Woman’s Struggle with Food… from Eve to You and Me

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 in Food and Fitness | 69 comments

My heart is heavy as I write. Yesterday I received a call from a friend in tears. At various points in the conversation I thought my cell coverage was gone because I could no longer hear her voice. But every time connection was remade, I learned it had been her emotions choking her voice box, not allowing her to speak. As I was in my car, picking up two of my boys from school, I pressed my phone tightly to my ear and tried to listen very carefully to the words she was able to produce. I learned her feelings of such overwhelming sadness were about feeling 15-20 pounds overweight. “Laurie, I need your help. Do you think you can help me?” she cried.

This conversation comes only days after a lady I’ve never met read the article about me in the current issue of SHAPE magazine, googled my name, found my website (which is brand new and hasn’t even been formally announced to family and friends!), and e-mailed me a question. She said she’s been working out for twenty years but is “struggling with food.” She wanted to know how I ate to prepare my body to be photographed for the magazine.

Two women in a matter of days sharing with me their struggle with food. It made me think of the numerous times these last several years other women have asked me questions about this topic that literally goes back to how Eve was tempted in the Garden. If the first woman God created was tempted by “the fruit of the tree [which] was good for food and pleasing to the eye” (Genesis 3:6), it’s no wonder we who follow in her footsteps are tempted by potato chips and ice cream (or whatever food you desire). Eve chose to reach, take, and eat. There is NO WAY I am going to try to make an easy answer out of this humongous, heart-wrenching, multi-faceted issue, but I do think the more we think, pray, and dialogue about our struggle with food, we will continually come back to a place of choice.

“Yes, I think I can help you…because I know our God,” I said. Please don’t think for a split second I am going to “over-spiritualize” our struggle with food, because I’m not. Notice I said “our” struggle…that’s because I, too, know struggle. I have been overweight and underweight. I’ve been incredibly disciplined with food, and I’ve been ashamed after bingeing. I can’t believe I’m going to write this but when I was pregnant with my daughter, I ate so much cookie dough I had to go to the hospital! (I’ll spare you the details, but after getting so “sick” I became dehydrated and could only take in fluids through an I.V. …I know, embarrassing!)

The point is I know struggle. But I’m also the beneficiary of excellent personal trainers and coaches who have taught me much about food and fitness. And I am living proof physical transformation can occur.

Through practical advice and biblical wisdom, my desire is to equip and empower us to make choices which will lead us on the healthiest path…to peace and joy—even about food! We all stumble and fall, but we must get back up again. God forgives the unhealthy choices we make—about everything!—and cleanses us to start anew.

For today, let Him cleanse you with water…begin drinking half your bodyweight in ounces of water daily. For example, if you weigh 128 pounds, drink 64 ounces or 8 cups of water. Flavor it with cucumber slices and a sprig of rosemary or slices of oranges or lemons if you’d like, but always have water near you to drink. You will know you’re drinking enough when your urine is no longer yellow but clear.

This is only the beginning; I have much more to share. One step at a time…

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