“What am I supposed to eat to lose weight?” you may wonder.
When I was a Compulsive Over-eater, I was SO confused about what to eat and what not to eat after going on many different diets. I had NO IDEA what I was supposed to eat or when or how much anymore. But now – I’m real tuned in and free!!
I love eating this way – tuning into what my body is telling me and following it’s direction. I now eat when I am hungry. Period. It doesn’t matter the time. And I eat what appeals most to me at that time. Neither do I follow lists of “good foods and bad foods,” but treat food as neutral, enjoying every bite!
God gave you all the information signals you need. Dare to begin to follow the signals by listening to your body again.
Here is a true story – one morning last week I had an intense craving for a Sausage Egg Breakfast Sandwich. Now, I don’t live near a Dunkin’ Donuts, and I usually cook my own, but this day I didn’t have the ingredients, but the craving was strong! REAL STRONG! So, I thought of my neighborhood market’s deli and just decided
“I am going to treat myself to a Sausage Egg Sandwich at Georgia Market, add a cup of Vermont’s own Green Mountain Coffee, and sit outside on their porch in a rocking chair. I feel like pampering myself!”
So I hopped in my Cabrio, promptly approached the woman at the Deli asking if she could possibly make me a breakfast sandwich even though they were now cooking the lunch menu, and waited while she graciously said, “Sure.”
As I was standing waiting, I noticed the potato chip man behind me stocking the shelves and then all the collapsed boxes he was stacking next to me. ”Ah!! Wow!! I need those!” I realized.
I happened to be needing boxes to help a friend pack who is moving out of state. I asked the friendly potato chip man if I could possibly have all those boxes and he said “Sure!” These collapsed boxes provided the immediate answer to a much needed prayer. I promptly filled my Cabrio full of boxes and thought – wow, this is a God Hug! I hadn’t even thought of asking for boxes but here they appeared anyway.
As I shared this story with the women helping pack up the apartment, we laughed about how listening to our bodies is so important! We may never realize what God has in store for us as we pay attention and follow the leading of even the cravings of our body. This might have been more about providing boxes for the packing than it was about my body needing sausage – but it’s a fun illustration anyway!!
I was triply blessed at our local Georgia Market with a delicious Sausage Egg Sandwich, a friendly deli woman willing to go out of her way to make me breakfast at lunchtime, and a friendly potato chip man giving me all his boxes!
Share with us your own story of tuning in and paying attention to your body. I’d love to hear… This ministry IS called Tune the Temple for a reason, you know!!
Please Ditch Dieting as an answer to weight struggles. Diets cause emotional problems and dependency on food as well as metabolic changes in your body. Diets are a temporary solution. Temporary solutions do not provide permanent weight loss, as you generally go back to eating in the way that got you into trouble in the first place.
Most people gain more weight over time when using dieting as the solution.
Making permanent, even small changes in your life will help bring about changes that last. Here are a few tips, some small steps that you can take to lose weight gradually and naturally. Choose 1 or 2 to get started.
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Here are some solid eating suggestions for weight loss that really work!
There are so many different ways to eat to lose weight. In my own journey, I discovered that eating in a temporary fashion to lose the pounds never kept them off. Diets are temporary strategies.
If you can’t live it, you won’t sustain it. And you will go back to eating in the way that got you in trouble in the first place. Temporary just doesn’t work.
If you eat large portions at any one time, you are creating havoc with your blood sugar/insulin balance. Large p
ortions require your body to pump out a lot of insulin, which is needed to transport the sugar to cells for energy. BUT … insulin is a FAT STORING hormone, so excess insulin production to handle all that food ADDS FAT to your body. You don’t want that!! YIKES!!
And If you wait and eat only 1-2 large meals per day, your body slows down and goes into starvation mode, then it pumps out tons of insulin to handle all the food. Oh my…
Eating heavy carbohydrate meals has the same effect – high insulin production. Always balance your carbs with protein and some vegeys/fruit to reduce the insulin demand.
And the worst news? The above insulin producing scenarios happening over years of time sets you up for potential insulin issues later in life, manifesting in insulin resistance, prediabetes and even possibly Diabetes Type 2. And then it is even HARDER to lose weight with all type of illness risks. On my!
Eating large portions is one of the worst things you can do if you want to keep your weight down and your health up.
The answer to how to eat for weight loss and management includes eating SMALL portions spaced out through your day. Eating actually boosts your metabolism, so eating more often revs things up inside your body. (Regular exercise really helps boost the metabolism too, so get moving!)
It is also important to eat your meal/snack when you are truly physically hungry. Why? Because while you wait for hunger, your body metabolizes fat!! Yay!
Wait for hunger, eat smaller portions, stoke up your metabolism and you will have a much better chance of losing weight.
And the best part – this is LIVEABLE! It is not temporary. You can do this day by day for the rest of your life!! Yay.
This is how I lost weight. My body doesn’t respond well to eating 3 larger meals per day. But breaking that food into smaller more frequent eating occasions works much better for my weight control. I eat smaller portions, so I am truly hungry more often, resulting in eating every 3-4 hours, usually 5 times a day.
I would love to help you bring about this liveable lifestyle of eating which fosters increased health and weight loss in your life! Contact me or consider taking the 9-Week Online Video Class where I walk you through all of this week by week, along with spiritual encouragement for discovering God’s Love and Grace in Weight Loss. Also check out all the free blog articles on my website for encouragement and inspiration in lots of topics related to weight loss.
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Tune the Temple is a Christian Weight Loss program designed to help you live like thin people who don’t struggle with eating or their weight.
I have been watching the show, Extreme Weight Loss, with Christ Powell for several weeks in a row. I really admire Chris’ compassion for and belief in his clients. I usually tear up a bit as I watch the show because of the emotional pain experienced by the weight loss candidates he has chosen to work with.
The incredible low self-worth by these clients is very real and very disturbing. Devastating events in their childhood combined with carrying excess weight from overeating to feed the pain often results in these people hating themselves and their bodies.
Self-hatred with no sense of worth is a common painful experience for those grossly overweight.
We are each created as a unique creation of God – a unique expression of His nature to the world, but events and fat can rob a person of realizing their worth entirely.
1. On a scale of 0-5, how worthy do you feel?
Many people “feed their pain” with excess food. It is their coping mechanism to deal with trauma.
The rejection of having been given up for adoption was a particular driving force of lack of worth for one woman. She turned to food to deal with the rejection pain. Wanting to meet her mother inspired her to lose weight.
Having lost her dad at a young age and being raised by a critical mom created a huge void in one woman’s life, resulting in emotionally eating a lot of food to fill the hole of lack of love.
2. Can you identify the source of your overeating? What purpose does your excessive eating provide? Are you feeding some inner emotional pain with food? (You may want to seek help to deal with letting go of this emotional pain).
Overeating is often not just an oversight; it most often serves a purpose.
Interestingly, in the nursing profession, those who know and understand the importance of health, there are many overweight people. I think this may because they take care of everyone else with little left to care for themselves.
In order to become healthier, you MUST see that you are worth investing the time and energy into this. It takes work and daily choices to lose weight and become fit.
3. How can you make self-care a top priority in your own life?
In the Extreme Weight Loss show, the journey of weight loss and increased exercise while letting go of emotional and physical baggage is a journey of discovering the valuable person of worth. I love to watch the transformation as these worthless feeling, overweight clients work very hard over a year’s time to become confident, full of hope, and full of self-love people. Wow, it is absolutely amazing!
4. How would transformation of health feel to you?
You have a Creator who absolutely adores you. Choose today to grasp a hold of His love and choose to do what you need to do to become healthier. You are worth this as a wonderful unique creation, regardless of the devastating events of your past or the pounds of fat you are carrying.
Take up your mat and walk!
Consider signing up for our Online Video Class to lose weight, get moving with walking or exercises, and learn how much God loves you.
Please comment and share with us the answers to questions 1-4 above so that we can encourage you!
Tune the Temple is a ministry of weight loss that encourages people to let go of compulsive eating, embrace God’s love, and discover peace with self and food.