TEMPTATION

Ahhh … comfort!

Temptation–a lifelong struggle. Many of us impose external boundaries to help us resist. But often, “The moment those safeguards are needed, it’s too late. We no longer want them to help.”

I’ve struggled with losing/regaining those extra 20-30 pounds most of my life. As I read this quote from THE CURE this morning, I thought that’s what most diets do. They focus on the choices we make to eat or not eat something – whether it’s calorie-counting, portion control, or not eating certain foods and eating more of others. External control. They can help, but they don’t deal with why I eat. I’m a comfort eater. If I’m happy, let’s have chocolate! If I’m sad, how about cheesecake? Lonely? Ice cream and pecans. (Interchangeably, of course!)

But what I’m learning, with the help of a coach, is to listen to my body rather than just focusing on my actions. One of my favorite lines from her is “Honor your hunger; respect your fullness.” Hey, I’m still a novice at this, but I’m learning. I’m learning to ask “Am I hungry?” before eating. When I am, I need to eat. If I’m not, what is the underlying emotion? Is it boredom, anxiety, confusion?  And if it is, can I fill that need with something else– write; take a walk with my hubby (when it’s not pouring rain!); play ball with the dogs; make a phone call–before I succumb to the craving?

And when I eat, I try to stop when I’m satisfied, rating my level of satiation on a scale of 1-10, where 1 is starving and 10 is so stuffed I want to throw up. OK, it’s another tool–but it’s a tool that’s helping me look at WHY I do what I do in an area where I easily sabotage myself. And I feel hope!

So, I look forward to realizing the health value coming out of listening to my body–and also to understanding more deeply how fully, unconditionally God loves me and how overwhelming His grace, even when I fail.

Are you an emotional eater? How do you deal with that? I’d love to hear your solutions.

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2 Responses

  1. Karen O'Connor says:

    Hi Carol. Thanks for sharing your temptation. I imagine all your readers can relate to it in some form or another. I had an emotional eating disorder all through my 30s–very painful indeed. But then at a healing service at our church I was prayed over and experienced an abrupt change within myself. Suddenly food no longer had power over me. I started to see that I was eating to change my feelings about my failing marriage. I didn’t want to accept or believe that it was basically over. When I started telling myself the truth I stopped covering reality with food. There is more to the story than this brief account but this is enough for now. 🙂

    • carolnl says:

      Karen, thanks so much for sharing your struggle with food, and how God freed you with the truth. Some day I’d like to hear the rest of the story.

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