Practical Messages for Impractical Times
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16 NASB
There are two powerful movements pervading our society: Eating Healthy and Eating Everything. Both have a huge following and both create a domino effect on our bodies and minds. Many who are enslaved to the Eating Everything group have become victims of the Medical profession by giving up their body parts through Bariatric surgery. As a Registered Nurse, I was required to study the subject of Anatomy and Physiology for one year. I took an oath to do no harm to my patients and to provide education on preventive and disease management levels. Therefore, as a healthcare professional, I am truly disturbed by the quick fix method of the partial removal of the digestive system for monetary gain.
Since the age of 11, I have been a member of the Eating Everything group. I love all the fruits and vegetables because I was given healthy meals during my childhood. However, I was raised with the concept of self-gratification. My love for desserts loaded with calories and sugar, along with potato chips, candy, cookies, and ice cream created the desire to consume more calories than my body was equipped to handle. As a result, I continued to gain weight and developed high blood pressure and prediabetes at a young age.
Last year, my physician recommended a gastric sleeve procedure. I immediately contacted my insurance company who informed me that I met the necessary criteria and it would be a covered procedure. The preparation to surrender part of my digestive system brought mixed feelings. I thought that I was ready to do anything to lose weight. Imagine my surprise when the pre-surgical prep required eating a strict diet with a reduced amount to the size of a small jar of baby food. My mind transitioned from that of a helpless patient to the educated mind of a nurse. I felt betrayed by my physician and the entire medical profession who supports the quick fix method. However, my mind was in turmoil, and I had to make a decision-surgery or drastically change my unhealthy eating habits. I began to cry and pray. I confessed to God that I was enslaved to my appetite and had uncontrollable desires for unhealthy food. I didn’t know where and how to start my transition from Eating everything to Eating healthy. But, God had already started working on my behalf.
Due to a 40-year nursing tenure, I have End Stage Osteoarthritis in both of my knees which translates into insufficient cartilage between the bones. I was in pain daily with limited mobility. I started Physical Therapy and that is when God intervened. My Physical Therapist has a Ph.D. and promotes Eating for health to her clients. She provided valuable information on the impact of losing weight to alleviate the chronic pain and stress on my joints. During my initial evaluation, Susan recommended the book-Eat for Health by Joel Fuhrman MD. After sharing my struggle, she asked me to wait a minute while she went to her office, and returned with a copy of the book as a gift.
The great news is that I have learned discipline in an area in my life, that I never thought was possible. My taste buds have been retrained. My out of control desire for self-gratification for food and spending money has been eliminated. I still love cheesecake; but, I no longer must have it or possess the “die trying” to get it mindset. The struggle is real. I still must pray for victory on a daily basis. I am only halfway to my weight loss goal. However, I am free of pain, my waist measurement is 10 inches smaller, and I feel great.
I truly believe in Divine intervention-we don’t have, because we don’t ask.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
Dear God, Please help me to be an overcomer of self-gratification in all areas of my life. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz