Thursday, June 14, 2012
CHAPTER 2 ~ Replacing My Cravings (Made To Crave ~ Lysa Terkeurst of Proverbs 31 Ministries)
This wasn't really about the scale or what clothing size I was; it was about this battle that raged in my heart. Something that God is challenging me to surrender to Him. REALLY SURRENDER. Surrender to the point that I make radical changes.
Is it possible that I rely on food more than I rely on God???
Psalm 78:18 "They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved."
I John 2:15-16 " Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world, the cravings of sinful man, the lust of the eyes and the boasting of what he has and does comes not from the Father but from the world."
So, what are my challenges?
My friends want to gather and have dinner... The chosen place is one of my favorite ... Italian food, everything on the menu is salty, carbs, oh la la those Italians love oil drizzled on everything covered with cheesey!!! What are my choices???
Well, one choice available... Pray!!!
"God, it's dinnertime and my friends are heading out for Italian food. I love Italian. I could seriously justify myself right into a big salad smothered with olive oil, a few bread sticks alongside. And now for the main entree! Oo la la!!! It's been a tough week. But, once again I'm choosing to pray instead of getting stuck in my cravings. Help me, God, to feel satisfied with healthier choices, limiting choices, and focus on my friends, our fellowship and slowly eating my healthy choices."
And that's how my prayers continue throughout the day.
Laying my requests at the feet of Jesus, like the psalmist says, waiting in expectation. Psalm 5:3
EACH TIME I CRAVE SOMETHING USING THAT AS A PROMPT TO PRAY.
I cannot promise that I always will be faithful to it , or that the scale will drop, but it is a START!!!
1. God has given me power over my food choices. I'm supposed to consume food. Food isn't supposed to consume me.
But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for MY power is made perfect in weakness."... for when I am weak, then I am strong."
(II Corinthians 12:9-10)
2. I was made for more than to be stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat. You have circled this mountain long enough. NOW TURN NORTH."
(Deuteronomy 2:3 NASB)
WE CRAVE WHAT WE EAT... MAKE IT HEALTHY.
Saturday, June 02, 2012
MADE TO CRAVE ~ CHAPTER 1 ~ WE CRAVE WHAT WE EAT.
1. PERSONIFY CRAVING BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE OF IT:
My Cravings express themselves differently at different times.
~ When I am truly hungary I crave eating a balanced meal with protein, carbs, vegetables and usually something sweet when finished with the main meal.
~ One thing I notice is that when I go to a public place and am around people eating such as a potluck I am still craving when I return home and usually want to eat something and do.
~ Sometimes the craving monster hoovers & strikes when I am sad, or pressured to make a decision, or am uncomfortable around a situation or undesirable person.
~ Chocolate cravings accompanied by some gooey caramel hoover around me & attack..
~This is followed by a thought planted by the hovering monster saying salty craving...nuts, crackers & cheese, rice cakes, chips is a favorite ( the monster is the same one that urges me to put off doing a chore or much needed task like cleaning the garage or a closet )
~Watching a movie the monster hoovers near my seat attacking my emotions and I will secumb to popcorn, candy (chocolate, hard candy, or both).
What I would like to say to this imaginary monster is "Go now and bug someone else." "Leave me alone." "Get. Go. Bug off!!!You remind me of that pitch forked red monster...the devil...so go hoover over someone that wants you, now!"
"Don't you have some important business to take care of?"
2. PURSUIT OF A CRAVING:
How do I respond to the idea that God made us to crave? page 20
Definition (Dictionary.com) ~ something you long for, want greatly, desire eagerly, and beg for.
Yes, we were made to crave-long for, want greatly, desire eagerly, and beg for- GOD! But Satan wants to do whatever necessary to make us fall. So he works at it daily.
" Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world,the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world
~the cravings of sinful man,
~the lust of his eyes and
~the boasting of what he has and does
comes not from the Father but from the world " I John 2:15-16
Definition According to NIV Life Application Bible -
Cravings = trying to get our physical desires met outside the will of God
Lust of eye = trying to get our material desires met outside the will of God
Boasting = trying to get our need for significance met outside the will of God
Satan used all three tactics with Eve.
"When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food (cravings of the sinful man) and pleasing to the eye (lust of the eyes), and also desirable for gaining wisdom (boasting of what she has or does), she took some and ate it" Genesis 3:6
It does not stop there.
Jesus was tempted... in all three the same ways as we are.
Jesus said to Satan, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.' "
Than the devil left him, and the angels came and attended him.
There is a significant difference between Eve and Jesus. Eve was saturated in the object of her desire. Jesus was saturated in God's TRUTH..
Jesus without hesitation, quoted Scripture and refuted Satan's temptation. Truth is powerful.
In my opinion the real battle is in the eye gate and the mind reflects what we focus on with our eye. She focused only on the object of her obsession. The apple hanging on the tree, she saw that it was pleasing, fruit pleasing to the eye, and desirable. She did not walk away and give herself time to really consider her choice. She didn't consult Adam. She didn't consider the truth of what God had clearly instructed. She didn't talk to God.
She focused only on the object of her obsession!
TRUTH IS POWERFUL. The more saturated we are with truth, the more powerful we'll be in resisting our temptations.
Quote Scripture like:
" 'Everything is permissible' _ but not everything is beneficial"
I Corinthians 10:23
Friday, April 20, 2012
To quote a famous person...
"It's not the years in your life that count,
It's the life in your years." ~ Abraham Lincoln
As one of my spark friends said, "Real life is in Jesus, life and joy for all of eternity!" The life in my years with Jesus is what really counts.
*My main goal was to make a short blog! Yes, I accomplished that but although it is a good quote something is missing so her is my add on:
To know Jesus is to breathe and think and act with a new, living hope. REAL HOPE I might take the liberty of saying it twice. To know Jesus is to begin to be able to live as God intended _ beyond comfort, expecting hardships in the world, but actually having His own holy joy!!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Your Brain on Sugar
Sugar fuels every cell in the brain and influences brain chemicals, too. And overloading on sugary foods may alter the brain receptors that regulate how much we eat. In laboratory studies, rats that binged on sugar had brain changes that mimicked those of drug withdrawal. In humans, just seeing pictures of milkshakes triggered brain activity similar to what's seen in drug addicts -- and that activity was stronger in women with a high food-addiction score than in women who didn't report addictive eating.
Breaking free from sugar addiction can be life altering. I have chosen to do this on my own and in four pieces:
Week 1: Identify the sources/replace with healthier and wholesome alternatives. Below is a list that I found from the recently posted Spark article ~ Break Your Sugar Addiction ~By Lauri Watson, Registered Dietitician.
Brown rice syrup
Cane juice crystals
High fructose corn syrup
Corn syrup solids
Evaporated cane juice
Fruit juice concentrate
Grape juice concentrate
I have long ago removed juices and sodas from my diet; also sugar from the sugar bowl for cereal, so that part was easy enough. My biggest offenders have been ice cream, jams, chocolate kisses & dove, hard candies. So, I have removed them for now and replaced with fruits such as apples, oranges, grapefruit, I put raisins, dried apricots, dried prune or bananas in my cereal. I have green teas with lemon, and a variety of teas when I am wanting a sweet thing in the evening. I do allow myself a 'dab' (1/2 tsp) of honey in my tea.
Week 2: Stock my Kitchen with sugar free items such as the teas, fruits, cereal (Look for hidden sugar by reading the nutrition list of ingredients looking for sugar to be the 4th or 5th in the list), oatmeal must be made from scratch as are any hot cereals because of the sugar content in prepackaged individual packets. I am not using sugar substitutes at all due to an adverse effect in my body.
Week 3: Stop the Cravings ~
Treadmill or Water Exercise
Relaxing Bath or Shower
Eat Raw Veggies with Peanut Butter
Yogurt or Almonds
Week 4: Game Plan for Life ~ Allow some of my favorite 'sweet things' back into my diet this time in MODERATION. If it becomes an addiction my plan is to start over with Week 1 again, I will not beat myself up if I slip!!
I am on week three at this present time and feeling much relieved and thankful for this journey.
I will pray always in this journey of life!!! With God's help I will live free of this addiction.
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