lately, i’ve been hearing alot about this. a friend of mine is on it and so it’s been the topic of discussion in my little network. of course by no means am i on it. i’m still stuck on reverse lent — 40 restaraunts, 40 days. but the more i learn about it, the more i’m intrigued by it. not so much by the food aspect, but more by how the concepts of the diet parallel to us and our spiritual lives.
for instance, last thursday i led a campus based meeting on 100% pure. i thought it went well, and i think the members agreed. the funny thing about me giving talks, is i pray and research my talks beforehand like i should of course. so maybe i should spend a little more time looking at it, but it usually comes out ok. but there’s always part of me that things man, am i the best person to be giving this talk, or leading this worship? then i have to remind myself that God annointed me. wow, what a powerful thing to realize!
so the crazy thing is, i always feel i’m right for a talk because God uses me to say things i don’t plan, and when i go home and think about the talk, those little things God’s spits out of my mouth stick with me, and i learn so much. i think i learn more than the people on the receiving end.
so last thursday, i said something about the world that i’ve been turning over in my mind. for all my life, the world has been training my mind to think certaing things are ok that God never really said was ok. like how we should dress, how we should talk, how we should treat each other, what our eyes should look at, etc… and what came out of my mouth was, “we need to retrain our minds, to try to see what God sees. and we do that through prayer, fasting, and the sacraments.”
and this is where the south beach diet comes in. when you start the south beach diet, you start by eliminating all carbs from your diet for two weeks. from then on, theres more phases where carb foods are reintroduced to your diet, and you maintain the last phase for life. if you ever cheat or mess up, you go back to the first phase and start over.
so back to my friend. we were at cheesecake factory and he was dying for a piece of cheesecake. another friend across the table, graduated a nutritionist. she was adamant that the diet doesn’t work, because it’s not about actually doing the diet. you have to change your life. i learned that the south beach diet started out as a lifestyle, not so much as a packaged weight loss plan.
if my friend was following the diet and dying for a cheesecake, then what good is the diet at all? sooner or later, he’s gonna fail, it has to come from the mind first, body second. if you can have that commitment to changing your lifestyle forever, then you win. otherwise, you’ll fail.
i think the parallels are so obvious, yet so intriguing. in order to change anything that you’ve been conditioned to for a long time, there has to be a drastic change, and it has to be strict and shocking. however if you don’t change the mind, make the decision to change everything you’ve previously thought, and retrain your mind, then you’re always going to be pulled in that direction.
now lets imagine a south beach diet for impurity. two weeks, live your daily life, NO impurities. don’t even watch tv or surf the web. then after some time, you begin to reintroduce those things into your life, little by little. could we be onto a south beach spiritual diet?
hmm… just something to think about. hope you’ve learned something from this long entry.