How the Bible Helped Me Overcome My Food Addiction

Ever since I can remember, food was a big deal to me.

When I was sad, I ate to feel better.
When I was happy, I ate to celebrate.
When I was bored, I ate for something to do.
When I was stressed, I ate to distract myself.

All this eating led to excess weight and obesity, which made me feel ashamed and embarrassed, and when I felt those things… well, I ate to comfort myself.

I was in a deadly cycle and didn’t see a way out. I began to entertain thoughts of suicide, because to me, that was the easiest way to escape the person I had become. I hated myself and carried so much shame in my inability to control myself with food.

Over the course of several years, I began a journey of healing. Healing my mind, spirit, and finally my body. But it started in my mind. As Romans 12:2 tells us, I knew I had to find freedom in my mind if my body ever wanted to follow. So I began to spend daily time in God’s Word renewing my mind and learning about my true identity.

During my time in God’s Word, His presence changed my spirit as I got to know Him on a deeper level. I took to heart 1 Corinthians 6:19–20:

Choosing the right foods and exercising daily started to be something I did out of love for Him instead of out of obligation. The more I got to know Him, the more I wanted to honor and obey Him by taking care of what He had given me.

I lost a considerable amount of weight over the course of a couple of years, but I still struggled with binge eating. I would diet for long stretches of time, and then in weak moments give in to my old nature and eat until I felt numb. I was living life in the extremes, a self-professed “all or nothing” person, but God showed me this was not honoring Him.

I realized the devil was in the extremes and God is in the long-suffering, inside-out transformation. He didn’t want me bouncing back and forth like a ping-pong ball but wanted me to learn slow, gradual, and life-lasting reliance on His strength to help me in this area of weakness.

This will probably be something I will always battle. The most recent Scripture He led me to was Colossians 2:9: I’ve learned to see food, not as something to fill the empty places inside of me. Instead, I see it as fuel, to help me fulfill the great purpose He has prepared in advance for me to do.

Looking for more? Check out this 5-day devotional on food addiction.

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