God never said He wouldn’t give us more than we could handle however the Bible does say God will not allow you to be tempted without a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). God wants the best for you, which involves refnement and purifcation. But that doesn’t mean the way is easy. Matthew 7:13-14 MSG paints a clear picture for us as we get ready for the detox in week 2 “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is fooded with surefre, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires 18 FIT FOR YOUR PURPOSE | WEEK 1 total attention.” So as we talk about food and what we will be eating, please keep in mind that at times it might be hard, but the result is so good. When people fnd out that I’m a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), they assume I put people on strict, calorie defcit diets. They think that I prescribe bird seed and salad three times a day, which is totally not true. What I really want is for people to start eating real, nutrient dense, whole foods rather than foods that come in a box or bag with ingredients that can’t even be pronounced. So what is real food? Well, contrary to popular belief, “real foods” are not solely confned to fruits and raw vegetables. Real foods can also include eggs, bacon, butter and potatoes. Consuming fat does not make you fat, and in fact helps you stay fuller longer, which allows you to go longer in between meals. I grew up believing restricting calories and eating low fat equaled weight loss. In my mind, weight loss equaled health. Nothing could be further from the truth. In this program I do not want you to limit, restrict, or even count calories. You will avoid certain foods that do not promote healing, such as sugar and processed carbohydrates that promote infammation (and we’ll talk more about that in Week 3). When we take these foods out of our diets, our bodies are given the opportunity to heal because we were not designed to live on sugar and carbohydrates alone. God designed our bodies to burn both sugar (glucose) and fat for fuel. Fat is the longer, sustaining fuel and most of us have plenty of that. Sugar is the faster and more explosive fuel that will get used frst. If our bodies are constantly fed sugar, that’s what it will use instead of fat. And sugar is a sneaky thing. There are 56 different names for sugar, which makes it diffcult to avoid buying sugar laden, packaged foods. A good rule to follow when you start reading nutrition labels is if you fnd unpronounce- able, indistinguishable ingredients, most of which look like chemicals from your high school chemistry class, then do not buy it. Through this program you will begin to create disciplines around food, and it’s not because we want you to follow rules. Rules don’t bring freedom. We want you to be disciplined because you are motivated by a love for your Heavenly Father, a love that desires to honor Him in everything you do and put in your mouth and on your body. Your perspective changes from have to to get to when love is your motivation. God created our bodies to heal, but they can only do this when given the proper tools. There is room for spontaneous healing, but God could also heal you through this program as you step out in faith. That is my prayer: that Heaven would come into your body as you walk out your healing. If Jesus is calling you to pick up your mat and walk, I pray that you run.
Sara Lloyd - excerpt from Fit For Your Purpose