We Are Great Liars
Lies lead to over-eating (and other bad habits). These aren’t lies other people tell us. They are lies we tell ourselves. We don’t need our arm twisted. We’re naturally experts.
This month, I have been hosting Facebook Live videos with the topic: Lies Lead To Over-Eating. In total, there will be 10 lies covered. Today, I’ll recap the first 10.
You can check them out on video here:
Lies Lead To Over-Eating: The First 5
The I’ve Stopped Caring Lie
- “Nothing Ever Works, So I May As Well Eat This” – Whether it’s body image or society’s pressures or it’s your way of controlling a barrier between you and life – looking at food this way may lead to over-eating or unhealthy eating habits. If you find yourself pulled by this lie, this verse may be helpful. Post it on your fridge, lunch bag, bag of chips, or TV 🙂
1st Samuel 16:7 “For God sees not as man sees. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”
The I’m Frustrated Lie
- “I’m stuck in a rut, feeling like I’m a hamster on a wheel, frustrated, and in a plateau.” – Frustration eating may come from setting the bar too high. Perhaps you started with unrealistic expectations or time limits. Or perhaps the frustration you are feeling is God trying to teach you a lesson. Regardless, when faced with frustration eating, you can use this verse to help you overcome:
Galatians 6:9 “Let’s not lose heart in doing good for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary”
The I’m Bored Lie
- “I’m bored, I should eat this.” Coping mechanisms develop over time. We create neurological pathways that are really tough to change. One friend shared that she created a habit of treating herself to gummy snacks every time she re-fueled her car. To break that habit, she set herself simple strategies such as chewing gum, drinking water, or listening to a meaningful song or podcast instead of going for the sweets. Knowledge is power. Often we are looking to fill only what that relationship with God can provide.
Philippians 4: 19 “God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Jesus Christ”
The Careless Lie
- “It’s not important to pay attention to what or how much I’m eating”. I call this careless eating. This is common when we sit in front of a movie and snack mindlessly. Also it happens when we’re in social settings.
Mark 14 : 38 “Keep watching and praying that you may come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak”
The Denial Lie
- “This won’t make a big difference in my health.” Sure, a treat occasionally is completely fine. The problem is when we convince ourselves that treats ALL THE TIME are OK. This is called denial eating. It also comes into play in hedonistic compensation – where we OVER estimate how many calories we utilize and UNDER estimate how many calories we consume.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Examine everything carefully. Hold fast that which is good”
Lies Lead To Over Eating: The Next 5
The Emotional Lie
- “This will make me feel better.” Emotional eating is a coping mechanism that fills a void and attempts to distract from whatever emotion we are facing.
Psalm 3:3 “You, Oh Lord, are a shield about me and the one who lifts my head”
The Entitlement Lie
- “I deserve this!” Perhaps you skipped a meal, so you now try to convince yourself that the 600 calorie chocolate caramel coffee smoothie won’t be a bad choice with your lunch. Or maybe you exercised, so you give yourself permission to order the large fries with your lunch. These all have input. Yes, treats are fine – when they are treats. It’s the frequency and portion size that becomes an issue.
Philippians 4: 11 “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am”
The Gone Too Far Lie
- “I already over ate or ate poorly, so what difference does it make now?” Just because you overstepped your boundaries doesn’t mean you can continue to do so without consequences. If you are on a path to better health, it’s never too late to pick yourself up from where you left off and begin again. No one cares how many times you “start over”. The important thing is to keep going!
James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial”
The Wasteful Lie
- “I don’t want this to go to waste!” When you spend time preparing good food, it’s really hard to watch it go to waste. Try serving your children smaller portions, and then give them seconds if they want more. Also, having a compost bin (or chickens!) can help, too. 🙂
Philippians 4: 19 “My God will supply your needs according to His riches in Jesus Christ”
The Temptation Lie
- “Everything looks and smells so good, I’ll just sample a piece of everything.” Look at a party or buffet as a menu that you were paying for individually. Would you purchase one of everything? Don’t wait until the smells and ambiance of a place causes too much temptation. Plan ahead and have a strategy before temptation eating sets in.
Romans 13: 14 “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts”
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