January is all about setting resolutions and getting healthy, so I decided this year I would do a Whole 30. A Whole 30 is one month of no added sugars, no grains, no legumes, and no dairy. After having two babies back to back, my eating habits were horrible. I let the “pregnancy cravings” carry over and honestly never attempted to say no to bad food. Now, having completed the Whole 30, I have a very different view of food.
I realized I was addicted to feeding my feelings. Whatever feeling I had I would feed it with food. Did I have a victory? Icecream. Did I feel overwhelmed? Snickers. Was I bored? Cookies.
Literally every feeling and emotion was immediately met with some sort of food reward. I realized about halfway through the month that before I was actually denying processing through the emotions I was, in fact, feeding my feelings.
The Lord really does want to teach and show us things and sometimes it’s through the physical, “necessary” things like food.
Luke 10:27 says, "You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.' And, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.”
In order to effectively pursue God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind, we have to give him those areas of our lives.
For me, it was allowing the Lord to have control over my cravings.
A challenge for you:
Before you have the cookie or the Dr. Pepper, ask yourself “Am I trying to satisfy something I need to bring before the Lord?”
Sure you may just want the cookie, but maybe God is wanting an area of your heart you haven’t given over yet.