Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Reading the book "Made to Crave" by Lysa TerKeurst and it really has me thinking! The premise behind it is that we were made to crave God not food. We need to place our focus on him which will take our focus away from food and we'll then eat less and loose the weight. Makes sense to me! One of the questions asked in the book is "If you could replace your addition to food with any other addiction out there, would you? And if so, with what?". As I was thinking on this, my first thought was "being addicted to food doesn't hurt anyone else but myself where as the other additions that came to mind such as drugs, alcohol, smoking, etc hurt others too" but that was denial speaking. Overeating hurts everyone around me: my friends, family, children, etc see my actions and follow in my footsteps so their health is in jeopardy too along w/ the fact that if I'm overweight or obese I may have health issues that will cause my family financial problems or worse yet, I may not live long enough to enjoy my family to the fullest extent. As I thought more about this set of questions and addictions, it came to my attention being addicted to food is the only addiction you can have where you can't just walk away from it, go cold turkey and never look back. It's not like being an alcoholic and avoiding bars, not buying liquor, etc. or like being a drug addict, being weened off the substance and never touching it again. We still have to eat. We can't survive w/o food. The key is to eating the right types of foods in the right quantities. I personally think being a food addict and not being able to completely cut yourself off from it makes this one of the hardest addictions to beat. With God there is hope! With our focus on him, with him at our side each day, we can and will set an excellent example to those around us, spurring each other on as we succeed step by step to win the ultimate prize: being healthy and fit not only for ourselves and our families but for the one who made us, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!