Thursday, November 14, 2013

Day 14-Chapter 13 - Overindulgence

Overindulgence. That's just a pretty word for gluttony. This is probably the most important chapter in the whole Made to Crave book. This truly convicts my heart and makes me want to be changed from the inside out regarding my issues with food.

The Bible has plenty to say about gluttony. Gluttony isn't just about food either. It's about overindulgence in any area. Right now we're just going to stay on the food subject though, and not delve into the other areas of gluttony that are so prevalent in our country. As Lysa says and I agree, eating in excess is sin. We all know that it compromises our health, zaps our energy to where we're unable to pursue God's call on our lives and it affects how we feel about ourselves.

Overindulgence is a vicious cycle. I have to confess, I'm struggling. The past couple of days have been packed with a tight schedule. I haven't gotten home before 9:00pm all week. I didn't plan ahead very well. I didn't get way off track, but I know I overindulged several times because I didn't have time to go home and eat dinner.

Tonight I thought I'd do much better and had a couple of very healthy snacks on hand. Everything went fine until I got home about 8:30, was very hungry and grabbed the bag of Simply Nature Vegetable chips I shouldn't have bought. They remind me too much of potato chips. Even though I've checked the ingredients, they're a much better choice, but not when you can't stop at one serving. I let myself get too hungry and before I knew it, nearly half the bag was gone. That was after I downed a handful of tortilla chips and humus. This was basically my "late" dinner.

Lysa's email for Day 14 talks about portion control along with Chapter 13. Like she said, I don't want to spend the next 40 years of my life (I'm already 54) trying to learn this lesson. Instead of grabbing instant food when I came through the door, I could have taken just ten extra minutes to prepare one of my new favorites (lettuce wraps), full of good stuff like humus, cucumber, red peppers, avocado, etc.

I'll close with this: Psalm 107:9 "For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things."

Striving to control my portions,