So there’s a healthier way to eat dessert…???
I figured that would grab your attention. Tehe.
Trying to make healthier choices this year? As we transition from a month of resolutions (January) to a month of sweets, sweets, and more sweets (February), reality settles in. We must face the fact that we didn’t instantly start hating sweets when the clock struck midnight on December 31st. In fact, we like them…and we like them a lot!
We can adopt a number of healthy habits, but why is it so difficult to tame the sweet tooth? It’s because we’re doing it all wrong! To be healthy doesn’t mean you have to abandon sweets altogether. It just means you make wiser decisions about your dessert.
The Bible gives us insight on two key factors regarding our consumption of dessert:
1. We must be mindful about when we eat dessert, and
2. How much dessert we actually eat.
When is the best time to eat dessert?
Proverbs 27:7, ESV says, “One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.”
This Scripture warns, do not eat dessert if you are full. That sounds simple, yet we do it all the time. We clean a plate (or 2), then we head straight to the freezer. The problem is, if we cram in dessert after we’ve already stuffed ourselves with the main course, we’re committing three violations against our temple:
- We’re overloading our body with empty calories,
- We’re training our muscles to stretch beyond their designed capacity,
- And we’re directly operating against God’s natural design for our bodies. Afterall, the Scripture states, a full body should “loathe” honey, not crave it and consume it.
Eating past your full also subjects you to violating an invaluable fruit of the Spirit— self-control.
A good time to consider eating dessert is if you still have a little wiggle room in your tummy. But be careful to keep an eye on exactly how much sugar your dessert actually contains. The latter half of Proverbs 27:7 says, “…to the one who is hungry, everything bitter is sweet.” Therefore, you shouldn’t have to load your sweet potato with butter and marshmallows and sugar and cinnamon to enjoy the manna God has provided you. A small piece of butter here, a dash of cinnamon there, maybe; but you shouldn’t need to drown it with excess sweeteners. Balance out your sweet intake by pairing a small dose of confections with the yummy sweets that naturally grow in our environment, such as strawberries, ripe bananas, pears, and other fruit.
How much dessert is acceptable to consume?
When you do decide to eat dessert, use Proverbs 25:16 as a measure of how much. This Scripture says, “If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.”
Don’t skip the veggies and make a bee-line for dessert! (I know that’s what you were thinking when I said you could “consider” eating dessert if you had a little space to spare. Tehe). Treating dessert like a meal may give you temporary satisfaction, but it leaves your body lacking in nutrients. Too much of this practice is toxic to your Physical Man. Hence the latter part of verse, saying, “…lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.”
This Scripture also warns that you should eat your portion and your portion only. Here’s where that fruit of “self-control” comes out to play again. Most people over-consume dessert in one sitting. So play like a champion and have a game plan You may space out 2 small bowls-worth of ice cream as your “portion” for the week. You may sip on a small bottle of soda as your “portion” over the weekend. You may grab your favorite candy bar as your “portion” for the month. Whatever you decide, make sure your “portion” is just enough for you and nothing more. Something I’ve started doing over the past year is to only eat dessert on the weekends. It makes it so much easier to keep an eye on my own “portion.” Plus, it makes sweets so much delectable after I’ve practiced a week of exercising self-control.
Remember, the key to being healthier about dessert is not to abandon it altogether. It’s about being honest, being wise, and making the best decisions for your temple. So have your cake, and eat it too (as long as you’re eating it after a well-balanced meal, and you’re not eating a slice the size of your head). 🙂
Did you enjoy today’s health devotion? If so, let me know in the comments section below.
Answer this question: What’s the healthier way YOU eat dessert?