I Need Help and I Want to Change

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Day One of the food fight. . . . Photo by Birgith Roosipuu on Unsplash

Food has always played a larger than life presence in my day-to-day existence. I was born a preemie and so was bottle fed every 2 hours. My parents and I kept up that schedule even after I no longer took a bottle. Food was used for every emotion and occasion in my home.

  • Sad about a missing cat. Have some cookies and milk.
  • School was great and it’s time to share the happenings. Grab a Ding Dong and a glass of juice.
  • Friends are coming over for dinner. Bake a carrot cake for dessert.
  • Saturday morning cartoons are on TV. Several bowls of Captain Crunch pair nicely with that event.

And even now, food is used to pacify emotions, celebrate festive occasions, and deal with stress.

All this disordered eating has hurt my health: diabetes, fatigue, crankiness, and a sense of failure that I cannot have normal or even controlled eating.

No more! I am changing my ways (again). But this time there will be a long-term difference. I don’t know what the answer will be because it isn’t the end of the month yet.

Things I will do this month in no particular order. . . . . .  

  • Admit I need help and START a new way of life.
  • Breathe. I got this, one day at a time. Right?
  • Check out support groups.
  • Don’t let gratitude out of my sight.
  • Decide on and maintain a morning and evening schedule that promotes life.
  • Keep a food diary.
  • Journal what I want my eating and other habits to look like.
  • Look at my life in general to see what habits I could incorporate that would help stomp out cravings.
  • Pray using Scripture.
  • Read relevant books.
  • Take care of my diabetes.

Looking at this list of things to do is making me anxious. BUT, I give myself permission to NOT do them all.

For today, I am admitting I need help. I want to change. And this time, I will fight for it until I reach that freedom I am looking for.

You are on Day #1 of the series: “No More Donuts for Breakfast: 28 Days to Overcoming Cravings.” The Table of Contents is here. #write28days

Your Turn . . . What would you add to the above list? . . . Can you relate to my struggle? . . . Will you join me in this endeavor?

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. KymPossible  |  . at .

    Good for you!! You can do this! I’ve struggled with less-than-healthy eating habits for years, so I know how challenging it is. Little changes to your habits add up to a big difference.

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  • You may want to read :

    The 40-Day Sugar Fast (I’m going through it for the second time) – Wendy Speake

    Food Triggers (next on my reading list) by Amber Lia

    Praying for you!


  • 3. Lisa Blair  |  . at .

    With God all things are possible! ~Matthew 19:26
    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~Philippians 4:13
    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope. ~Jeremiah 29:11

    Food tips:
    Clear everything out of the house you don’t want to eat (at least for the short-term) as this will help you through the first days which are the most challenging.

    Buy and put in your refrigerator and cabinets what you do want to eat (fruits, vegetables, various nuts, etc.)

    Cook several large meals that are good for you, then freeze several portions of each meal – this gives you some healthy options in the freezer for future eating & will keep you from eating/craving things when you’re hungry right now, but don’t want to cook for an hour before eating – you have something already prepared, ready, and healthy

    Pray. God does help us! God cares!

    Place positive words in the kitchen – scripture on refrigerator (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me), in the kitchen cabinets, etc. Let His Word encourage you while renew your mind in His Words.

    I hope this helps! 🙂


  • 4. Astrid  |  . at .

    I am so proud of you for embarking on this journey! I can also relate to many of the struggles you face. I am also a former preemie and only recently discovered that most preemies have eating issues into adulthood. I am thankful not to be diabetic (yet, I do run a risk with the fact that I’m obese), but I too face many issues due to my chronic overeating (with bulimic tendencies, in my case). I started a healthier eating journey at the beginning of this year and also have been keeping a food diary, but I too will start doing some of the other things you are doing this month. Good luck!


  • 5. jerralea  |  . at .

    Good for you that you have started on this journey. It seems like you have a good list of goals. Praying for you that God will guide you.



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