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I think that we can all admit that stress is something that we have in our lives. It’s hard being an adult, and making wise choices can be difficult. A lot of us have bad habits that can actually become more than habits they can become addictions that can ruin our lives and the lives of the people that we love. There are many that are talked about a lot, but emotional eating is not one that I hear about a lot, and according to http://niddk.nih.gov only 3.5 % of women struggle with this and 2% men. It is known as the “Binge Eating Disorder,” and more people who struggle with anxiety or depression are likely to have this problem, and people are scared to talk about this because they are ashamed of it. It needs to be addressed because it can lead to worst problems such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain kinds of cancer, and let’s be real it doesn’t bring happiness. Although eating processed food and binge eating may bring us relief for a moment it leads to sadness later on. I’m going to share my story, and also share a few things that you will notice if you struggle with this as well, and how to fight it.
Here is my story
I can remember as a child wanting to eat until I couldn’t eat anymore. I would get so full I didn’t want to do anything. My parents would limit the amount of food I ate because they knew it would lead me down a path that I would not like. The fact is that there are a lot of things that are good in life, but that can be taken out of context and used in a negative way and will in the end result in us hurting ourselves or others. All of these things take root out of a form of sex= is good, fun, and healthy in the context of marriage, money=good when it creates an easier and more generous lifestyle, drugs (pharmaceuticals can be used to heal people, natural plants can be used to heal people, having a glass of wine or a drink every now and then can be enjoyable, or food=can fuel us with energy and comfort. All of these things can be used in a positive way, but too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Sex abused= porn addiction, painful diseases, broken hearts or relationships, broken trust. Money addiction= debt, poverty, putting too much value in earthly things. Drug Abuse= violence, abuse mental or physical, death, loss of a job, home, relationship. Food Abuse= I mentioned some of those in the first paragraph above. Usually, the addiction starts small. Mine happened when I became a mom. I allowed the enemy to take away my feelings of hopefulness, and that’s when it kicked in. It started out with feelings of stress and anxiety taking over, and so I would think to myself maybe if I have one Oreo that might make me feel better, and it did at first, but then suddenly I lost my lack of discipline and one Oreo turned into almost a whole pack of Oreos. It’s disgusting I know. I’m not proud of my choices, but I’m glad I discovered the bad habits I created in order to redirect them. Slowly but surely every time I craved food that was bad for me I would cave, and just tell myself that it was a break from having to cook or a reward for being a good mom. But that was just a trick I had convinced my mind to think to continue in those bad habits. It got to the point where I would eat because I was bored and not because I was hungry. Until one day recently I looked in the mirror and didn’t like what I saw. The gut I had created was because of a lack of discipline and was causing my mood to decline, my metabolism slowed down and I felt unhappy with myself. It doesn’t help that social media doesn’t only glorify the skinny eating disorders, but there is also a thing called,”body positivity,” and don’t get me wrong I am not promoting starvation or fitting into a size zero, if you are naturally that small then good for you! What I am talking about is the glorification of living an unhealthy lifestyle. “Eat that double cheeseburger everyday girl, you rock!” Sure you can do that, but you won’t feel great after. Your anxiety will worsen, your energy will decrease and ultimately you will end up feeling miserable. How do I know? I know because I fell for the lies, and I am on a road to recovery myself. Let me know if you would like for me to give an update on this journey. I am going to leave some questions below to ask yourself if you feel like you may be struggling with this as well. Remember the goal is to be the healthiest individual that you can be. After all, our bodies should represent the body of Christ, so we need to be careful as to how we are living that out to the best of our abilities.
Questions Worth asking
This may be uncomfortable, but these are questions that I had to ask myself.
- Am I actually hungry right now, or am I feeling bored, sad, anxious, or depressed?
- What is the underlining symptom other than craving food that is bad for me?
- This isn’t an obvious thought, but how fast am I eating? Am I taking the time to be mindful of what I am eating, or am I just eating to eat?
- How do I feel after I eat what I am eating?
- Am I truly treating myself or am I hurting myself?
- What do I want my life to look like?
verses worth reading
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
1 Corinthians 10:31
I hope that my struggles can help someone overcome theirs, and again this is not to make anyone feel guilty. Guilt doesn’t help anything, and it actually prevents us from trying to do anything different with our lives. I just want to encourage anyone who feels like they are stuck. You are never stuck. If you feel like you need prayer please go to my about page, and email me. I would love to pray for you. Also if you enjoyed this post, please comment and share it, so that more people can find encouragement. Have a blessed day!