Monday, January 3, 2011

Dealing with Weight Issues & Food Addictions

Yesterday, I started reading "Idol Eyes" by Mandisa. For anyone who doesn't know, Mandisa is an AMAZING Christian music artist. She has the most beautiful voice and even better than that she is a beautiful person inside and out. Like most people I was introduced to Madisa through the TV show American Idol. Although Mandisa didn't win, she was a very well known contestant for 3 reasons. #1 She was an outspoken Christian witness. #2 She rocked her vocals almost every week she performed. #3 After she left her audition, Simon made comments about her weight.

In reading her book, I am beginning to understand a little more about her world and her struggles with eating and being overweight. These are not things that are foreign concepts to me. I know exactly where she is coming from. Although I don't look it, I am just over 100lbs over my healthy weight range (although I really hate the whole BMI scale because it doesn't take into account build and muscle mass). Also, my husband, Jimmy, deals with major weight issues.

For the past 19 months, Jimmy and I have been making major life adjustments when it comes to eating and exercising. I have to admit that Jimmy is doing much better than I am. When it comes to food I find that I cave WAY too easily. Mandisa would say that we are both "addicted to food" and it's true. It's not that I eat when I am stressed. I eat when I am bored and when I socialize. Unfortunately those two things happen often which makes temptation great. The question is...

How do you overcome an addiction to food?

The only true solution is to trust God and work really hard to overcome it with His help. Does that make it easy? No way! To believe that just because you asked for God's help your struggles are automatically going to go away is naive. God equips us to "do all things through Christ who gives [us] strength." (Phil. 4:13)

Practical Tips for Overcoming a Food Addiction:
1. Eliminate Easy Access
If you are a snacker, throw away all your junk food. Get it out of the house, apartment, office, car, or other snacking locations. If you really must have something try replacing it with healthier foods.

2. Find a Support Network
You need people who support you and will pray for you as you try to make lifestyle habits that will help you overcome your food addictions and weight problems. If there isn't anyone to ask you the hard questions then what's to stop you from falling right back into your bad habits?

3. Make a Plan
If you fail to plan then you plan to fail. Create a food plan. Know what foods and how much of them are okay to eat. Plan to exercise. Plan to report in to your support network. Plan your benchmarks and goals. Plan to succeed.

4. Pray and Memorize Scripture
This really could be number one but I like to list this hear because by the time you do the other three steps you will have more specific prayer needs and you will know what kinds of weaknesses you need to memorize scripture to help you with.

Although it won't be easy, you can succeed. You might mess up but it you get up and get back on track then you can keep going. God wants you to succeed. He wants you to find freedom in Him. He will give you the tools. Just ask Him. That's a great place to start!


  1. Wishing you well on your journey towards your goal! I will have to go and look up more on Mandisa... we missed a lot of American tv when we lived in Russia.

    Joy & blessings,
    from one minister's wife to another!

  2. Alida,
    Thank you for your kind words. My husband and I have both been doing okay so far. We hope to do even better in 2011. I hope you do take time to listen to/look up Mandissa. She is amazing as a person as well as vocally. I will also be writing more as I progress through her book and I will write a book review once I am finished so you can always check back for more updates.

  3. I enjoyed your post. I don't watch much tv so the singer was new to me. We all have to work on balance in our lives!

  4. This is an awesome post! Becoming obsessed with anything above God (whether its food or something else) leads to trouble. You begin to think about what you'll eat and when. Then before you know it, your energy is thinkin about that and not God. Lysa Terkeurst book "Made to Crave" is suppose to be about this issue and I hear its great!:0)

  5. Jimmy and I often watch too much TV. But we do it together so we enjoy it a lot.

  6. Kelli,
    I have never heard of that book before. I will have to look into it. I have made a commitment to read at least one Christian non-fiction book each month this year and this could be another book for my list. Thanks for the suggestion.