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Amy is ready to start a new diet. As she has done many times before, she gathers up the latest diet book, tagged with colorful post-it notes and heads to the grocery store. There is optimism in her step as she weaves her way up and down the aisles, examining labels and putting unfamiliar items into her cart. But, there is a lingering feeling- while it may not be tangible, she proceeds with trepidation- wishing, hoping, praying that this will be the time that her diet sticks.
Diet paraphernalia. Certainly, it’s not limited to guidebooks and food groups. There are coordinating, stackable containers, food scales, measuring cups and spoons. There are new workout wear and gear, new memberships and personal trainers.
If only our eating successes could be determined by our investments in time, energy, money, and hopeful thinking.
ACQUIRING THE RIGHT TOOLS
While having the necessary kitchen gear and right workout equipment is important, what often gets overlooked are the tools that help with the inner quest to “eat right”. Because if you struggle with overeating, you KNOW it’s about more than just food. We can try to “fix” the food all day but that is strictly a Band-aid over the heart of the matter.
Here I will share with you a comprehensive list of resources for your journey. Not every tool will speak to you or even be helpful. That’s ok. Go with your gut (Holy Spirit’s guidance) and just try something. The greatest success is found in not giving up.
Our guidebook, our plumb line, our final authority is the Bible. While any Bible will do, there are a few options out there that will help support your studies.
A good study Bible is a great tool to use in your daily reading and in-depth research. Sometimes you will come across a verse that doesn’t quite make sense or a passage that you’d like some additional information about and a study Bible will help you do just that.
The Life Application Study Bible by Tyndale Publishing is an excellent resource that you will use and love for many years to come. I personally enjoy reading the New Living Translation but you can find just about any version you like.
I also really enjoying using the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. You can use this concordance to learn more about the meanings of the original Hebrew and Greek used in the Old and New Testament. While Bible translators do their best to capture the intent of the author, it is fun to do a little translation yourself!
You may also like to use theFree 5-Day Bible StudyInvalid shortcode attributes that accompanies the blog post 15 Tips From the Bible to Overcome Overeating. Sign-up here to download the study right away.
Journaling is an excellent tool to use in your journey to overcome overeating. It’s good to read; it’s great to read and write. It’s good to ponder; it’s great to ponder and document those thoughts. Writing down your process will help to solidify your intentions and motivations, as well as give your racing mind a chance to slow down and actually absorb what you are thinking and learning.
You can pick up a fun journal at just about any major retailer. Even a spiral notebook will do. If you are looking for fancy, I have enjoyed using the Quieting Your Heart: 6 Month Bible Study Journal. Each page offers a space to share what you’ve read, what you are thankful for, what you have learned, and who you declare God is.
Our struggles have a two-fold purpose. One, they refine us to make us more like Christ. Two, they provide us with experiences that allow us to genuinely help and encourage others. These books come from women who have been there.
Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study by Barb Raveling will help you unravel the unhelpful thought patterns that keep you stuck in a cycle of overeating.
Love to Eat, Hate to Eat, Breaking the Bondage of Destructive Eating Habits, by Elyse Fitzpatrick is one of my all-time favorite books. Elyse targets the state of the heart when it comes to food, above all else.
Made to Crave, Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food, by Lysa Terkeurst
The Wellness Revelation: Lose What Weighs You Down So You Can Love God, Yourself, and Others by Alisa Keeton is about so much more than what we eat. This book will transform the way that you look at nutrition and exercise.
While it is wonderful to have access to virtually tons of free information online, the sum of reading and contradictory information available is enough to make your head spin! Here I will share with you several blogs posts that are worth their weight in gold.
Blog Posts from Grace Filled Plate:
- How to Root Your Weight Loss in Christ
- How to Give God Control Over Your Eating
- 15 Tips From the Bible to Overcome Overeating
- Use the Armor of God to Defeat Overeating
- 15 Ways to Glorify God in Your Eating
- Dieting Side Effects: What Nobody Told You & What to Do About It
Blog posts from around the web:
- How to Stop Overeating God’s Way
- Telling My Flesh No
- Here’s Why Willpower Will Never Be Enough
- How to Fight Unhealthy Snacking
- You Are Never Destined to Binge
Yes, there’s an app for that! Here are a few apps that I have found to be exceptionally helpful in my life and in the lives of those I recommend them to. I hope you’ve got some free space on your phone because these apps are worth every MB!
The I Deserve a Donut app walks you through the book, I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat) by Barb Raveling with instant help when you need it! Simply choose if you are traversing lies about how you think or feel and select your specific challenge. You will be met with questions and verses that will help you renew your mind, on the spot.
The Blue Letter Bible is an incredible free resource that includes numerous Bible study books in one. From dictionaries to concordances, you can easily dissect any verse with a few taps of your fingertips.
Headspace is a meditation app that has changed the way I think about meditation and how I approach disciplining my mind. You can read a detailed review here in Meditation: Taking Control of Your Thoughts.
The Taste for Truth Podcast hosted by Barb Raveling discusses all things faith-based food. Barb has been there and shares her insight and even coaching calls with her audience. You can listen to an interview with me on How to Overcome Black & White Thinking in Your Weight Loss Journey.
The Revelation Wellness Podcast is new to me but so far, I love everything that Alisa has to say. Alisa teaches you how to be strong and fit from the inside-out.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
So, whatever happened to our fictional character Amy? The lovely girl that represents so many of us likely found herself a statistic. She tried her new diet but, like all the others, the novelty wore off by the hand of unsustainability.
Regardless of how the last diet went for you or for Amy, what matters most is what you do next. Each attempt is a reminder that it’s not about the food. If fixing the food worked, we’d all be fixed. By using the resources you find here, you can begin to unpack the true driver and true needs behind your propensity to overeat.
And then, the very thing that feels to be your biggest weakness, will lead you into your greatest strength.
2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
I will continue to add to this list, as new resources that I think you will love come across my path!