Forever Dieting? Worried about gaining weight? Here in Indiana, obesity is one of the top troubling health concerns. While a recent Hoosier Ag (agriculture) Today article suggests ditching fad diets in favor of food that tastes good, there may be a more lasting solution to maintaining a healthy weight. My colleague, Wendy Margolese, writing for the June 28, 2018 edition of The Christian Science Monitor, shares her experience as a teen fad dieter, years of scale-watching, and ultimately, the Bible story that provided the perfect inspiration for letting go of dieting and maintaining a healthy relationship with food. Here’s Wendy:
As a young teen, I did not think much about body image until my friend gifted me a diet book. Then I followed its advice, including notating everything I ate, as though it were sacred. However, this approach set me off on a roller coaster ride of happy and sad days, dictated by the bathroom scale.
This “scale of happiness” dogged my days for many years. One day, I realized I wished to be free of having my sense of happiness and self-worth dictated by my weight or food consumption. At this time, I was becoming a sincere student of Christian Science, so I turned to the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, for inspiration to help improve the way I was thinking about food and my self-image.
One story in the Bible particularly resonated with me: that of Daniel, who was held captive by a Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar (see Daniel, chap. 1). The king wanted to specially feed and educate a few chosen captives so they might be fitted to serve him in his court
Daniel, however, did not want to follow the decreed diet of wine and meat…