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I’ve tried many diets.

Several years ago I completed a research study at Duke comparing the low fat diet to the Atkins diet. I was assigned to the Atkins diet. I lost weight. Not nearly enough enough for the 6 months I was on it. And I stuck to it religiously. As I neared the end of the diet, the researchers told me that if it weren’t so close to the end, they would recommend I not continue on the study. Why? Because instead of my cholesterol going down, mine went up. Unlike the other participants in the study.

Now, I’m certain I know why.

I had aches in my hands and arms during that Atkins diet. I blamed it on Diet Cheerwine. But I was wrong.

I was tested by Sage Medical Labs for food sensitivities and discovered some very interesting things about myself. I have a problem with milk(and cheeses)–which I didn’t eat a whole lot of on the Atkins diet but I did eat a little as allowed by the program. And I have a problem with Chicken, Eggs and Turkey. Which I did eat as part of my Akins diet. A whole bunch of eggs as a matter of fact.

Some surprising food sensitivities that I have are: Almonds, lima beans, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, and carrots. They all seem good for you. Go figure?

Anyway, I also I have a sensitivity to wheat and gluten (which during the Atkins diet I didn’t have anyway).

Some surprising things I’m not sensitive to: Cocoa, sugar, corn and colas. I was certain I would have to give up those things. But I don’t. Yippee!

Now, I understand that to lose weight, you must burn more calories than you eat. So watching calories is still a consideration.

The purpose of this post is to propose that before you begin any weight loss program, maybe you should be tested for food sensitivities. You see, I was eating turkey instead of pork because I thought it was the healthier choice.

One thing I’m going to absolutely hate giving up  is my mother-in-law’s fried chicken. She makes the best!  How will I ever resist? (But, hey, I can have steak!)

So, I start the diet tomorrow. The first big test will be eating at my parent’s house after church. They always have ice cream.

I need to lose weight. To those of you who know me, well, that is not a new revelation.

The thing is, I know what it takes to lose weight: cut back on the calories I eat and exercise.

I know that if I made better food choices–veggies instead of chocolate–then I’d probably begin to see the pounds melt away.

The problem is I have all head knowledge about weight loss and no heart. My heart just isn’t in it.

And so it is with faith. All the knowledge in the world does nothing (even the demons believe and tremble) until  it becomes a matter of the heart.

I especially like the Proverbs verse below that the Lord weighs the heart (not the body!)

James 2:19 (New International Version)

19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

Romans 10:9 (New International Version)

9That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Proverbs 21:2 (New International Version)

2 All a man’s ways seem right to him,
but the LORD weighs the heart.

Matthew 22:37 (New International Version)

37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a]

Luke 6:45 (New International Version)

45The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

Matthew 15:8 (New International Version)

8” ‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.

Luke 21:33-35 (New International Version)

33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

34“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth.

Psalm 37:31 (New International Version)

31 The law of his God is in his heart;
his feet do not slip.

Psalm 40:8
I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

Psalm 86:12 (New International Version)

12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.

Psalm 40:10 (New International Version)

10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.
I do not conceal your love and your truth
from the great assembly.

Psalm 26:2 (New International Version)

2 Test me, O LORD, and try me,
examine my heart and my mind;

Psalm 119:36 (New International Version)

36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.

Proverbs 27:19 (New International Version)

19 As water reflects a face,
so a man’s heart reflects the man.

Psalm 105:3 (New International Version)

3 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

Psalm 138:1 (New International Version)

Of David.

1 I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart;
before the “gods” I will sing your praise.

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