Imagine yourself a year ago. You are about 50 lbs. heavier than you are now, your growing gut shows through your clothes, and you have an addiction to fast food.
Your diet consists of potato chips, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, cookies, fried food and lots of cheese. Let's say your about 35 years old, at this rate your headed for serious case of diabetes and heart disease. Aware of the problem you know you have to figure out how to change.
Fast forward to today, you lost nearly all the excess weight and ran several miles a day. The weight keeps disappearing, month after month it just keeps vanishing. More importantly, you feel great and your Christian meditation practice has become a discipline that yields a profound sense of peace in the Lord.
How did you do it? It's really quite simple. The taste of healthier foods like fresh fruits and veggies, seeds, and raw nuts is something you now love, and even crave. You diet menu consists of beans, whole grains, and all sorts of unprocessed whole organic foods.
Your new habits enhanced your meditation experience so much that it has an effect on how you take care of your body, the temple of God. You take care of it as a holy temple where the Lord is honored. You bring wholesome clean foods to the temple. You maintain it spiritually and physically. And anything consumed in the temple must be done so in reverence. You eat with gratitude in your heart and meditate on the symphony of flavors each bite delivers.
About a year ago eating was a way of filling your stomach when empty. Today, it's a way of experiencing God's creation. To you eating is a form of meditation and a way to honor God.
The Standard American Diet
The average American diet consists of large amounts of calories generally derived from processed flour and sugars, fried foods, saturated animal fats, and a plethora of sweet beverages. Most of these foods have very little nutrition but rank high with calories and added chemicals. Some foods, like sugar, have been observed to create a virtual addition.
Putting food into our stomach for the sake of filling it is never a good practice. Food was designed by God to nurture vital processes and to give us energy. Food who we are and our long-term health.
If we ignore what we eat and how we eat it, we could end up overweight, in poor health, spiritually and mentally defeated.
As Christians we are to be like Jesus, that's what it means to be Christian. In Luke 22:19 it is recounted that Jesus prayed with gratitude over the last supper with His disciples. This event triggered a 2000 year old tradition of praying before each meal.
In the Old Testament verse Deuteronomy 8:10 it states "When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you." In other words we are to remember that God is our Benefactor, and in everything we must give thanks.
So scripture tells that acknowledging God around the subject of food is a worthy effort and something that honors God.
I don’t always practice the following, but I often do as it is a way of communing with God during meals.
The point of meditative eating is not about rapid consumption. Instead it is about appreciating every bit of food and God's creative design in the whole process. Giving thanks to God in prayer prior to a meal sets the tone for our meditation and thankfulness.
Once we begin eating we need to be mindful of each bite and flavor. This practice will stimulate your God-given senses and will awaken you to God's incredible design in all things. Each bite should be chewed slowly, mindfully becoming aware of all sensations.
At the end of the meal give thanks to God for the experience and praise Him. If you haven't noticed this eating meditation is an act of worship.
The Top Benefits of Eating Meditation
- Eating becomes enjoyable.
- You enjoy healthy foods by experiencing rich flavors.
- You eat less because the brain has time to adjust.
- You naturally gravitate towards healthier foods.
- You feel closer to God and may even help you address eating issues.
- It gives you a break during your busy day.
- It has a calming affect.
According to researchers at the University of San Francisco, if we follow the biblical instruction to honor God during our mealtime it may lead to a healthier metabolic rate, which means we get healthier as we loose weight.
In a 2013 meta-analysis of eating meditation examined the use of the practice for obesity-related eating behaviors. The findings synthesized by the review provided support for the meditation to treat some obesity-related eating disorders, including binge eating, emotional eating, and external eating, while promoting healthy weight maintenance and weight loss.
4 Easy Diet Habits To Christian Meditation Success
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Hope your journey with Christian meditation continues to draw you closer to God. No matter where you are in life you can honor God in all things, even food.
Please input your favorite way to honor God with a healthy diet below. We love you and we're praying for you. God bless you. See you in the kingdom.