The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Christ-centered, not food-centered

Addiction creates a wall between people and their relationship with God. My life as a food addict was one in which my relationship with my Creator existed only in principle.

My every thought was on food desires or food regrets. I used to joke that my problem was everything that went into and came out of my mouth. This was a problem because, you see, I was filled with self-loathing. I was sarcastic, using my wit and intelligence to cut first before I was insulted.

A friend who shared with me the gift of Food Addicts Anonymous saved me from the insanity of my disease. I made a decision to turn my will and life over to the God of my understanding and to abstain one day at a time from all forms of processed carbohydrates.

Over the past 29 months I have lost 100 pounds. The weight continues to come off. I eat a balanced diet of complex carbohydrates, fruit, vegetables, protein and dairy. I have never felt better in my life. My anger is gone, and my relationship with God is now central to my life. I have no craving since I now live an abstinent life. I know if I return to sugar, flour or wheat, I will descend back into my disease.

Food addiction is the elephant in the room. As our nation consumes billions of empty calories a day, we are killing ourselves. We love our treats unto death. Obesity, anorexia, bulimia, diabetes, heart disease and even some cancers are linked to a diet filled with sticky, gummy, gooey, processed carbohydrates. Our consumption of these foods increases our health risks.

Many folks have struggled with diets not knowing that processed carbohydrates can lead to a drug-like craving that keeps a person always looking for one more snack, one more chip, one more soda. We eat beyond full and eat junk to the exclusion of healthy food.

The body is the temple of the Spirit—we owe it to ourselves and our Creator to treat it as such. I’m thankful for the support from my Food Addicts Anonymous community and my sponsor. I recite the serenity prayer daily to help maintain my abstinence. Christ-centered, not food-centered. Now that is the good life!

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