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Good morning!  It’s Wednesday!  We have successfully made it to the hump!  Have a wonderful day!

TFTD: Emotional Eating-It’s a Sin!

Today I want to take a moment to touch on emotional eating.  My definition of emotional eating is as follows:

  • Emotional eating is an unsuccessful, unsatisfying, self-sabotaging mechanism used to deal with emotional stress.
  • Emotional eating is a sin!
  • Emotional eating is a mini god!

I know you are reading this saying, “What in the world is this woman talking about!”  We’ll indulge me for a moment.  I’ve struggled with emotional eating since I was a teenager, but didn’t realize it or recognize it until a few years ago.  During a season of fasting and prayer, God revealed to me three bullet points mentioned above.

  1. Emotional eating is unsuccessful and unsatisfying– How many times have you allowed an emotion, like anger, frustration, sadness, anxiety, or even happiness to lead you to run to food?  You run to food in an attempt to manage or comfort the emotion that has presented itself.  We’ll I’ve been there, done that, wore the t-shirt and carried the handbag.  Food does not fill the void that is present when emotional stress presents itself.  It’s so unsatisfying because after you consume all of those cookies, sodas, fried foods, etc. you are left miserable and feeling worst than before.  And if you are on a journey to healthy living, like myself, then emotional eating is a self-sabotaging mechanism.  Every time you are doing well and stress rears its ugly head, you run to food and you are reversing your progress.  You are allowing an emotion to run your life and ruin your health. 
  2. Emotional eating is a sin!  The bible tells us not to make provisions for our flesh by gratifying its desires.  When you run to food in an effort to satisfy the emotional pain you are experiencing you are making provisions for your flesh.  STOP IT!!!  This is extremely damaging to your spiritual relationship with Christ.  Not to mention your health.

    Romans 13:14 (ESV)But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

  3. Emotional eating is a mini god!  This was a tough pill for me to swallow, but during my spiritual journey, God removed the scales from my eyes and showed me that I had another god before Him!  OMG!!! It couldn’t be.  But in reality when I ran to food to deal with my emotions, I was saying, “Food you are my god, help solve my problems.”  Don’t allow your stomach to become your god.  Don’t look to food to be your “savior”.  It’s time to say, “NO” to emotional eating!

    Exodus 20:3 (NIV)“You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

    Philippians 3:19 (NIV)Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.

    Emotional eating will no longer rule my life.  I turned it over to God in January 2011 and with His help I am not looking back.  I want to encourage you to seek God FIRST when addressing emotional eating.  Confess your sin and let Him lead you out of “food bondage”.

    1 Peter 5:7 says, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.  Don’t turn to food, turn to Jesus.  Trust me, He will deliver you from emotional eating.

    Have a blessed day!

    ~Signed: Former Emotional Eater, Delivered from the Oppression of Emotional Eating

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

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Comments on: "Emotional Eating-It’s a Sin!" (7)

  1. said:

    Wonderful. I feel like we are on the same journey. We need to connect soon. Have you ever heard of weigh down? What books or bible studies have you read on this topic. My journey out of food bondage is on now and I speak victory in the name of Jesus. I’ve come soo far and have a ways to go on this beautiful journey towards god and away from food. Love ya Mia smith

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. This is one of those things that you don’t really want to hear but need to hear! I’ve always been small, and it’s been so easy in the past to justify emotional eating because I figured it was fine because there wasn’t any external evidence of me doing it. But just like you said, because I would go to food instead of God, it was still sin! Ahhh! Again, one of those things I don’t like to hear, but it’s necessary for dying to self and spiritual growth. Thanks for sharing!

    • It’s tight, but it’s right and I love how God makes it plan for us. It’s so necessary for dying to self and I appreciate you sharing. It’s a common misconception that only “larger” people struggle with emotional eating, but it affects men, women, boys, girls, skinny, or plus size. With God we can shed the weight of emotional eating. Thank you for supporting the blog!

      ~God bless.

  3. Oh my goodness! God has been dealing with me, and chastising me, on this for awhile. Thank you Lord for Your awesome love! I was searching Google for an article like this and I am so glad I found it. Just to know that I am not the only one who struggles with this sin of gratifying my flesh is comforting. Everything you wrote in this article is the truth. Thank you so much! Your writing is not in vain. I needed to read this. God bless you.

  4. Judy Harrell said:

    Several months ago, I prayed that God would help me to hate my sin of emotional eating just as he hates it and today I am free from emotional eating. I am very satisfied with eating less, I am losing weight and getting healthier everyday but even more important I am getting closer to God. Thank you for writing on this!!

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