What do you think of when you think of cheat days? Does it bring excitement? Does it bring feelings of shame? Do you look forward to them (is you next one scheduled?!)?
On days like these, do you feel like you’re still in control of your desires? Or do you feel overtaken by craving? What thoughts follow the cheat?
Here’s the dietitian in me: What if you decided to have something sweet but had it in a smaller portion? I’d suggest, for example, instead of a large blizzard as a dessert snack, you get a small. You still get to enjoy that treat but in a smaller quantity. Eat is slowly, savor it, and be satisfied when it’s gone so you don’t go looking for something else sweet to snack on.
Here’s the friend in me: I wish we could talk about this over some coffee so we could see each other eye-to-eye. But I can’t, so I have to encourage you through this screen that Jesus died so shame wouldn’t show up any more. If you’re still letting shame into your daily food choices, can I ask you to consider that there is another way? Jesus came to give us life and give it abundantly! When we fill our days and weeks and months with shame over food, we’re not declaring that freedom.
Where do you let shame in when it comes to food? Are you tired of it? What has helped you throw it off and eat joyously?
I’m going to be teaching an Influence Network class in December on a topic similar to this. I’d love for you to join me as we talk through what this looks like and why it’s worth it.