As long as I can remember, nutrition has been a struggle.
I have had seasons of eating whatever I wanted because it tasted good & seasons where I tried to seek control by restricting food too much. It took me over 30 years of life to finally find the missing link that explained why it had been a struggle for me.
Last year, one of my very good friends introduced me to the book, “Made to Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst & it completed changed how I approached nutrition.
I started to make the connection, I was craving food to fill an emotional/spiritual void when I should have been turning to God. I thought of all the times I had a bad day & thought I deserved a glass of wine. Or the seasons where I didn’t feel worthy, so I restricted my eating to try and look a certain way to seek some sort of approval. What if I would have turned to God in those moments instead? What if I truly saw food as a way to fuel my body physically and God as my way to fuel my body emotionally? WOW, how life would be different.
Lysa also points out that sin originally entered the world through FOOD. Satan is going to use anything he can to sneak us away from Jesus. Once Eve saw the fruit her eyes were fixed. What if she would have taken a moment to think about it, pray about, chat with Adam about it? What if when we go to eat, we take a moment to think if the food we are putting in our body is filling a physical or spiritual need? How would you nutrition be different?
Do you see any ways in your life that you’re craving food over God? If you are, you aren’t alone. The first step to improving in this area was simply self-awareness.
Here are a few tips to help you make the switch:
1). Write a prayer asking God to help you crave Him more than food. Put it on a bright sticky note and place it wherever you find yourself most tempted to emotionally eat.
2). Ask a family member for accountability
3). Write out your meals the day prior so you have a plan that is thinking more of your longterm goals, than in the moment
4). Have a visual reminder of your WHY present where you feel tempted.
5). Keep showing up and trying no matter how many times you fall short
Is any of this resonating with you? If so, go grab a copy of Lysa’s book and make it a Christmas gift to yourself! You can purchase it HERE
If you’d like to dive deeper into this topic, please check out our Peaceful Plate nutrition course! We help disconnect from the emotions of food, learn how to fuel your body the right way, and turn all other cravings back to God!