Hey Sunday friends!
Can you believe Christmas is ONE WEEK AWAY?!
That means time to eat ALL the cookies and other treats of the season! Aaaand it’s also why we’re talking about “gluttony” today.
Now, when we think of the holidays, I think it’s safe to say that a lot of us see how gluttony, as the dictionary defines it, can be association with this season. The dictionary defines “gluttony” as “excess in eating or drinking”
So, all those cookies and glasses of mulled wine? (Which is my fav by the way!) DEFINITLEY in excess during Christmas Time.
It may seem kind of strange that we’re talking about this subject on a healthy food blog, and when you guys know that I struggle to actually eat these “not so healthy foods” so I am definitely not doing it in excess. However, I want to talk about a different kind of gluttony.
I’ve been reading the book “Love to Eat, Hate to Eat” by Elyse Fitzpatrick and it’s about breaking the bondage of destructive eating habit, with a Christian-based approach.
She talks about the sin of gluttony in the traditional way that we think about, but then she said something that really struck me: “as long as what you eat dominates your affections, thoughts and behaviors – even if you are eating small portions, starving yourself or only eating ‘healthy’ foods – your eating is gluttonous because your life is focused on food.”
WHOA. TOTALLY different perspective on gluttony. It’s not just eating too much, it can be thinking about eating too much where it IMPEDES your life.
Which, as you know, is what I am working to change.
So, I want us to have a different approach this season. Instead of focusing on not being gluttonous with all the treats and yummy, festive drinks this season, and trying to make sure we don’t overdo it, let’s ALLOW ourselves to enjoy those things. God created them, and they are only around once a year!
Instead, let’s watch ourselves so that we don’t allow enjoying those “usually don’t have treats” to totally over take our minds with the fear of eating “unhealthy” foods, “what will food XYZ do to me if I eat it, I should exercise more to burn off that cookie” etc kind of thoughts.
Let’s not allow thoughts of food, what we ate and/or are going to eat, to rule our minds. This is actually a SIN.
Let’s focus on enjoying this season, creating memories with our families and remembering the true reason for the season: Jesus.
Because, without His birth, I know that I could never break free from food bondage.
Are you with me?