Dear Kristykay, thanks for sharing so much of yourself and the excellent devotional thoughts with us!I am grateful for your victories in regard to your eating and health and I am grateful for your faith and your devotion to our Lord.
When I look at the history of eating and especially think about Dr. McDougall's experience in Hawaii, I see the SAD as not only unhealthy but I think of it as dishonoring our bodies, God's temples (1 Corinthians 6). This belief helps me to stay focused on eating for health...and to know that I am eating ultimately for Him.
I also think about Jesus fasting for 40 days and the fasts of the first century disciples. It seems to me that McDougalling is far less demanding than fasting. So the Bible challenges us to be strong in not letting food (or anything else) except the Spirit control us (Romans 8.12-14).Grace is amazing!
The realization that all of life is a gift--including our faith, repentance, obedience, endurance etc.--helps me to be thankful and, for me, gratitude is the key to joy. If we were not grateful, how could we have any joy in the Lord?
So, Kristykay, I will pray for you daily and I ask you to pray for me and for all others who want to join us--McDougallers who are struggling to be surrendered to God.1 Corinthians 10.31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.