Can You Escape The Food Trap?
by Joyce Tilney
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Millions of people are hooked, emotionally dependent on food. I remember when it finally hit me, I was addicted to food!!! Very honestly, it was very hard for me to say, I am addicted to food.
Food addiction is a habit that you develop over many years. You have thoughts and behaviors connected to this habit. I made a decision that I was never going to try the world’s way of dieting again and asked the Lord for help in this area of my life. I heard that still small voice say, “break the habit!” I didn’t realize how hard that was going to be. Now, two years later, the habit is gone and I have lost 75 pounds which I do not plan to find.
I have “tasted and seen that the Lord is good.” The food trap has nothing to do with weight—whether you are overweight or underweight. The Food trap is when you allow food to be an emotional pick up! You love the way it tastes, how it makes you feel, but hate what it does to your body and how it controls you.
When you eat for emotional pick-up it then becomes the weight that so easily ensnares you!
“…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).
Food is a natural source for deception and dependency. We must have food to survive and thrive; we are physically dependent on food. God created us to need food and to enjoy the taste of food. Food becomes a trap when it is used as a substitute for comfort. It becomes a roller coaster ride of emotions; a love-hate relationship. Its obsession fills your thoughts and actions and robs you of your self-esteem, holds you captive and has life-damaging consequences. How much power have you given food over you?
Habits can be broken and as a child of God we have a Helper, the Holy Spirit. (John 16:7) Job said, “…I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12). Hosea 4:6 tells us, “…my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge…” That is in the natural and in the spiritual. We need to start by humbling ourselves, admitting that we can’t do it alone and need God’s help. Ask the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of your understanding. Study nutrition and how different foods effect your body and control that “feel good” part of the brain. Remember, you are breaking a habit that has taken years to form, so rest in the Lord, be faithful and diligent in your relationship with God, be transformed by renewing your mind, and your body will follow. As the food habit is broken, the weight falls away!
“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by any” (1Cor. 6:12 ESV).J
Joyce Tilney is author of Why Diets Don’t Work – Food is not the Problem.
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