Every well-written book reveals knowledge and offers an opportunity to improve our lives. The Eden Diet guides readers to healthier choices, based on our natural response to food as created by God since the beginning of time. He designed healthy food to fuel our bodies in the most efficient way. We are the ones who distorted the plan.
I specifically appreciate Dr. Hancock’s common sense approach to eating naturally. Repeatedly, I found myself comparing the freedom God offers us through Christ, to the freedom He offers us to eat according to hunger signals. I also like the reminder that God called all food good. It’s our approach to it that turns a positive into a negative.
Some of the key ways The Eden Diet is helping me, are as follows:
- Reveals my self-made prison mentality when it comes to food — and frees me from that bondage.
- Makes me pay attention to my thoughts, so I can rewire my thinking to know Jesus loves me no matter what I look like.
- Reminds me to pay attention to my hunger — is it real or an illusion based on an habitual time, trigger, or temptation?
- Urges me to pray through false hunger.
- I’ve learned how to identify actual hunger signals.
- Offers me scriptural foundations to stand on when I feel weak.
- Helps me imagine the fullness of walking in serene places.
The Eden Diet is teaching me a lot about how God wants me to treat my body, as He treats my soul. One of my favorite parts of the book comes on pages 118, 119, and 120, where Dr. Hancock offers suggestions to help us eat smaller portions. I definitely need help in this area, but without the self-recriminating bashing I’ve given myself over the past couple of decades.
Her book is chock full of practical, spiritual, and genuinely helpful advice for those of us who struggle with unhealthy food habits. What makes it different, and exceptionally doable, is Dr Hancock’s Christian perspective. When we lean on Christ, instead of trying to do things on our own efforts, the pressure relaxes.
As a bonus for myself, I purchased some of the meditation CD’s offered on the author’s website. Investing thirty minutes in a quiet place to listen to Dr. Hancock’s soothing voice, and spiritual guidance, satisfies the hunger in my soul, and reduces my physical cravings.
I will refer to The Eden Diet book and CD’s many times. I’m saying a prayer of gratitude for a book that takes me back to God’s original eating plan.
Have you thought about how God wants us to eat?
Anita Fresh Faith
Philippians 3:19 (NIV1984)
Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.
She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.