Daily Discipline – DONUT Give Into The Food Temptation

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Good morning!

It is a new week and a new day and I’m so glad you could join me as we continue our journey toward renewing our minds and improving our self-discipline. If you’re just joining me, you can read my article, “A New Self Discipline Journey” to learn more about why I am doing this, and how this may benefit you as well.

This week we are going to focus each day on healthy bodies, and more specifically, our diet (what we eat). Each day this week I will provide affirmations, scriptures, and daily challenges regarding this topic. Next week will be a new one!

With that said, let’s start our morning together!

BREATHING EXERCISE

Before we begin let us take some deep breaths to calm our mind and prepare us for this mornings discipline.

MUSIC FOR A NEW DAY

I personally like to have some soft music in the background, so if that’s something you like as well below you will find a song you can play for the duration of our time together.

PRAYER For Eating Healthy

Now that we’re calm, let us transition to a time of prayer. Over the next few minutes you can pray on your own or feel free to use the following prayer:

Dear Lord,

I thank You for blessing me with the power of self-control.

Please guide me as I strive to make healthy choices in my diet and eating habits.

Help me to have the strength and courage to resist temptation when it comes to unhealthy food, so that I may be better equipped to look after my physical health.

I ask that You provide me with wisdom and discernment as I seek to nourish my body with the right food at the right time and in the right way.

Give me the ability to break bad habits and create new ones, so that I can properly care for myself.

Show me what to do when it comes to dieting and nutrition, so that I may pursue a path of losing weight that honors Your perfect plan for my life.

I ask for your assistance in developing good eating habits, such as planning meals ahead of time and limiting processed foods in favor of natural ingredients from the earth.

Grant me focus on what matters most: not just achieving exercise goals but also leading a healthier lifestyle overall.

Most importantly, help me to remember that taking control of my physical health is part of glorifying You.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

Self Control to Eat Right Prayer | Daily Effective Prayer

AFFIRMATIONS for Eating Healthy

Here are a few affirmations for this morning that you can put in your pocket and carry with you throughout your day.

As you read through them, repeat each one out loud at least three times before moving to the next. Take your time. Close your eyes and say them to yourself as well. Let these words sink into your heart and mind this morning (affirmations from Nutrition by Kristin):

  1. I am grateful for the nourishment my food provides my body and mind.
  2. I view food as a source of nourishment and energy, not a source of punishment or rewar.
  3. I savor each bite and fully enjoy the flavors and textures of my food.
  4. I choose to nourish my body with a variety of nutrient-dense foods that make me feel my best.

SCRIPTURES For Eating Healthy

As Christians, our affirmations should be rooted in the strength and power of God who empowers us and strengthens us to face every trial and every day (both good and bad).

Here are some scriptures that further support the affirmations we just spoke to ourselves. Again, repeat each one three times out loud before moving to the next one. Take your time. Maybe try to commit these to memory as well:

  1. Genesis 1:29, “Then God said, Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.”
  2. 1 Timothy 4:4, “Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks.
  3. 3 John 1:2, “Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.
  4. 1 Corinthians 6:12, “You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.

TODAYS CHALLENGE

Our challenge today is this: make a list of the foods that tempt you the most, and their triggers.

Back when I had a lot less self-control when it came to food there was a bad habit I got into late at night. If I was unable to sleep I would often find myself driving to the store (like a Walmart) buying chocolate milk and a bag of those mini powdered sugar donuts. I would then go back home, hop in to bed, and finish the bag off in one sitting. I did this several times a week in fact. My wife would share with me, but she never ate them to the extent that I did.

When I began my health journey I really had to look at what foods tempted me the most, find out what triggered me to want them so badly, and work on not giving in to that temptation.

This may seem like an odd one, but seriously, pull out some paper and a pencil (or a Word or Google Doc if you prefer digital) and make a list of the foods that you find to be the most irresistible…you know, the foods you crave when you find yourself up late and unable to sleep. You know what I’m talking about!

Now, after you’ve made a list of these foods, write out beside each food item what you feel triggers you to want these items. Is it just a late night snack? Or boredom? Or the fact that you struggle to pass up free food in the breakroom at work? What is the trigger?

Now you have a working list of food temptations and their triggers. (NOTE: You may even find yourself adding to it overtime.)

At this point you probably think I’m going to tell you stop eating them. Guess what? I’m not!

The problem often times isn’t so much what we eat (though, this matters), but how much of it we eat (portions) and the guilt or shame we feel after gorging ourselves on our favorite foods.

It is all about balance.

Yes, there may be a time where you need to completely cut these foods out of your diet (for a time) to help you find balance. But once you’ve conquered the mental aspects of diet then you will find there’s nothing wrong with a cupcake or a cookie once in awhile. Or a scoop of ice cream. You will eat well every day and treat yourself once in a while to something outside your normal diet AND, you won’t feel guilty for it. Though, you may feel some guilt the first few times you treat yourself, but that, again, is all about the mind.

I’m doing this right now as I’m on the Ketovore diet. I’m restricting myself from certain foods for a desired impact on my weight and when I do opt to treat myself I eat a little bit instead of the whole thing like I used to do.

Like I said, it’s all about balance. By identifying our temptations and their triggers (when it comes to food) we can help ourselves find balance and learn to navigate these temptations just a little easier.

Quote of the Day

Today’s quote comes from author, speaker, athlete, and veteran Dr. Steve Maraboli, who said:

By choosing HEALTHY over SKINNY you are choosing SELF-LOVE over SELF-JUDGEMENT.

Dr. Steve Maraboli

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