1 Corinthians 10:23
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. ESV
Lysa talks in Chapter 15 of Made to Crave about the 7 boundaries she came up with to keep her on track and then asks us to determine if these boundaries are freedom or a restriction.
I realize that we all have different ideas about what we should and should not eat. My lifestyle change looks different. For me, as these are written by Lysa, they are restrictive. So I’m amending her plan.
20 years ago this summer, I participated in the Weigh Down Workshop. While I cannot advocate that program now, and there are many reasons, I did glean some great wisdom from much of the original program.
These are the things I’ve concluded, some from WDW and others from different places over the years.
Eat when my body is hungry (this is where my battle the last few years has been)
Stop when I’m satisfied, not when I’m stuffed. (I want to use a scale from 1-10. 1 is empty 10 is stuffed. I should begin eating when I’m about a 2 or 3 and stop at a 6 or 7. )
Use smaller utensils and smaller plates.
Eat what my body craves, just eat smaller portions.
Drink when I am thirsty.
Go to God when I want to eat but am not hungry.
God made all food good. this means I eat food that resembles the way God intended it, minimally processed, pesticide free, real food.
This however, does not mean I won’t eat “junk” food. I LOVE potato chips, ice cream, and a Butterfinger bar just as much as anyone. I’m just going to cut down my intake. Instead of 1/2 a bag of chips, I’m going to have a handful. Instead of several scoops of ice cream, I’m going to have 2. And I’ll take a mini candy bar please 🙂
To me, these things take as much willpower as deciding to eat baked fish and broccoli, maybe more so. I like fish. I like broccoli. Sometimes that’s exactly what my body wants. But sometimes it wants the chips and salsa. Sometimes my body craves those wasabi hot roasted seaweed snacks from Trader Joes. However, my body, NEVER craves a McDonald’s hamburger, maybe a Sausage Egg McMuffin, but their hamburgers do NOT appeal to me at all anymore.
So my 7 Healthy Boundaries (amended from Made to Crave)
1. God has given me power over my food choices, I hold the power, not the food. (yes, this one is Lysa’s and it’s good for everyone!)
2. I was made to glorify God in my eating and in all of my life.
3. When I am tempted to eat mindlessly, I will ask myself if I am truly hungry.
4. When I am tempted to overeat, I will ask myself how I will feel after I eat to the point of stuffed and am uncomfortable.
5. If I am in a situation that tempts me to overeat, or eat mindlessly, I will remove myself from the situation, if possible, or I will pray/recite scripture in my mind as I’m eating or when I consider returning for more food.
6. Struggling with weight isn’t God’s curse for me; It’s one of God’s ways to get my attention and draw me closer to Him.
7. I will listen to my body and let it be the boundary for what I eat and drink, and how much I eat and drink at any given time. (for further explanation, see the comment section)
There you have it. I hope it encourages someone else on this journey.