Black Health Matters: One Time Can Hurt You

Conventional health and fitness wisdom tells us that we should not deny ourselves when we have cravings. According to the experts, we should satisfy the cravings by having a small portion of what our body currently desires. The problem is most of us tend to overindulge and end up worse off than we started. Experience teaches us that one time can actually hurt you.

Eyes behind broken mirror

Be honest with yourself.  Are you on the brink of falling off the proverbial wagon?  Is your mind stuck on apple pie a la mode like a CD on repeat? The desire is building and has been for days. You have been fighting the triggers hard, but you have almost convinced yourself that giving in to your cravings and going back to your harmful eating disorder is not such a bad idea. It is just this one time, then you will go back to your health and fitness plan and that will be the end of it.

What happened the last two, ten, or twenty-five times you let the sin of pride convince you to give in to your cravings or eating disorder? Did it all work out the way it was planned in your head? If not, then what really happened?  In the case of the glutton, for example, after the first bite, guilt sets in, followed by a sense of failure.  Again!  Then pride puts in overtime by logically concluding that you may as well get your other cravings out of the way, too, since you’ve blown your diet anyway.  Because you have a pattern of drowning your sorrows in a sea of unhealthy foods and beverages, you find yourself at a lunch buffet you haven’t been to in days, weeks, or even months.  Those suffering from eating disorders enter a similar cycle when they give in to their triggers.

How many times must you wander in the same circle, covering the same ground, getting the same results?  Giving in to your cravings or triggers on ONE occasion CAN and WILL HURT YOU!  It hurt every time you did it in the past, and it’s going to hurt you this time, too.  So don’t do it!  Choose a different path this time!  Give your cravings and triggers to the Lord and submit to His Will to honor Him with your body by eating and drinking for His glory (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 10:31). Then you’ll find yourself walking out of the Wilderness of Obesity and Eating Disorders and discovering the path that leads to the Promised Land of Healthy and Fit for Life!  I encourage you not to make a decision you will regret.       
Make this the time that you deny your sinful cravings and triggers to harm your body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit by abusing food or starving yourself.  Instead, choose TODAY to obey God’s command to be holy even in regard to your health and fitness by learning to eat and drink for His glory! PURCHASE YOUR COPY of the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition TODAY Purchase your copies of the Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook and the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition online today at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.com.  In the books, you will learn the biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God.  Read our weekly blog for motivation to stay healthy and fit through Christ.  Follow us daily on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for recipes, and diet and exercise tips.  Tune in to our syndicated radio show on the DFW Den Radio Station, the StudioW Buzz Radio Station, and Victory KVDW 100.9 FM, 95.3 FM, and 1530 AM in Little Rock, Arkansas for interviews and health and fitness trends.  Lastly, make your tax-deductible donation to Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org!

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