Eating Disorders and Holidays

This is not one of my typical posts. However, I really feel lead to share and be real about what it is like for ladies with eating disorders (of any type) around the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays. I hope to give some hope to anyone who has an eating disorder. Perhaps this can help a family member or friend understand the loved one who has or has had an eating disorder.

In our culture every get together and celebration is food centered. There is an excitement and anticipation for the good food. Jokes are often made about overly full bellies. There is bragging about overeating. I assure you, when someone is suffering with an eating disorder (or in a recovery or management stages) this constant presence of food is not exciting, nor a laughing matter. Quite the opposite. It feels like a bombardment of food, and it is exhausting. The food at the party can cause a lady with an eating disorder to be worried, full of dread, fearful, anxious, or full of guilt and shame. Her thoughts may have been dwelling on it for days or weeks. Imagine that the mental fight with the food is a giant that is so huge nothing else can be her focus. Often times she may feel the immense mental battle to resist the food has been lost when she gives into or returns to the eating disorder behaviors. For an individual with anorexia the food can literally seem like a looming poisonous snake. Again, this is quite the opposite of the excitement and enjoyment most get to experience. The merriment of the holiday at hand is lost…on the food. This may seem dramatic to someone who has not walked in these shoes. But, if you are someone who has struggled with any type of food addiction or eating disorder, I am going to bet that you could relate on some level.

I was someone who spent many years battling with eating disorders and facing “the giant” at every holiday gathering. I can now share how I enjoy a peace, confidence and an overcoming power that I once lacked. I can tell you that instead of dread for a gathering with lots of food, I now have a peace that truly passes all my understanding. It begins with The reason for this season. Jesus!! When in the deepest pit of despair, controlled by the lies of my eating disorders, I found The Truth. In John 16:13 Jesus tells us that The Spirit of Truth will come, and He will guide you into all truth. God’s Word began to teach me that “the giant” wasn’t real and that the poisonous snake was deception. God’s Word began to reveal to me that I could have life instead of lies. God’s Word tells me I am a person whom God loves and created for a purpose. God’s Word began to reveal and overcome all the lies that had tangled my mind and lead to the eating disorders.

 John16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

This verse tells us that we are going to have struggles. Do I still struggle with “the food”. Well yes, sometimes I do. I also know that because I accepted Jesus as my Saviour, Jesus is the overcomer in my life. He gives me peace and restores me to joy.

1 John 5:45 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”

This verse reminds me that when I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, He was able to overcome all the lies and horrible struggles of my eating disorders. I know that when my mind starts to wrestle again, I can turn back to knowing who Jesus is and what Jesus has done. I can let the Spirit of Truth guide me. There is victory!!!

1 John 5:11-14 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”

These verses remind me that I have my confidence in Jesus Christ. When I begin to struggle with the food centered holidays, I can lift my prayers to Him. He is faithful to hear my cry and continue to be my everlasting life and the overcomer of my tribulations.

These verses also tell us that life is only found in believing in and accepting Jesus Christ. God has offered this gift of eternal life to all who will accept it. This is the truth about why Jesus came to earth as a baby on Christmas.

If you have not accepted this gift…You do not have life!! For more information about how you can accept Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and know you have eternal life, please contact us through Us-Ward.com or contact First Baptist Church of Eaton fbceaton.com

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