DI´ET, n. [L. diæta; Gr. διαιτα, manner of living, mode of life prescribed by a physician, food, a room, parlor or bed room; Sp. dieta; Fr. diète; It. dieta. In the middle ages, this word was used to denote the provision or food for one day, and for a journey of one day. Spelman. Hence it seems to be from dies, day, or its root; and hence the word may have come to signify a meal or supper, and the room occupied for eating.]
1. Food or victuals; as, milk is a wholesome diet; flesh is nourishing diet.
2. Food regulated by a physician, or by medical rules; food prescribed for the prevention or cure of disease, and limited in kind or quantity…
3. Allowance of provision…
4. Board, or boarding… washing and lodging.
DI´ET, v. i. To eat according to rules prescribed.1
Every New Year many are inspired to better their lives with determinations and resolves. Topping the list of resolutions is losing weight by dieting—eating by rules prescribed. Seemingly, this tradition is necessary because for the better part of the year, we don't eat accordingly!
So, what are the rules prescribed for a proper diet? What is our diet? Even more, what is "the better life" we seek?
Resolve today to practice Christian scholarship by 4'R'ing the word ‘diet' and following this leading idea to the principles that must govern our health—especially our internal, spiritual health: "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they ARE spirit, and they ARE life.” (John 6:63, emphasis added)
RESEARCH: Complete a word study of ‘diet'.
REASON: Read John, Chapter 6 and reflect on Christ's, the Great Physician's, revelation about "our daily bread—our daily diet.”
RELATE: Determine your New Year's Diet Resolutions.
RECORD: Write your resolutions and give a copy to someone willing to help you form new life habits for a healthy diet on the Word of Life. Consider sharing your 4-R'ing and resolutions on this blog.
Happy New Year of our Lord, 2012.
1Webster, Noah: Noah Webster's First Edition of An American Dictionary of the English Language. Chesapeake, VA : Foundation for American Christian Education, 2006.