When I was training to run a marathon, the question of how to think about food came up, but it was never a stand-alone issue. What and how much to eat tended to be wrapped around other things, like energy, endurance, speed, digestion and weight. I read loads of articles and books on running, each with its own angle when it came to food. Interestingly, there was no cookie cutter approach to eating and running. Consequently, I decided to be an independent thinker on issues of food and body. I felt free to find my own way...
1) Don’t obsess about food, and
2) Don’t obsess about the effect of food on the body.
The first rule draws authority from the Christ Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other... Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink.” (Matthew 6:24-25)
I am not offering up any radically new thoughts on the subject of food here. This was all Jesus’ idea. Here is the Christ perspective on food – “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:26-33)
You will find loads of links in this blog to articles discussing food issues from a variety of angles. I also wrote an article that goes a bit more in depth into what the Bible teaches about food and body and discusses how to get a handle on certain food issues. You can find it on spirituality.com under the title "A spiritual view of food and body."
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