Let your moderation be known unto all men.The Lord is at hand. Phillipians 4:5
A few months ago, a digestive issue that had plagued my husband for years became so bad as to interrupt our daily lives to the extreme. In fact, because I was beginning to experience his symptoms, I suspected it had to do with our diet foods. It really began for me when the sweeteners used in our foods changed to a certain brand that everything on the market decided to use. Generally used in drinks, it began to appear in everything, even foods that we used to not expect to need a sweetener. Even as most processed foods began to add sugar to non diet foods, diet foods began to add the sweeteners. In an honest attemp to eat in a way the nutritionists were directing him to eat that would eliminate sugar, Jimmy concientiously checked every package of every food he purchased. His doctors treated only his symptoms, as they most ususally do, and no one was interested in getting to the cause. That is, until the elevation of his symptoms sent him to a specialist, because his doctor presumed, of course, that something serious in Jimmy's body was causing the interruption in life.
The specialist was a wise young lady. They did the expected tests to rule out cancer, etc. and then she sat down with us to really listen to the answers to her questions. What he ate and drank certainly came up, and he admitted that he had cut back on diet drinks at my insistance to only 5 a day. She said with some firmness and amazement, "YOU CUT BACK TO 5 A DAY!? 2 is the maximum number of diet sodas your body can possibly handle!" A revelation to even me, although I knew they were toxic somehow. " (He was drinking 10 or 12.)
She explained that the sweeteners were not digestible, and the body could not process them. She pulled up information on her computer that indicated the chemical makeup of a lot of things, and explained simply that the build up of these products in our systems was toxic to the walls of the intestine. We surprised her, when we explained how many of the foods we had available had begun to add them. Even cold cuts, and sliced meats. She ckecked her computer and she was surprised to realized that her diabetic patients were so much in jeopardy. She told us that so many of her clients lately were undergoing tests to determine why they were having to take so many medications to treat digestive issues. She said that many were diagnosed with things like irritable bowel syndrome, when in reality it was that they drank too many of the wide variety of drinks, including sports drinks and flavored waters that claim to be zero calorie for the sake of hydration and weight control. Or just because they thought that as long as they were getting water, and vitamins they were drinking something safe. When in reality, more than two, the body simply stored the unusable sweetener in the bowels and they became irritated and sore. The breakdown in the body's system to be able to process our necessary food was eventually lost once the effects of those drinks took their tole over several months or years. She suspected that the documented rise in the number of bowel and digestive disease prognosese was actually due to people taking in too much of these chemicals.
After 2 weeks of not eating anything with these sweeteners in them, mine and Jimmy's symptoms had begun to resolve themselves. It was enlightening to Jimmy. Enough to help him change his habits drastically.
When I speak of these issues, I am not playing doctor or trying to be "holier than thou." I am simply relating to you areas where I have personally discovered that not everything that is processed as food is worth eating or drinking. Any food that is eaten out of balance can become toxic to us. Breads and rice would be my husbands greatest culprits. Real food, but dangerous if he isn't providing the balance from proper amounts of proteins and low carb veggies and berres etc. I noticed years ago, that too many carbs affected even my emotional well being.
What has this to do with scripture at all? We are told to do all things in moderation. That's what. To avoid the extremes in everything we do, and to moderate every action. Food is no exception. My dear mother, died in part due to her fear of everything. She was on the opposite extreme. That too was sin. Finding middle ground is how scripture directs us to make all of our decisions.
What else in life might you apply this guide to which would greatly improve how you live? I have found that it works on almost everything.
Lord, help us to recognize the middle ground in everything from politics to foods we eat. From how often we go to our technical devices, to how often we watch a sports on TV. How many pairs of shoes are too many, and what kinds of food we eat. Help us live a life of moderation in all things. Give us wisdom to see it, the ablility to make the wise decision, and to see when whatever we do that is not in moderation might affect our family, and daily activities. It is about living life more abundantly. And it is about being blessed by everything you give us to make life healthy and happy. In Jesus precious name, AMEN