Grace to you!
There is a model of healthy eating habit that has both physical and spiritual benefits. It has been tested and trusted, and actually has been in existence for over 2000 years.
It is called fasting. Surprised? Don’t be. Right away, let me disabuse your mind of prejudices against fasting. Fasting is not the wearing of long face; depriving yourself of basic nutrition, going days without showering, living only on vegetables because they said it is the only healthy food. None of these is what I mean by fasting.
Would you like to know the Christian model of fasting? It has a spirit, a framework as well as a practice. The framework is in self-control, what we call temperance, knowing what your body and spirit need so you will have a balanced, healthy life both physically and spiritually. In other words, it lies in what Thomas Aquinas, a great Catholic writer, theologian, and philosopher who lived in the 14th century wrote – “Standing in the mean of two extremes.” It’s moderation.
The spirit of this moderation is good stewardship for all the gifts we have received, knowing that we have a duty to use food and drink with a sense of responsibility, remembering that there are people who have no food, no water, and no wine; people who can benefit from our resources and our fast. Our fast becomes a sacrifice beneficial to many if we offer the “fruits” for charity.
We fast in identification with the cross of Christ; it is sacrificial-prayer. We also fast for our spiritual and bodily wellbeing, but more importantly, because we are grateful to God for what we have. Our fast is an act of gratitude to God; hence, we extend what we have to those who don’t. Christian fast prevents waste of food.
Christian fast could as well be proposed as a healthy eating habit because it is built on the principle that our body is precious, or what the bible called “in the image of God.” Hence, we nourish it, cut down on excesses, and by so doing glorify God in and through it. Christian model of fasting is one of the best ways to stop obesity, to nip it in the bud. Many of the people I know who fast are not overweight.
I would encourage you to try fasting, eat what you should, the proportion you should, the time you should; and, in addition, offer to God through food for those who have no food, a meal or two a week; if you are strong, more meals wouldn’t be a bad idea, and see how light you would be. Grace will be added too.
God love you. God bless you.