These are some things I've learned through years of experience dealing with this issue:
- It's my issue, and I'll deal with it in my own way.
- There are many ways to skin this cat -- and what works at one time, doesn't work at another time.
- Not all food eaten must be nutritious, or in its most nutritious form. That's why the 3rd quote is included, to remind me that food is for enjoyment as well as nutrition.
- The Lord knows what's best for me, thus the need to keep in tune with the Spirit when planning diets and exercise programs.
- I prefer to be private about this, but the Lord inspires me to be public so others may benefit from my successes and failures.
- There's no such thing as a "recovered" food addict -- we are always in a state of "recovering."
- All things in moderation is the guiding principle, but if certain foods induce binging they should be totally eliminated for a period of a few weeks, and then try again to see if you can control the amount consumed.
- Everyone has a calorie budget -- we can tweak it a bit through good diet and adequate exercise, but for the most part, we're stuck with it. Exceptions, of course, are thyroid or hormonal problems that cause disturbance in the metabolic rate. Most of us don't have thyroid or hormonal problems -- we just overeat, eat too much of the wrong kinds of food, and don't get enough physical activity.
- We should exercise to be fit -- not just so we can eat more food.
I'll write another post in a few days to catch everyone up on how I've been doing the last year or so. I hate to publicly admit it, but if it helps someone else, then it's worth it.