9 Ways to Overcome a Junk Food Addiction

9 Ways to Overcome a Junk Food Addiction

Do you struggle with a junk food addiction?

The Bible declares that our bodies are the very temples of the living God. Now, can you imagine the King of Kings and Lord of Lords dwelling in a trash heap?  Of course not!

When we fail to care for our bodies by constantly consuming low nutrient dense foods, aka junk food, that is essentially the place weve created for him to live in. Thankfully, we can clean our temples to make them pristine again. One simple way to achieve that is by removing  junk foods from our diets.

For anyone struggling with eating more healthfully, this article will walk you through 9 ways to rid your diet of  junk food for good.

 

1. Makeover Your Pantry

Gods word promises us that He will not allow temptation to overtake us, but will instead provide a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). 

Part of that escape plan includes putting barriers between us and the object of our temptation  in this case junk  food. When we remove unhealthy, unnatural foods and snacks from our environment we will not have to call  upon supernatural level strength and willpower to resist eating them.

2. Stay Hydrated

There is a reason the Creator of the Universe described himself as living water (John 4:14). 

Adequate water intake is essential for health. Oftentimes, we mistake thirst signals for hunger or other cravings.

Track your daily intake to avoid dehydration. If you struggle with drinking plain water, try one of these infused or green drink recipes on Pinterest. 

 

3. Move Your Body

The Apostle Paul urged us as believers to submit our bodies as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). God designed our bodies to move. In the same way that choosing healthier foods is an essential part of caring for our bodily temple, so is getting adequate exercise. 

Establishing a regular exercise routine may be a challenge for some. If you struggle with being sedentary, find an activity that you enjoy – walking, stretching, dancing, or even rebounding are all excellent forms of physical activity that don’t require herculean efforts. The important thing is to keep moving.

 

4. Take Responsibility 

Don’t make excuses for your current health status or situation (James 1:12-14).

Recognize that many of the health challenges we face are the direct result of years of feeding our bodies nutrient deficient foods.

The great news is that God has made our bodies to be amazingly resilient. When we give the body what it needs, it heals.

Set some goals, make a plan, and trust God to give you the strength to do what He has called you to do with respect to caring for your temple.

 

5. Know Your Triggers

Oftentimes we make poor choices without fully understanding the reasons behind those choices.

 Sometimes we don’t even understand why we do the things we do at all (Jeremiah 17:9).

 God knows us better than we know ourselves and He will reveal the truth to us if we ask him (Psalms 139:23-24).

Paying close attention to our patterns and coping mechanisms can provide tremendous insight to getting to the root causes of our behavior.

 

 

6. Model the Sabbath Principle

In spite of the reality of our hyper busy lifestyles, God never designed us to constantly burn the candle at  both ends. God modeled the principle of weekly rest when He first created the world (Genesis 2:2) as well as when He gave the law to Moses (Exodus 20:18). 

Though we are not under compulsion to practice a principle of regular rest, we will benefit tremendously when  we do. 

One of those benefits is not being so exhausted that were willing to eat whatever is available. 

 

7. Prioritize Relationships

You’ll need to invest in both vertical (with God) and horizontal (with people) relationships to be whole and healthy human beings. 

Jesus reiterated that the entirety of God’s instruction to His people could be summed up in L-O-V E.  Loving God and loving others. 

When you neglect building and sustaining healthy relationships with God and others, you starve your soul. Strained, unhealthy, or distressed relationships are common triggers for junk food based  coping.

On the other hand, having supportive relationships and accountability can go a long way in helping you to achieve your health goals. 

Share your plans and goals to eat healthier with your family, friends, and coworkers and enlist them to help you succeed. Sustaining a lifelong healthy lifestyle is much easier with a  supporting cast (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).

 

8. Meditate on God’s Word

Remember what happened to the Apostle Peter when he took his eyes off Jesus in the midst of a storm?  (Matthew 14:29-30). He sank!  

You might have heard a popular saying that “What we focus on, grows”. 

Problems tend to multiply exponentially when we give them all of our attention. 

That is why the call to meditate on God’s word constantly is so important. 

No problem is bigger than the God we serve. When storms arise, turn your attention to Almighty God for  guidance. This is exactly the strategy that Jesus used when he was tempted in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13). 

 

 9. Fight for Your Promised Land 

You’ve probably heard the saying that anything worth having is worth fighting for. Just because God has a purpose and plan for your life that doesn’t mean the path to reaching your destiny will be easy.

In fact, our enemy is keen to prevent you from achieving God’s goals for you, and certainly will put landmines on the road on which you’ll be traveling. Don’t allow the frequent consumption of junk food to be the strategy used against you to keep you from fulfilling your calling. 

Instead, be aware of the risks of poor diet and lifestyle habits on your health, guard against slip-ups, and get prepared by having a battle plan in place.

The lives of Joseph, Joshua, and David all demonstrate that the path to realizing God’s vision for your life will be filled with obstacles, challenges, and situations that require patience, discipline, obedience, and sacrifice: 

  • Joseph was betrayed by those closest to him, enslaved, falsely accused, and abandoned before God positioned him as Prime Minister of Egypt to save his family.
  • Joshua led one military campaign after another, waging war against Israel’s enemies to possess the land that God already promised belonged to his people.  
  • God anointed David as King over Israel through the prophet Samuel.  However, David’s rise to power was marked by betrayal, false accusations, and being hunted like an animal by his predecessor, King Saul.

In the end, they all fulfilled their calling because they persevered in the face of great opposition. In order for you to reach your goals, you will have to do the same.

 

Now, I’d love to hear from you! 

Are you struggling with ridding your diet of junk foods?

Have you tried any of these strategies to help you make better diet and lifestyle choices?

Share your thoughts below in the comments! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DALILA JONES STITZ

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DALILA JONES STITZ

Founder and CEO, Health Insurrection LLC

Dalila is a native Houstonian and currently lives in Switzerand with her husband and two kids. She received her health coach training through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Hallelujah Acres and teaches in-home bible studies and online courses.

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Stop Blaming God (or Your Genes) for Lifestyle Diseases

Stop Blaming God (or Your Genes) for Lifestyle Diseases

Have you or a loved one ever been diagnosed with a chronic illness, and the only way you can make sense of it is to think that it must be God’s will?

That your suffering must have been caused by God?

I’ve never been comfortable with this idea that God causes most of our sicknesses.  Things that we don’t understand we tend to explain away.

But just because God has allowed something to happen, does not mean that it is his will. Neither does it mean that He is the cause behind it. The answers to why we suffer from chronic illnesses are often much closer to home.  More times than not, we are simply experiencing the biblical principle of reaping and sowing…whether we understand that or not. We need to stop blaming God for circumstances that we ourselves have created.

 

Sin and Disease 

To be clear, there are many illnesses which are not caused by lifestyle choices. They could be congenital problems, or illnesses that develop with no known cause. Not every disease is the result of something we did or did not do (see John 9:3; Job 2:3-7)…but many are.  

The Bible draws a clear connection between sin and disease in the both the Old and New Testaments.

In Exodus 15:26 there is a direct correlation between obeying God’s commands and health (as well as disobedience and disease).

King David spoke of hidden sin that destroyed his health in Psalm 32:3-5.

In John 5:1-15, Jesus warns a paralytic man that he had healed to turn away from his sin or risk suffering a worse fate.

Similarly, in 1 Corinthians 11:27-30, Paul makes the case that many Christians had become sick or died because of sins against the body of Christ.

If we think of sin as violating God’s laws…including the natural laws God created which govern his creation and our bodies, it doesn’t take much imagination to see how sin could directly lead to physical illness.

 

Should We Blame God for…Cause and Effect?

A man chain smokes for 30 years, and then is diagnosed with lung cancer. Did God cause his suffering?

Of course not. We know now that smoking causes cancer. He developed that disease as a direct result of his actions. Was it God’s will that this man destroyed his lungs by his actions? I doubt it. But God did allow the natural consequences of his behavior to take effect.

A woman drinks to excess for most of her life and then is diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. Did God cause her suffering?  

No, He was not the cause. We know that too much alcohol leads to liver disease. The cause of her liver damage was the alcohol she consumed over her lifetime.  Was it God’s will that this woman destroyed her liver by her actions? No. She reaped what she sowed.

A teenager uses illicit, intravenous drugs and contracts HIV. The cause of his immune disorder was a needle contaminated with a deadly virus. Did God cause his suffering? No. Today, we know how these deadly viruses are transmitted. The young man became sick as a direct result of his poor decision.

Today, Americans are being diagnosed in record numbers with diseases that are a direct result of our lifestyles: the things we choose to eat and the way  we choose to live. They are collectively known as lifestyle or chronic diseases.

Our problem is that most of us are ignorant of the true causes of these diseases.  It’s not God who is to blame after all…it’s our own choices.

 

The True Causes of Chronic Illness

According to the CDC, “Chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, are among the most common, costly, and preventable (emphasis added) of all health problems in the United States.”1

If these diseases are preventable, that means there is something that we can do to reduce our chances of developing them. And if we can take actions that increase or decrease our chances of developing these diseases, then that means the cause (or cure) is in our own hands. 2

Well, if God isn’t to blame then you might have another suspect in mind. Maybe your genes are the culprit..

 

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The Role that Genes Play

Nice try. But not so fast.  Most chronic illnesses do not have genetic causes in the way that we think.3

Blaming our genes is just a scientific way of blaming God anyway. Because God made our genes.  If we have no control over our genes, and then get sick, we can still point to something besides our own choices as the cause.

Something completely outside of our control.

That’s a perfect model for ducking responsibility for our own health outcomes.

Most of us believe that genes are like destiny. That if you have a certain set of genes (like BRCA1 and BRCA2) that you’re guaranteed to develop breast cancer or ovarian cancer. But that’s not quite how it works.  (Studies show only 5-10% of breast cancers are due to genetic factors by the way).4

Genes do play a role in disease progression…but only if they are actually switched on.  

Guess what switches genes off and on?

Our environment.  

This relatively new field of study is called Epigenetics.

“Your genetics load the gun. Your lifestyle pulls the trigger” – Mehmet Oz

And what it shows us is that outside influences can affect gene expression – turning them off or on.

What are those outside influences?

Things we DO…

what we eat,

how well we sleep,

if we exercise,

how we handle stress,

the chemicals we’re exposed to…

by and large actions that we have enormous control over.

 

Taking Responsibility for Our Own Health Outcomes

The truth is, that most of what is physically ailing Christians today is the direct result of our own choices.

Though this may be a tough pill to swallow, there is really nothing but upside in accepting this reality.

If we can eat and live in a way that makes us more likely to develop a chronic illness, then we can also live in a way that makes us less likely to develop a chronic illness.

We can choose what to eat.

We can choose how much to move.

We can choose what type of products we use.

We can choose how we work, play, and rest.

We can choose how we handle our emotions.

In short, we can choose to live in alignment with God’s principles.  

But…we can also choose not to.

And if we do choose to live in opposition to God’s laws, then we will suffer the consequences of those choices eventually.  And when that happens, we should place the blame directly where it belongs.

On ourselves.

 

Resources

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/aag/prc.htm
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2862441/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4841510/
  4. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/risk-and-prevention/breast-cancer-risk-factors-you-cannot-change.html

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DALILA JONES STITZ

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DALILA JONES STITZ

Founder and CEO, Health Insurrection LLC

Dalila is a native Houstonian and currently lives in Switzerand with her husband and two kids. She received her health coach training through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Hallelujah Acres and teaches in-home bible studies and online courses.

Learn More.