It has been 606 days since I quit sugar and processed foods! I am not counting the days to irritate my family and friends, but to keep myself accountable to the LORD God to continue to treat my body like the Temple of the Living LORD, according to the Scripture.
Back in July, 2010, I went through withdrawal that included pacing the floor and headaches. I had prepared for it and had SweetLeaf Stevia to put into my water, which I admit I had previously said I “wouldn’t need”. I found out that it really helps to make me feel satisfied and curbs those cravings. I honestly hated stevia for years when I tried to add it to my sugary diet, but I have grown to really enjoy it now!
I had also prepared by weaning myself off the grains and starchy carbs during the spring and early summer, so I wasn’t hit with the cold turkey withdrawal that I had done in the past. The first time I went totally off sugar and grains, the withdrawal was so severe that I had major flu symptoms, so I knew I didn’t want it to be like that again!
Now, I praise God for each day that I am sugar free, chemical free and processed food free, because I know that as long as I stay the course, I will never have to go through withdrawal again. Just like an alcoholic or drug addict, I remind myself of that first terrible withdrawal back in 1993 and I KNOW I don’t want to do that again. I could not even walk during that withdrawal. I shook and had total body aches and pains!
By the way, I had done it at least three times before July, 2010, but there was a major difference this time. This time, I was not doing it just to feel better, but was doing it with the conviction that the LORD wanted me to do it. He convicted me that it is a sin for me to put bad things into my body. My kids and I were impressed at OKC in February when Gary Young said it was wrong to deliberately put anything into the body that damages cells.
I feel the conviction about what I eat is a gift from God. This is NOT just a CHOICE for me! This is a God-given conviction and that makes all the difference!
In times past, I fasted from bad foods in desperation to reduce my pain. When the pain subsided, each time I would gradually begin to eat “normal” foods again. Each time, the pain returned and each time, it was worse than the time before!
I still have some pain. It is way less than before, but it is still with me. Even this is used of God right now to remind me from whence I have come. I have come to the conclusion that I may have some emotional healing that needs to be done in order to be totally free from this, but knowing that the food decision is permanent has freed me from much anxiety and stress.
It is no longer funny to me when people joke about the harm they are doing their bodies by eating sugar and pigging out on grains and starchy carbs. (I used to say that “sugar is my drug of choice.”) It is not that I lack humor, but God has opened my eyes to this and it is no more funny than someone making light of alcoholism or drug abuse.
The decision regarding food choices was made in the spring and summer of 2010 and I no longer struggle about if I will eat this or that anymore.
This is no longer about what I cannot eat, but more about what I do eat to feed the temple of the Living God.
“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19,20
There is no longer room for compromise on this issue. For me, compromise where food is concerned is a sin.
The decision is a conviction.
The decision is final.
I will obey the call of God on my life to honor this earthly vessel until He calls me home.
To God be the glory!