SOME STRATEGIES TO AVOID OVER EATING IN WEIGHT LOSS

WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE EATING UNNECESSARILY

I will edit this post later…but it is still legible

This week, I had many people asking me about the subject above. We have dealt with this topic before, but I have tried to respond to it again in a slightly different way. I have always said and I will say it again that I do not have an eating problem. Since, you ask, I would share some of the strategies I think work for me to prevent me from over eating…

INTRODUCTION

I wish to say that there is no single perfect strategy to avoid over eating. Thus, choose a strategy that works for you. It could be a strategy, which you have personally developed or it could be a strategy, which you have borrowed elsewhere. If you do not know, which strategy to follow, below are some strategies to avoid over eating. In this article, I discuss only strategies, which I developed or borrowed elsewhere. I used these strategies over a period of years. Then, I chose and kept those strategies, which worked for me. It works perfectly when you combine strategies. Yet, it is not possible at times to use all strategies at once.  Sometimes, we are in an environment, where we cannot use certain strategies. Or, we might not have resources at times.

STRATEGIES TO AVOID OVER EATING

The following are some strategies to avoid over eating:

  1. SCRIPTURE-RECALL STRATEGY: My first strategy might not to be applicable to all. Yet, its principle is very useful. I think of over eating as an action against both God and my body. As a result, I avoid over eating most of the time. I consider over eating like any other act, which God wants me to avoid doing. God said, “Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh. For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty” (Proverbs 23: 20-21). We know that the word poverty here is symbolic of any negative outcome of being a glutton. Over eating might include health issues like overweight—though not all overweight issues result from over eating. If you see some of the Bible passages, which talk about over eating, they talk also about drunkenness (See Luke 21:34; Matthew 11: 18-19, etc). The relationship between over eating and drunkenness is addiction. If one tends to over eat for a long time, it might turn into an addiction or it might have a strong hold over someone’s life just like alcohol does. Therefore, one needs God’s help. God is spirit. Thus, sometimes, He works through humans. One might need human-professional help to rid over eating when it turns in addiction. Esau sold his birthright to Jacob his young brother because of his strong appetite for food (Genesis 25:33). Consequently, he lost privileges, which went with being a first-born child. Interesting, Esau was a great hunter, while Jacob lived in tents [Genesis, ibid: 27], and Isaac—his father—loved him because of wild meat [Genesis, ibid: 28]. Yet, Esau could not control his appetite. He lost his birthright over bread and a red pottage [Genesis, ibid: 31-34].  Like Esau, we can lose our birth entitlements—our human rights—if we cannot control over eating. For instance, we might develop health problems and lose our chance to work for a better life style, or fail to walk, etc. God says, “And put a knife to thy throat if thou be a man given to appetite” (Proverbs 23:2). This verse does not literary mean that one must commit suicide to avoid over eating. It means that one must control one’s appetite. We know through Galatians 5: 23 that we have the Spirit of temperance—which is self-control. Thus, we must not be afraid or give up fighting over eating. God have given has the Spirit of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). The Spirit of power denotes the view that we can conquer over eating, while the Spirit of a sound mind connotes the view that we can think clearly about our abilities to control over eating. If we find that we cannot control over eating, our sound mind should make as seek help before it is too late. Or, the people around us should make sure that we seek help on time. The Spirit of love entails that we must choose to love ourselves so much that we avoid indulging in any act—including food—which could destroy our bodies. We can do anything through Christ Jesus, who strengthens us (Philippians 4:  13). God promises to proper, help and give us hope for the future (Jeremiah 29:11). I love staying with God. I do not like letting go of God because my world crumbles without Him. When God is by our side, we can over come anything, which we want to.
  2. PAUSE-QUESTION-STOP STRATEGY: I call this strategy pause-question-stop because it helps me to pause and analyse the situation before engaging in over eating. Each time I want to touch the food or its container such the fridge or pantry, I pause shortly before touching, and question the reasons I want to touch that food or its container. If my answer is eating, I question whether I am hungry or I want simply to eat the food. So, if I find that I want simply to eat the food, I probe further the reasons I want to indulge into that food. If I find that I just want to eat something small as a habit of chewing something while watching TV, I do not deprive myself. I eat that food, but I make sure that its calories are not above my daily in take. Yet, if I find that I was thinking about something DISTURBING before choosing to eat, I stop myself from eating that food immediately. I call my name aloud and tell myself aloud to stop touching that food or its container immediately. Calling or talking aloud helps to awaken the mind, which helps one to remember the effects of over eating in bodily harm. Then, I make sure that I do a snap analysis of what is disturbing me, why am I disturbed, what can I do or not do about the situation, etc. I find that knowing both one’s strengthens and limitations help one to cope with the situation. So, even if I returned to that food, I would not eat it as a way of coping, since I understand what I am going through and what I can or cannot do about it. However, I have learnt that it is best to eat salads and/or fruit in such—disturbing—situations. Yet, if the urge to eat other food types—not salads/fruit—is too strong to ignore, I eat something to balance the chemicals in my body to avoid over eating or stressing. So, I might eat small portions of carbohydrates such 1 or 2 pieces of brown bread with beans and lettuce, and drink tea with 1 teaspoon of honey, etc. Yet, I would make sure to check that the calories are not over board especially when eating late at night. If the pressure to eat continues, I add salads or fruits.Over eating is a very complicated activity. Sometimes, people do not choose to over eat. There are push factors in life. So, they indulge into food because emotions push them into eating as a way of coping with issues. Sometimes, people are not even aware that they over eat. They have over eaten from childhood to a point, where they think that is how they should eat. Some people would continue eating until they belch because that is how they determine being full. Others over eat as a cultural practice, which relates socializing with food. I do not want to give an impression as though it is very easy to simply pause, analyse and stop over eating. It comes with practicing. I have being doing it for a long time.
  3. POSTER STRATEGY: The poster strategy has many functions. To begin with, a poster helps people to avoid over eating. It is a simple strategy. Yet, it requires that a person internalize its purpose so that one is reminded about its meaning simply by looking at the poster.  This requires associating meanings to a poster so that when one looks at it, the meaning pops out immediately and powerful. With practice over a period, it happens naturally. Working with a poster, requires placing it in the right room or place. You can place a poster, on the wall in front of your food table so that when you look at this poster, it reminds you about eating in moderation. In time, with or without a poster, one learns to eat only what is enough for the body. Some people might use an alarm to tell them to stop eating, but several fail. When the alarm goes on, they press it off and continue eating. Debatably, a poster might appeal more to reason than emotions. Try it! Let me talk also about other ways, where a poster can be used, although these ways are not our subject of discussion today. First, if you forget eating your meals often due to being busy, a poster can remind you to eat all meals daily. You can place a poster in the room or area, where you work with strong messages reminding you to eat your breakfast, lunch, and supper.  Second, a poster strategy reminds the people to cook the right kind of food in correct ways. Place a poster above the stove, in front of you, where you can see it ask you cook. Let it have brief instructions such as:    USE NO/LITTLE/1 TSP SALT PER DAY;     USE NO/LITTLE/2 TBSP OF OIL PER DAY;     GRILL/BOIL/ROAST/ MEAT;     USE FRESH VEGETABLES/ FRUIT;     ETC. Third, a poster works also to remind people to exercise. If you exercise in the morning immediately you wake up before bathing, it might help to put this poster in your bedroom. Place it on the wall in front of you, where you can see it immediately you wake up and as you move about in your bedroom. Last, the poster strategy does not use words always. You can use at times pictures, which you associate with activities. For example, my picture of a waterfall reminds me to drink water as I work long hours on my desk in the afternoon. I go to drink water immediately I am reminded unless I have just drank some. I keep poster reminders on my computer as well. They pop-out randomly.
  4. TEACHING/SHARING STRATEGY: Teaching and sharing lessons about weight loss might help you avoid over eating because you want to live-your talk. Most people are honest. They talk only about things they are doing or have done. This helps a lot.  We can do this online or from a physical space, where we interact with our friends embarking on weight programmes.
  5. VITAMIN AND FOOD SUPPLEMENTS STRATEGY: Vitamins and food supplement help preventing over eating. Some people eat too much because they feel weak and/or hungry often, mostly when a body lacks enough vitamins or food nutrients. I drink multivitamin daily unless out of stock. As for food supplements, I take them once in a while. However, I try eating food with the right nutrients all times. When I am at home, I do not use vitamins and supplements because our-farm food is very rich in nutrients. I use vitamins and supplements only when I am away from home.
  6. EAT WHEN DONE STRATEGY: This strategy encourages people to eat only after finishing cooking if they are preparing meals at home. Eating while cooking increases the chances of over eating. Unless you are cooking for one person, and cooking only the exact amount of calories per meal. Otherwise, eat when only you finish cooking. You might taste the food. Yet, do not taste your food if tasting encourages you to eat while cooking. Simply cook and eat your food when you finish cooking.
  7. ONLY COOK ENOUGH STRATEGY: If one can not control one’s appetite, it is best to cook only for a particular meal, but not in bulk. If the food is tasty, one might end up eating it all in a single meal or day. If it is possible, cook only want you can eat and finish in one meal. I cook only for a given meal because I love eating fresh food. This prevents me from over eating. At times, I cook some food in bulk such as pizza, dry beans, maize, rich cakes, etc. These take a lot of time preparing. So, it is not feasible to prepare per single meal.
  8.  SERVE YOURSELF STRATEGY: This strategy helps you avoid over eating during family meals. When you are a big family eating from the same table and dishes, make sure that you collect the food for yourself. You can let family members pass dishes to you, but collect the food for yourself. Some parents, grand parents, siblings and friends push you into over eating. They put more food on your plate as a sign of generosity or love. You might end up eating more than you need.
  9. PAY FOR YOUR MEALS STRATEGY: Pay for your meals when you go out with friend to avoid over eating. You have control of how much you would like to eat when you pay for your meals. Some friends feel offended if you nub at meals, which they paid for. They would push you into over eating to feel appreciated. You might feel ashamed refusing their request. This is similar to the DO-NOT LIVE IN SOMEONE’S HOUSE when you have a choice to live on your own because you might be subjected to their eating habits. You are okay if they eat well. Yet, it might not be okay for you if they eat wrong meals and huge amounts.
  10. RESTING STRATEGY: This strategy helps you avoid over eating. Some over eating does not happen in one single meal, but accumulates. If you do not find time to rest—like sleeping at night—you might end up feeling hungry and eating more calories than you need per day.

@ Chipo Muponisi, unedited Post

MY BOOK IS READY FOR PUBLISHING

 

Today, I completed editing my book Living a successful life without cashfor the 10th time. Now, I am preparing to publish it. I have targeted November-December, 2012 for publication. Kindly diarise  these months for this  event. I love writing. Therefore, publishing is such an important event for me. I will keep you posted!

We have been discussing my book Living a successful life without cash for a very long time now. I started the discussion in February 20 11 (See article Sharing life experiences). This is 1 year 8 months of discussions.

I posted a video (See WATCH A VIDEO ON FAITH), which helped us discuss the subject of Faith, which is the main theme of my book. I argued in my book with practical examples that it is possible to live a successful life without cash if we have faith. 12 people contributed publicly through my blog. 57 people contributed privately via my email. I wish to thank the people for contributing to the discussions, mostly those, who talked about their personal life experiences. The power of sharing made me realise that although we live in diverse places, we connect with each other through life experiences. So, sharing our experiences made my writing enjoyable.

We find it easy often to tell others about making changes in life than we actually do. So, after I wrote the article about completing our work on time as a way of attaining success (See OUR POVERTY RESTS WITHIN INCOMPLETE PRODUCTION), I decided to live by my words. I planned to complete editing my book finally for the 10th time within 2 months. I put aside Saturday evenings for me to edit 40 pages. I started editing this book on August 11 and completed it today, September 16, 2012. The editing exercise took  1 month and 6 days to finish. Last year, I procrastinated about editing this book for several months. The book was scheduled for publication in November 2011. Yet, I could not complete editing it. I kept postponing. I am glad that this editing saga is  over. Now, it is time for me to publish the book so that the people can read it.

@ Chipo Muponisi

OUR POVERTY RESTS WITHIN INCOMPLETE PRODUCTION

I wish to say that a strong relationship exists between a continuous state of poverty and incomplete production. I want us to debate the argument that most of us remain poor and perhaps die in poverty because we do not complete our production. In other words, I argue that the likelihood is high to become rich if we completed our production.

Please remember that in this discussion, we are not focusing on the reasons we do not complete our production although we talk about them during the discussion. We are also not focusing on issues, which might prevent us from becoming rich despite completing our production. The focus is about how our incomplete production contributes greatly to our continuous level of poverty.

Having clarified our bone of contention, I would like to give an example of us writers. I am sure that most of you would agree with me that you have a lot of unpublished material on your hard disks. The common problem might be that most writers have not completed editing their manuscripts. Most of us writers do everything by ourselves.  We are the writers making manuscripts,  we are editors of our own works, we are outlook designers of our work, we market our own books, and so on. I agree that this makes it hard to produce quality books on time.  I am positive that we have so many reasons explaining why we do all the book production work by ourselves.

However, dealing with poverty requires that we find a way of finishing and publishing our quality work on time. This requires having faith in God. We can do all things through God who strengthens us (Philippians 4: 13).  This principle is the same to any other kind of production, which leads to personal wealth.

I pray that this gives you the chance to contemplate about where you are in your production, and what you are going to do about the delays in completing your work. It is not enough to simply talk. We must walk the talk.

@ Chipo Muponisi, Unedited post..

USE GODLY POWER OR DIE FOREVER BROKE!

 

Let’s discuss this article in details!

I feel that while I am on vacation from exercising, we can discuss some fundamental reasons we are materially poor or even die materially poor.

 

Situation behind this article

I wrote this article because last Saturday—July 28—I believed strongly that God would move two vital people in my favour. God kept His promise. The man, who had initially refused to sign an important document for me, did so willing on Tuesday—July 31—and I got what I wanted from the government this morning—Saturday, August 4. This is the fastest one can ever get response from the government on the issue I was dealing with. The woman, who was reluctant meeting me the previous weeks, sent me an email on Tuesday to meet with her on Friday. It was such a lively and beneficial meeting. This situation made me think about the power, which God has given us freely to influence positive things in our lives.

 

The godly power

To begin with, I want to talk briefly about the GODLY POWER. This is the power, which God has given us to do anything positive. With godly power, for example, we can choose to become rich, and it would happen. The godly power is for us to do any positive thing, while we are still on earth to make our living better. We must claim all things, which God has granted us through His power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 says, “The Kingdom of God is not in the word, but in the power [emphasis added].”

This is a highly contentious subject. I argue that we need to TRUST God for His power to change our lives. We all have the power to make things happen. 2nd Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind [emphasis added].” This scripture gives us the assurance that our power comes from God Himself. We know that God is all-powerful. Thus, any positive thing we do through Him would happen if He wills. We can claim this power through Christ Jesus who says, “All power is given unto me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18).  Therefore, we shall receive all things, which we ask through prayer as long as we believe (Matthew 21: 22). God avails His power to anyone who believes. Mark (9:23) says, “If you cannot believe, all things are possible to those who believe.” We often do not realize, how a single dot of doubt, makes us lose that which we could achieve by simply trusting God.

Our greatest challenge is that most people do not want to PRAY or worse to FAST about things. They secularized issues constantly. Yet, the instructions are plain and simple. Mark 9:29 says that prayer and fasting provides the condition necessary for us to receive the power to do anything positively. This means that ignoring the conditions, which God has granted us, would prevent us from receiving the godly power to change our earthly lives.

Although most people know about the availability of the godly power, they choose not to tap into it for various reasons such as FEAR. There is no need to be afraid in any situation. 2nd Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not granted us the spirit of fear…” I am not promoting recklessness.  There is a difference between fear and cautiousness. Fear connotes inability to do something about a situation because one is afraid of repercussions from either the known or unknown. Yet, cautiousness denotes the notion that one is aware of shortcomings, and is avoiding possible dangers surrounding a given situation. There is a very thin line between fear and cautiousness. It is very possible to glide from cautiousness into fear without knowing. Most people think that they are being very careful about a situation when they are actually afraid. It is neither helpful to harbour fear within the secret pockets of our private minds nor to let fear drive our decisions. Fear debilitates and blinds us to the truth and available possibilities. Most people would attain anything positive if it were not for fear among other things. Fear prevents us from venturing into the unknown grounds of possible opportunities.

Most of us tap into this godly power, but we are INCONSISTENT—today, we use it, the next we do not. This inconsistency keeps us perpetually into the same positions in life with some minor changes. Trusting in the godly power is something that one does daily in all situations—both good and bad. It must be a life style. We must sleep and wake up on it. It must learn to speak positively always. Let’s remove doubts! If we don’t, let’s learn addressing the situation immediately.

In conclusion, I argue firmly that we can create a better world for everyone if we believe in God, become courageous in life by venturing into the unknown positive possibilities, while taping into the freely God-given power, which is accessible to anyone through prayer, fasting, and scripture reading.

 

Disclaimer: I wish to say that my article does not mean that, the poor and those who have died poor, did not know or tap into the godly power because there are many situations, which prevent success.

@Chipo Muponisi,  August 2012

 

 

IS THAT ONE YOUR FRIEND TOO? PRAY HARD!

Easter means different things to people in diverse places. I love a hot cup of chocolate and milk cookies during Easter. But, it is also a special time that I think about Jesus Christ and what he endured for my happiness. Today, I can’t imagine how Judas Iscariot did it! He ate with Christ, walked with Him, talked with Him, etc. Yet, he betrayed Christ.

This Easter made me think about the choice of SOME friends we make. It is important to consult God about friends because some people are never genuine friends. Just like Iscariot, they will eat with you, sleep in your house, drive your car, wear your clothes, cash your checks, etc. Yet, inside their hearts, they despise you for whatever reasons, and they wish you evil non-stop. They speak evil about you to tarnish your name. They hate you because they can never be you.

However, don’t worry because God says that He will correct any incorrect thing people say against you (Please read Psalms 109). If by any chance you have hurt somebody with intend to destroy that person in any way, pray that God forgives you, because the battle is not between you and that person you hurt, but it is between you and God. The question is whether you can fight God!!

Below is a song by Hezekiah Walker. He talks about how God favoured him when people slandered his name, plotted evil against him. It is an interesting testimony.

Dishonest

Corrupt people shall utterly perish in their own corruption (2 peter 2:12). Do not envy corruption. It does not last. It drains your soul. Corruption does not only involve money, but many things. Pray that you do not join the band of corruption.

WHEN OUR FRIENDS ARE SINCERELY WRONG

                                                            Contradictions, contradictions…

I argue that we have to allow God to provide everything in our lives. I am NOT saying that we do nothing about our situation. We have to let Him take control of every corner of our lives. We have to consult God before, during and after we take any step. God created us, thus, He knows what is best for us.  If we interfere in His plans for us, we are likely to jeopardise our happy future by casting an erroneous one in the present. The universe principle is simple: God’s ways are neither our ways nor our plans His (Isaiah 55: 8).

We are likely to let God take control of our friends’ lives when we learn to allow  Him  to take charge of our own lives. It is hard to allow God to do things for our friends without our interference when we do not allow Him in our OWN lives to work wonders on His own.

Usually, we want sincerely to help God help our friends. Besides, we do not realise that we are trying to help God. We think that we are doing something good for our friend. Yet, we are sincerely wrong. There is no human that can help God because He is the source of the help in our lives.

We mean well, for example, when we speak positively about our friend to influence a job interviewer/employer to give a job to such a friend. Yet, we forget that we are actually being sincerely wrong when we influence the decisions of a  job-interviewer/employer on behalf of our friend. We are interfering with God’s ways of doing things.  God sees beyond our blurred vision. He sees the true heart of a job interviewer/employer. Thus, He knows when the job is right or wrong for our friend. As such, when we push things on behalf  of God for our friend to have a job, we are likely to get our friend a temporal job, since we have no ability to see inside a job interviewer’s/ employer’s heart. That is partly why; we often wonder what our friend did to lose a job months later! We forget that we interfered into the process of that friend to receive a job through God’s ways.

I am NOT saying that we cannot recommend friends for a job! There is a HUGE difference between making a recommendation and interfering with the process of acquiring a job. To recommend someone, we stress on one’s excellent skills, qualifications, etc and then we allow a job interviewer/employer to make one’s own decision whether to grant our friend a job or not. Yet, plausibly, interfering does not allow a job interviewer/employer to make one’s own decision.

Often, we do not see our act as interfering. As such, we do not consider it as something terribly wrong, since we have done it for so many years. Probably, we ourselves have survived in similar ways for years, acquiring jobs through shortcuts.

As such, we are shuttered terribly when our friend refuse to take such a job that we influenced a job interviewer/employers to give our friend a job through shortcuts. We get angry with our friend, and we do not want to help such a friend ever again after refusing to take part into our shortcuts.

What happened to the world that it lost the shame of acquiring jobs, relationships, money, etc through unacceptable means? let’s share the basics of life that we have lost with our friends, who often desire using unacceptable shortcuts to life!

Chipo G.K Muponisi

@ 2012 Feb. 26

My Gift Hamper

God has His own ways of doing things. A friend came to visit me this afternoon. I did not go to the library to work on my thesis. She brought me some food. Interestingly, she surprised me with this food-gift comprising many things I love such as grapetiser, fat-free milk, flora butter, pasta, chicken, eggs, brown sugar, etc. It feels great receiving something one did not expect. I am grateful to God and to my friend…

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Sometimes, it is frightening to see God answer us immediately after our prayers, since we realise that God is constantly listening to us whether we talk  positively or not. It is actually the realisation that we talked negatively that scares us. Thus, it is important to speak well to God all the time because He listens to us always.

@   Chipo.Feb 11, 2o12.

Our Fear In Answered Prayers

God’s Voice in Quiet Moments

When you live in a fast-moving city, it might be difficult to find quality time to rest and listen to your body. Yet, it is very important that we take time to listen to ourselves. The body tells us a lot about us on a particular day. When we are feeling happy, tired, successful, etc our bodies sculpture that information within us. Interestingly, God speaks to us through diverse channels. The body is simply one of His several channels. If we do not take time to listen to our bodies, we might miss important messages from God. It could be late in the evening when it is quite and still, or in the wee hours of the morning, or when taking a bath that we might find a brilliant time to listen to our bodies. It is important that we stop running, and listen. Often, God uses a small still voice to communicate something important to us. If we are always busy, we will not hear that voice. Elijah, a man of God, almost missed God’s voice because he went looking for God in the violent winds, earthquake and fire. Yet, God was not in those noisy incidents. In the midst of loud incidents, God called Elijah in a small still voice, and Elijah heard Him because he had made time to meet with God in the mountains (1 Kings 19: 11-13). Let’s create one-on-one time with God daily, even if it is only for a few minutes! It is important for our souls as well as our own well-being.