Health Matters Podcast – Episode 2: The Lies That Make You Eat

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Episode 2: Barb Raveling – The Lies That Make You Eat

About the Show

In Romans 12:2 Paul tells us we’re transformed by the renewing of the mind.

In this episode we’ll talk about how to renew our minds so we can lose weight AND keep it off.

We’ll also discuss the importance of boundaries and talk about specific lies that make us overeat and the truth that will set us free from the control of food.

About the Speaker

Barb RavelingBarb Raveling has authored three books on weight loss, including Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible study, Freedom from Emotional Eating, and I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat). Barb blogs about breaking free from strongholds and growing closer to God through the renewing of the mind at her website and has recently begun a podcast on the same subject. Barb and her husband have been married for 32 years and have 4 adult children.

Show Notes

Christian Habits Podcast

I Deserve a Donut book

Taste for Truth – 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study book

The Renewing of the Mind Project book

Freedom from Emotional Eating book

I Deserve a Donut app

 

Click here to listen to Episode 2 with Barb Raveling

Excerpt from our interview – BEEP model

Kimberley

Okay, we are going to move on to our BEEP round. Barb is going to give us quick tips on the four disciplines of Bible study, eating healthy, exercise, and prayer—or BEEP. Okay, Barb what sort of tip do you have for us when it comes to Bible study?

Barb

If you’re trying to break an overeating habit, to try and eat healthfully, I have a couple of Bible studies on it. One is called Taste for Truth and the other is Free from Emotional Eating. In Taste for Truth the first  5 or 6 lessons talk about boundaries. A lot of times we believe the lie that rules are bad or we should be able to eat what we want. Or we might think I’ll start this tomorrow. I don’t know how many times we’ve all said, I’ll start this tomorrow. So the first 6 chapters of the Bible study, I sometimes do them for other habits but by the time you’re done the 6 lessons you’re pretty convicted so today I really do need boundaries with food. Not just to lose weight but I need boundaries in my whole life. So my tip for a healthy Bible study I would actually try to do that Taste for Truth Bible study. I think that’d be really helpful.

Kimberley

Yes, actually I will be doing it. I had ordered your book a little while ago and just got it from Amazon so a few women from my church will be doing a Taste for Truth. I’ve also ordered I Deserve a Donut so we’ll be doing that along with it. I’m looking forward to it.

So what is your tip for eating healthy?

Barb

For eating healthy, when I first started working on renewing my mind for weight loss (I don’t know how many years ago, maybe nine years ago—I’m kind of spacey with numbers) it was one of those things I thought I’d struggle with for the rest of my life because it completely controlled me. I started renewing my mind but it’s almost like sweets were an idol in my life. I turned to sweets whenever I was upset and I just loved sweets. But I think I was researching that idolatry chapter in Freedom from Emotional Eating and it struck me that sweets were an idol in my life. So for the first time in my life I gave up sweets for awhile and I thought okay if necessary I’ll give them up for the rest of my life. That was the first time in my life that I was able to say that. As it turned out I only had to give up sweets completely for, I don’t know, maybe a couple of months and after that I allowed sweets back into my life but only the fruit-based sweets because I didn’t usually binge on those like apple crisps or rhubarb pie. Not only did I not binge on them, they weren’t’ easy to get. And I kept with that boundary for a long time and I kept switching the boundary on sweets only on social occasions and I think it was a couple of years when I brought sweets back into my life and I can eat sweets whenever I want. I still have a boundary that I don’t eat sweets before lunch because if I ever eat them in the morning then I usually break my boundaries during the day.

So the tip I would have is if you find yourself really breaking your boundaries a lot, for some people it’s just a lot easier to keep eating sweets and learn how to deal with them and for other people it’s easier to just give them up altogether for a season. It’s not like you have to give them up forever. I can have cookies on the counter now and not pig out on them. But I couldn’t have done that back when I was totally controlled by food.

Kimberley

And your quick tip for exercise?

Barb

I’m afraid my tips haven’t been very quick, have they? Sorry about that. Exercise, boy I just barely started incorporating exercise into my life on a regular basis. You know it’s kind of fun, sometimes I’ll take 5 minute exercise breaks every once and awhile in-between work when I’m writing. So I guess for exercise I would suggest start small. Do whatever you can even if you can get 5-10 minutes in that’s great. And hopefully you’ll learn to like it more down the road if you don’t like it already.

Kimberley

Wonderful. And your last quick tip on prayer?

Barb

For prayer, my quick tip would be to do scripture prayers. Scripture prayers with powerful Bible verses would be a good way to get a biblical mindset on food and on life in general.

 

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