One of my major problems for both healthy living and a healthy budget is the amount of fast food I was eating. Part of that was fueled by the stress and busyness of tax season, and part of that is just my weakness for junk food and ice cream.
So, once tax season was over, I made the plan of not eating out unless:
1.) I’m with a friend.
2.) My schedule requires it (usually just on Wednesdays).
It’s not been easy. And I’ve not been perfect, either. If I was graded, I’d probably have just barely squeaked out a C that first week.
But I’m doing much better than I would have been if I hadn’t even tried.
As hard as it is to admit, food is an idol in my life. I really wish it was something that you could quit cold turkey. Progress would be easily measured then. Instead, I’ve been having to work on ways to not let my desire for food rule me.
One thing our pastor said Sunday in his sermon on lust and purity was this: Say “Sex is not my religion. Jesus is my religion,” when temptation comes.
I’ve adapted that for my struggle and now when the temptation hits, I’m telling myself, “Food is not my god. Jesus is my God.”
I might have to say this a dozen times a day, but it’s a great reminder to put food in it’s proper place in my life. It’s a great blessing, but it is not my ultimate comfort.
I’m like a child…I can’t make myself eat something I don’t want to eat. If I try, I seriously gag. So, the key for me is to keep it something that I want to eat, but that is also cheap, easy and healthy. Monday, I’ll post recipes that I currently have in my arsenal that I know make great leftovers and are tasty and decently healthy.
Photo by Tammy Green