Just thinking more on this: Need to define our terms
The world uses terms of hunger and cravings - physical and mental - the videos from the "experts" are helpful in making a distinction. And I can see the differences between the two. But they do not give any real strategy to deal with the cravings.
The Bible uses terms of hunger and lusts - physical and spiritual/mental - this is also helpful in that we can understand that there is a real difference between being hungry (like Jesus was hungry after fasting for 40 days - Luke 4:2) and the lusting for foods (like Proverbs 23:2-3).
"And put a knife to your throat If you are a man given to appetite. Do not desire his delicacies, For they are deceptive food." Proverbs 23:2-3 (NKJV)
As we apply the Gospel, we find real solutions for those "lusts" that have been crucified with Christ.
"And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." Galatians 5:24-25 (NKJV)
Then by faith, we put on the Lord Jesus, coming to the Cross and walk away from those lusts.
"Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts." Romans 13:13-14 (NKJV)
This was very well said, Bill.
The world only knows physical and mental/emotional. They lack understanding of the spiritual (sinful lusts) and therefore cannot see the cross of Christ as the solution. Consequently they are only able to recommend distractions, thinking other thoughts, connecting with other people, etc. which are not life changing or transformative, but temporary bandaids on a deep wound that only Christ can heal.
As we read in 1 Peter 2, "When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." Christ suffered so that we might be healed.
The solution is not just in thinking other thoughts or distracting ourselves from the cravings of our flesh. If it were that easy then Jesus didn't need to die. But Jesus did die and rise again to heal us. His body was broken for us and His blood was poured out for us. He feeds us with Himself so that we can turn from our temporary cravings and instead enjoy eternal delights.
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@Callista-Luney Welcome! At the start of approaching this new way of eating - waiting to eat until one is truly physically hungry - I also found there were different digestive noises, feelings of hunger, and pangs to sort through! I am constantly amazed at how wonderfully and fearfully God has made our bodies Callista (Psalm 139:14). When we wait for longer periods between meals (noting that a small light breakfast in the morning is advised), you will find the clear hunger alert later in the day (most commonly a tummy growl) that indicates to you that your body has assimilated the food in your stomach from the previous meal. And you asked : 'how do I fix that?' It is how we wait to eat that is important by looking at Christ Crucified and Risen where we find the power of the cross to overcome our struggles. We come to the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ and turn our eyes from worrying about eating and what foods to eat and when. We spend time with our friend and Savior Jesus asking Him to open our hearts wide to receive His love pouring from His pierced heart for us. He thirsted and hungered on the cross so that we would never need to be spiritually hungry and thirsty again (John 4:13). He emptied Himself at Calvary so we would be filled with His fullness. When Jesus cried out "It is finished!", He gave up His spirit so that we receive the Holy Spirit Who leads us, and guides us surely through life.
John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
I am praying Callista that you would "know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God," Ephesians 3:19
Question: How do I eat this way with a family? I'm not hungry when they need to eat, or I'm hungry when they aren't.
Jody Cleveland answers: As a wife and mother, I understand this struggle very well. Here are some ideas that have helped me through the years. If I needed to feed my children, but I myself was not hungry, I would prepare their food and then read to them while they ate. They loved it. If I was preparing a meal for my husband and children, but I myself was not hungry, I would prepare the meal for the family, but for myself, I would have a cup of tea or other beverage and just keep them company while they ate. We can always fix a plate for ourselves and save to eat when we are hungry.
Bill Miller adds: There is value in this approach from a teaching standpoint also, helping our family to see the joy of waiting to eat until hungry. If the children ask, “Dad, why are you not eating?” I reply that I am waiting for my tummy to tell me it is time to eat. God made us and gave us little signals in our tummies telling us when it’s time to eat. I am waiting for the “grumblies” in my tummy, like Pooh Bear.”
I also read the weight loss material years ago.
I can say having completed the new course it is incredible.My eyes are on the cross and the gospel.
No more on diet plans saying eat this not that etc.
So incredible if you yield to the Holy spirit and a new gospel lifestyle.
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Thank you so much! This is a very helpful answer and gives tools for the reality of how things happen sometimes. Not focusing on the food and also just because I might be eating doesn't mean I have to go straight back to gluttony. Very helpful separation.