Willing to FIGHT for Food Freedom

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by emotions or life circumstances? 

Most of us are more susceptible to eating off our food plans when we are hungry, emotional, busy or tired. And for some of us, that’s every day! 

We need a plan that helps us take our thoughts captive and battle those tempting food thoughts. We need to practice stepping outside of the overwhelm and taking our emotions to Jesus.

Today I want to share with you how I handle those crazy, stressful moments when I am face-to- face with big emotions or food temptations. This is my step-by-step way of taking thoughts captive and submitting them to God. 

We’ll use word FOCUS to guide us through.

  1. Find a quiet place

The first thing to do when you are feeling overwhelmed or agitated is to step away from the situation. Get away from the noise. Step away from the food. Change the scenery. Press pause on whatever is going on and take a few minutes to be alone.

  1. Orient yourself to the present

Often our stress comes because we let our minds run into the future or get tangled up in the past. Try orienting yourself into the present moment by using your five senses. 

Focus on what you can see around you. How many colors or shapes can you find? How many different textures can you feel? Now close your eyes. What do you hear? What can you smell? What can you taste? Try taking a drink of water or some other beverage. Focus on the temperature, taste, and smell as you drink.

Just take a minute to really be right here, right now. 

  1. Connect with your emotions

Turn your focus to your own body. Do you feel tension anywhere? Do you need to cry? Are you angry or anxious? Breathe deeply and lean into those emotions. Acknowledge them without judgement. Assess if there is anything you can do right now to make yourself more comfortable.

  1. Unburden your heart

Now that you have calmed your nervous system, take a minute to unburden your heart! Talk to God about whatever is going on for you right now. If necessary, repent. Pray for wisdom. Jesus delights in carrying our burdens. You are not an inconvenience. Getting to help you gives Him joy!

  1. Savor Christ

And finally, savor Christ. Drink in the deep love and acceptance that can only be found in Him. I encourage you to mediate on any scripture you know. Singing a worship song. Pray a prayer of gratitude and praise. Just let yourself be with Jesus.

Savoring the truth of His Word renews our hearts and our minds. If you take the time to submit your heart and thoughts to God in prayer, then scripture promises that the peace of God will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

You may need to stop and FOCUS again and again. This isn’t a one and done kind of thing!

Rather it’s a daily, hourly practice that will help all of us take our thoughts captive and walk in the freedom we have in Jesus.

Do you need more help learning to FOCUS? Simply reply to this email and let me know what challenges or questions you may have that I can address in future posts. I would love for us to grow in this practice together as we all learn to savor Christ more deeply.

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Willing to FIGHT for Food Freedom

This past July 4th, we were blessed to get together with lots of dear friends for fun, food, and fireworks! Every year on July 4th in the United States we take time to celebrate our freedom and independence, and every year I am reminded of the old saying, “Freedom isn’t free.” 

The political and religious freedom we enjoy was won for us by those willing to fight and lay down their lives for our country.

I heard a quote the other day from a woman who led the fight to make homeschooling legal in her state. She said, “We all know freedom isn’t free. We have to be willing to fight for our freedom, and we’d better keep fighting or we’ll lose it.”

If we want to be free, we have to be WILLING TO FIGHT.

I love the freedom and clarity that I get when I am on my food plan. 

Freedom from cravings. 

Freedom from the mental food chatter. 

Freedom from the bloating, fatigue, and excess weight that makes life miserable when I am eating addictively.

But that freedom comes at a price. Freedom is costly.

Food freedom costs me extra time in the kitchen. It costs me missed birthday cakes and leftover dessert thrown in the trash. It takes effort to go out of my way to find compliant food, to plan ahead, to say no to cravings. It’s cost me awkward moments with friends and family when I have to say, “no thank you,” when it would be easier to just give in.

It is a fight to stay abstinent, but IT’S ALL WORTH IT!

Every day I get up and gird myself for battle, but this is not a battle I fight alone. 

I put on the armor of God which is Christ in me, covering me with His love and strength.

In fact, Galatians 5:1 is my daily rallying cry: “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

I pray that God will help me to stand firm. I pray that I do not ever again submit to the slavery of addiction. 

I want to walk in the freedom God has promised me in Christ.

I can fight the daily battles because I know that God has already won the war.

So today I encourage you to stand firm. 

Put on the armor of God and go out into the world ready to do whatever it takes to stay within your boundaries. They are a good and precious gift! For freedom Christ has set you free, so enjoy it!!

What has food freedom cost you? What have you had to give up to stay within your food boundaries? Is the sacrifice worth it? Why or why not?