What Refuels You?: Thinking Carefully About Your Attitude On Food

What Refuels You?: Thinking Carefully About Your Attitude On Food

I’ve mentioned before that I like to eat.

Unfortunately, what I like to eat is not always the best for me.

After having my last baby when I was almost 40, I found that dropping the weight wasn’t as easy as it used to be.

After our adoption a few years later, eating became a way to comfort myself in the midst of hardship and depression.

My blood pressure went up, and I generally felt miserable.

The sugar spikes, mood swings and health issues also started increasing as well.

Rather than medication, my doctor suggested that I start by losing some weight instead.

But I resisted, thinking that weight loss means deprivation of comfort.

And at that time, I wanted comfort, not deprivation.

That was my first warning sign. Because I was not spending time with the Lord and trusting Him, I looked for other means to help me.

But instead of comfort, I actually found myself more stressed.

As I shared in a previous post, sleep, diet and exercise are entwined. After small changes in my attitude towards sleep, I noticed that I was more open to making those changes in my diet too.

Because I was more rested, it was easier to base my decisions on good reasons, not my fluctuating emotions. There was energy to make the harder, better choice instead of reacting to what I felt.

When I ate better, I felt better and was more motivated to maintain my health and my soul, a healthy relationship.

My thinking began to shift: instead of thinking of diet as a temporary change to lose weight (which would probably be regained), I looked at it as a lifestyle that I wanted to maintain for the long run.

This meant I gave myself more grace. Instead of beating myself up when I failed, I challenged myself to learn from my mistakes and try again.

I researched the why behind cravings so that instead of just telling myself I shouldn’t eat _____________, I knew what would result—and talk myself out of it.

It does take work. Sometimes it was one meal or even one choice at a time.

For those areas that were particularly stubborn, I turned that healthy choice into a habit goal.

Once that became a habit, I would either take it one step further or add a new one so that collectively, these choices were making a difference in my life.

Four years later, I am holding steady at my desired weight. I am enjoying the benefits of healthy food instead of feeling ashamed—and paying the consequences afterwards.

Food is a gift from the Lord too. When I get the chance to eat out, I enjoy it as a gift and a special treat.

But I want to also learn how to eat wisely so that I can care for my body in a way that will help me to last longer.

In what ways do you need to change your outlook on food?

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