Showing posts with label #hunger. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #hunger. Show all posts

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Hungry? 4 Things to Do

It's not my brother nor my sister, but it's me, oh, Lord, standing in the need of prayer.
That is a line from an old gospel song, reminding us to only judge ourselves, not others.

God says it best in Matthew 7:3

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

Overeaters need support groups. They encourage us, inspire us, and motivate us, but what happens in the afternoon when you're hungry enough to eat the strings off the floor? You promised God you wouldn't eat in between meals, but dinner is three hours away. You're on your own.

What do you do?

1. Plug into your power source.

   Spend quiet time with God. Read God's Word, pray, and meditate.
   I'm powerless over food.
   God can handle this, if I surrender to His will.
   My job is to ask, seek, and knock.
   His job is to answer, provide, and open doors.

2. It's not all about you.

Gratitude moves out pride.

Call someone. Write a card.
 Compose an e-mail. Visit a shut-in.

   If we're struggling with the desire to overeat, we're dwelling too much on ourselves. We may be angry, envious, or frustrated. When our attention is drawn to the needs of others, God provides our solution. 

3. Is not eating too drastic?

Are you really hungry? Maybe you need food because you haven't eaten enough earlier in the day, or maybe, you exercised more than usual.

As overeaters, we don't want to obsess over food, but neither should we obsess about not eating. Snacks aren't bad. Some lose better by snacking. Are you feeling faint? Is your tummy growling? Maybe you are really hungry? What healthy snack would energize you?

Have you missed out on sleep? Are you sick? Take time to rest or nap instead of grabbing a snack. What is your body telling you?

Don't be drastic or dogmatic to what you "think" you should do.

4. Write about it.

In the last few weeks, my weight has fluctuated 3-4 pounds, but it never goes all the way back down to my goal weight. Angst settled in. I teach how to maintain weight. Why can't I get back on track? I began to journal my food choices and activity level. The discipline opened my eyes. Through the months since I last did this, my appetite has grown. I didn't even realize it.

Do you need to list your foods again for awhile? It's helping me.

****Overeaters face hunger feelings by themselves. We can redirect that hunger. What is it you need to do today to get yourself back on track?
Give yourself a valentine. Lose three pounds before the end of February.

P. S. Watch out for those chocolate-covered strawberries. They're sneaky and dangerous.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

What's Wrong Now?

What's wrong? God has enriched our lives. He leads us to peace of mind and joy of heart. We’re eating healthy, exercising, and worshiping God with renewed vigor.

Then we flounder.

Lord, help me.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
                            Matthew 11:28,29 NIV

What do I need?

H.A.L.T. Stop and examine your life.

H - hungry

    Are you eating enough?
    Do you overeat before your hunger is assuaged?
    What type of foods do you eat?

To defeat hunger, eat power food. Here are my top 10 power food:
        1. Spinach
        2. Watermelon
        3. Sweet potatoes
        4. Low fat string cheese
        5. 2 Tablespoons almonds
        6. Red peppers
        7. Oatmeal
        8. Tomatoes
        9. Apples

A - Angry

    Even if you don't admit or realize that you're angry at someone or some situation, you may begin to overeat. It's a compulsive overeater's natural response to turn our anger inward. When we become angry at ourselves for the overeating, we forget the root cause. 

    We only have four choices.
       1. Keep overeating and hold on to our anger.
       2. Lose our temper, hate ourselves more, and eat more.
       3. Avoid the situation or person. (which isn't always possible and doesn't help you lose the anger).
       4. Submit your angry feelings to God and allow Him to heal your spirit.

L - Lonely

      Do you eat because it's fun, and you're bored?
      Has food become your best friend?
      Do you crave companionship?

       God is your friend.

              You are my friends if you do what I command you.
                                                                    John 15:14

              Seek out ones that need help, and your loneliness will disappear. 

             For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink, I was a stranger, and you welcomed me, I was naked, and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison, and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty, and give you drink? And when did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick, or in prison, and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brother, you did it to me.'
                                                                 Matthew 25: 35-40

        Another tip: Be a joiner. Get in a Bible study, a walking group, a weight support group, the choir. What interests you?

T - Tired

     Have you become too tired, done too much, not slept enough?
     Have you been sick? Did you go to full schedule before your strength returned?

    It's a proven fact that you lose weight better if you sleep 7-8 hours at night.
    If you work too long without eating, your blood sugar may drop, destroying your natural defenses against an easy food fix.
    If you find yourself wanting to eat too much, read God's Word more often. Pray more. Draw nearer to Him. Remember, God is our strength in time of need.

When craving hits, and you can't get enough to eat, the problem might not be the food.

Ask God to show you what's wrong.