Recently, I read some new research that made a direct correlation between the amount of sugar you eat, and some really nasty diseases.
Now, I'm not saying that stuff is wrong, exactly, because on one level, what you eat for sure affects your health and Jews are big proponents of the idea that you are what you eat.
But important as food is, it's not the whole picture when it comes to health, or even scary diseases. Your emotional health and spiritual connection probably count for far more, as even studies in the secular world are starting to show.
Emotions and spiritual connection are even more important than diet
For example, a few decades' ago Dr Caroline Thomas did a whole big study following 1300 undergraduates at the John Hopkins Medical School over the course of many years, to see if their personalities, family relationships and emotional dispositions could somehow predict their health, in later years.
To quote Vibrational Medicine, by Dr Richard Gerber: "There were, indeed, common psychological factors among those students who had succumbed to cancer. Interestingly, the traits of the group that later developed cancer were similar to those who eventually committed suicide. They typically described themselves as emotionally detached from their parents.
"More students who eventually developed cancer had described negative early family relations than any other group in her study."
God is running the world, so don't panic
This shouldn't scare anybody, because remember, God is in the world, and everything is Divinely orchestrated for every single one of us, including our health challenges.
The point of quoting this passage is simply to underline a couple of hugely important ideas, that often get buried under the issue of diet and food, even in the holistic health world:
1) Your physical health is hugely dependent on, and entertwined with, your emotional state. In other work by psychologist Lawrence LeShan, links were also made between people regularly bottling up their negative emotions instead of dealing with them, and catastrophic disease like cancer.
2) You need a strong relationship with God to enable you to deal with your negative emotions (and related sugar cravings…) in an appropriate, healthy way.
This last point is crucial, because as soon as you forget about God, or leave Him out of the health equation, you're leaving the door wide open for a whole bunch of problems.
We all know people who religiously followed healthy eating regimens of every stripe and variety, who still got really ill. What's more, many people who got obsessed with food, and who devoted themselves to battling against all the many thousands of toxins currently found in our world and our food chain, got very stressed, miserable, negative and judgemental of themselves and others, as a result.
I've met more miserable 'healthy eaters' than I care to mention, who religiously avoid chocolate and sugar like the plague, while filling themselves up with far more dangerous substances like guilt, arrogance, anxiety and worry.
FACT: The world we live in is a very poisonous place, by all measures.
FACT: A whole bunch of the stuff that you eat, like sugar, and ingest by other means, like chemicals and environmental pollution, could for sure kill you in a heartbeat, if there weren't other considerations going on.
FACT: Repressed negative emotions do far more harm to your health and wellbeing in every single way, than sugar.
FACT: If God's not in the picture, all these other FACTS are enough to give you a heartattack.
Luckily, God is in the picture. The more you try to connect back to Him, the more energy you'll have to deal with your negative emotions in a healthy way; the more optimism you'll have about resolving all the issues facing you and the planet; and the less likely it'll be that you'll be tempted to munch away on the Ben and Jerry's, to try to ease the pain.