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If we are eating lots of healthy things, does that mean we should indulge?

If we are eating lots of healthy things like fruits, does that mean we can indulge?

As I mentioned earlier in my article about Lent, while I feel that my goal should not be to give up one food, I feel that God has been teaching me to alter my overall relationship with food and how it fits in my overall life.  In general, recent events have been teaching me that overeating, even if it is raw veggies, is something I need to work on.  I think that I tend to associate eating food with increasing productivity even when my body in the last few years tell me that the opposite is often true.

Bible Scriptures About Gluttony:

Proverbs 23:20-21:

“Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.”

While I don’t drink or eat foods like french fries, meat is one of my weaknesses.  I love steak, chicken, etc. and definitely crave meat when I have a stressful day and need a quick boost of energy.  However, eating too much meat, particularly meats with high fats, makes your digestive system work harder.  For example, high fats causes your gallbladder to produce excess bile, and sometimes it is unable to produce enough bile to keep up.

Proverbs 23:21:

“For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.”

Society tends to associate food with having a good well-being.  For a college student, it is hard to want to pass up a great meal.  This is especially true when it is free,  and we want to fill full for hours after.

However, we must make sure that even at gathering events, we portion what we eat and develop good eating habits that will carry on until we graduate.  That way, we don’t get overwhelmed by the prices of individual items at the grocery store and realize we can’t support our normal eating style.  Also, developing good habits is essential for years to come in prevention of diseases, which can become very costly.  I think these are the things God would want us to factor in in terms of opportunity costs from overeating.

1 Corinthians 10:31:

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

I really want to work on this Scripture.  I think I want to really improve on why I eat and how I eat.  Food is indicated to nourish our bodies so we can properly take care of the “temples” that he has made as our bodies and do His Work :).

Five Tips to Stop Overeating in One Sitting

1. Eat smaller, more frequent meals.

I used to eat a huge dinner because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t hungry hours later.  Well, I realized I would still be hungry hours later anyway and in the meantime, I had a food coma that affected my productivity.

2. Talk more during meals.

I have a tendency to want to wolf things down and feel full all of a sudden.  Engaging more in conversation while you are eating helps your digestive system not get overwhelmed.  Also, it takes at least 20 minutes for your body to tell you it is full.

3. Drink water before eating a meal.

This also helps with acid reflux issues.  Although drinking too much water during a meal can reduce the strength of your digestive juices, causing your body to produce more.

4. Include more fiber and protein in your meals.

A lot of people get food on the go or resort to canned goods.  One thing you can do is to buy extra chicken or meat to fill out a soup. I also like adding vegetables, such as carrots, cabbage, broccoli, etc. to fill out a soup.  Some people also like adding beans to fill out their soup.  This helps the food stay better and keep you from getting into bad things later.

5. Eat snacks.

I tend to get hungry between lunch and dinner or a few hours after dinner.  My cross-country coach recommended that the best thing to do is snack on carrots and celery (use a great dip if you need to).   I also think having a salad with a delicious dip and even some chicken would be good, too.  You can think of it as an extra buffer meal to encourage you to eat less during dinner.  You can even use the snack as a way to reward yourself after setting some goals.  (Everyone knows that college students are very much motivated by food.)

Food is a frequent discussed topic during Lent.  The Anglican Church in Canada has even written about Lenten reflections.

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