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Safety: God has given me power over my food choices. I hold the power--not the food. So, if I'm not supposed to eat it, I won't put it in my mouth.

Safety: I was made for more than being stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat. I am not made to be a victim of my poor choices. I was made to be a victorious child of God.

Safety: When I am struggling and considering a compromise, I will force myself to think past this moment and ask myself, "How will I feel about this choice tomorrow morning?"

Safety: If I am in a situation where the temptation is overwhelming, I will have to choose to either remove the temptation or remove myself from the situation.

Restriction: When I am invited to a party or another special occasion rolls around, I can find ways to celebrate that don't involve blowing my healthy eating plan.

Safety: Struggling with my weight isn't God's mean curse for me. Being overweight is an outside indication that internal changes are needed for my body to function properly and for me to feel well.

Safety: I have these boundaries in place not for restriction but to define the parameters of my freedom. My brokenness can't handle more freedom than this right now. And I'm good with that.

Yesterday I made some bad food choices at my grandma's. I should have removed myself from the temptation of the sausage but I didn't know how without being rude. So I should've relied on being a powerful child of God instead!

I start a new job today so in the next few days I'll pack a healthy snack with me and maybe even take it to my car because I know the vending machine will be calling my name!

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I too wish I could have read this earlier....like when I was about 6 or 7 when my food issues started.

Safety: God has given me power over my food choices. I hold the power--not the food. So, if I'm not supposed to eat it, I won't put it in my mouth.

Safety: I was made for more than being stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat. I am not made to be a victim of my poor choices. I was made to be a victorious child of God.

Restrictive: When I am struggling and considering a compromise, I will force myself to think past this moment and ask myself, "How will I feel about this choice tomorrow morning?"

Restrictive: If I am in a situation where the temptation is overwhelming, I will have to choose to either remove the temptation or remove myself from the situation.

Restrictive: When I am invited to a party or another special occasion rolls around, I can find ways to celebrate that don't involve blowing my healthy eating plan.

Safety: Struggling with my weight isn't God's mean curse for me. Being overweight is an outside indication that internal changes are needed for my body to function properly and for me to feel well.

Safety: I have these boundaries in place not for restriction but to define the parameters of my freedom. My brokenness can't handle more freedom than this right now. And I'm good with that.

I have learned what I can and can't handle in regards to my depression and anxiety and I do the best I can to live withing those restrictions. I know that depression and anxiety cause actual damage to the brain and I have to make the right conditions for my brain to repair and heal, but I never thought of applying the same concept to my eating issues. However it makes perfect sense, now I just have to learn what those conditions are like I had to learn what they were for my emotions.

One key to making boundaries and restrictions work is not comparing yourself to others. There are thousands of things that make someone else's boundaries different than ours and there is nothing we can do about it. There is also the fact that just because it looks like someone isn't struggling, doesn't mean they aren't. People are often good at hiding things or maybe they aren't even aware that they even have a problem yet. Looks can be very deceiving.

Never mistake failure as final

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

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4/30/11 12:30 P

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Restriction: God has given me power over my food choices. I hold the power--not the food. So, if I'm not supposed to eat it, I won't put it in my mouth.

Safety: I was made for more than being stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat. I am not made to be a victim of my poor choices. I was made to be a victorious child of God.

Restriction: When I am struggling and considering a compromise, I will force myself to think past this moment and ask myself, "How will I feel about this choice tomorrow morning?"

Restriction: If I am in a situation where the temptation is overwhelming, I will have to choose to either remove the temptation or remove myself from the situation.

Restriction: When I am invited to a party or another special occasion rolls around, I can find ways to celebrate that don't involve blowing my healthy eating plan.

Safety: Struggling with my weight isn't God's mean curse for me. Being overweight is an outside indication that internal changes are needed for my body to function properly and for me to feel well.

Restriction: I have these boundaries in place not for restriction but to define the parameters of my freedom. My brokenness can't handle more freedom than this right now. And I'm good with that.

Choose one or two of the boundaries you listed as "safety." Thinking back to a recent occasion on which you chose to eat something you knew wasn't the best choice for you, how might the boundary or boundaries you chose have helped you to make a better choice?

I think that the last time I chose to eat something I knew wasn't the best choice for me the boundary about "Struggling with my weight isn't God's mean curse for me. Being overweight is an outside indication that internal changes are needed for my body to function properly and for me to feel well" would have helped me because I would have known that this is just a test and something that I can excel at and I need to do it so that I will feel well and reap all of the good benefits that God want for me, not to be so unhealthy I am withering away day after day.

Thinking ahead to the challenges you might face in the next day or two, how might you use the boundary or boundaries you chose to keep yourself safe from temptation and poor choices?

I think that in the challenges that I might face in the next day or two I would use the same boundary with the same strategy that I just explained, just that this time I would use it to keep myself from the temptation and poor choices (as this question explains) instead of doing it this time. I would be showing more discipline in other words and more self-control, which is something I desperately need to be doing!!

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safety because of my allergies but sometimes it does feel like a restriction - God has given me power over my food choices. I hold the power--not the food. So, if I'm not supposed to eat it, I won't put it in my mouth.

Since I have spent so much time in the vicious cycle, I know I have looked at this more or a restriction than a safety. - I was made for more than being stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat. I am not made to be a victim of my poor choices. I was made to be a victorious child of God.

my actions show that I have been looking at this as a restriction but I need to be looking at is as a safety - When I am struggling and considering a compromise, I will force myself to think past this moment and ask myself, "How will I feel about this choice tomorrow morning?"

restriction - If I am in a situation where the temptation is overwhelming, I will have to choose to either remove the temptation or remove myself from the situation.

safety - When I am invited to a party or another special occasion rolls around, I can find ways to celebrate that don't involve blowing my healthy eating plan.

I generally look at this as a restriction but I deep down inside I think I have always known that being overweight really meant that I needed to make some internal changes but didnít want to have to admit it - Struggling with my weight isn't God's mean curse for me. Being overweight is an outside indication that internal changes are needed for my body to function properly and for me to feel well.

I have looked at this more as a restriction than a safety - I have these boundaries in place not for restriction but to define the parameters of my freedom. My brokenness can't handle more freedom than this right now. And I'm good with that.

I have gotten away recently with occasionally eating foods I am allergic to. This week, when I ate these foods, I ended up sick enough that I had to come home from work and stay home today. Today, I have had time to read this chapter. I think God has a message for me. I need to stop looking at the restrictions of the foods I am allergic to and look at all the wonderful foods I am still allowed to eat. I need to turn over the stresses that I have and not try to find comfort in foods. I need to start exercising and find relief from stress by moving my body. I need to learn that these boundaries are not restrictions but a hedge of safety.

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I wish I could have read this @ the beginning of the book!

"We must embrace the boundaries of the healthy eating plan we choose. We must see them as parameters that define our freedom...And we must affirm these boundaries as gifts from a God who cares about our health, not restrictive fences meant to keep us from enjoying life. Vulnerable, broken taste buds can't handle certain kinds of freedom. so, boundaries keep us safe, not restricted. 'Made to Crave,'pages 150-151

Review the list of healthy boundaries below. Use the space provided to write "restriction" or "safety: next to each statement, indicating whether you experience that boundary more like a punishing restriction or more like a hedge of safety.

________God has given me power over my food choices. I hold the power--not the food. So, if I'm not supposed to eat it, I won't put it in my mouth.

________I was made for more than being stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat. I am not made to be a victim of my poor choices. I was made to be a victorious child of God.

________When I am struggling and considering a compromise, I will force myself to think past this moment and ask myself, "How will I feel about this choice tomorrow morning?"

________If I am in a situation where the temptation is overwhelming, I will have to choose to either remove the temptation or remove myself from the situation.

________When I am invited to a party or another special occasion rolls around, I can find ways to celebrate that don't involve blowing my healthy eating plan.

________Struggling with my weight isn't God's mean curse for me. Being overweight is an outside indication that internal changes are needed for my body to function properly and for me to feel well.

________I have these boundaries in place not for restriction but to define the parameters of my freedom. My brokenness can't handle more freedom than this right now. And I'm good with that.

Choose one or two of the boundaries you listed as "safety." Thinking back to a recent occasion on which you chose to eat something you knew wasn't the best choice for you, how might the boundary or boundaries you chose have helped you to make a better choice?

Thinking ahead to the challenges you might face in the next day or two, how might you use the boundary or boundaries you chose to keep yourself safe from temptation and poor choices?

I can do ALL things through Christ whom strengthens me.


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