A different way to deal with cravings

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The photo is from the last ministry trip. It looks like a race, but it is just life in Africa.

“Create a special notebook or journal section for recording your favorite foods. When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it. Instead, write down the name or even a description of the food, and then anticipate the pleasure of eating it sometime in the future.” 100 Days of Weight Loss, Linda Spangle

I am adapting this for Sparkers. We can use our blog entries to write down our favorite foods. Make a list of foods that you most often crave and cave into:
1. Popcorn
2. Nuts
3. Pizza

Take the time to consider how often you will allow yourself to have these foods. Be realistic with your expectations. Don't say, "I will never eat pizza again". I don't really have a huge problem with this anymore, because I learned to let these foods be my special treats to share with my hubby or have occasionally.

The goal is to stretch the times farther apart. After a while you may realize that you don’t crave these foods as often as you once did. That is what happened to me.

I used to have a huge craving for fast food. Burger King, McD, Taco Bell, you name it, I was eating there. At one point, I was eating fast food at least 5 times a week.

You can look at my food tracker and see that fast food is a rare treat. Don and I usually eat out one day a week- after church on Sunday. That is not going to cause a setback. It is a planned treat. That is the best way to enjoy the foods that try to control you. Plan them. Don't let food be the master. You become the master over food.

God has called us to overcome the appetites of the flesh. Here are some good verses to meditate on for today:

"When you go out to dinner with an influential person, mind your manners; don't gobble your food, don't talk with your mouth ful. And don't stuff yourself; bridle your appetite." proverb 23:1,2 from the Message version

"For if you live according to (the dictates of) the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the (Holy) Spirit you are (habitually) putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the (evil) deeds prompted by the body, you shal (really and genuinely) live forever. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God." Romans 8:13, 14 Amplified

"Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for me; but not all things are helpful (good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things)" 1 Corinthians 6:12 Amp

"A man is a slave to whatever has mastered him." 2 Peter 2:19 NIV

"Let your moderation be known unto all men...." Philippians 4:5 KJV

"So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31

Selah- Think and ponder on these until they become part of you
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    Somebody else posted this Spangle excerpt yesterday, and I thought it was great. A smart tip to help one avoid the little traps.
    4353 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    My dd, Maggie worked at McDonald's last summer and she was amazed that the SAME people came in to eat EVERY SINGLE DAY. She said she would NOT have believed it, if she hadn't worked there and seen it herself. So, you weren't alone! emoticon
    4354 days ago
  • KAYO17
    Once again, a great post- but did I expect otherwise? :o)
    You make an excellent point about being realistic with our expectations. In the past, I've been pretty hard on myself regarding not eating my favorite foods; beating myself up (not literally, of course!) when I succumb to my fleshly desire for food gratification. However, I've been trying to do as you suggest- that is, not deprive myself of them totally but rather make them a special treat. Homemade, buttered popcorn is one of my favorite things too, so my husband and I have it once a week on Sunday night. I don't have it any other time, it's a special treat, and so far it has worked to stave off my craving!
    My favorites:
    1. popcorn
    2. ice cream
    3. pasta
    4354 days ago
  • CELESTE5104

    As always this is a beautifully written and thought out blog. I look forward to seeing what you have to say daily. I have shared with the Emotional Eaters team and left out any personal things. This is something that they should see and really could learn from. Again, thanks a bunch for being so gifted with your thoughts and words:)

    4354 days ago
    Mary this is great.I really like the scriptures you have shared.
    My favorite foods are:

    Keep up the great work and keep blogging.I know your words are helping others.
    4354 days ago
    Hello mary, thank you for sharing these neat ideas. I'm definatly going to start writing these scriptures down and think of my favorite foods that I crave the most. I used to eat fast food about 3 times a week some times more, especially when it was just me and the kids and my husband was away. Now it's just getting too expensive to eat out. What used to cost us about 9 dollars for us to eat, now cost 13 dollars or more. The high prices has certainly helped better my food choices and not eat out hardly ever now. It definatly wasn't my own will power doing it, LOL.
    Have a blessed day my friend!
    4354 days ago
    Hi Mary...I too crave fast foods. In fact it was so bad three years ago that I did vow to God I would never eat at McDonalds again because I was eating there everyday for lunch. It has been three years, and I have not eaten it. It made a huge difference to me in "swearing it off" or "vowing to God". I will say that One must be very careful in what they vow to God...scripture is clear on not breaking a vow made to Him.
    There are many favorite foods, my top 3 are:
    1. pizza
    2. sweet breads (Donuts, cakes, sweet rolls, etc.)
    3. candy

    4354 days ago
    Thank you for this post, Mary. I have always had a problem with extremes - I am definitely an all or nothing type of girl and it has gotten me into trouble more than once *LOL* I will indeed meditate on those words today. On another note, I used to have several friends from Botswana and have always wanted to travel there. They made it sound so wonderful.

    4354 days ago
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