Call sin what it really is. Overeating or indulging in too many unhealthy foods is gluttony, which the Bible says is a sin. When you sense that you're harming your body through gluttony, confess that gluttony as sin to God and repent of it, making sure to limit your portions to the right amounts when eating.

Recognize emotional triggers so you can deal them. Pay attention to the ways in which your emotions are triggering you to eat in unhealthy ways. For example, if you notice that you turn to food for comfort when you feel disappointed or frustrated, use that knowledge to make yourself pause the next time you feel those emotions, and decide to pray about your feelings rather than responding to them by eating.

Let yourself be hungry for holiness. As you practice the discipline of denying yourself unhealthy food you used to enjoy, your soul will learn more about longing, which will motivate you to crave more of what will ultimately fulfill you - a closer relationship with God. When you're hungry, you can discover how to become more holy. So pray for God to unsettle your soul so you can break free of all the unhealthy habits that have been pulling you away from God. Then enjoy filling your soul the love God will give you when you draw closer to Him.

Adapted from Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, not Food, copyright 2010 by Lysa TerKeurst. Published by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Mich., www.zondervan.com
Lysa TerKeurst is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the author of 12 books (including a Gold Medallion finalist and a People's Choice Award finalist) and numerous magazine articles. She has told her remarkable life story on national television and radio, including Oprah and Good Morning America. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and five children. 

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Publication date: January 20, 2011