The Food Battle Begins

Often, we go into our day unprepared for the battle we will face with our decision regarding how we nourish our bodies.  Not recognizing it as a battle is dangerous and we will often find ourselves unprepared.  How often have you been out running errands longer than expected and you sense the stomach “gremlins” starting to scream at you?  Were you prepared for battle?  Did you have something healthy to eat with you?  Or did you then drive by the restaurant on the corner and succumb to a choice that was not the best?

Knowing vs. Doing

The truth is, we face multiple food battles and choices each day.  Of course, the knowledge of what to eat is helpful, but most of us do have a pretty good knowledge of what we should be eating.   The harder part is actually doing what we know we should do.  How can we bridge the gap between knowing and doing when it comes to food?

I believe God gives us plenty of instruction regarding this bridge in the bible.  Let’s look today at Ephesians 6 to see what Paul has to say.  Ephesians is a letter to the church in Ephesus about being prepared for the battles we will face.  When reading this passage, we must remember that Paul is not directly talking about the food battle, but these spiritual battles show up in many forms.  I am guessing that since you are reading this article, one of your battles you face is probably food.

Ephesians Chapter 6: 13-18a

13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.  14Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.  16In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.

Practical Steps

Many times when I am struggling with something, and they quote or tell me about a verse from the Bible, I think, “OK, great, but now what?”  Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of practical things in the Bible.  But since the Bible doesn’t talk a lot about the food battle, sometimes we aren’t sure where to go next.  It all starts in your mind.  Your actions and your choices are a direct result of your thought process.  How you “talk” to yourself about food makes the biggest difference.  Here are three ways to change your self-talk:

  1. Make sure you are telling yourself that you are in control of what you put in your mouth.  God gives us a spirit of self-control (2 Tim 1:7)
  2. Instead of making an excuse, figure out why you had a “slip-up” and make a plan for next time.  The people who are the most successful in achieving their health goals are NOT those who are perfect, but those who LEARN from their mistakes and continue making progress.
  3. Know that God is with you to help you in the midst of your struggle.  Use a verses to help you remember this and memorize it. Write it on a note card and use it often.

You can do this!  You can win this battle!  Let God’s word give you peace, comfort, and joy as you prepare for your battles!

Remember “It is better to be consistently good than occasionally perfect.”

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