By Niya Allen
Special to Inside The Pew

Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of the Inside The Pew staff.

When was your last diet? Did it work? I have been on and off a diet since I was 13 years old. I was always “thick,” but I wanted

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to look like the girls of the Caucasian persuasion I watched on television and saw in magazines. Growing up I was never instructed that I needed to eat my vegetables and told sweets were only eaten after meals. If I wanted ice cream for breakfast, I had it.

At thirteen, I lost my first 10 pounds by working out daily, but soon burnt myself out and gained it back within weeks. Let the yo-yo begin! All I had to show for those daily workouts was my grandmother’s overused step VHS tape and stretch marks!

Diets don’t work. We all know this, but we go on them anyway. The diet industry is a billion dollar business because we love quick fixes to counteract our years of poor eating. We deprive ourselves temporarily to see immediate results and when we don’t see them as quick as we like, we revert back to our old ways.

If I could add up all the pounds lost, I would’ve been in that bikini a long time ago. If only I had just kept at it and not gave up.  Sadly, food diets spill over into other parts of our lives especially where spiritual growth is concerned.

Most of us are from are a microwave generation! We want it now, now, now with the least amount of work or effort. Have you ever prayed for something immediate and said, “…God, if you get me out of this, I promise….” Then once the crisis is over, you don’t keep our end of the bargain? I know I have! The secret to losing weight and keeping it off is getting off the diet roller coaster and realizing that it’s not temporary, but a lifestyle.

It’s time to get off the spiritual diet roller coaster! We don’t want the experience of God’s blessings to be temporary so our dedication to the Christian lifestyle can’t be temporary either. One week we’re “sold out” for the Lord and promise to get our life together and then by the next, it’s a distant memory. Insanity is defined as doing the same thing expecting different results.

Try this: Exchange one counter-productive habit with a new habit that goes along with your spiritual goals and watch God put his super on your natural! He will meet you where you are and push you through the rest of the journey. And an apple for a candy bar isn’t a bad exchange either!

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV)

Niya Allen is a SPIRITpreneur, actress, writer, and editor in chief of faith-based Zoe Life Magazine, a thriving online publication dedicated to providing rich content for the faith crowds. Originally from California, Niya Allen, made the trip to New York with a scholarship to further her theater education at Marymount Manhattan College, and refused to leave. Her plan is to save the world, one blog at a time. Visit

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