I talk to women every day who feel they have been struggling all of their life with food and the challenge of exercising. They have been able to overcome so many obstacles, but making consistent healthy choices seems to be the biggest internal struggle. Why is it still a battle for women in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. I believe from my own experience and coaching many Christian women, there are three things Christian women can do to overcome the battle of food and exercise.
1. Give Up Control and Give it to God.
Paul says in Romans 7:15,
“I do not understand what I do, for what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate, I do.”
We all have certain struggles we look to God for help and guidance. Yet, why do we feel we should be able to control what we eat and do with our body on our own? Is that an issue of pride or feeling that it is too petty to bring to Him? Honestly, for me, it was something I thought to petty and I could control and do on my own. My attitude changed when I stopped trying to do things of my own will and realized I should seek the Lord to honor Him in everything.
I Corinthians 10:31 says,
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it for the honor of God.”
If we are to honor Him in all that we do, even with what we eat, wouldn’t it seem natural that He would want to help us? Victory comes when we diligently seek Him and look to Him for help.
2. The Need for the Right Motives
You have probably heard me say it before. If jeans are the only reason we strive to eat “right” or exercise, we will live in constant turmoil. Yes, we girls want to feel confident in our jeans. But when we change our motives to be pure on the inside, the outside will naturally come. What do I mean? Since God’s word tell us to honor Him in all that we do, have you made a choice to think of food and exercise as a way to bring honor to Him? Our mindset and desires can change when our motive is to Honor God.
3. The Need to Be Perfect
Ladies, we will never be perfect. God does not expect perfection so why should we expect it of ourselves or be concerned with pleasing others? If thinking we will never eating ice cream or chips, failure is inevitable. Should that be a part of our regular diet? Of course not. There are foods that should be limited. However, we can learn to eat them responsibly (not as a glutton or by binging) on special occasions.
My heart is for women to overcome the internal struggle that has left so many feeling hopeless. I believe that by giving up our control, developing pure motives for a heart for God and finally giving up the need to be perfect, Christian women can overcome the battle of food and exercise.
If you are ready to learn how to make healthy choices a part of your life, I would love to help you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and request a free consultation. You can begin fresh and new today.