Why do I want to do a JuiceFast?

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Okay so I watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead with Anita. It was intriguing. I suggest you watch it. You can watch it here on hulu. I think I would like to juice for 9 or  10 days. What are my reasons? My main reason is this…

  • I like the idea of a making an afront against my selfish, lazy, and gluttonous motivations. 

Generally, in my 36 years I have done what my body told me to do in regards to eating and exercise. That means I did what was easy most of the time!!! I’ve been able to get away with it because I’m on the tallish side and generally my fat spreads out around my body pretty well. Being tall and somewhat thin has nothing to do with being healthy, just means that my lack of discipline is more socially acceptable. Lately I’ve been toying with the practice of refusing to do what my natural body tells me to do. For example, I’ve been running off and on for a while now. I even ran the virginia 10-miler recently. A couple of times I have done fasts from sugar. I’m amazed at the severe internal war that goes on in regards to eating sweets and carbs. When I face up to what is really going on in my heart, I’m convinced this has to be a spiritual battle also. I find this verse particularly convicting…

“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.”

That is found in Galatians 5. As a believer, this is nothing new. We have been warring against the natural flesh tendencies anyway. But over-indulgence in sweets, sodas, fast-food seems to be a very accepted practice inside of christian community. It does not normally produce moral shock unless you are obviously overweight. Somehow christians (including myself) find it very acceptable to arrange our lives in such a way that our bodies are slaves to caffeine, sweets, junkfood, snacks, sodas, and generally constant consumption. And then I read something like 1 Cor 6…

And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. 13 You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.”

We cannot be a slave to anything. So why do I get jittery if I experience any of the slightest bit of hunger? This passage is mostly talking about sexual immorality, but there is a pretty close connection between eating terribly and sexual exploits. It’s a lack of self-control and a delight in something that God has not designed for us. Too often we are a slave to our stomachs.

If this truly is a war, then I think I need to intentionally practice my battle strategies. A juice-fast is one small aspect of this. Consider praying for me, my self-control, and my attitude as I war with my body in withdrawal from sugars, carbs, and that ‘full’ feeling after eating.

4 Responses to “Why do I want to do a JuiceFast?”

  1. I will look forward to your day to day blogging about this.

  2. Susan says:

    yes, I agree….let us know about this struggle. I like the way you broke it down. We are allowing ourselves to be slaves to things…FOOD is such an approved method. I will pray for you and you pray for me!

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  4. admin says:

    yes Susan, I will tell you I feel like a slave when I see candy corn. Some people think that is nasty, but I love them. We have little tiny Jude socks with candy corns on them. When I see them I desire to go buy a bag and eat the whole thing. It’s a call to slavery!

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