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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Don’t Look Back (04/19/12)

TITLE: Gluttony 101
By Beth Muehlhausen
04/25/12


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Gluttony 101

“Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.” (Proverbs 23:2)

Welcome culinary connoisseurs of consumption, and congratulations for crawling out of those musty, dark closets of denial! We ask only that you confess to gluttony before continuing to paragraph two. If you qualify, please proceed.

We greet the gluttonous here in paragraph two. This is where you will learn about putting a knife to your throat (1) – or in more approachable language, retraining a runaway appetite that could endanger both quality and quantity of life. Turning from the king’s dainties, as Daniel did. (2) Pressing forward to portion control. Falling in love with vegetables. Juicing them. Steaming them. Salad-izing them.

Bravo, we think you took the knife news quite well. By virtue of your continued presence here in paragraph three, we assume you must be ready to turn - to flee from milkshakes, donuts and all sorts of processed and adulterated edibles, the Sodom and Gomorrah (3) of modern food!

But do your Tar Baby feet seem glued in place under the golden arches, or inside the door of your local bakery? “It’s too hard,” you whine, as the knife blade glints in response to the glaring fluorescent lights. If you’re one of those wearing self-imposed blinders, you are cordially invited to continue.

Perhaps you’ve lived many years with a certain mindset: chocolate, coffee, and sugar (or whatever your food vices might be) have the upper hand. You’ve made peace with these dictators. Bondage to food seems insignificant and petty in the larger redemptive picture, but deep down food has become an addictive idol. You are overweight and listless, cowering at its feet.

You may have already heard some insurance companies recognize how careful dietary practices avert chronic disease, and in response offer discounted premiums to customers who adhere to them. And yet you assume such discount could never apply to YOU. Sound familiar? Sure it does. We all rationalize when it comes to eating. We like our comfort food. We are convinced we MUST HAVE IT.

But alas, the day of reckoning has come! No more rationalizations! The knife speaks! Turn! Turn now! Flee! Don’t look back, unless you want to become a pillar of salt (4)… or perhaps, more aptly, an oversized sugar cube.

Your voice sounds desperate: “How CAN one turn and flee?” And yet your persistence here in paragraph eight proves you must truly want to discover the answer. Listen carefully, then, for the following instruction could change your life.

DO NOT FOCUS ON DENIAL OF THE TASTY THINGS YOU MUST GIVE UP. THE TEMPTERS WILL ONLY HAUNT YOU IF GIVEN MENTAL AND VISUAL SPACE, AND ENTICE YOU WITH DESIRE UNTIL YOU SUCCUMB. INSTEAD, CRUCIFY YOUR PASSIONS AND LUSTS (5) AND LEAVE THEM NAILED TO THE CROSS, ABANDONED, TO DIE ... SO YOU MIGHT LIVE! FOCUS ON THE FOOD GOD ORIGINALLY PROVIDED IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN TO PROMOTE HUMAN WELL-BEING, THE PLANTS AND FRUIT-BEARING TREES. (6)

It comes down to a matter of obedience, doesn’t it?

Our final purpose here at Gluttony 101 is enrollment. We like the fact that the knife is already at your throat, and it might press harder under the conviction of the Holy Spirit if you dare to look back. It may even draw blood as a reminder that a forward-focus is essential.

Some people ‘go cold turkey.’ Join them! Decide, and sign on the dotted line of this Gluttony 101 document – your diploma. You can do it. Today. You are not dependent on your own weak will, but rather on God’s mercy. You are a branch abiding in the True Vine. (7) He will bear the fruit of victory through you.

Turn! Flee! Don’t look back! Remember Lot. God brought him out of catastrophe to a new life. (8) This can be your story as well. Or, you can become like his wife who heard the call to leave, but compromised and was destroyed. (9)

It’s your choice.

(1) - Proverbs 23:2
(2) - Daniel 1:5-15
(3) - Genesis 18, 19
(4) and (9) - Genesis 19:26
(5) - Galatians 5:24
(6) - Genesis 1:29
(7) - John 15
(8) - Genesis 14:29


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Geoffrey johnstone04/26/12
Interesting article.

I didn't really get on top of the diet game until I read about processed food and started treating sugar and Polyunsaturated fat the same way I treated giving up cigarettes.

Processed food is all about getting us addicted.

I'm not sure if modern day obesity is caused by gluttony. That's my only grief with this article.

Otherwise it is well written.

Noel Mitaxa 04/27/12
Good solid food for thought here, with a positive challenge tucked into some clever word pictures
CD Swanson 04/28/12
Clever storyline, and interesting thoughts in this piece. Well written and on topic. Thank you.

GOD Bless~
Helen Curtis04/29/12
Hmm, ouch. I'm sitting here about to drink my eagerly-awaited home-barista-ed coffee while I read this...

This is spot on - but I would really like to know if you are coming from the perspective of one who has beaten this addiction, or from the other side?

For example, I can very easily tell my friends the evils of smoking, how they should stop it, now, it's not right, etc. But I've never smoked a single cigarette in my life! I am, however, one of the plus-sized over-eating addictees, living with the guilt of this every day and desperately trying to do what you have suggested, but failing more than I succeed. It's okay, I know it's a process, a journey, but I would certainly be more receptive to this hard-hitting article knowing that the author had in fact been there and done it!

Well done on being brave enough to enter this, I applaud you for that! Now, where's my coffee?! :-)
Nancy Bucca 05/03/12
My goodness, how entertaining, delightful and absolutely hilarious this is! What a well deserved win. I'm positively blown away by the creativity residing in my fellow writers.
Jody Day 05/03/12
Amazing. This is another one that I need to read every day. Just stellar!
Margaret Kearley 05/03/12
Oh dear - this is a bit too close for comfort! I have to confess, I carried on reading despite having just consumed several (not one!) digestive biscuits. Serious subject though and one to take to heart (and to mind and stomach). However, I also love the humour - 'a pillar of salt, or perhaps more aptly an oversized sugar cube.'!! Great writing. Many congrats on a well deserved placing Beth.
Love, Margaret
Genia Gilbert05/03/12
congratulations on your second place. Good writing!
Danielle King 05/04/12
Very creative and amusing with a message thrown in for good measure. You've probably rattled a few cages but I think this entry is excellent and definitely worthy of placing 2nd. Well done!
Nancy Sullivan 05/07/12
As one who joined the "cold turkey" group several weeks ago and thanking God for weight loss and improved health, I applaud your direct approach. There really are no shortcuts when it comes to health. It's a "one-day-at-a-time" journey for me, and I'll remember (and share) your no-nonsense approach. Congratulations on your recognition and your great writing! God Bless.