Spiritual Breakthrough for Food Addiction

Spiritual Breakthrough for Food Addiction

Last night I watched the story of Paul Mason who at one point was dubbed “Britain’s fattest man.” My heart went out to him. He weighed well over 700 pounds and was housebound as well as bedridden. He lost his family home, family, friends, and his dignity but still couldn’t stop binging and eating junk foods. He looked at past pictures when he was at a regular weight and cried about how he should have reached out for help when stress, anxiety, and sadness were leading him down this path. But he didn’t until it was almost too late, cost him years of living his best life, and almost cost him his life completely. There by the grace of God go I and you.

Many of us know WHAT to eat, WHEN we should eat (Not constant snacking even if healthy and on our food plan/way of eating, but regular meals instead), and WHY we should eat (nourishment and hunger), but still struggle. You can be thin (it’s not all about weight) and still be addicted to some sort of “comfort” food, even if it’s potatoes or bananas. Yes, that’s healthier then the highly processed foods being advertised as comfort food but especially when we find that we still can’t reach our health, wellness, and/or weight loss goals or even if we do reach them and Still thinking of food too much and letting it become an idol, it’s time to humble ourselves, go to God in prayer, seek counseling for trauma and even daily anxieties, reach out to someone for support Before reaching for food for comfort (thanks to technology there are support groups online and messenger systems to find a few friends when needed to talk to), and stay the course or recommit when we need too. I love Dr. Rhona Epstein’s books, especially Food Triggers, because she addresses the spiritual aspects and breakthroughs from food addiction that can finally set us free. We are worth it. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. They deserve better. See Dr. Rhona’s book as well as this short video for a summary.



What are you willing to give up?

What are you willing to give up?

“Before you heal someone, ask him if he’s willing to give up the things that made him sick.”


What are you willing to give up to reclaim your health—not just lose weight, but Reclaim your Health? Does that question make your heart jump? Are you afraid to give up whatever processed food or food-like substances that hold you in their grip?

What if the question were reframed a new way? Are you willing to give up chronic pain? Are you willing to give up high blood pressure? Are you willing to give up pre-diabetes? Are you willing to to give up GERD/Acid Reflux? Are you willing to give up a family legacy of obesity, extreme pain and suffering from chronic, diet and lifestyle related illnesses? And are you willing to give up fear and take a leap of faith that this lifestyle will help to heal you? My husband and I gave up all of that, by God’s grace.

You have so much more to gain after giving up the causes of illness.


Normal Eater, Emotional Eater, or Food Addict? Which type are You?

Three Types of Eaters

Normal Eater, Emotional Eater, or Food Addict? Which are you?

See the article below, including the chart with similarities and differences. You cannot successfully tackle your weight and health issues until you are brutally honest with yourself and then know that you DO have the power to make a positive change with the right mindset, resources, and by God’s grace. Knowing this and understanding why some can just adopt a WFPB diet and be successful right away and long term and why others struggle and yo-yo UNTIL they understand and deal with emotional and addictive eating and abstain from trigger foods (sugar, oil, salt, alcohol if you’re still drinking, flours—even whole grain flours for many, etc.) is the key to success. Don’t let fear of “giving up” certain foods keep you from ACHIEVING health, wellness, and fitness.


Slow Jogging/Running

Slow jogging/running

Some people do it to built up stamina, reduce injury, to slowly build up speed, and improve form. I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a slow runner and I LOVE it. For me it allows me to be meditative, prayerful, and reflective while I move and burn fat without aggravating my old lower lumber herniated disk and hip injury. It’s at a walking pace. So YOU can run too!

Abstaining from Addictive Foods During Holidays



Holidays come and holidays go. Our choice remains the same: to abstain or to overeat.

Most holidays are associated with an overabundance of special food. Those who are not compulsive overeaters may be able to indulge for a day. We cannot. For us, one day’s indulgence is usually the start of a downward skid into loss of control and the despair which follows. What kind of a celebration is it if we end up back in the trap of compulsive overeating?

Every day we may celebrate our freedom by abstaining. When holidays come, we enjoy them more by abstaining than we ever did by indulging. We are free from guilt and remorse and the terrible panic that seizes us when we lose control. We are free to think about the deeper significance of the holiday. Whatever the celebration, it is more than a reason to eat and drink.

When abstinence remains the most important part of our life, no matter what day it is, then every day is a celebration and holidays are blessings instead o disasters.

Lord, may I celebrate this day and every day by abstaining.”

From Food For Thought: Daily Meditation for Overeaters

Food Addiction

Food Addiction??

“Almost everyone you know is a sugar addict.”

Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat To Live

The quote above is true in great part because most of us have been exposed to processed, heavily chemical-laden food-like substances from an early age. Do you know that many “food” companies hire chemists to find the right combination of chemicals to induce a euphoric taste and texture when their products hit our tongues? Do we really want to be so manipulated at the expense of our own health?

Certified food addiction specialist Dr. Rhona Epstein explains how in her book Food Triggers. If you have a food problem or are outright a food addict, don’t be ashamed. Take a stand against this manipulation of the food substance industry and vow to reclaim your health! Get Dr. Rhona’s book because food issues start in the brain and that has to be addressed ASAP. Don’t be afraid of giving up sugar. It will save your life and trust me fruits and fruit sweetened desserts are delicious (ask any of my dinner guests :)).

Also, get the books that will give you a healthy, non-addictive food plan (and recipes if you need them)—Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Dean Ornish (Undo It), Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Baxter Montgomery, Chef AJ, Cathy Fischer, and the list goes on with great whole food plant based (WFPB) experts. We don’t have to suffer needlessly from type two diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and all the lifestyle diseases plaguing our communities. Also, consider watching the “Eating” documentary by Mike Anderson (free on YouTube) and “Forks Over Knives” on Netflix.

“The Chemistry of Triggering

Does it sound outlandish that you could be addicted to food, something we’re made to need for survival? It shouldn’t. Food addicts and drug and alcohol addicts have so much in common: loss of control; cravings; denial of the extent of problems; preoccupation; the use of food or substances to cope with stress; secretiveness; negative effects in relationships; and social, psychological, and occupational consequences. Food addicts and drug and alcohol addicts share something else too—the same kind of brain chemistry: 1…..


Science is confirming that. Professor Bart Hoebel and his colleagues at Princeton University’s Neuroscience Institute found sugar does have long-lasting effects in the brain of a sugar addict just as alcohol has in the brain of an alcoholic and drugs in the brain of a drug addict.”

Food Triggers: End Your Cravings, Eat Well, Live Better

By Dr. Rhona Epstein, Psy.D,

Certified Food Addiction Specialist


Nalida’s Bean Stew

Nalida’s Bean Stew

I sort and clean (rinse) a bag or two (if making big pot) of pinto beans or other beans (black, pink, kidney, etc.). Cook in pressure cooker 30 minutes. Release pressure. Add more water if needed. Stir and cook for another 15 min. If no pressure cooker, it will take longer on the stove. While the beans are cooking, I add about 8 or so cups of water to a large pot on the stove. Salt free 6 ounces of tomato paste, 12 ounces diced tomatoes, cup of diced onions, 2 diced sweet potatoes, 1 pound bag of frozen veggies like broccoli and cauliflower, 1/2-1 pound chopped spinach or kale, 2 cups corn, seasonings (Mexican Fiesta, Sweet Paprika, Smoked Paprika, Benson’s Table Tasty, Onion Powder, garlic, parsley, other non-salt seasonings, spices, and herbs. If making the big pot on the stove, double everything. Let it all boil and cook, stirring often then simmer when veggies are soft. It will be thick. When beans are ready, I add them and stir well. Let simmer for another 20–30 minutes stirring frequently so it doesn’t stick. Makes about 20 cups of bean veggie stew.

It can all be done in pressure cooker (smaller amount), adding all ingredients after the first round of bean cooking. I just don’t like getting my rubber gasket so dirty with all the red sauce. 🙂

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