, it’s delicious, it makes stuff taste so sweet and yummy. Yet, how often do we find ourselves over-indulging in sugar? Proverbs 25:28 says, “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.” Do you know that sugar literally breaks down your immune system? I didn’t. Indulging in too much sugar is like a city tearing down it’s walls of protection leaving you (and the city) open to attack.

Consider this:

  1. Six teaspoons of sugar in one sitting will decrease your immune function by 25 percent.
  2. Twelve teaspoons of sugar will decrease your immune functions by 60 percent.
  3. Twenty-four teaspoons of sugar will decrease your immune functions by 92 percent.

(The above information can be found at http://www.drbob4health.com/FoodstoAvoid/Sugar.htm.)

Now, do you want to know the surprising part — even if you are assuming you don’t consume that amount of sugar you’d be surprised — the average American adult consumes thirty-two teaspoons of sugar a day. That’s 120 pounds of sugar per year! Do you realize that one can of Coke (I’m assuming all colas are similar) contains more than eight teaspoons of sugar. Now, remember what we read earlier — it only takes 24 teaspoons to shut down our immune systems — no wonder we feel sick and tired.

The Bible tells us we have an enemy. In fact, we face three enemies: the world (which we are to be in but not of), the flesh (which wants things we know we should avoid), and the devil (who is constantly tempting us with those things we have the hardest time avoiding). When you refuse to exercise self-control, you are leaving yourself wide open to destruction. Protect your immune system by limiting your sugar intake and while you’re at it protect your family’s immune system by providing them with the right kind of food, too.

Practical Application:

Pray right now, asking the Holy Spirit to show you if you have been guilty of the sin of gluttony. Begin today to limit your intake of sugar. Remember to eat your fruits and vegetables and drink your water today.

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