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SereneInChrist

Well, I’ve gone off and back on diets, and this year I am *very* serious about trying to drop the weight!
I’ve got a calorie tracker online and I try to help myself remember not to overeat and stay within my calorie limits.
But the thing is, I choose to pre-plan meals ad track their nutrition and calories before eating them, and I remind myself to try and exercise towards the evening.
I also have problems with “bored eating”, but I think if I stay within my calorie limits and don’t stuff myself to the point where I feel sick, it’s not a sin nor idolatry. Is this true?
Also, how does a human being who must confront food every day not make it an idolization problem?
I should add: Food helps me de-stress. With God, I feel like He will just point out a problem, make me feel like if I don’t repent from some hidden sin or try really hard I’ll go to hell.
And food is… right there. No need to fight with doubts or frustration with food; its there. You can see it, smell it, taste it, and it tastes so good! Food doesn’t tell you to change yourself and feeds the body!

January 5, 2015 at 06:59
snowsong

snowsong

I too have a problem with this! But please don’t ever feel bad about a problem that God can help you fix. He doesn’t want sin in your life, but He’ll NEVER hurt you or leave you or judge you. And I mean never. He created you! That means that you’re his girl, no matter what. There is such a thing as idolizing food, yes, but that doesn’t mean that it’s unstoppable. It’s a journey. You should try because God wants you to, but He’s totally willing to help. Being saved means that you put your life in His hands, so why would he hurt you or make you face your problems by yourself?

Be open with God. Talk (and yes, I really mean talk and talk and talk) about what’s bothering you. He wants to hear your problems, complaints and thoughts. He even knows what you’re going to say before you say it! Even if you don’t say it, He still knows the problems in your life. I’m saying this with all honesty, you can get through this, and He WILL help you! It’s such a great feeling to know that He’s always there. He doesn’t ever turn away.

Idolizing food basically means that you care about food more than you do God. You turn to food rather than your Savior for comfort or while in stress, things like that. If you feel that’s where you stand, please don’t ever think that that’s where it ends. You’re never outside of God’s big circle of forgiveness. He’s way bigger than any problem you face, and pretty soon problems with food will seem like nothing.

If you’re wondering how to overcome idolizing food, start with praying. It may seem like a chore at times, and other times you may not feel in the mood. The more you pray, the more your faith grows and the more your thoughts and life change. It’s wonderful! The first step is always praying and talking to God about whatever your facing. You just need to have the courage to know that He LOVES you. Like literally, He adores you and doesn’t want to see you in pain.

The second step is to simply read the bible and get into the habit of reading devotions every day. Not only is it important for Christians to do this, but it helps with every problem more than you think! Just think about this for a second: It takes around 21 days to develop a habit or routine. You’re already making a great decision by exercising and choosing to eat more healthy, because how you eat does effect your life and your health BIG time. The Devil is trying to pull you away from God, and God is trying to tell you, “wake up! Don’t fall for what the devil wants, just come to me and I’ll protect you.”

There’s nothing wrong with eating sweets or having some junk food from time to time. In fact, you can have something sweet every day if you’d like! Just try not to over eat, or it can cause some serious damage to your body as well as your mind.

If food makes you feel comfortable, try turning to God for that instead. It takes a while to get used to relying on Him completely, trust me—but with time, and through your journey, you’ll learn to lean on him rather than things and food that you can actually smell and taste and see. He put things on this earth to enjoy, but he never meant for you to turn to things rather than Him!

It’s only just the beginning. Lastly, as for someone that’s around food every day… know that God is always watching you! How would you feel if you could actually see Him in the same room, and you felt as though you needed to overeat or go get more food when you didn’t need any. Would you do it right in front of him? Of course not! So think about this each time. You wouldn’t hurt God if He was in the exact same room with you, because He’s always watching. Just because you can’t see him, doesn’t mean he isn’t carefully watching.

Don’t fall for the devil’s tricks! You’re way, way, way smarter and better than that. God will help you up when you fall. I know that you can over come this food problem! Good luck, love. Remember to always turn to God!

xx

January 5, 2015 at 15:11
SereneInChrist

SereneInChrist

Thanks! I found your reply very inspiring and helpful. ^_^

January 7, 2015 at 13:10
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