What do the holidays mean to you? Fond memories of childhood events with family and friends? Thanking God for your blessings? Having fun at parties? For a food addict, the holidays can mean something much different. It is Failure And Temptation and you know what that spells? FAT. I know because I was once there. By God’s grace and mercy, though, I am there no longer.
In the past, Halloween meant one thing—candy. Well, candy, caramel apples, and a few popcorn balls thrown in. I live way out in the country beyond the realm of trick or treaters and have no family in the immediate area, so the need to buy bags and bags of my favorite candies was not a necessity.
Still, I would buy bags and bags of cheap candy for the kids at church. They’d get some and I’d share a portion of the good stuff, the things I liked, with my husband, eat a lot and stash the rest to be eaten on a continuous basis until it was all gone.
I was thankful for many things during this holiday, but mostly I was thankful for pumpkin pie, caramel meringue pie and big portions of my mother’s cornbread dressing
We would eat our fill of all the heavy carbohydrate-laden foods, rest and nap a while, then start in on the desert tables, looking forward to luscious leftovers consumed that evening.
As an adult, I wasn’t just eating the luscious foods because of their taste. There were also many emotional attachments associated with them.
I am the only one left in my immediate original family and my children live far off. The sadness of not having the big family get-togethers began to weigh heavy. The way I alleviated the sadness was to eat all my favorite memory-inducing foods.
Tis the season to be jolly and what better way than celebrating with lots of chocolate candy, candy canes, ribbon cane candy from our past, and of course my mother’s fruit cake cookies.
Very few people liked her fruit cake cookies, but I loved them. Great thing about no one else liking the cookies is I baked a lot and had them to eat all by myself.
Of course, there were office parties, church parties and family parties to contend with. Trying to eat healthy during this season just seemed hopeless to me.
Losing Instead of Gaining
The last two years, though, have been very different from all the others. I just finished my second successful Thanksgiving and am headed into the Christmas season full of the right kind of hope.
With the help of God’s grace, my weight-loss coach, Teresa Shields Parker, and a fantastic group of women in Sweet Change Weight Loss Group, I made it through the holiday season last year sugar and gluten free. I don’t remember how much, but know I lost during the holiday months, rather than gaining my usual 10 plus pounds.
How Did I Do It?
I have found some things very helpful in this process which will sustain me to the end of the year, and hopefully help others like me who have been robbed of the real joy of the season by replacing it with the counterfeit of craving taste buds.
Here are a few of the changes I have implemented:
- I changed my mindset. I now see all the Halloween candy as poison to children and to myself. It truly goes along with all the negative representations of death we see in many of the costumes.
- Genuine Thanksgiving in my heart for God and all His many blessings is so important. He is worth so much more than a few moments of pleasure on the tongue that brings regret later.
- Real loving memories do not have to be attached to a certain food. Cooking and eating my mother’s cornbread dressing does not bring her back. Instead, I can focus on the positive things she taught me, like being a caring hostess.
- I stay accountable to God, to myself and to others. This year I invited a friend who is walking the journey with me to our Thanksgiving meal. She was with us last year, too. It is amazing how much the enjoyment shared increases the joy of eating on God’s plan.
- I plan ahead for holiday parties. I take healthy foods I can eat to share with others. The healthy choices are many and just maybe it will inspire others like me. I have to lead by example.
- With childlike expectation, I truly look forward to the Christmas season. Not for the food, but for the beauty of celebrating the birthday of my Best Friend, Jesus. He is not only the reason for this season, but the reason for every single day of my life.
The Way Out
God broke my chains when I submitted my food cravings to Him. I finally realized, He really is for me, not against me, in my quest to be a healthy solider in His army. So I began to act out the truth that He is for me. So many times I thought He wasn’t.
All the old temptations will still be there now and forever, but my God is faithful. He will always provide a way of escape from those temptations, if I choose to accept His way out. His way out is so much better than staying bound in chains of my own making
“No temptation, regardless of its source,has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience, nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance, but God is faithful to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability to resist, but along with the temptation He has in the past and is now and will always provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy.”1
I’m claiming this holiday season will no longer be categorized as FAT!
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Rhonda Burrows lives in Palestine, TX, in a log cabin in the woods with her husband, six Shetland Sheepdogs and five cats. They have six children and seven grandchildren. Her Facebook page is Ark of Grace. For other posts by Rhonda, go here.
1 Corinthians 10:13 AMP