Thanks for coming back to the study to talk about Chapters 2 and 3 of Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. How is it going? I hope you are enjoying and being challenged by the reading. Don’t worry if you haven’t put much into practice yet. She talks about getting a plan in Chapter 3, but don’t feel like you must rush off and find a specific plan this exact moment. I read through the whole book before figuring out a plan for myself. Much of the “work” in this book is internal, and it can take time to even recognize the areas we need to work on. You might also find yourself questioning every piece of food you put in your mouth, and that can be a little exhausting. Don’t take this to an extreme, either, of avoiding food. Listen to your body. Eat when you are hungry and nourish your body.
Chapter 2 was pretty short and to the point. I definitely relate to her story on page 27 of determining to make good choices until a bad choice is available and too tempting to resist. (And the pony tail holder thing was pretty funny, too.) I also relate to the woman who told her that maybe she was taking this eating thing a bit too far (page 29). It’s easy to think Lysa is using God as an excuse for her diet. Interestingly, I just finished a different book written by an author who never once mentioned God. That author is a doctor and sited numerous scientific studies in her book. Guess what she said? Women tend to have a lot of issues with food. I’m convinced our overall health is determined by physical, emotional and spiritual issues. Neglecting one area will eventually lead to trouble in another area.
I certainly turn to food — or in my case soda — when I am feeling stressed. If my kids are going crazy or I have a lot on my plate (no pun intended), I start feeling this urge to pop open a Mt. Dew. How much healthier would I be if I instead turned to God and prayed for some peace or strength to make it through the afternoon? And how much better would I be able to handle the issue that’s causing me stress if I wasn’t relying on a sugar-filled junk food that will just cause me to crash (and probably crave more sugar) in a few hours? It’s one of those things I “know” in my head, but when stress kicks in, my response is to turn to my bad habit. Habits are hard to change, but the first step is recognizing what they are.
How about you? Do you crave food more than God at times? What things trigger cravings in your life? If you are like me, you’ll start really seeing them as you continue reading this book.
Chapter 3 was also a quick read. I don’t relate at all (cough, cough) to her story of quickly eating a forbidden food right before starting a healthy eating plan. Ha! How true is that story?! Oh dear. We humans are funny, aren’t we? Like I said in the first paragraph, getting a plan is important, but don’t feel like you need to have one by the end of today. I’m the one always preaching small change, and jumping into a restrictive eating plan might just set you up for failure. Take your time.
When I went through this the first time, my eating “plan” was to simply cut out most sugar. It was the first small step — a very hard step, I might add — that I made towards healthier eating.
Have you been thinking about an eating plan you’d like to adopt? Do you want to do something big like Lysa’s plan? Or will you take a smaller step first?
For next week: Read Chapters 4 & 5.
I enjoyed leaving you with a song last week, so I’m going to again this week. I’m not sure I’ll find one each week, but this one seems hugely fitting for dealing with our cravings.
“Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way.
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You.
Jesus, you’re my hope and stay.” — Lord I Need You, Matt Maher