“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” (Romans 13:14). I know you’re wondering what does a scripture have to do with food? I’ll tell you…
Today, I sit here 1 day before embarking on our January “Wheat Belly” Food Challenge, which means no wheat, gluten, grains, sugar, caffeine, refined or processed foods, no artificial ingredients, and no starch. My mind is willing, but I know my flesh is weak; weak from all the morning fix rituals and late night indulgences we call our typical American diet. Weak from grandma’s weekend biscuit traditions and Southern sweet tea charm. And lastly, weak from the convenience of fast food and quick bite conveniences that litter the streets and avenues we drive down everyday.
I start this challenge well aware that it’s going to cost me something. Someone was quoted as saying “You have to be willing to let go of the things that are killing you, even if it’s killing you to do so.” That’s why this scripture speaks to me, “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill the desires thereof.” I know I can’t do this in my own strength, nor will I attempt to try. If I could, I wouldn’t be sitting here with a wheat belly flanking my midsection that has over the years drowned out my body’s plea for help. God has a way of stretching you to the limit, gently nudging you in areas that you are not ready for, directing His finger on things that demand your attention that you may have overlooked, or just simply wanted to ignore because you was not ready to let go. I am thankful that my family (husband and children), along with a host of my dear fitness sisters and friends, have deemed themselves ready, and will be journeying on this food challenge, each with their own personal health goals they hope to achieve. Last night, my family unit and I had a real conversation of how we “think” individually we are going to initially cope. Some stated they might be angry and feel sad, some downright mad (Lol!), and some feeling depressed or melancholy.
Thank God we have the assurance the detox and withdrawal process should only last a week, only if we are willing to surrender to the process, lay it all on the line, and make no provision for the flesh. When withdrawals seem too much to bear, I will make no provision. I will not complain. I will ONLY focus on what I CAN have (meats, dairy, vegetables, fruits, legumes (beans), nuts, healthy oils, water, along with a few other allowances)…not on what I can’t have. This is my own personal crucifixion. By the end of January, I hope to resurrect to a better, healthier me. Let’s do this! Cheers to smaller bellies and healthier bodies!