Samantha Taylor Fitness
The average American gains 7 to 10 lbs. during the holidays. Is that going to be you? If you say, “No way,” I encourage you to have a plan because many of the people that gained it didn’t think that was going to happen, but it did.
It’s important to have a plan and that plan is to enjoy the holidays but NOT gain weight, and it is possible. Thanksgiving and Christmas are about enjoying time with family and being thankful and celebrating our relationship with God. Sure, food is involved, but in order to not gain that dreaded 10 lbs. only to have to add it to our New Year’s goals to lose it, we need to go into it with a different mindset.
Enjoy yourself but make sure when you go into an event where there is food that you are focused and activating your God-given self-control. I used to feel like I had NO self-control, I actually felt like I didn’t receive that “fruit of the Spirit” the Bible talks about in Galatians 5:22 because I just didn’t have any. If I saw a food I wanted, I felt like I had to eat it, I could NOT stop myself.
The ironic thing is, the more you surrender and pray about it, the more you can activate more self-control and the stronger you get. Part of that self-control is giving it over to God too and asking for His help.
I used to be a major food addict, a compulsive eater and would eat emotionally, which led to lots of issues with food. But when I learned how to pray about it and seek help from the Bible, it really helped me and because of applying it 16 years ago, I overcame my eating issues. Now food is just food. I still love eating, but poor choices don’t control me anymore, and that is a big difference!
I had felt convicted that I was sinning by struggling with gluttony (overeating) and idolatry of food. I knew that I was not honoring my body as God’s temple ( 1 Corinthians 6:18) and that I was abusing the gift He gave me to be a manager over.
I found the more I prayed, got certain scriptures that really spoke to me in those tough times and I really thought about what I was doing before I ate it. I got stronger and I was able to see my self-control in effect.
It has to do with renewing the mind (Ephesians 4:23) and choosing to make better choices so that you are breathing life into your body instead of consistently eating things you regret after you are done eating it. Sure, it tastes good while you are eating it, but I am talking about after that has worn off, then what are you left with?
So, how about this season you try something different? Make a decision that you refuse to gain weight over these next two months although you will still enjoy yourself. The biggest things most struggle with during this time is the extra sugar, all the extra starchy carbs, and lack of exercise.
So if you will pay attention to these three areas and add prayer into the mix for strength and direction, you will find yourself activating your God-given self-control more than you ever have!
I am doing a free seminar on Nov. 15th at 7:30pm on “How to Enjoy the Holidays & NOT Gain Weight”. Feel free to join us by visiting www.SamanthaTaylorSeminars.com and I will give you some AMAZING Thanksgiving recipes including chocolate pecan pie, stuffing, and much more, but the healthy way!