As I was seeking to achieve a right-sized body through principled eating and lifestyle change I was entering into this foreign “principled eating” environment. I found I had to learn to use new approaches to manage the emotional disturbances. I had to completely abandon those approaches that I once relied on to get through. Before taking on this journey of principled eating I could only rely on sugar, flour and excess quantities to soothe the uncomfortable feelings. Now, in this new structured and principled eating environment, when the winds of emotion blow, I had to have a new and reliable means to achieve comfort. When I didn’t have knowledge of and ready immediate access to these reliable means, I was in jeopardy of crashing into the reliance on the old and damaging fixes. Thus I was not ever able to achieve the goals I sought successfully and enduringly.
The emotional disturbances are unpredictable yet their erratic surfacing in the calm experience are sure to consistently manifest, and without warning. The individual can do nothing to stop these disturbances from surfacing. All he can do is develop a constant protection from whatever disturbance may come about.
The prayer that goes up to God petitioning, “God please don’t let anything bad happen today” is a vain and unreasonable request. God never promised me that no temptations or seeming stumbling blocks to thwart my progress would come my way. What He provides me is a protective armor to weather the bad experiences when it appears they come upon me. This protective armor is a mental/spiritual positioning, an unwavering reliance on Him.
This is how the Scriptures address this: Ephesians 6:11-18, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
I applied this Scripture like this: Put on the whole armour of God [utilize all of the tools of the GSF Program], that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devils [that I will not fall to the temptations of the latest fads to manage weight]. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood [getting the latest food plan that offers the quickest weight management is not what challenges me], but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places [the challenge for me is to not yield to the temptations in the media, from friends, from my own calculations, imaginations and appetites that seduce me to stray from the divinely safe and intelligent road to enduring health and peaceful sanity]. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God [keep the principles of the program central in my thought and be mindful to use the tools consistently], that ye may be able to withstand the evil day [that when strong temptation comes my way, I will be fortified against it], and having done all, to stand [and having done everything available to me to stay abstinent, I shall survive the temptation and remain abstinent].
By: Linda D’ Nise
The Virtual Sponsor
I am flying out of town on a business trip. I will be staying at a hotel and needing to eat out. How do I manage being on the GSF plan on this business trip?
Jet Setter – Durham, N.C.
I found it crucial to plan at least a week or more ahead if I am planning an out of town trip. The first thing I do is make sure that the hotel at which I shall be staying has a microwave and a refrigerator. I find out where the nearest grocery and convenience stores are. I am also sure to arrange for my easy transportation to get to my principled nutrition. If I must eat at a restaurant I follow the rules I outline in the section of this book, What is Wrong With Eating At A Restaurant?
Won’t I look older and more wrinkled if I lose a lot of weight?
Aging Gracefully – Memphis, TN
I was advised that I would look older and more wrinkled should I lose a lot of weight. My goal was more about detoxing my body from all sugar and flour. The weight loss was a natural and guaranteed side effect that occurred when I eliminated these dangerous elements. Amazingly, I looked much younger when the weight dissipated. I want to look like whatever it is that God originally designed me to look like. I am confident that when I am obedient to God’s universal divine principles, I can only reflect beauty and grace. I have no desire to comply with any other standards.