The Great Comforter.
Tragedy happens, and what is the first things we turn to?
Even as a little baby, when we cried – we were comforted with food.
This can be a good thing.
Sometimes we need a temporary comfort in food because we don’t FEEL like eating at all. People who love those who are hurting want to let them know they’re thought of, loved… especially during a sad time.
Unfortunately, we like to take it to the next level don’t we?
Tragedy hopefully doesn’t happen everyday. So eating over everyday stresses, or even worse – senselessly eating… it’s not good for us. It’s not helpful or beneficial for our goals.
It becomes the rule, instead of the exception.
So how do we stop? How do we go from “eating through a depression” to coping without food as our helpmate?
Well I have suggested to you prayer, and Scripture memorization – and that is the BEST place to start. Starting is the most important part to healthy change. But a few other things that have worked for me are:
– Remove all temptation from your house for at least a month, maybe longer. Bye-bye Sugar cereals and oreo cookies!
– Eating sugar makes you want to eat more sugar, so take it off of your menu if it’s a vice!
– Always make sure there are plenty of veggies and fresh fruits available to you, and plan your meals and snacks. Schedule in more trips to the store.
– Brush your teeth after dinner to slow down the temptation of eating at night. Then do mouthwash – minty fresh!
– Drink plenty of water before each meal and throughout the day. Before and after workouts. Hydrate!
– Don’t skips meals OR snacks – this messes up your metabolism and your body NEEDS a steady stream of energy. Limit portions vs. cutting out “meals”.
– Write out your goals of food and exercise and share them with a trusted friend who can help keep you accountable!
– Did I mention PRAY?
Let me tell you, I didn’t want to change at first either. I had to have a motivating reason… and first it was seeing a picture of myself – that I didn’t recognize myself… at a time my mom’s health was at an all time low.
God placed a desire in me to reflect Him in all ways… and at the time, much of His work had been growing me “inside” – but the growth that needed to begin was what other people saw first in my outer shell.
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” – Romans 12:9-12