Whatever You Bury Inside, Buries You

I heard Dr. Janet Maccaro say on a network show, "Whatever you bury inside, buries you." She is the author of “A Woman’s Body Balanced by Nature.” Sounds like a book every woman should read. A woman in balance. A nature balanced woman. A woman I know very well, comes immediately to mind. I'm planning on ordering this book for this woman. Her name is Sue. And she is me. :)

You might think of your year in seasons like, winter - spring - summer - fall. This sugar-addict-turned-holistic-attempting-dried-fruit-nut, used to categorize my year this way: Valentine candy hearts, Girl Scout Cookies, Easter peanut butter eggs, candy corn and Christmas cookies. That's my definition of the seasons. And since I'm aware of my insatiable desire for sweets (no matter what it is), I bury all the reasons why I have such an addiction to begin with: Sugar tastes good. It's an instant fix, an instant high with a deadly future.

I haven't completely deleted all sugar from my so-called diet or way of life, but I'm not eating nearly as much as I used to. There's an irony in this process too. While not giving in to my palate's desires while guarding the intake of "sweet", I uncover some unfinished business in my spiritual and emotional reality. How can this be? How in the world can something so simple as deleting sugar expose a raw nerve or a discovery about my inner self.

Health professionals are in agreement: Sugar is in just about everything you eat. It covers up anything that (on its own) doesn't taste good. Keeping that in mind, it takes great discipline to read labels, to learn what foods (natural or not) are low in a glycemic index, and to keep the sugary processed stuff out of your mouth. I'm not an expert but I read labels and I also see the huge difference in my body and disposition when I just stay away from the sweet stuff.

"So, what is this really about, Sue??"

I deleted the sugar (the fluff, the addiction, the cover-up) to find that there's no replacing what the power of the Holy Spirit can do.

I deleted the sugar (the trends, the competition, the rat race) to find out that God is more concerned about what my real motives are.

I deleted the sugar (the pride, the need to be right, the controlling spirit) to find out that my knees need to bow daily to Him and not the intoxicating toxin called ego. All along it's been the sugar of my own gospel that's been hiding all this stuff. 

It's a good thing to overcome an addiction. Don't get buried in a sugar bowl. 

Ironically, I speak and sing for events around the country called "Chocolate & Chuckles!" (I eat the strawberries!) And my latest album is called "Sweet Life". But the real teaser and twist to it all is - nothing, absolutely nothing - is sweeter than a real relationship with Jesus Christ. Now that takes the cake... No cover up here.

Comments

Jane Posturicci January 31, 2013 @09:47 am
Thanks Sue. Never thought about how we "candy-coat" the gospel, but we surely do. Your events by the way, are NOT fluff! When you came to NY last year, I was expecting just a fun comedy, sugary night. What I experienced was a real move of God in a crazy kind of way. No fluff, that's for sure. (Did you like "Fluffer-nutter" when you were a kid? I bet you did!)
Sue Duffield January 31, 2013 @09:42 am
Thanks Susan (comment below) for your response to the post today on sugar. You're so right. And even more, I believe it's time to remove the fluff, the "filler", the sweeteners of portraying a gospel that is not true. Our spiritual walk has to get back to "sugar-free" living, so to speak. And that's a life without all the trappings of covering up the cross of Christ.
Susan C January 31, 2013 @09:16 am
Amen! Sugar addiction is real and our churches are not only filled with addicts, our churches enable the addiction with high-sugar items at seemingly every gathering. Most churches would not dream of offering alcohol and telling the alcoholic- "Just don't take any" or "One little bit won't hurt you", but we do this with sugar ladened foods, in churches all the time. We ban tobacco on our church properties, but allow junk food! I think it is beyond the time for our churches to not only preach, but PRACTICE the ideal of recognizing our bodies as a gift from God, and caring for them as such. Too often we choose the verses that work for us, but ignore those that make us uncomfortable. Perhaps we should hang a sign in the room at our church where we serve food with this verse: "Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things." Philippians 3:19
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