Many people excitedly set New Year’s resolutions every year, and losing weight is at the top of their list. But by the time February rolls around, most give up on their goals of getting healthier. Anyone can change their mindset and habits—when they do, they are much more likely to lose weight and finally live free.
- Develop a new way of eating.
Stuck in yo-yo dieting? Decide to stop dieting. Instead, eat real foods in moderation. And put an end to eating processed foods. There’s nothing wrong with indulging occasionally. But if an individual can’t stop eating unhealthy foods or consistently overeats, they’re in bondage. Make it a goal not to be mastered by anything this year.
- Develop a new way of moving.
One of the best ways a person can honor their Creator is by taking care of their body. 1 Corinthians 6:20 says, “You were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.” (more…)
While a person may not want to say the words out loud, they struggle with hunger. It’s not a hunger for food but love. Admitting their need for love can be extremely difficult, especially if they have experienced pain from love. But it is the first step out of their addiction. They may have to probe and push to get in touch with the truth. And honesty is the way to start climbing out of the pit.
Being honest about the depth of a person’s emotional pain is extremely difficult. No one wants to get in touch with the root of the pain system—this renews the loss and deprivation that they’re trying desperately to avoid. Generally, a person’s apprehension twists their opinion of themselves, leaving them with low self-esteem. (more…)
It has been estimated that 30 million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder sometime within their lifetime according to U.S. News and World Report. Whether we struggle with binge eating, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or another eating disorder, there’s hope! These Twelve Steps will enable us to work through our issues and heal from eating disorders.
- Open our hearts to God’s power to free us from the grip of food addiction.
There is great power in realizing that we are powerless.
“We ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves” (2 Cor. 4:7). (more…)
Consider the following suggestions to help you cope with the strong urges to overeat.
Give definition to your mealtime.
Set an eating schedule that suits your needs. Have a special place to eat along with a table setting so that your meal has a clear beginning and ending, instead of in front of the computer or in your car.
Give yourself positive statements while you examine your struggle to overeat: Hunger signals come and go and increase over time. Rate the intensity now and have choices for healthy food. Use self-talk like: (more…)