Consider the wisdom of the early Christian
3rd and 4th century Egyptian Desert Fathers:
Aba Joseph asked Abba Poemen:
"How should we fast?"
Abba Poemen said: "I myself think it's
good to eat every day a little at a time so as not to get
Abba Joseph said: "Well, when you were
young, didn't you used to fast for two days at a
The old man said: "Believe me, indeed I did, for
three days, and even a week. But the great elders tried all of
this, and found that it is good to eat every day a little less
each time. In this way, they showed us the royal highway, for it
is light and easy."
Abba Poemen teaches us that we should be
careful not to undertake efforts too great for us. It is better
to make slow and steady progress with moderate efforts than to
become discouraged or to miss the goal altogether with efforts
too great for us.
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BASICS FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
to cook whole foods. Food and the pleasure of appetite is the Creator's gift to humankind.
Your God given task is to manage it and prepare it. For most of us discipline and determination are not enough.
If we are going to eat less, then we need to pay more attention
to the aesthetic appeal of that less to avoid feeling deprived.
That is why you must take the time to prepare well-designed
recipes and balanced menus.
the active support of your spouse and a small group of
confidential friends for encouragement and accountability . You are not alone. You were designed to live
in an interactive relational community of humans.
3. Take care of your Creator-designed body. Drink lots of water.
Engage in exercise and renew yourself with rest.
4. Balance protein, fat, and high density and low density
carbohydrates in a way that manages your weight. One size does
not fit all.
5. Set realistic long, long term goals. Think in terms of months and
years. Aim to become fit to honor your body's Designer, to serve people
you are called to love, and to minister to a world which, for the most
part, goes to bed hungry, not just for a smaller waist line.
6. Calories do count. Find a plan that makes the counting
task easier so you can enjoy what is on your plate.
Aesthetics--color, taste, textures, temperatures, etc.--count,
too! Satiation, appetite satisfaction, is crucial as well. That is why
published a special section in Introducing
Whole Foods Cooking,
& Muffins,and Breakfasts
titled Menus for Weight
That task of keeping calories, aesthetics, and satiation in balance is about to become a lot easier.
7. Portion management--eating with the eyes: The amounts in the Menus for Weight
Management sections of the books listed above will give you a visual
picture of appropriate amounts to put on your plate. Use
"eye-size" not just "feeling full" to reinforce the
mental picture of how to eat.
8. Short fasts such as a day a week on juices and nibble fruits help
because they are do-able with moderate efforts to flip your "reset
switch" by a change in routine.