Day Sixteen: I Eat. I Eat. I Eat.

I eat when I’m bored. I eat when I’m curious. I eat when I’m emotional. I eat when I’m tired. I eat when I’m simply around food.

I eat. I eat. I eat.

Notice how I did not say I eat when I’m hungry. Aye. There’s the rub. But that is exactly when I should eat. When I’m hungry. Otherwise I’m attempting to satisfy a slew of other needs… entertainment, distraction, comfort, etc.

In doing so I am really railing against the system that God designed in my body. He was the one that put in the craving for food in the design of my body. Craving food does serve a purpose… a God given purpose. I’ve heard that this book, Made To Crave, addresses just that, and so did The Weigh Down Diet.

It is important for me to listen to my cravings… and I’m not just talking about chocolate. I think I “crave” sweet and I almost always default to chocolate, but now that I can’t have it I found myself craving pineapple last night! So I went to the store and got me some pineapple!

It is also important to eat when I am hungry. Again, that is a signal that God put into my body for a reason. I need to eat in order to maintain my body. Eating when I am not hungry though is almost an act of greed. An excessive desire for something. I want it for me even though I don’t need it. Yet God has still given me the choice to eat or not.

“I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. 1 Corinthians 10:23

I know that eating when I’m not hungry although it might be “allowed”… it is not beneficial.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

And if I want to truly make God my focus and for eternity to become exaggerated, then I must eat… yes, even simply the act of eating… must be for the glory of God. Even if no one ever knows that I am eating, or not eating as the case may be, for the glory of God… I will know my reasons for eating. He will know my reasons for eating.

On that note: I’m starving and my baked potato is ready! Bon appétit!

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Comments

  1. says

    I’m right there with ya, sister. I’m stuffed to the gills right now. I couldn’t stop eating my dinner, even though I was completely full. Satisfied. I literally couldn’t stop. Ugh. (Or perhaps, I just wouldn’t stop. *ahem*.) Why do we do that to ourselves? For the love! Thank you for this one.

    • says

      Oh gosh… this was so long ago, and yet… still I struggle with this. I’m pretty sure that I can identify with Paul’s “thorn in the flesh”… cause this one just keeps on a poking me. And I’m starting to think that maybe I need to go back through and read my old posts… I need to remember this journey. I need to remember the triumph of it.

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