Why did I DO that? We ask ourselves. I was doing so well on my eating plan. Why did I mess up and eat that candy bar?
We talked yesterday about one reason our good resolves shatter and fail. Sugar is physically addicting. The more you eat, the more you want.
It is also emotionally addicting. Sugar and starches (which quickly convert to sugar in the bloodstream) activate the pleasure centers of your brain. You come to depend on that comforting feeling when things get tough. Lonely? Eat a candy bar. Sad? Have some ice cream. Stressed? How about a piece of cake?
Did you notice that all those feelings are all things we should take the Lord? He can actually do something about them.
Lonely? He said, “I will never leave thee,nor forsake thee.” (Heb. 13:5)
Sad? He said, “These things have I spoken unto you that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” (John 15:11)
Stressed? He said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Food is not a good emotional fix. It may help for the briefest of moments, but your problems will still be there when the brownies are gone. And you will feel crummy and less able to cope with the issues while your body is trying to deal with all the sugar and becoming progressively less healthy.
But God is the source of true joy, peace, and fulfillment. If you know Him, maybe you need that reminder today. If you don’t know Him, I encourage you to seek Him. You can find Him in His introductory letter, the Bible. The book of John is a good place to start if you aren’t familiar with the Scriptures. And check out this link: Click here to see my message about God.
Food isn’t our enemy. Depending on food for emotional support can turn it into a foe. It doesn’t fix anything and will leave you defenseless. God CAN fix your life and He will never fail you!
Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown