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 Controlling The Mind

Marti Mckeon

 

When we have weight issues, thoughts of food can consume us.  Sometimes our craving for food gets the best of us, and in many cases it has nothing to do with being hungry.  Also, our fear of gaining weight can cause us not to eat at all. Why do we over-eat? Is it stress; is it emotional pain from the loss of a love one; is it excitement; is it loneliness; or boredom.  What reason do we tell ourselves why we need to eat that pint of ice cream, that big bag of chips or that big candy bar? On the flip side, what makes us afraid to eat?  Here is what I know – We have to take control of those thoughts and emotions that are not truth based. We cannot allow food to control our mind and our behavior. Now is the time to have an honest conversation about food, about weight, and about bringing our mind under control. The Bible says in II Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  This scripture speaks against allowing our emotions to control us.  God wants us to have a healthy body and mind.  If we align our minds with the truth, our bodies will follow.

If we are struggling with our weight due to overeating or not eating enough, it is time to make a concerted effort to change this behavior.  The good news is that it is never too late to change.  The solution is three fold:  1) be honest; 2) understand what is triggering these unhealthy behaviors; and 3) discover new ways of coping with our emotions.


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"A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes." 
     
-M.Gandhi
 

Be honest:  There are several things that we need to be honest about.  We need to be honest about the fact that obesity is unhealthy and in many cases shortens our life span.  It is well documented that it can result in high risks for diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.  It is important that we honestly face these truths so we can get motivated to protect ourselves from illness due to being overweight.  Nobody wants to be sick.  This is an area that we can make a positive change. John 8:32 says, “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Facing the truth about our weight and our health will give us a freedom to make some positive changes in our lives. 

What triggers our unhealthy eating habits? We are emotional people and it is our unbalanced emotions that cause us to overeat and/or avoid eating?  When our emotions get the best of us, we turn to food for comfort and relief; or turn away from food because we have an unhealthy body image.  Food does not cure anyone’s problems.  It does not satisfy our hurts, our worries, our fears or our anxieties.  This is an illusion.  Remember, our emotions and our feelings will lie to us. We may feel unloved, but the truth may be there are many people who love us.  It is never a good practice to react to our emotions; rather take a moment of pause before we engage in unhealthy eating. If we know we are emotional about food, we should make a conscious effort to seriously think about why we are eating or not eating.  We cannot be emotional when it comes to food.  Food is meant to fuel the body, not solve our emotional issues.

Discover new ways of coping with our emotions: We have to think of other ways of coping with our emotions. What are some activities or hobbies that we enjoy doing?  We should seek to connect with a support group that helps us process our unbalanced thoughts.  It is important to get our emotions under control.  If we are suffering from sadness or depression, anxiety, or loneliness, we should seek professional help.  These feelings can be overwhelming and dangerous.  A healthy mind and body can be achieved by controlling those emotions that lead to unhealthy eating habits.

In closing, let’s be encouraged because we can be free from allowing ourselves to be controlled by food and our emotions.  This is not about dieting, but rather knowing the truth about what is causing us to have unhealthy eating habits.  This type of behavior is causing us to have an unhealthy body.   I Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “What?  know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”  Are bodies are temples that we should take care of.  If we are emotional about food, we must find other ways of coping with these emotions.  We all want to be healthy.  We do not want to be slaves to our bodies or thoughts.  As we strive to live a healthier life, we should seek help from our doctors, our friends or other support outreaches.  We can be free!

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