Developing a Right Relationship with Food

Some advice is timeless! I wrote a blog earlier last year on How Not to be Led by your Emotions, but to Make Choices Instead. I was reminded of the importance of this advice on yesterday while eating one of my favorite summer fruits, watermelon (I found one that actually had seeds! But that’s another blog for another day!). Back in the day, I could throw down when it came to watermelon. While eating this wonderful fruit, a prior emotion just popped up. All the memories came flooding back. I immediately recognized this toxic emotion and said within myself, "It's just watermelon, to be enjoyed for sure, but not deserving of my praise," I casted off the emotion, enjoyed a healthy portion of the watermelon and maintained my integrity. A large part of being successful on your wellness journey is to develop a right relationship with food so it’s not ruling your life and controlling your actions. A few months ago, I did a blog on how important it is to build up your spirit man so that your spirit becomes stronger than your flesh. What happened to me on yesterday was an excellent example of that truth being walked out!

Food is wonderful. It is to be enjoyed but it is not to become our lord and master. It has a place, but it doesn’t belong on the throne of our heart. There is only one who should hold that place, and that is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Summer is upon us and there are so many sabotaging emotions and behaviors tied to those wonderful summer barbecues, corner hot dog stands, ice cream shops, family reunions, just to name a few places that have the potential to evoke strong emotions. Nothing sabotages our wellness journey like our emotions and unchecked food cravings. It is so important that we are able to identify emotional triggers that can sabotage our wellness journey. It is equally important that we spend time in God’s word building up our spirit man so that it becomes a guide, a light that leads us from within. Have a successful summer!

Bible verse to strengthen your inner man and to remind you that you are not alone on your journey: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105

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