Food Addictions, What’s Really Eating You?

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Today, I want to celebrate my precious husband’s weight loss journey. Word’s cannot express how proud I am of the strides he has taken to get healthy. Since January of this year he has lost over 55 lbs . More importantly he no longer deals with diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and lastly, fatty liver disease. Today, that list of diseases are a thing of the past. Randy understood that in order to find true freedom he would have to face things head on and depend on God for strength. Thanks for inspiring my Love!

Food addiction does not happen overnight, it’s a habit that develops over a long period of time.  You might be surprised to know that you have memories that have tied you to your food experiences. Some of these have shaped the way you look at food and it can be a challenge to change without support. If you grew up in a home where the “clean plate” policy was enforced, you shouldn’t be surprised when you find yourself eating everything set before you. This type of reaction was built in you years ago. Our experiences do not have to be negative either, for example it the primary way to celebrate any and all accomplishments in your home was with food, this too can shape your eating habits.

I can’t tell you how many people who have struggled with food addictions have shared stories with me like, “I was punished by being sent me to my room without food,” or “I was made to eat what was served for dinner otherwise, it was breakfast the next day”.  Is it any wonder why food then carried so much power in their lives? I tell parents all the time, please do not use food as a reward or a punishment, it’s a sure way to cause problems later on in their lives.

The truth is food was never meant to have so much control. If we developed a food view that was dysfunctional when we were younger, it will carry into adulthood unless addressed. Growing up I was blessed to have parents that never expected me to be part of the “clean plate club”, nor did they make food a reward. However, this was not my hubby’s experience and he struggled for years with his weight. I would tell him, “you don’t have to eat it all”, or “it’s ok if you’re full to leave it on your plate”. The problem was these eating habits were hardwired in him and it made what seemed easy enough to do, nearly impossible. Please don’t misunderstand me, I know parents are coming from a place of love when they insist this way. Unfortunately, it just does not turn out good. I don’t condone waste, in fact I rarely have food leftovers unless I purposely cook more with the idea of making another meal with it. I just never push food on anyone, and I don’t take it personally when someone says “no thank you I’m full.”

So how did my Love finally get a hold of this battle? By understanding the need to get to the root of why food had gained so much control over him, and replacing it with a complete dependence on God. The food trap has nothing to do with weight, whether you are overweight or underweight.

Food ensnare you when you allow it to be more than it was ever meant to be. Food cannot nourish our souls, despite people calling certain foods “comfort foods” They can never meet an emotional need. We may love how it tastes going down, but once you move away from the plate, you despise the way you feel and resent how it controls you.

The Bible teaches us to rid ourselves of anything that can trap us. “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnare us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).

Once my hubby’s hunger for God became greater than what his stomach was dictating, he began the journey of freedom from food addiction. Notice I said journey, because this is not a one time prayer or one time decision. In reality it will be a daily, sometimes hourly battle of wills. Do we choose to honor God with even this? or will we tell God he is allowed in our lives, just not our kitchens.

We also discovered that with a low carb, LCHF food plan he was no longer eating trigger foods that would cause him to over eat. Instead, he was able to keep his blood sugar stable and stop the roller coaster ride.

If you are battling food addiction, join a support group that will assist you on your journey. Be willing to look deep inside and address root issues and lastly, most importantly, allow God into the equation.

Fittoserve Community Group meets monthly. If you live in South Florida and would like to join us, contact us at Fittoservegroup@gmail.com

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