Proverbs 23: 1-3 (NIV) says: When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you; and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies for that food is deceptive. Reader, do not worry, I am not going to put a knife to my throat. What I am concentrating on here is overeating as it pertains to me.
I have struggled with overeating. When my husband and I were dating, and early in our marriage, I noticed if I did not eat as soon as I felt hungry I would become grouchy. It was tied more to habit than something psychological or “in my mind.” I will admit there are MANY people out there that it is psychological. I will put at the end of my article where help can be found if you have an eating disorder, but that is not what this article is about.
In my studying and learning on what God has to say about each area of my life, I have learned that if I wait too long to eat, I end up eating the food too quickly. As result I eat more than I intended. Thus, I overeat. This had become a bad habit. How do I fix this? First, I pray and cling to God’s Word. Then I remember, there are healthy snacks out there that I can have with me throughout the day. Also, I remind myself it will not hurt me if I miss a meal or eat late once in awhile (Read that in the manor intended: I do not advocate missing meals or eating late-making this a habit will sabotage your goals).
Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV) is a verse that helps me in many areas of life. The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. God tells us through this verse that He is with us, and He is the mighty warrior who saves us. Why would He not save me in this area, too? I am reminded that He has saved me in a lot of areas in my life many times over.
On Thursday, lunch was provided for us at work. It was Chick-Fil-A, which if you know me, I LOVE Chick-Fil-A! Also, I was very hungry for lunch. So what did I do? Overeat? No! That is a habit I am learning to get out of. First, I looked at what was available before I even took a plate. Next, I planned out what I was going to get, and what size portion I was going to take. I ended up taking LESS than I thought I would eat. This way, I could control my portions and if I was still hungry, I could control that, too. Another strategy I used to help me not overeat is I put my fork down between bites. This enabled me to keep from overeating. Is that too extreme for you? That’s okay! It works for me, though. I discovered that I actually finished the healthy items on my plate first, and then when I got to the less healthy items on my plate, I only had room for about half of what I took (Note: I took less than a serving of those).
It was a successful lunch for me. By the grace of God, I have more successful days than not. However, some days I still struggle. I have found that one thing that ALWAYS works is if I invite God into my day and my meals, I struggle less. I have been doing this for almost 30 days. I am not where I want to be yet, but I know if I still keep God first, I will succeed!
I would like to hear about your journey; whether it be in weight loss, spiritual, or something else. I pray you are reaching whatever goals you have set for yourself.
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