…a food vacuum, that is. I’m not exactly sure why, but lately, I have had a bottomless pit for a stomach and it has been quite hard keeping it under control. Luckily, I have been able to make some positive choices, like walking away from the pantry BEFORE I eat half a bag of dark chocolate M&M’s! I also have made some reasonable choices, like choosing a medium french fry at McDonald’s instead of the whole double cheeseburger, fries and pop meal deal, because I was just as happy eating the fries as I would have been eating the whole meal.
But really, why do I feel like this? What causes crazy cravings and outlandish appetite, when I normally enjoy eating fruits, vegetables and generally healthy food? I mean, vegetables and fruit don’t even sound appealing, unless of course they are deep-fried or in some sugar filled dessert. I know we go through phases, so right now, I guess my body just wants wholesome, comfort foods and lots of carbs (thank you http://teamleansupreme.com/?p=1505 for the image below).
Sunday morning I also had a spiritual conviction about my eating when I read my devotion. Oswald Chambers wrote about yielding to things of the world. We can only serve God or serve ourselves, there is no in-between, and every time we give in to earthly desires, we are saying “NO” to God. Titus 2:11-13 says: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, ” So from this, I was convicted of yielding to my flesh instead of yielding to God. Jesus died on the cross for my sins and rose again on the 3rd day, conquering death and hell, once for all. That means as I put my faith and trust in Him, I am a slave to righteousness (Romans 6). I no longer serve my earthly desires, but the will of the Lord that HE gives to me.
Philippians 4:13 I can do ALL things through Christ who strenghtens me!
Since Sunday, I have tried to thoroughly assess my desires for food. Am I hungry? Am I bored? Lonely? Stressed? Thirsty? Do I really need X,Y or Z? What is reasonable for fueling my body? This has helped me avoid some unhealthy choices and it has allowed me to enjoy the food I am eating for the right reasons. Practically, I am trying to use the 20 minute rule, which states you need to wait 20 minutes after you finish eating before going back for seconds to make sure you are truly hungry.
What earthly desires are you yielding to that do not glorify God? What steps are you taking to overcome these desires? What is God teaching you right now?