The Perfect Diet
I want to tell you about “the perfect diet” for weight
loss, a diet in which you can eat anything you wish of all good things.
It is safe and sure, perfect and proven. It is the only diet that works.
It costs less, far less than any other, with lasting results. I give
it to you freely. If not, I would not have it myself to give.
My uncle egged
me on to compete with him in how much we could eat.
I am now nearly fifty-nine. In my seventh year, I was sent to live
with my great aunt and uncle to go to a country school that was closer
to their place for walking than it was to ours. I was normal in weight,
but by the time the year and a half had passed living with them, I
ended up nearly twice the weight I should have been. I was the only
child, pampered and undisciplined. Everything was delicious, cooked
or fried in cream or butter. Cake, cookies, candies, homemade bread,
cream, butter, and fruits (those I would have with cream and sugar)
were always accessible in abundance.
Food volume was an even greater factor than was richness. For example,
by the time my stay ended with them when I was eight, my breakfast
consisted of a half grapefruit with sugar, a large bowl of sweetened
Shreddies or oatmeal, with milk, cream and sugar, two large slices
of homemade bread with butter and jam, and one or two turkey eggs (each
at least two to three times larger than chicken eggs). In my lunch
pail to school, as a typical example, I would take two or three
sandwiches (four to six large slices of homemade bread), well buttered
a goodly piece of chocolate or banana cake, an apple or banana,
and a pint of whole milk.
For supper, I would eat more than at any
meal. I recall, for example, sitting down to a supper of homemade
perogies, which are at least twice the size of most commercial
ones, served up
with sour cream and cranberry sauce, and eating forty-two of
them. My uncle was always joking and egging me on to compete with
him in how much we could eat. I remember practically rolling off the
onto a cot in a stupor, and lying there to digest the food.
and I would compete for the succulent bread crusts, larger
portions of food, and volume. I took pride in being able to beat him.
He and I would compete for first one to the couch after each supper.
When I returned home to a family of at least three other siblings,
and to a home where food was not nearly as rich, available, or plentiful,
and having to walk three times as far to school, I began to shed the
pounds. In about three to four years I was becoming normal. In those
years of obesity, I had been teased, ridiculed, shunned, and last to
be picked for teams, unable to participate effectively in sports and
other activities. I was always ashamed of myself.
I started to gain again in my later teens, and by age twenty-five,
I was at least thirty pounds overweight, at one hundred and ninety-three
pounds. People were telling me I was getting too heavy but I had a
difficult time doing anything about it. I loved my food and alcohol.
God disciplined us to eat
properly. I was in shape and happy for it.
Having a skiing accident, the doctor who operated on my leg put me
on a twelve hundred calorie diet for my leg’s sake. It had been
so damaged that I needed to spare it all the weight I could. I lost
twenty-eight pounds in thirty-five days. The weight stayed off until
I was about twenty-six, by which time I had gained back all but ten
It was about this time that I came to believe in the Lord Jesus
Christ, and my life took a 180-degree turn. At age twenty-seven,
months after believing, I went on Weight Watchers. (God is over Weight
In a little over a year, I lost twenty-five pounds or so, bringing
me back to an acceptable weight.
Within two years, I had regained
close to ten pounds and decided to do Weight Watchers again, this
I lost twenty pounds in two more years, going down lower than
I had ever gone before, one hundred and forty-seven pounds. I was very
to be so slim and in shape. My wife and I went to Israel around
that time, and within a year, I gained back close to fifteen pounds.
Returning to Canada, one day the Lord said to me, “By
the next time you see Paul (a brother in Christ whom my wife and I had
met in Israel), you’ll be slim and
is over time,
our plans, visits, friends, our weight, and condition!) Along came
a business opportunity knocking at
door (God is over opportunities), and I got into moving and hauling
wherein I became slim once again with some dieting and exercise. I
came to be one hundred and fifty-three pounds of slim and trim muscle
We had learned some about eating healthily and abstaining
from junk foods. God had disciplined us to eat properly (read Christian
Physical Diet to see what else He showed us about food). I was
in shape and happy for it. I could wear boys’ size 30 jeans at
five foot ten. We saw Paul within about three months of the time the
spoken to me. I was indeed slim and trim. His Word was fulfilled.
I remained slim and trim for about a year. Then we ceased our business
and headed out on the road in a travel trailer. On that road, shortly
after, we stopped at a campground. This was in 1981. There at a concession
booth, on a hot summer day, they were selling ice cream products. I
was craving ice cream.
We had learned not to eat the garbage sold on
the market, including conventional ice cream, with all its additives
and processing, and we had been eating homemade ice cream. Having
none of our own, and craving ice cream, I went to the concession stand,
with guilty conscience, and purchased an ice cream bar. I saw the
spiritual forces in the faces of those near me, including
the lady selling me the ice cream, and they were chuckling.
I had lost a precious and much enjoyed victory
over an ice cream bar!
opened the wrapper, ready to bite, I heard a voice say, “If
you eat that ice cream bar, you will have your weight problem back
leaves nobody without warning.) It was a stern voice. I did not
recall God ever speaking to me in that tone before. Rationalizing,
it as my imagination, or even as the voice of the Devil, because
of the stern tone, and ate the bar. I was guilty, knew I was guilty,
felt the guilt.
By the time nine months had passed, from summer to spring the following
year, I was fighting my weight problem again. (God knew.) Added to
that, I now had the great regret of what I had lost.
day the Lord had spoken to me about being slim and trim, that it had
been something established
for the long term, provided I did not disobey Him. I had lost a precious
and much enjoyed victory over a lifelong, losing battle with my weight
because of an ice cream bar! How grievous that was
to me! Perhaps only people with a lifelong weight problem could
Add to that the spiritual dimension of disobeying God,
having ignored His clear warning, and suffering the consequences.
a sad and grievous thing to me. From that time forth in 1982, I
have had to suffer the general defeat of intemperance with food and
resultant excess weight, along with guilt, self-consciousness, and
(God is Judge), that is, until December 20, 2004. (God appoints
Many times over the years, I confessed to God that I was wrong, that
I had sinned. I had even thought that the voice, because it was stern,
was the Devil’s and not God’s, that he was trying to put
me “under condemnation.” I had even said so! Therefore, I had
committed the unpardonable sin of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit.
When I realized I had done so, I was shaken, ashamed, and very grieved.
While I knew that the Lord had not cast me off - for He spoke to
me of many things, revealed many things to me, and provided
our needs abundantly all those years -I knew there was no escaping
the consequences of my sins pertaining to that ice cream bar. I begged
His forgiveness many times, asking that He would forgive and heal me
of this horrible problem. He did not reply, not in word or
in deed. I resigned myself to the prospect of having the problem
to my grave.
the next twenty-three years, I was given at
least some respite from time to time in that I was able to diet and
gain it back again. Many times when I tried to stop overeating, or
to go on a diet, I had no power to do so. I recognized, over and over
again, that if God was not giving me the will power and the ability
to lose weight, that I was helpless to do anything. Whenever He did
give me the wherewith to lose, I knew, without doubt, that He was
being merciful. (His judgment is tempered with mercy.)
I told them my story of what had happened
with the ice cream bar.
kept creeping upwards until 2001, when He provided us with a device
called the Chi Machine, invented by a Japanese medical doctor,
which stabilized my weight. With the Chi Machine, I had stopped gaining
for over three years, though I was about twenty-five pounds overweight
during that time. (God had given a sister in Christ a vision promise
of the Chi Machine.)
In March of 2004, Paul, Mark (another brother in Christ), and I traveled
to Austria to a Grander
technology convention. There, while having
supper with about eight or nine other people, I told them my story
of what had happened with the ice cream bar. (God provides the circumstance
and opportunities.) I had never told this story to strangers before.
Why I did it then, I am not sure, except that it was provoked by the
circumstances of the enjoyable and delicious foods we were being served,
including some European ice cream desserts.
The people listened, and
wondered. Some did not agree with my interpretation of what had happened
to me, but there it was. I felt thankful to share the
sad secret with them. I weighed about one hundred and eighty-six
pounds at the time, and had weighed so for years, with some fluctuation.
I had somewhat of a thankfulness for having confessed my “ice
cream” tragedy. Then days later, a peculiar thing happened on
our flight back to Canada from Austria. After our meal, the flight
steward came down the aisle announcing that there was still some ice
cream left from dinner, and that we could have more if we wished. Of
all the flights I had ever been on, I had never witnessed this extra
and repeat offer happen.
Mark was sitting next to me and accepted the
offer. Now my inclination had always been to eat when others ate,
as though I was missing out if they were eating and I wasn’t.
I was inclined to eat if they didn’t eat, but especially if they
did. This time, I simply decided to decline the offer.
Highly unusual to my past experience,
yet a second time, the steward offered ice cream, saying, “There’s
STILL some ice cream left! Who would like more?” If at all encouraged
to take something in food, with which I would be tempted, it would
often be that I would succumb, though I knew better, especially when
it came to ice cream. However, I declined again. (God is the Father
of spirits and inclinations.) They also offered beer. I refused, while
Mark accepted. I see that Mark had to be there, doing as he did, in
my time of trial and temptation, and in God’s demonstration of
mercy to me.
was contradicting a little promise or hope I had within.
Now this was something for me. I didn’t feel like I was exercising
willpower a whole lot. The stance seemed peculiarly easy to me. It
felt good to refuse the ice cream. It occurred to me that God was restoring
the victory over lack of temperance with food. I thought to myself, “Can
this be? Is the Lord going to give me victory over food again, after
all these years?” I was excited about the prospect. Something
was happening and I was thankful and hopeful.
However, as the days
progressed, I found myself in the usual helplessness and defeat.
As the weeks and months progressed, I saw that the victory I thought
God might have given me was not a manifest reality. The external
contradicting a little promise or hope I had within.
Then about five months after that plane incident, in taking the counsel
of others that one could eat certain fats and even lose weight, I began
to gain more weight. However, when I tried to motivate myself to cut
back on food, I just did not have
One morning, I got out of bed, went on the scale and found myself
I had been at the time of my skiing accident nearly thirty-four years
earlier, the highest weight ever… one hundred and ninety-three
pounds. I had been feeling awful, somewhat lacking energy, clumsy,
dull, weak, unable to enjoy activities with my thirteen-year-old son,
whom God had given us in our later years. (God is over the womb, and
Hanging over my head were also the threats of heart disease, diabetes,
and my old knee injury complicating with the weight. Heart disease
was prevalent in my father’s family. He died of heart failure
at age 68, his father at 72, and two or more of his brothers as well.
Furthermore, I suffered as a failure psychologically, self-conscious
of my weight, and depressed about my lack of discipline. Perhaps worst
of all, naming the Name of Christ, and being in a ministry unto Him,
I felt the hypocrite spiritually.
Clothes would not fit, and I was
holding off buying any, with the hope that I would lose weight, and
with the promise that I would buy a new wardrobe, mine being old
or ill fitting. Enough was enough! I had to do something, but what?
knew I could not do it unless the Lord simply gave it to me. (God
is over will power.)
I said, “Lord, please! I can’t
go on like this! I know You have asked me to serve You with my infirmities,
but how can it possibly be right to go on this way?” Then I decided
again, hope against hope, to diet.
That was on December 20, 2004.
I keep a journal. Repeatedly, I have seen the TOTAL
SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD in His timings, in all affairs, personal and otherwise, small
and great, past, present, and future. One day, shortly after starting
the diet, in which I thankfully found success, I was perusing my journal,
noticed that the plane incident was March 20, 2004 … nine months
to the day I began a successful diet.
brought me down, and ice cream was twice offered
My diet has now lasted four weeks, and I have lost thirteen pounds.
In the past, I have always craved, whether in diet or not. This time,
I am not craving … hungry some, not a lot, but not craving. I
am enjoying my food, feeling much better, with energy, enthusiasm,
thankfulness, and hope. Why hope? Here is what I perceive has
happened to me:
1) After about twenty-four years of defeat over the ice cream
bar, I was given to frankly share my tragic story of disobedience to
God, with a table full of strangers. It was confession of sin.
2) On the heels of that confession, I experienced something special,
if only for a few moments, a power to resist temptation to food. (God
is the Author of victory.)
3) It was a lust for ice cream that brought me down, and it was
ice cream that was unusually twice offered on a plane to me, while
someone next to me was accepting the offer, thus further adding to
the power of temptation. (God is over the air lines, over the stewards,
over their food supplies, and over those sitting next to us.)
4) We were also offered beer. Mark accepted, and I refused. I
like to have a drink here and there, though we drink almost nothing.
5) According to the dates, from the time I experienced a taste
of victory on March 20, which I hadn’t had since 1981, to the
day that victory “kicked in” on December 20, 2004, was
exactly nine months, the term for human gestation, from conception
to birth. (God is over the times and seasons.)
6) Relating this victory to Paul, he then told me what he had
experienced on that plane trip. He was sitting across the aisle, about
two or three seats back, and witnessed the event. He said he saw me
decline, with victory, without struggle, with peace and contentment.
(God provides confirmation and witnesses.)
7) If Paul had been sitting next to me instead of Mark (and he
well could have been), he likely would have refused the offers, being
matters, and thus temptation would have been weaker for me. And he
was also able to fulfil the role of an observer and testify to the
8) As I have already said, though I am hungry, I am not craving.
Craving was a constant problem with me, dieting or no dieting. (God
is over our appetites.)
9) As I experienced death on the day that I ate the ice cream
bar in 1981, Hell opening its joyous jaws to receive me, so I experienced
life on the plane on March 20, 2004 when declining, Heaven opening
its welcoming arms to the prodigal returning home. (God is faithful,
10) With the “mote” out of my eye, I have been free
to take the “sliver” out of the eyes of others, in mercy
and temperance, knowing my frailty and helplessness without the grace
and mercy of the Lord. (God gives mercy, then ministers mercy to others
How can YOU
have that victory over food?
Reader, what can I say? Millions have an eating problem. More and
more people are overweight and obese, and though many proclaim diets
that work, there really is no diet out there that works. Rare is the
person who loses the required amount of weight and keeps it off for
years to come. That is because God is rarely "figured into the equation."
you red my story (God is over spelling), you found that I
was no more than a maximum of thirty-five pounds over my proper weight.
may have thought: “Big deal! Try three hundred and fifty pounds,
or even a hundred! What is he complaining about?” But
I know that if God had not had mercy on me in all those years,
I would have
been as badly off as I was at my aunt’s and uncle’s at
age eight, nearly twice my weight and more. Still, the bondage
and torment thereof were an ever-present reality.
How did God help me, even in my time of defeat? How can I have total
victory now? More interesting for you: How can YOU have that victory
over food, or anything else for that matter?
Concerning food, many
are the health practitioners, scientists, doctors, dieticians, nutritionists,
merchandisers who will tell you thousands of things you can do or
buy in order to eat
properly or to achieve and maintain healthy weight levels. However,
there are only two problems that God points to specifically in the
Bible regarding what and how we should eat. One of the ways He did
grant me mercy was that He revealed to us one of the principles of
proper eating, and set us on the course to obey that principle for
the most part. Here are the two specifics on diet that He mentions:
1) What we should, and what we should not eat, and
2) how much we should eat.
While there is very much said about food and eating in the Bible,
those are the only two principles God specifically mentions, of which
I am aware, that would affect our weight.
The Bible is clear on what we should and what we should not eat. God
speaks of clean and unclean foods. Even science is now discovering
the follies of eating those things He commanded His people in the Old
Testament not to eat. “The proof is in the pudding.” Going
to the Bible, you will know what and what not to eat, in broad terms.
Anybody in his or her right mind
should be eating organic food.
The second thing that God condemns, or warns against, is gluttony
and drunkenness. I firmly believe that overeating is killing more people
than almost anything, if not anything else today, particularly in “the
West.” While we have never seen more energy and money being spent
on weight loss diets and exercise, we are witnessing pandemic obesity,
everywhere, regardless of race, religion, occupation, social status,
amount of wealth, marital status, sex, or age. It is a plague, costly
There is a third factor involved, which, while God addresses indirectly
in the Bible, is not specified. That is the quality of
the food that should be eaten. Anybody in his or her right mind, if
at all possible,
should be eating organic food, free of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides,
antibiotics, growth hormones, artificial fertilizers, artificial sweeteners,
colors and flavoring, preservatives, synthetic vitamins, irradiation,
intensive processing, ripening gases, or genetically modified organisms.
The food, when produced, should be watered with good water, or if
the water is at all questionable, with Grander
Living, or revitalized,
water. The soil in which the food is produced should be responsibly
nurtured and revitalized as well. Our organic market farm is Granderized entirely,
its soil constantly replenished, and free of all those things previously
mentioned. God has graciously given us not only good food
for the soul,
but also good food for our bodies. (God is over lands, waters and
It is not only a logical, but also a proven, scientific fact that
organic food is superior to conventionally grown food in both taste
and nutrition. If the quality of the food is there, one will crave
and eat less. Quality affects quantity; of that, make no mistake. Eating
less, one will have a lesser problem with being overweight.
Therefore, it is a matter of what one eats (the Bible specifies), how
much one eats, and the quality
of what one eats.
Most importantly of all, I had sinned against God. Though I had been
given what to eat along with the
quality, I had no power over how much I ate because I disobeyed
quality of what I ate, though He had
taught me. I fell to lust. I had an attitude problem with food. I was
in bondage to food because I was not obeying God, and walking in the
light He had given me.
Here then is the answer to a healthy body. Find out what God requires
of you, what He blesses and does not bless, what is His will concerning
all things in your life, confess your sins to Him, repent of (turn
from) them, believe and obey Him, and you will be delivered from the
bondage you are in
Will my victory
last? Only if I obey, and only if God wills.
is not only advice for a healthy body, but also for a healthy mind
and spirit. Let there be no doubt; sin has horrendous consequences,
as I have amply experienced. Just think: I could have had the joy
and freedom of life for nearly twenty-four years, a third of my life,
the department of food and weight, and all things related, had I
but heeded God’s warning on that fateful day.
Even a fool-proof diet will not do if you have sin in your life. You
can try all the diets you can find, but not one will truly, lastingly
avail if you are not in harmony with God, particularly if you call
yourself a Christian, because in such a case, you take upon yourself
His Name in vain if you walk in disobedience. He says He does not hold
one guiltless for that. I know. Even if your dieting were to succeed,
so what? “What should it profit a man, if he should gain the
whole world, and lose his soul?” said Jesus.
If you are overweight or obese, God knows why, He knows what you need
to do to get right with Him, He knows the time and the place, and when
all that is taken care of, He will provide you with the right food,
of good and proper quality, with the heart to eat moderately and wisely,
and your weight problems will be history. There is no other true,
effective, lasting, and satisfying way. This applies to ANY
Will my victory last? Only if I obey, and only if God wills. If I
have fallen to temptation before, who can say that it will not happen
again? By God’s grace, I am kept and you will be kept.
I have the solution. I have shared it with you. Now the truth is in
Yours is only to trust and obey Him where
you are able, and not where you are not.
I must make some important qualifications,
however, that I hope people will not use as an excuse, deceiving
themselves and others:
One - I have learned that
God leaves infirmities (faults, weaknesses) with people for their
good. Here is a very good example of such from His Record:
"And by the surpassing revelations, lest I be made haughty, a
thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet
me, lest I be made haughty. For this thing I besought the Lord three
times, that it might depart from me. And He said to me, My grace is
sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. Most
gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power
of Christ may overshadow me. Therefore I am pleased in weaknesses,
in insults, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's
sake; for when I am weak, then I am powerful" (2 Corinthians 12:7-10
God has used both my weight problem and my
troubling in the night to keep me in line. I know that if everything
my way, I would
be an arrogant, tyrannical jerk. Even Jesus, Who took upon Himself
a body of flesh, "learned obedience by the things He suffered" (Hebrews
Therefore, it could well be that you have
a problem in your life over which you have no complete victory,
not because you have sinned, but to keep you from sinning. Yes,
He may have brought you that problem as a result of sinning, but
His ways are manifold, and He works all things
according to His unfathomably complex will. Yours is only to trust
and obey Him where you are able, and not where you are not.
Two - If one does not have the grace of God
to avoid sin, that person will sin:
Genesis 20:1-7 MKJV
(1) And Abraham moved from there toward the south country, and
lived between Kadesh and Shur, and stayed in Gerar.
(2) And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister. And
Abimelech the king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
(3) But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to
him, Behold, you are about to die, for the woman whom you have
for she is a man’s wife.
(4) But Abimelech had not come near her. And he said, Lord, will
You also kill a righteous nation?
(5) Did he not say to me, She is my sister? And she, even she herself
said, He is my brother. In the sincerity of my heart and innocency
of my hands I have done this.
(6) And God said to him in a dream, Yes, I know that you did this
in the sincerity of your heart. For I also withheld you from sinning
Me. Therefore I did not allow you to touch her.
(7) Now therefore, restore his wife to the man. For he is a prophet,
and he shall pray for you, and you shall live. And if you do not
restore her, know that you shall surely die, you, and all that are
God prevented Abimelech from sinning against Abraham. Had God
not done so, Abimelech likely would have died. God can
and we would do well to hope He does because without His grace,
we are lost; we eventually destroy ourselves.
Three - There are times when
a sinner will not be able to do right because he had done wrong.
Because Israel sinned
in not keeping
the sabbaths, it was delivered over to its enemies in a foreign
where it would not be able to keep the sabbaths if it wanted
Leviticus 26:41-44 MKJV
(41) I also will walk contrary to them and will bring them
into the land of their enemies. If then their uncircumcised
and they then pay for their iniquity,
(42) then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and also
My covenant with Isaac, and also My covenant with Abraham I
And I will remember the land.
(43) The land also shall be forsaken by them, and shall enjoy
its sabbaths, while it lies waste without them. And they shall
of their iniquities; because, even because they despised My
judgments, and because their soul hated My statutes.
(44) And yet for all that, when they are in the land of their
enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I hate them,
them utterly and to break My covenant with them. For I am the
While in captivity, Israel was not able to keep the sabbaths
or almost any of the ceremonial laws they had been commanded
to keep “forever.” Those
judging from the side and knowing the Law of God could say, “They
are disobeying God - they are not keeping the sabbaths and
other laws.” But they could not keep
the sabbaths because they had not kept the
sabbaths. Isn’t that interesting? Sinner, you may have
overstepped your bounds when you sinned, and now are held
in that state, locked
in that sin, until you have paid every penny of your penalty.
That is what happened to me.
Is deliverance from bondage so simple, so quick and easy,
as the common nominal, evangelical Christian doctrine goes?: “Confess your
sins; God will forgive you, and you can immediately be free of any
bondage and consequence.” While often that is true, there are
times when it just isn’t that simple. God keeps you
in your bondage until you have been chastened sufficiently.