But I've recognized lately that I'm entitled when it comes to food. I struggle with feelings of anger when I try to limit my food intake. There's this part of me that feels like I should be able to eat whatever I want, whenever I want, and as much as I want.
In my highest head I know that is not true. In life we can not do that with food or money. I compare these two because in some ways they are similar. You can't just buy whatever you want whenever you want - you have to live within your means. It's the same with food - I need to live within my body's calorie needs or I will gain excess body fat. When there is too much excess body fat it affects my body's ability to function properly.
But there's this internal dialogue at a deep level inside my head that says I can eat this - whatever it is at the moment - because I want it. I will sometimes eat enormous amounts of food way beyond when my hunger is satisfied. The internal words in my head that I've started becoming aware of go something along the lines of I deserve it because...
I've been praying about losing weight to lower my blood pressure. Praying for God to help me. I don't want to go start some program or read some book. I'm praying for Him to empower me to change from the inside out. I'm feeling like this about more than weight. I don't have a goal to become thin. I just want to lose enough weight to bring my blood pressure to a healthy range and to have more energy for enjoying life. I'm praying that God will show me what it is I need to do. If there are things I need to realize and think about that will enable me to be more successful when it comes to the basic things like becoming more physically active and eating healthier.
There are some principles from the Bible that I think I feel led to:
John 8:32 - Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (NIV).
Principle - Truth brings freedom. Lies make you a slave.
Psalm 51:6 - Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. (NASV)
Principle - God wants me to have truth at my deepest core.
Deuteronomy 32:4 - He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. (KJV)
Principle - God is the God of Truth
Psalm 25:5 - Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.(NIV)
Principle - God will lead me in truth.
I'm feeling that God wants me to identify some lies that are recurring thoughts in my head with regard to this whole food thing. I'm fine with enjoying food and eating all kinds of things. But I want to stop excessively eating. I've come to recognize some thoughts that come before I allow myself to excessively eat. They come along the lines of this I deserve to eat as much as I want because:
- I'm dealing with such stressful work situations
- I'm dealing with my family of origin who drives me crazy
- I've got to complete these school assignments and my anxiety level is high and I can stuff it down with food while I force myself to do this
- I'm feeling a mild discomfort from hunger pains and I can't have that. I deserve to satisfy that immediately with whatever is easy. I shouldn't have to work to produce food and it should taste really good.
- I'm a good person. I do everything I'm supposed to all the time. I go above and beyond in everything. So I should be able to eat whatever I want. In just this small thing I should get what I want!
I can go find websites that will help me with increasing my activity level. There are sites that can help me with my food intake - to determine the correct amount and types of food that will promote a healthier me. I will do that. But I'm thinking that I also need to do this internal journey. That my lack of success in the past may be rooted here on the inside of me. So, as I take the journey to increase healthy eating and activity habits, I'm looking to God to show me what He has for me in my spirit.