Food-Filled Fridays: The Importance of Nutrition


Well, as I wrote last week, the topic for today is the importance of nutrition in one’s diet.

Before we start talking, I want you to take a look at the following website:  This Is Why You’re Fat

If you’d rather not hit the link, just take a look at the following pictures:

Made with 3 mashed Burger King whoppers....

← Want some Whopper dip?

It’s really healthy…made with 3 mashed Whoppers….

Hungry yet?

…or this? ↓

“A hamburger made out of two square pizzas (pepperoni, olives, mushrooms and bacon) instead of bread, and two Quarter Pounders and Fries instead of meat, with ketchup, mayonnaise and champagne flavored honey mustard.”

Could you finish this sandwich?

and how ’bout this? ←  It’s “from FlipFlops in New Smyrna, FL.  Four half pound patties with potato pancakes, five cheeses, grilled peppers, fried onions, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and a pound of fries for a side.”

As I sit here and look at these, I realize there is no wonder Americans are fat.  There’s no wonder we’re struggling with obesity!

According to Gordon Campbell‘s article “The Obesity Epidemic” in the Huffington Post, “Almost 40% of New York City public school children in kindergarten through eighth grade are overweight or obese. Obesity rates are substantially higher in low-income neighborhoods like Harlem and Corona, Queens where the percentages of obese or overweight children are 48% and 51% respectively.”

What???

Almost 40%?? Up to 51%???  How in the world?!  That makes me sick!

The first time I realized I had a passion regarding this subject was at a local gas station.  I was sitting there in the car while Adam pumped gas, and I noticed a little boy (around 9 years old) getting out of his SUV and walking into the store.  I didn’t notice much about him ’til he walked back out, armed with a liter of Mountain Dew and a full-size bag of chips.  That’s when I realized he was obese.  I was aghast!  What in the world?!  Why did his mother let me get that junk food?!  Then I looked at her and realized he was just following her example.  She was just as unhealthy with her choice of snack as well.

It broke my heart.  This poor boy is not being given a fair chance at a healthy life. He is not being trained correctly.

Let me ask you this: have you ever met a child that will choose to eat healthy and avoid unhealthy food choices on his/her own?  I’m not talking about high schoolers or even junior-highers here.  I’m talking about young kids that avoid sweets and decide to eat vegetables, take their vitamins, and avoid health-damaging menu items.  I know I wasn’t that child.  I wasn’t a big sweets eater, but I would eat a whole bag of chips and dip if given the chance!  I loved my burgers and fries. I adored cheese, pizza, Spaghettios, and canned food.

However, those foods were never part of my life on a regular basis.  I had a mother that was really focused on us kids eating healthy food.

I could sit here and preach you through the “why’s” of eating healthy.  I could shove at you articles like Why Good Nutrient Is Important and What is Nutrition? Why is Good Nutrition Important? However, if you had wanted to know, you would have researched and found them yourself.  Today, I want to appeal to you on the spiritual basis of your body being a temple and our poor treatment of it being what is deemed a “respectable” or acceptable sin.

When we hear about someone else robbing a bank, cheating on their spouse, or lying on their taxes, we Christians are often tempted to shake our heads in sadness.  However, when that person who committed the wrong is a professing Christian, our sadness often turns to disbelief.  When I think about this though, I think about Matthew 7:5, which reads:

“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

Here I am shaking my head at someone else’s sin yet often, in regards to some areas that are perhaps less obvious and less newsworthy, I can be just as sinful.  Nutrition is one of them.  God does not have a scale for sin.  All sin is sin.  All sin is damaging to His Glory. All sin is a poor witness for Him.

My lack of care for my body through poor nutrition– either through stuffing it with high-calorie, low-nutrition food or through starvation and an imbalance of food nutrients– is sinful because it finds its root in an attitude of selfishness, demonstrates a lack of self-control, and reveals a heart of pride and self-glorification.

Ouch… Are these harsh accusations to be making? Am I being judgmental? I sure am not intending to be judgmental, and as hard as these accusations are, I am more and more fed up by the hypocrisy of Christians (and the hypocrisy in my own life) before the world.  We are called to be different.  We are called to walk in the Truth of the Word, and yet we coddle a variety of sins including gluttony, a lack of discipline, and a lack of self-control, and an overall lack of care for the Temple (our bodies in which Christ dwells).

Let’s remind ourselves of what the Word says about our bodies:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

…Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

1 Corinthians 10:31 also reads:

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

So, how does that affect our day-to-day?  How does this charge to glorify God with what we eat affect our lives?

I challenge you to take some time today to search your heart (as I also will be searching mine) to see how you need to alter some life patterns of not glorifying God with what you eat, how you each, or how much or how little you eat.

With that in mind, what changes will you be making to your diet today?  Will you be more focused on glorifying God with your body and how you fuel it?  Will you think about the nutrient your body needs to function correctly or will you continue to fill it with unhealthy options… or refuse to fill it with what you need to flourish and live a full life glorifying God?

That’s all for now.

Prayerfully considering these truths and praying for you all as you meditate on them as well,

Ashley

**Please note: I am not attacking anyone, nor am I seeking to make anyone who cannot help their weight due to health conditions. I will say that I am an example of someone who’s weight has fluctuated due to health issues, and I know and love others who do as well. I’m not talking about that here.  I just want to tackle the issue of carelessness in this area.**

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Tune in next week for more Food-Filled Fridays!


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8 Responses to Food-Filled Fridays: The Importance of Nutrition

  1. LANCE says:

    ashley,you truely have a gift!your talent for exspressing your self and your thoughts threw writing is really amazing!
    i have fought with weight issues all my life and i know first hand how much of a difference it makes when you allow god to guide and direct.i lost 100 lbs 2 yrs ago by just letting god and his word do the work.then i got stupid and started doing things my way again and put 30 lbs rite back on.

  2. Some thing said here are very untrue but i get the point

  3. Emily Miles says:

    I have been hearing a lot about this subject these days. I agree that as Christian we need to take care of our bodies. But I think we have to be careful with pointing fingers at overweight people. The reason being is because when we are out and about and we see a over weight person we don’t know what has caused them to be that way. I happen to know of some people who I am very close with who get picked on for not being skinny. This person can not help their weight. The reason being is health problems.
    This subject can be a very hurtful one. I think that we have to remember not to judge a person by their outside but remember that it is the heart that is important. If a person is over weight and truly can not help it then that is not a sin.. Just remember to be careful before you point fingers..

  4. Carol Barker says:

    Ashley….I do agree with you that we need to be careful as to what we eat and if a person sits at home all day on the sofa eating chips and bonbons then shame on them…..but we do have to be very careful with this issue…..there are people out there with as you said health issues who fight daily with their weight and do not need it in their face all the time….there are also people out there that are extremely skinny and can’t gain weight for beans AND there are many people out there who spend way too much time working on the outside of their bodies instead of the inside. I will admit I could loose some weight but I would rather be me at the weight I am now with the heart I have (I love people and enjoy chatting and sharing my faith with them and just plain loving them) then to be some svelt woman who has no heart for people. I know people who have gone to the complete extreme with the whole weight issue and look down their noses at people who are not like them….it saddens me greatly…..that is not what being a Christian is all about. So thank you for the insight but just be very careful how far you go with this issue…..remember it is the heart that Jesus will focus on and not so much our outward appearance.

  5. Carol Barker says:

    One more short comment….every person has a different idea of what over weight is….if you look at the chart at the doctor’s office today it has women at a much lower weight then it did back in the 60′s. Back then Marilyn Monroe (she is just an example I happen to know of) wore a size 14 dress and she had a magnificent figure….today a size 14 you will find in the extra large size…..so we need to be careful and remember sometimes it is just our opinion as to what overweight is…..

  6. Ashley says:

    Em and Mrs. Barker,

    I want to thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and spiritual challenges with me. As I mentioned in my note at the end, I am in no way picking on “fat” people who are overweight because of health issues. My own grandmother had a thyroid issue that made her over 500 pounds.
    I guess I was thinking about how we have certain accepted sins, one of them being gluttony/lack of self-control. The Lord has given us our bodies to take care, but of course, the intention must be to honor the Lord with our bodies. As I did mention here, the issue of being underweight is as important an issue and as sinful as being overweight.
    I totally agree that sizes are changing as well! I’m not picking a number for the perfect size, and I’ll be the first to say work on your inside before the outside. I was just challenging people to take the time to care about the outside, because that matters too.

  7. Randy Ramos says:

    Carbohydrate food can get full and they are cheap, but it does not have nutrition. I heard meat has lots of nutrition and it can make stomach full, so I eat meat. But they cost lot, and tastes get board.

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