Warning: This post is relating to eating issues and does include some numbers. I’m not a health professional, but I just wanted to share my thoughts on this subject and hope it will serve to encourage.
This may be a sensitive subject, but I feel like I should cover it, because it’s something that has been a huge struggle for me, since riding the road to recovery.
My weight went through huge UPS and DOWNS through recovery. When I really saw this idol and knew that it was time to crush it, I radically changed the way I ate. I started packing in the food, literally. I’m sure I ate probably 3,000-4,000 calories each day, and I’m not a tall girl. I’m about 5′ 2″, but I knew my body needed fuel.
Why did I know this? It was because I was starving all the time. I was never a girl who had the endless metabolism that could just eat and eat and eat and never gain weight. I did eat intuitively though, and so I was never overweight or underweight.
Yet, when my body knew that I was now feeding it, it didn’t stop wanting more. I would eat and eat, and I would still be hungry.
The hardest thing for me was when my appetite regulated. I didn’t know how much to eat, and I had forgotten what it was like to eat intuitively, because for so long I had counted calories in order to ‘regulate’ my eating.
Each person has a happy weight. Your body regulates to that when you’re eating and exercising normally. Don’t compare your happy weight to another person’s weight. God made you an individual, and He made you to be the happy weight that you are at right now.
The biggest things that helped me to maintain the weight I’m at now were:
1. Stay off the scale. The scale records your ups and downs, but it also aids in creating emotional UPS and DOWNS, and it doesn’t define who you are.
2. Don’t worry. The more you worry, the more emotional eating may become, and you may eat more than your body intuitively needs or less. Phillipians 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication, make your request be made known unto God.”
3. Enjoy every bite of food. Thank the Lord for each bite, and the food will taste so good. Psalm 107:1 says, “O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”
4. Get new clothes. The clothes that fit you during your struggles with eating won’t fit any more, but you’re a new person. You aren’t defined by your eating idols anymore. Get new clothes. Bag the other ones up and start afresh. 🙂
If you’ve struggled with eating what are some of the things that really helped you to put the past behind and start over?
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