Food addiction is when food takes on a bigger than life role in your life. It’s what you get up for in the morning, it’s on your mind constantly throughout the day; it’s what drives your choices. In fact, your entire world revolves food. You chase it to elicit a certain emotional response. You keep eating until you get as close as you can to elicit that emotional, feel good response. You have a desire to stop but you can’t. It’s harming your health, you know this, but you can’t seem to control it. It’s your secret lover. You constantly steal away to be with it. Lovers’ rendezvous if you will.
Food addiction is spiritual and it’s physical. That a tough battle to fight on your own. It’s spiritual because it’s a heart issue. Something else is controlling your heart, your affections, your mind, your will, and your emotions, and it’s not God. It’s physical because overtime, there are chemical changes that takes place in the brain that perpetuates your compulsive need to eat. In fact, research shows that the reward and pleasure center in the brain that is activated by addictive drugs such as cocaine and heroin, are also activated by binge eating on processed food. Foods high in fat, sugar and salt mimics the same addictive responses in the brain as if you were using cocaine and heroin. The good news is, is that there is help and there is hope. God always provides a way of escape.
1 Cor. 10:13.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Below are some tips on how you can overcome food addiction. When you follow these tips, you will in essence, be physically resetting your brain and creating new pathways to produce new responses. Always remember, you are a new creation in Christ. Old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new. 2 Cor. 5:17. You have to believe that and not give up on yourself or the word of God.
1. Recognize that you have a problem that is threatening your health and your relationship with God. It’s OK to admit that you are dealing with something that is stronger than you are right now.
2. Pray about the situation to get God involved. Admit your weakness to Him. He already knows but is waiting on you to humble yourself before Him and admit your need for His help. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman and will not come where He is not invited. Give Him an invitation to come into this area of your life. This is the beginning of what is called the sanctification process. This is the process where God will begin to sanctify (set apart) your emotions, stabilize them and bring them under His control so you can get to a place of breakthrough. This will not happen overnight, nor is it easy. As a matter of fact, it’s a lifetime process; a daily surrender of your appetite to His will for your life.
3. Avoid Red Flag Foods. These are foods that fight for your affection. One bite and your emotions and desires begin to race out of control. These are the foods that we think we can handle but in essence, we can’t. Israel thought they could live among the inhabitants of Canaan, even though God told them to drive them out, but they thought they could live among them and not be influenced by their pagan religion. The Canaanites became a snare for them and drew them away from the true and living God (Judges 2:1-3). So yes, identify your Red Flag Foods and be honest about their hold on your affections, your emotions.
4. Learn new eating habits and learn how to prepare your food a different way that doesn’t pull on your affections. By doing this, you are establishing new pathways in your brain and forming new associations with food. In essence, you have to retrain your brain. The flip side of that is that if you come into contact with any red flag foods or circumstances that elicit those old emotional responses, you have to quickly leave that scene so you don’t fall back into your old habits.
5. You overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony (Rev. 12:11). Find scriptures that will help to strengthen your inner man so that your inner man becomes stronger than your flesh or cravings. When you speak those scriptures out loud, they will become a bridge for you to walk across your most challenging circumstances. Scriptures that will help you to move forward: http://www.nutritionwithannie.com/daily-devotions. Joshua 1:8 in the Old Testament tells us how to be victorious:
"This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”
Meditating on the word of God brings success. It leads to breakthroughs. God’s word is a hammer that, when continuously used by faith, produce results (Jer. 23:29).
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