Hope everyone is having an awesome end of October. It really felt like it flew by.
This month has been a difficult one. However, I love when I get hit with new challenges—God gets to show me just how much I have really grown since the last time something like this happened. Past adversities pave the way for future victories. What an awesome gift! A slow unwrapping for sure, but what’s inside is just so worth the wait and the struggle.
Last time we talked about beginning to heal your relationship with food. Today I want to delve more into action steps. Before I begin, I really want to recommend a journal here. Whether you are facing a battle with food, exercise, stress, whatever it may be, it is important to release those feelings in a tangible way that you can refer back to and see where progress has been made. This practice will be extraordinarily encouraging as you continue to grow in your faith walk.
So you want to eat healthier? Maybe lose weight in a sustainable way? Or just want to explore what foods you truly feel best eating.
Let’s start with cravings. These can happen for a lot of reasons.
- Your body genuinely needs something and you may be misreading it
These are not exhaustive and most people have a combination of two or three above. Perhaps they battle with all of them. Please let me know if there is not one listed that you would like me to address. Leave a comment below or email me at email@example.com and we can chat!
COMFORT: If you normally turn to food for comfort, you want to ask yourself: “Why am I turning to food for comfort? Am I truly upset? Am I bored? Am I in an uncomfortable setting?” Take a deep breath and find the root of what you are feeling. You will then be able to tune in to what your body needs. If you are actually hungry, take your time to prepare and eat your food in gratitude.
STRESS: Stress can inhibit your body’s natural communication with you about when and what you should eat. It also stands in the way of digestion! Crazy, right? You can eat all the kale you want, but if you are stressed you will not receive all the benefits of it. Before you delve, ask “why am I stressed? What is the source of my stress? How can I calm down before I eat?” Again, “Am I truly hungry, or using food to numb my emotions?” This is where your favorite verse can come into play. Focusing on the Father makes everything else fade into its proper place, and you are able to see with clarity what is truly important.
BODY/BRAIN MISCOMMUNICATION: Have you ever heard of pregnant women craving weird things? The typical one is “ice cream and pickles.” So odd… or is it? Let’s break down this craving. The ice cream is her body telling her she needs some good saturated fat. This comes from animal products (ice cream), coconut, avocado, olive oil. The saturated fat is especially important for the brain, lubricating the joints, healing the gut, and creating a sense of satiety. Pickles are a fermented food. Fermented foods are enormously beneficial for creating a healthy microbiome in our guts aka digesting well aka getting all your nutrients! So, say you were craving cheesy fries. If you break it down, your body most likely needs some carbohydrates (good quality ones : sweet potato, carrots, parsnips and the like) and some saturated fat. Slice up a big pile of root veggies, drizzle some butter on them and some sea or himalayan salt and roast them in the oven! The perfect and better-for-you solution. Now, there is a time and a place to indulge in our favorite things. I am not saying to live in deprivation + guilt. If Grandma made her famous apple pie for your birthday and you don’t want to say no, you don’t have to!
DEPRIVATION—>BINGING: In fact, this leads me to my next point. If you come at this from a place of self-hatred, wanting to look a certain way in an impossible amount of time, or other negative reason, this is almost guaranteed to result in you “falling off the band wagon.” Dieting and deprivation are not sustainable. This is about you finding which foods work best in your body so that you can function optimally. This is a beautiful, loving thing.
In conclusion, when you understand the root of what is causing the craving, you are able to then decide if you are truly hungry or not, and what exactly your body needs to be nourished. Please keep in mind that this is a process, and not one that will happen overnight. It will take time but it will be so worth it. Be gentle with yourself. Remember last time how I challenged you to “Make a list of your favorite Truths that Our Creator speaks over you i.e. “I am worthy // 1COR 6.11” or “I am redeemed // EPH 1.7” This is where that list comes in super handy. To have the knowledge embedded that you are worthy whether or not you have lost a battle or won will lift you right out of any lies that the enemy tries to proclaim over you.
- Meditate on this scripture: ”Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” JER 17.14
- Get your journal and begin!
- Leave a comment below or email me firstname.lastname@example.org with the action step you took this week!