Maintain Victory Over Holiday Food Temptations

Caution . . . culinary temptations attack the senses from everywhere this time of year. holiday-partyYou might be wondering, “Why bother? I’ll have fun and simply begin again in January.” But why go backwards? You’re already healthier, so don’t give in to stinkin’ thinkin’! Your goal during this time of celebration is to at least maintain . . . not gain!

Hebrews 10:35 – 36 says, “So do not lose the courage you had in the past, which has great reward. You must hold on, so you can do what God wants and receive what He has promised.”

Remember these basic truths when tempted at holiday parties:

1.  Health is more important than weight loss. A 180 lb person could be perfectly healthy while someone 110 lbs. might not.  Simply because someone is thin doesn’t make them healthy. Consuming nutrients do. However, this truth shouldn’t give you license to trash God’s Temple.

Whatever you consume, it’s your choice.  I don’t care if your mother-in-law would be offended if you don’t eat her fruit cake. It’s your choice whether you do or not!  There are ways to maintain weight control without hurting someone’s feelings. Kindly announce, “You know Mom, I’ve been so proud of myself for getting healthier. With your encouragement, I’ll reach my goal. Will you be my support partner with this?” Make sure you stress ‘health’, not weight, or she’ll certainly come back with, “Honey, you’re fine the way you are!” or something similar.

2. Any food is fine in moderation. There is no such thing as a good or bad food, it is simply food, which means energy for the body. Select the best choices among those available. That way you control your circumstances, not the other way around.

3. Move to burn calories!  Develop a variety of enjoyable exercises this month. Dance at home, ask a partner to jazzercise, racquetball, walk, jump rope or use a Wii program. Develop new muscle to burn those extra calories.

4. Identify your “why” before you give in to that tempting morsel. Most of the time people eat for reasons other than hunger. Are you really hungry or just tempted by your eyes?  Are you provoked by a feeling, just need something to do with your hands? Are you self-conscious, eating so you won’t have to speak? Recognize and strategize a way out, like go to another room or turn your back to the food table.

5. Identify your “trigger” foods and don’t bring those into the house. If you were a recovering alcoholic you wouldn’t socialize at a bar right? So avoid the pastry aisles at the supermarket and don’t buy that Bailey’s just in case your “friends” pop over for a drink.

6.Understand how thoughts patterns affect eating habits. It’s not an “all or nothing” proposition. You’re not a failure if you over-indulge, but you won’t feel great about yourself either. Visualize how victorious you’ll feel the next day if you avoid pigging out at that party or family function.

7. Create a Victory Jar.  Set up a calendar, documenting each accomplishment. Reward yourself each week with a nonfood reward for reaching goals. Write down rewards on a piece of paper or place a dollar bill into a clear jar. Every time you view those successes, buy something you want more than food.

Satan wants us to self-destruct and feel like a failure. But don’t give him a foothold! You’re Victorious when you allow God to control your actions. Shouldn’t you love the LORD more than food?

“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”  (Romans 8:37)

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13 thoughts on “Maintain Victory Over Holiday Food Temptations

  1. Instead of becoming trapped in a tug of war with the will, I use the Word of God to battle with the enticements to harm my body and grieve the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 10.3-5: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God: for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” There’s a lot in this verse; but it all boils down to embracing our knowledge of God in Christ, casting down any thing which exalts itself against that knowledge, and bringing every thought captive to the sheer pleasure of surrender to Christ… Sweeter than [add your idol] and fight the good fight…You won’t get any help from the culture…

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  2. thank you for your fresh take on being healthy during the holiday season. too many people resort to giving in and being ok with it. i am determined to stick to my goals and be proactive this year.

    i like how you oulled scripture into your post as well. as long as we stay faithful and close to God, he will provide us with the strength to stay committed!

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    • What a lovely compliment dimarino, thank you! I suppose it’s all about priorities isn’t it? God isn’t one to deny us pleasures, after all He created us with a sense of humor . . . (and chocolate, 🙂 .) But He also doesn’t want us to create an idol out of food or anything else (sports, television shows, people.) Love the Lord, thy God with all our heart, soul and mind and have no other gods before Him. That’s always been a challenge with every bounty that’s in the world.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and please come back because I love comments! Blessings back,

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    • Hi and Merry Christmas to you and your family too! With a curious puppy in the house this year unfortunately we didn’t put up our tree this year. Even though our home doesn’t feel as festive we decided this year we’d purchase gift items for less fortunate families and that’s so much more rewarding. I mean how many more sweaters and ties do I need ???? (Oh wait . . . that was for my hubby, oh well, he can sacrifice . . . 🙂 he won’t mind, 🙂 ) Blessings friend,

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  3. Your ideas are great, I really love the advice of dancing. Thankfully, I never get any abnormal cravings for food and I’m unable to ever eat too much, so, that doesn’t bother me at all, I would love to want to eat more here and there because when I start painting I skip all meals until the painting is done. Painting just takes one over so much that nothing else exists.

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    • Thank you so much Inese. I never knew how much we were alike, except with me it’s writing. I get caught up and can write for eight hours after I feel the “muse.”

      And regarding dancing, well exercise should be fun and what’s more fun than dancing? When you enjoy something as you indicated, it’s a pleasure and not a chore! Keep up the good work you wonderful artist you, 🙂 Blessings for a fabulous Christmas!

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