Thursday, February 23, 2012
If you are a Christian and have struggled with weight, body image and food issues, I would highly recommend this study called "Made To Crave". I had originally heard about it via Twitter. I follow an American Idol alumnus, Mandisa. Remember the one that Simon criticized (ha! narrow it down?) and said she would break the stage because she was so heavy? In the three on one with the judges, when she was told she was moving on to the Top 12, she cried and asked Simon for an apology and told him that she forgave him because Jesus forgave her? Yeah...that one. I've always loved Mandisa and even moreso now, as she has a thriving career in Christian music and has managed to lose close to 100 lbs with the help of a personal trainer, Zumba and Lysa TerKeurt's study...you guessed it, Made To Crave. Mandisa has been very public and open about her struggle with weight and food issues, as well as her failures and I really respect that.
Still, even with her constant Twitter mentions of the study and links to Lysa's webinars, etc I largely ignored Made To Crave. Until a few weeks ago when a Nutrtionist friend from church sent out a Facebook invite for a 6-week study for the women of the church dealing with food, weight and body image issues. Well, I can do 6 weeks, right? That's not a huge commitment. I got my mother-in-law on board and we were excited to join the study together. Wasn't until later that I realized that it's the very same Made To Crave that Mandisa touts all the time. Well, then I was even more excited.
Last week's study (our very first) was tentative at first (some of us were just meeting for the first time - our church just launched in September so we are still forming relationships). But, suddenly, when the video was over, we launched into a discussion that was completely open and honest and pretty raw spiritually. The bond I feel with those women after just a couple of hours is amazing. And then I was ready to do the 3 chapters of reading as "homework" and work through the assignments in the Participants Guide on my own.
I've only been immersed in this material for about 4 days now...and I can tell you, it is already changing my entire view of health, myself, food, cravings and relying on GOD.
It's not a diet plan or a how-to book. It's a deeper issues kind of thing, that allows room for skepticism and doubt. So...why not check it out? If you do, lemme know what you think!