Isaiah 55:2 - Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Remember the old commercial that said, “Bet you can’t eat just one Lay’s potato chip”? It was as if the bag of chips was calling your name. And when you ate them, it gave you a momentary feeling of comfort.
Overeating does the same thing. You may set out to only eat a small meal, but then decide to raid the refrigerator for goodies after the meal and blow the whole effort.
Overeating and pain seem to go hand-in-hand. However, the relief from overeating only lasts momentarily. Whereas, with overeating the effects stay with you as you watch, in dread, as the numbers on the scale keep going up and up.
And as the scale goes up so does a decrease in activity level including exercise. Not just the difficulty in moving your body, but the desire to exercise also lessons.
Whether it’s the taste or the sense of fullness there is real scientific evidence that eating certain foods can provide a temporary relief from pain. These foods are not the ones that can cause weight gain when eaten.
Take a look at the article, “7 Foods That Help Fight Pain,” on everydayhealth.com which talks about food that can help you reduce pain.
And as the Bible verse above says eat what is good and you’ll delight in a right fare. Eating healthy isn’t a kill joy. I recently switched to a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, along with the deletion of high fat, and a low consumption of carbohydrates. As a bonus to losing weight, I have more energy and a decrease in overall chronic pain.
So instead of reaching for that cookie, reach for an apple. Your body will thank you.
Have you found success in a decrease in chronic pain or in losing weight by eating healthy foods? I’d love to hear from you.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.