I’m not sure why both of my incredibly successful food addiction programs, the 21-Day Belly Fix and 31 Days to Recovery, happened to end around Halloween 2 years in a row. I have decided it’s God’s way of telling me sugar cannot be stored in my house for more than 24 hours.
Each year I promise myself to just eat a few pieces that night and then put it away for my son. However, every year I end up eating it throughout the day, every day, until it’s gone. Then I have the always depressing chore of explaining to my devastated son why his candy bag lightened so quickly…
All hope is not lost though. Last month I made great strides with my first 2 steps of trying to beat food addiction:
- Forgiveness and Acceptance
- Choose real, God-given foods, not man-made, highly processed franken-food.
I’m confident I can get back to the habits serving me so well, including the apple cider vinegar cocktail every morning, bone broth soup, and minimizing sugar, dairy, and gluten. Thankfully, most of the Halloween candy is almost gone.
This month I’ve been working on the final and most important step on my road to recovery:
#3. Turn to God instead of food.
For the first time in quite a while, I spent Sunday mornings with our church for 3 weeks in a row. Some of you more regular attendees may see this as mortifying, but I count it as a beautiful victory. Consistent church interaction has always been a goal of mine. Working on my 3rd step this month really helped make this happen.
I’m blessed with recovery from many other addictions. I know God is going to deliver me from these binding food issues as well.
One thing I have felt Him calling me to do for a very long time is to read through the Bible in its entirety. I used to be obsessed with self-help books. My husband would tell me every time he saw me reading a new one, “The best self-help book you could read is the Bible.” That husband of mine is a wise man…
I’m ashamed to admit every time I would try to read it, I would just give up because I couldn’t understand it. Honestly, I couldn’t relate to it either. I didn’t have that kind of faith I would read about. I saw every scene as a complete fantasy world.
As my faith has grown and matured, I catch myself enjoying these stories and seeing them as the complete truth that they are. I truly believe now is the perfect time for me to read through this incredibly important book, so I have found a fantastic way to merge Bible time with better health habits.
Last week, I really wanted to go for a walk, which helps me on so many levels — moods, weight, food choices… I also needed to read Hebrews, which my preacher is currently teaching from. This led me to one of my favorite iPhone apps from YouVersion. It is the complete Bible in every version imaginable with this wonderful voice reading it to me.
I went downstairs and hopped on my treadmill while listening to 10 full chapters of Hebrews. My friend, this is multitasking at its absolute finest. This week I’m starting at the beginning of Genesis and finally making my way through the entire Bible as I walk my way to better health.
My other prayer for this upcoming month is to follow all 3 steps at once — acceptance, real food, and God.
I’m immensely blessed by having you on this journey with me. Thank you for being here!
If you have time today, I would love for you to check out the rest of the Turning to Food series: