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The Eden Diet: Weight Loss Through God's Love, Not Through Dietary "Works"
By Rita M.
Your body is God's temple.
It's right to care for it properly. However, it's also possible
to get caught up in losing weight for the "works" element rather
than out of love for Him.
some people, losing weight can be an unconscious attempt to achieve
validation. They think, "If I lose weight, I'll show God (and myself
and those around me) that I'm a good Christian-that I'm more together
and obedient-and that I'm finally good enough." In a way, it's
a form of spiritual perfectionism-or bondage-feeling that you have
to redeem yourself with weight loss "works" to earn His approval.
obedience is supposed to flow naturally out of love, according to 1st
John 5, not hold you in bondage or make you feel guilty. The way you
eat should not be a tool through which you try to manipulate God. "If
I eat properly and lose weight, then God will be pleased with me and
give me an easy life." When you think that way, your obedience (or
failure at obedience) becomes a tool that Satan uses against you.
why the concept of eating properly as a demonstration of your obedience
to God is potentially harmful. It can help you or it can be twisted
around and used against you by the Accuser to cause guilt and shame,
which, in turn, cause you to feel separated from God.
doesn't want you to eat properly for the sake of obedience, He doesn't
want you to feel guilty and shameful, and He doesn't want you to feel
separated from Him. He primarily wants you to be closer to Him in relationship.
He looks at you through the eyes of mercy and love, not condemnation
you overeat, God wouldn't even mention the word "obedience." He'd
say, "My heart breaks for you, child. You had a deep need for Me and
you tried to medicate your void with food. I wish you could receive
My deeper healing instead." He would NOT say, "I'm angry because
you disobeyed Me." The latter statement reflects self-centeredness,
not love. Therefore, it can't be from God.
is not a whip-cracking overlord who cares about minutia like what you
do or don't eat. In the New Testament, the Lord said to not worry
about what you eat and drink (Matthew 6:25). Worrying about such trivial
things distracts you from God and makes you even more vulnerable to
God is all about love. He
is love. But, He won't love you extra if your obedience helps
you to lose your unwanted fat. He won't love you extra if you break
out of bondage to food. He won't even love you extra if you draw closer
to Him through your weight loss. He loves you the same yesterday, today,
and tomorrow, no matter how much your weight fluctuates.
failure at weight loss won't bring an eternal penalty. If you've
asked Jesus to be the Lord of your life, you are saved by His grace
once and for always, again, no matter what you weigh or how you eat.
summary, if you're seeking to improve your eating habits, stop trying
to force the change through obedience. It often backfires and becomes
a tool that Satan uses to cause guilt, shame, and condemnation.
relax, let go of the pressure, and lose weight in the flow of God's
will through The Eden Diet. You will feel so good emotionally that you
won't even want to overeat anymore. Voila! Weight loss the more joyful
With THESE Knees??
An Article by Guest Writer,
Pedro Gismondi, MD
If you're one of the millions of
Americans who suffer with arthritis but wish to exercise, take heart.
You can do strength-building exercise without grinding down the remaining
cartilage (padding) in your joints. I know this since my training days
at the Mayo Clinic helping people with painful joints, first as an internist
and later as a fully trained rheumatologist (an arthritis specialist).
The most protective exercise for
all your moving parts is water exercise.
Because of the buoyancy of the water (its ability to help you float),
the exercise causes less trauma or pounding to occur at your joints,
while allowing you to move your body parts painlessly and get your heart
Every city has warm water exercise
programs, and some of these are led by trained physiotherapists. To
find a program in your area, look in the yellow pages under "Physical
Therapy" and make a few phone calls to the bigger facilities. Also,
call the physical therapy departments of your local hospitals and the
athletic departments of your local colleges. Finally, if you live in
a larger city, try your neighborhood YMCA. Many offer water exercise
classes or free swim times in their pools.
In addition to the aerobic exercise
that you can get in the water, you need to strengthen the muscles in
your legs. By increasing the tone in one of the muscles in your thighs
(the vastus medialis muscle), you can also have less pain. Strengthening
that muscle helps the kneecap track better in its groove and that, in
turn, decreases your knee pain.
To strengthen your vastus medialis
muscle, sit in a comfortable chair with your legs and thighs stretched
all the way outward in front of you (with fully straightened knees).
If you have to do one leg at a time, that's okay. Then, tighten the outstretched
thigh until it feels rock-hard. Also tighten your buttocks and belly.
Hold the tightness for 7 seconds. Count slowly and release. Repeat 150
times per day. You will not become Rocky Balboa, but you will become stronger
little by little and hopfully experience fewer symptoms, as well.
Other treatments for knee arthritis
include medical interventions, like steroid or joint lubricant injection
that your doctor can offer. However, many of my patients prefer non-medicinal,
natural treatments where possible. That's why I recommend the topical
cream that I call, "Dr. Gismondi's Arthritis Rub." It is based
on menthol and an herb called Arnica montana, which reduces or
abolishes arthritis pain. If you decide to try it, begin by applying
2 coats 10 minutes apart before and after the exercise.
For more information about my arthritis
rub, visit at www.drgismondi.com. Proceeds go to funding my Christian ministries
programs in impoverished areas. May God bless you and help you to achieve
the healthier body that you desire.
In His name,
Pedro Gismondi, MD
A New Online Eden Diet Support Group
If you can't make it to any of our Support Groups that meet weekly, you may want to try our NEW online Eden Diet Support Group!
Designed to bring fellow Eden Dieters together to discuss struggles, triumphs, questions and encouragement, this forum can even help those who are currently in Support Groups during their days between groups!
Go to the link: EdensFreedomSisters to join!
(This is a Yahoo Health Online Support Group)
Dr. Hancock's Upcoming Book Signings!
Come get your copy of The Eden Diet signed and meet Dr. Hancock in person
Saturday, January 10th, 2009
1-3 pm at Norman Barnes & Noble
540 Ed Noble Parkway, Norman, OK 73072
Monday, January 19th, 2009
7-9pm at Barnes&Noble,
13,800 N. May Ave, OKC, OK
Dr. Hancock will give a free SEMINAR at this signing only
Saturday, January 31st, 2009
4-6pm at Hastings Books in Norman, OK
- Look for an article about Dr. Hancock's book in The Daily Oklahoman sometime during the week of January 12th-16th.
- Listen to Dr. Hancock's radio interview on The House FM on Tuesday morning January 13th between 7:30-8am.
The Eden Diet -- A Great Resolution!
The Eden Diet has been a life-changing book for many (see our Testimonials page).
Could you benefit from a Biblical and Merciful Christian Anti-Diet Weight Loss Program? Why not give yourself the gift of FREEDOM from unhealthy food and thought patterns? Dr. Hancock will personally sign each copy.
CLICK HERE to purchase a copy!
To go along with the book, consider Dr. Hancock's
positive, godly, weight loss affirmation audio relaxation excercises entitled "A Walk on the Beach" relaxation CD, "A
Walk in the Forest" CD and "A Picnic at the Lake" CD.
All three are now available on TheEdenDiet.com! (click on link below)
Two NEW Eden Diet Support Groups
Join The Roster!
Check out two new
Eden Diet Support Groups:
1. Edmond Christian Church -
2800 East Danforth Road,
We're planning an overview 6:30 Wednesday evening,
January 7th, 2009. We will officially start the following
Contact person is Kari. Email: kwade [at] cox.net.
If you purchased a book from Dr. Hancock,
leave a comment about it EITHER on Amazon.com OR in the guestbook for a chance to win a FREE audio CD!
One out of every ten participants will win. Names will be drawn randomly, and
there will be no charge for shipping.
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Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in your quest to 'thin-ness'.
May your QUEST be BLESSED!
Rita M. Hancock, M.D.