Controlled by Cravings
by Asheritah Ciuciu
My baby was turning three months old, and I was ready to shed my maternity wear.
I’d already lost 35 pounds of the baby weight, but I still had an extra 15 pounds to lose in order to feel comfortable in my regular clothes. So I stopped by the thrift store to pick up a few items until I’d return to my normal weight.
Forty-five minutes later, I left the store empty-handed. Truth is, I balked at the number staring back at me on the tag of the shorts that actually fit, and I refused to place that size in my closet on a matter of principle. “I just need to lose some weight instead of buying any bigger clothes,” I resolved. “How hard can that be?” But 45 minutes later, I was driving home munching on a whole box (8 servings!) of Rice Krispies.
It was a slippery slope, really. Once I had eaten one, what difference did it make if I ate another? And now that I’d blown my new healthy eating plan, I might as well finish the whole box and hide the evidence.
Of course, that sounds ridiculous in print, but in the moment it made total sense. We’ll go to great lengths to justify our food fixation, and it’s incredible what mental gymnastics we’ll do to avoid the hard work of developing discipline.
“I deserve a treat!” we tell ourselves. “It’s been a long day and a bowl of ice cream is just the thing.”
Or, “Just this once won’t hurt. I’ll be back on my plan tomorrow.”
Or, “I’m not getting anywhere with this project. I’m just going to grab a quick snack; then I’ll get to work.”
These hollow rationalizations make us think that we’re in control, but they actually reveal that we’re being controlled by our cravings, and they’re destroying our lives. Maybe it doesn’t seem that melodramatic at first, but think with me on the ways food fixation has affected your health, your relationships, your self-worth, your energy and your excitement for life.
Scripture tells us that our enemy, the devil, comes only to steal, kill and destroy, and many of us can point to ways he’s tried to do just that in our lives. But we don’t have to face our enemy alone. Jesus reassures us that He has come to defeat him and give us life to the full (John 10:10).
You and I, we have a choice. We can either passively receive the lies our enemy whispers into our ears, or we can fight those lies with God’s Truth. We can either live enslaved by our longings, or we can find freedom in Jesus. We can stay stuck in a cycle of overeating, yo-yo dieting and hopeless thinking, or we can overcome our food fixation through God’s power.
As I reflect on my journey from that day in the thrift store to now, I’m grateful that God didn’t give up on me with my twenty-fourth furtive bite. He invited me to come to Him and discover the satisfaction in Him that I’d never find in a box of treats. And He’s been faithful every step of the way. He’s waiting for each of us to come to Him with this area of our lives, to ask Him to renew our minds with truth and to transform our hearts to hunger and thirst for Him.
And He will answer those prayers. He always does.
Now I want to extend the invitation to discover this God-given satisfaction to you. Join the 7-day Truth & Dare Food Challenge at www.theFULL.life and uncover 7 powerful truths and 7 bold dares that will change your eating (and your life) forever!
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