So, let's talk about how the last few days have gone. I'll go first. Wednesday I did pretty great except for those pesky Olive Garden mints in the bottom of my purse and the forkful of red velvet cake my youngest daughter busted me sneaking. Oops! I did eat lots of veggies and lean chicken though. Thursday was awesome. I stopped and bought yummy fruits on the way to work and ate my Progresso Light Soup (4sp) for lunch. Plus when I weighed myself I was down 5lbs from when I started. Woo Hoo! Unfortunately, the husband and I finished off the cake (so it wouldn't tempt us anymore) and I'm pretty sure that's against the #letmenoteatcake rules. Alas! Back in the saddle today. Leftover veggies for breakfast, fresh fruit for snack and Progresso Soup for lunch. It's gonna be an awesome day. On a side note, I've already put away 64oz of water and I've only had one cup of coffee. That's gotta be worth some bonus points, right?! Tomorrow I have plans to try a tasty Weight Watchers recipe for an Open Faced Egg Sandwich at breakfast. I'll share the recipe and some tips at the end of this post. In the meantime, let's get to the core of today's message.
In this world, as it relates to food (and most things) it feels as if we are constantly surrounded by those things we crave. For me, it's cake. For Eve it was a piece of fruit. (I wish!) And the more we eat these foods, the more we want them. Well, what if I told you that God made us to crave? The catch there is that we were designed to crave...Him. Not food (or sex or money or anything else).
In Psalm 84:1-2 David writes, "How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord! My soul longs (craves), yes faints (craves) for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God." Craving is defined as: to long for, want greatly, desire eagerly and beg for. Unfortunately, instead of craving God, we tend to take the 'Eve approach'. "If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him. For all that is in the world - the desires of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the pride of life - is not from the father but is from the world." 1 John 2:15-16 In Genesis, Eve 'saw that the food (cake, apple) was good and pleasing to the eye and desirable.' It was the object of her affection ~ the apple of her eye. Just as cake is the apple of my thigh. Oftentimes we don't think, we don't consult, we just eat. But don't despair! There is an answer. Jesus teaches us how to handle the the cravings (temptation).
Pull out your Bibles and read Matthew 4:1-11. Jesus used SCRIPTURE to refute temptation. Is anyone shocked by this? No? Me either. Duh! The sword of the spirit is the word of the Lord. Quote scripture in the midst of a craving attack! Here's a verse for you to start with. "Everything is permissible ~ but not everything is beneficial." I Corinthians 10:23
Lord, I ask now that you give us easy recall of the scriptures we have hidden in our hearts so that in the midst of an attack we can respond with confidence.
WWTip: It's up to you what you eat! But if you want the most bang for your buck, stick to foods that are higher in protein and low in sugar and saturated fat. And remember, most fruits and veggies are basically free food!
WWTip: As a rule of thumb regarding portions; 2/5 of your daily intake should occur at dinner, 1/5 at breakfast, 1/5 at lunch and 1/5 divided into two snacks throughout the day.
Recipe: Open Faced Egg Sandwich ~ 1 light english muffin divided, 1 scrambled egg divided, 2 slices of tomato & 1/4 cup part skim mozzarella cheese. Assemble and broil until cheese begins to brown. (7sp)
"START WHERE YOU ARE. USE WHAT YOU HAVE. DO WHAT YOU CAN." ~ Arthur Ashe
I'm Jennifer and I am so glad to meet you! I am a working mother of 4 children, surrogate mother of 2 children's boyfriends, a few children's best friends, a god-son, a prayer pal and a very special boy who smelled his way into my heart. Our home is open and all are welcome here.