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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Sugar and Sin

Detox is going much much better. Thanks to everyone for all of your support.

On Sunday, we had our church home group, and they celebrated birthdays. It had been so long since they'd done it, they included my birthday. Including a SUPER chocolate cake. I decided that since Becky had gone to all that trouble, I would have a bite. My doctor didn't say NO sugar, she just said cut WAY back. Because I knew temptation would be too high otherwise, I went no sugar. So I felt okay with taking ONE BITE of chocolate cake.

It was about the nastiest thing I've ever had. I got that cake in my mouth after a week and a half of no sugar at all, and I wanted to throw up. My body screamed at me like I was abusing it. I realized then that I do not need sugar any more.

Sugar is a funny thing. The stuff made from sugar looks so good. That chocolate cake was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. But it was just... fluff. Sugar has no real nutrients. It does nothing good for your body. Yet it tempts us. And with each bite, we want more. Worse, to keep us wanting more, the rest of the world puts sugar in everything. Foods that are delicious on their own get added sugar. Until we think we can't live without.

Sin is a lot like that. So easy to get hooked. Some of it appears beautiful. In the moment, it feels good. The more we do it, the better it seems to taste. The less we think about the dangers. We eat more and more until we're toxic beings who think we need it because if we don't, we're going to feel really bad.

I felt awful the first week or so of my sugar detox. Nothing in my body felt right. But once I got it out of my system, sugar no longer held the attraction. It suddenly tasted funny. This week, I feel great. Today was the first morning for as long as I can remember that I've woken up feeling good. I didn't even get as much sleep as I'd planned. I'm amazed at how much more my body can do without all the toxins.

What would life be like if we made the same choices about sin? Knowing that initial withdrawal is going to be tough, but as we continue shedding our dependence on it, feeling stronger and healthier.

What sins have control over you? Are you willing to take the painful steps to detox from your sin?


Michele Cushatt said...

You know I can relate to your sugar detox only too well! I'm proud of you for hanging in there. And I concur that the benefit of the results are far better than the pain of the withdrawals.

smithsk said...

You have quite a parable there in your life, Danica.

I think of cults and false teaching, which take the pure simple Gospel and add "their artificial sweetness" to it to appeal to the appetite of the "natural man." It is always toxic.

Really, you could write a book about the parallel and your detox journey.

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.


Denise Miller Holmes said...

Wow. You went through something powerful, Danica. I'm so proud of you for sticking with this, no matter what foods were surrounding you. Congratulations. And I am also glad that chocolate now tastes bad. What freedom!

D. Gudger said...

I'm wading slowly into the detox thing. First it was dairy, now sugar. Next will be grains. I'm not doing nearly as well as you are. When I'm stressed, I want my comfort foods. I'm okay when they aren't around, but when they are... look out!
I'm dreading the grain thing b/c then I feel like I have NOTHING to eat. I hate healthy food. Ick.