Food addiction can be a hard thing to overcome.
For many of us it is our numbing agent, that thing we go to when life has us down and we just want to escape. For others of us, it’s a reward system, bringing joy for a moment until we realize we’ve overdone it. Inevitably, we beat ourselves up and end up feeling worse, which takes us back to needing a numbing agent: food. It’s cyclical nature is hard to break for anyone struggling with this sin. But asking the question of why we overeat (In Monday’s post) can bring much light to this otherwise shameful addiction.
After I realized I had a food addiction I started to do some research. Always loving words, I decided to look up the little word: EAT. Here’s what I found out.
Eating simply means: to consume completely. It is the assimilation of energy. When you eat something it becomes a part of you. It is fuel for your body. Simply and only.
After realizing I had put food above God He taught me the same definition for food should be applied to Him. He should be the one who numbs my pain. He should be my escape. He is my reward.
I can “eat” of God by spending time with Him, reading His word, and allowing Him to renew my mind. It is the assimilation of His energy, making Him a part of me that fuels my body, mind and soul.
Here are some other practical tips when breaking the addiction to food:
- Try a one, or three day water only fast. (When you fast, pray that God will break the stronghold that food has on your life.)
- Listen to your body. Instead of eating everything on your plate, eat slowly and listen to your body. When it tells you you’re full, you’re full! Put down the fork, sista and push it away.
- Ask a friend to keep you accountable to only eat foods that God made for an entire week. You’re eyes will be opened to just how much junk we consume without even thinking.
- Ask yourself what needs aren’t being met in your life, or what thing are you running from that you are using the addiction to food to cover up.
- Remember, that even though food tastes good, it’s purpose is to bring fuel and nutrition to your body. That’s it’s only purpose.
Most people will tell you it’s hard to just quit an addiction. Instead they say to find something positive to replace the negative, destructive behavior. Our replacement for overeating, has to be God. There is no rule that says becoming addicted to Him is wrong. It is in Him and Him alone that true freedom is found.