But, I digress. I promised you this wouldn’t be about the right “diet.” Don’t get me wrong. They work. But, do they change us? Do they change our perspective and help us in the long run? Do they help us see food and its purpose differently? We want a healthy attitude as well as a healthy body.
Let’s review our definition for food: fuel for our bodies (God’s temple). Click here for post on defining food.
Now let’s go back to listing lies we believe.This list is not new to our generation or gender or race. These lies have been around as long as Satan has been around whispering in ears. Keep in mind that some of these lies could apply to any eating issue as well as other issues in our lives (addictions, bad habits . . .).
First, we will identify the lies. Then, we will look at how these lies affect us and if they contribute to sinful behavior. Then, we will replace the lies with truth.
- Since I have been successful, I can have a special treat.
- It’s good for me, so I can eat as much as I want.
- If I don’t eat this, it will go bad.
- My eating habits have nothing to do with God.
- I’ll miss out on something good.
- Just one won’t hurt.
- It’s a time of celebration/special occasion./It’s a party./I’m on vacation.
- It’s too hard/too time-consuming/too expensive to eat properly.
- I’m starting my diet tomorrow.
- Eating this will relieve my stress.
- This food will make me happy/give me comfort.
- It tastes too good to waste.
- There are people starving in Ethiopia.
- It’s hard to restrain from eating what I really like.
- This food will fill that “hole” that needs filled.
- I need to eat this.
- I’ll feel better after I’ve eaten this.
- It’s not that bad for me.
- If I turn it over to God, I’ll never enjoy food again/I’ll never be able to eat this again.
- I’ve got it under control.
- I’m in PMS.
- I’ll eat better if I get sick.
- I deserve it.
- I will hurt the hosts'/hostess’ feelings if I don’t eat what he/she is serving.
- I’m depressed.
- It’s on sale.
- If I eat it all now, it won’t be there to tempt me.
- I’ll exercise it off.
- If I don’t eat it, someone else will first.
- Who cares what I eat?
- Someone else is paying.
- I need to get my money’s worth (at a buffet).
- I’ve already ruined my diet today.
- I was born in the wrong time period (a fuller body was in during the Renaissance Era)
Have you ever said any of these to yourself? If so, you are not alone. And if you are wondering what is wrong with saying these to yourself read this post.
I would love to hear any thoughts related to this list of lies as well as anything else you tell yourself related to eating improperly.
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