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The dangers and threats from your … food addiction

Junk food

It’s killing millions of Americans every year, sentencing untold masses of people to lives of misery, pain and suffering, and it’s tearing people away from God.

It’s the American diet, the unhealthy way of life thathas gripped the country, a lifestyle that requires God’s help to break free, says Michael Brown.

Brown, a nationally syndicated talk-show host, well-known author and president of the FIRE School of Ministry, recently recounted the remarkable story of how he broke free of “food addiction” on Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural.”

He once lived a bohemian lifestyle involving heavy intake of drugs and said the seemingly banal nature of “food addiction” belies the incredible danger it presents to all Americans.

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“I was addicted to heroin before I was saved,” said Brown. “I was shooting up, and taking LSD, a crazy lifestyle. I was addicted to the needle! I [would have said I] wasn’t addicted to food – although if you pressed me about it and said don’t eat pizza for a week I probably would have gotten the shakes. And I used to have Oreos for breakfast when I was a kid. I had chocolate every day for years. If I didn’t, there would be withdrawal. I didn’t connect it to being ‘addicted.’”

“But were you addicted?” pressed Roth.

“Of course!” exclaimed Brown. “I was a slave!”

Three years ago, Brown worked out regularly, but he was still in a state of physical collapse – only he didn’t know it. He weighed 275 pounds. He had high blood pressure and cholesterol. He also had frequent headaches and back pain, and required the use of a special machine to cope with his sleep apnea.

“I was getting worn out,” said Brown. “And it was all due to years of unhealthy eating.”

Obesity in the United States has become a national crisis. Well over a third of American adults, and over 40 percent of American women, are obese. Even American teenagers are becoming overweight, with over 15 percent characterized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent as obese.

Brown said bad food is so addictive precisely because it is so prevalent. He recounted how recently on an airplane the attendants kept offering chocolate cake, even putting it right under his nose.

“When I got free from cocaine, people didn’t come up to me, putting it right under my nose, asking, ‘Would you like this?’” he joked.

“Our standard American diet is deadly, it has all sorts of junk in it,” Brown charged. “When you have potato chips, the salt, it makes you want have to another one. Oreos actually have addictive qualities in them. A study was done by researchers where they addicted rats to Oreo cookies and to cocaine to see which they would crave more, and they wanted both equally.”

Brown argued the entire American way of life has become dangerous and unhealthy.

“There’s stuff in the food that’s addictive, and then there’s a lifestyle that’s built around us. We have a gluttonous lifestyle … the portions are massive, and we’re much more sedentary. It’s kind of a perfect storm of bad things coming together. And a lot of us haven’t learned good eating habits over our lives, and we have this fast food lifestyle.”

Unfortunately, Christians are not immune from the destructive impact of the larger culture. Indeed, Christians may be deceiving themselves about whether or not they are in bondage to the world.

“As Christians, what do we do?” asked Brown rhetorically. “We don’t commit the sins of the world, right? We don’t get drunk, we don’t sleep around. But we eat! Everything we do is around food! It’s gluttony!”

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Brown outlined several signs that could indicate a person is a “food addict.”

“If you know you’ll be healthier, more vibrant and live longer if you change your diet, and yet you won’t, that shows you’re a food addict,” he claimed. “If you have secret stashes where you will eat things when no one is watching, that’s an indication. If you don’t have a certain food for a few days or a week and you have a certain withdrawal, headaches or something like that, or the thought of cutting something out makes you shaky, those are signs that you’re addicted. And thats a good place to start.”

But how can Christians break free? Brown suggested just as God has helped so many believers break free of addictions to drugs, pornography or other forms of bondage, God can help Christians break free of food addiction.

“Brown himself has radically transformed his life with God’s help. Joking that giving up chocolate was harder than giving up heroin, Brown simply gave up the unhealthy foods that were destroying his body. Days of agony followed, as his body went through withdrawal. But Brown said he cried out to God for help to get through it.

“We ask God for His grace and then we come up with a plan,” he said.

Brown made it. And the results were dramatic.

“I lost 95 pounds in less than eight months, not by dieting, but by changing my lifestyle dramatically,” he said. “I haven’t had a headache in two and half years. No lower back pain. No more breathing machine. My immune system is strong. Energy level totally off the charts. And this is by God’s grace. God helped me to break through and make a radical change. And if he could help me, trust me, he can help anybody.

“It has been easy, there has been grace, there’s a supernatural anointing. Why don’t we think of it in other areas? Getting free from pornography, getting free from drug addiction, free from alcoholism, even free from depression. Why can’t we get freed from bad habits and strongholds and addictions? And Sid, I strongly believe for every one person who receives a miracle of healing from God’s grace, a hundred can receive a miracle of healing if they change their lifestyles. God put healthy stuff and he gave it to us and if we eat it, it’s life transforming.”

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Brown noted a person’s taste buds eventually change when he switches the foods he eats. Cutting back on sweets, therefore, is not very effective because a person’s body will still crave the food. A better approach, he suggested, is to switch over entirely to healthy foods which, with time, a person will eventually grow to crave and love.

“Don’t cut it back, cut it out,” urged Brown of junk food.

Physical rebirth, Brown suggested, has also led to spiritual rebirth.

“[Being obese] literally weighed me down,” he said.

Without the extra weight, “Your mind is sharper and you’re just more vibrant in God. And I know I’m living the way God created us to live.”

Brown once went through his life obese, fatigued and in constant pain. Now he’s been reborn. And he wants the same for all Christians.

“It’s amazing to be free,” he told Roth. “Every day is a revelation.”

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