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Added by Rita Hancock on January 12, 2013 at 10:59pm — No Comments
With the pending release of my next book, Radical Well-being, into bookstores on January 8, 2013, I've been contemplating if there is a way to combine my two ministries so that my time is spent more efficiently. On one hand, I have passion to help those with physical pain and stress-induced illness. And on the other hand, I have passion to help those who eat for emotional reasons and are caught in the trap of chronic dieting, like I once was. But my dilemma is how to I find…Continue
Really, nothing apart from God should be your master—not even food. But, often times, it is. You know that’s true if you spend more time worshipping food, weight, body image, and other things apart from Him.
When I say, “apart from Him,” I mean it on more than one level. When you’re in bondage to food, eating, and dieting, you’re distracted from Him. You feel separated from Him to the point of forgetting He’s there. So, instead of turning to Him for comfort, you turn to food. You…Continue
Added by Rita Hancock on December 26, 2012 at 7:44pm — No Comments
I once heard a profound statement: “You can’t change what you won’t confront.” I like that statement because I’m a very direct person. I’m a problem-solver. When patients come to me, they expect me to take the bull by the horns and fix their problems. That’s why I have no trouble confronting their real, deep-down emotional and spiritual issues, even when it feels uncomfortable to both them and me.
Since I'm a more mature physician, now, I’m much more comfortable asking difficult…Continue
Added by Rita Hancock on December 19, 2012 at 8:36am — No Comments
Recently, The Wordserve Watercooler writer's blog asked about 20 of us Christian authors to post on the same topic on the same day (December 14) and offer giveaways of our books and other prizes. The concept is called a "blog parade," and the topic we were asked to write about is "A Writer's Wish List."
For me, this topic was easy to write about. I have only one wish this Christmas. Actually, it's more like a prayer, and here it is: I pray that the stories that God lays on an…Continue
Recently, I came across Psalm 107:9, “For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.”
Back when I was younger, I overate because I had a hungry soul. Mostly, I was hungry for peace. I had unrest deep-down, mostly because I believed lies about myself.
Some of those lies were rooted in my parents’ old world Italian belief system. If you’re a child of a foreign immigrant, you’ll understand. When you’re the product of two cultures (the…Continue
Added by Rita Hancock on December 12, 2012 at 10:13am — No Comments
As I said in The Eden Diet, "Come to me, those who are weary and burdened and I will give you pie" isn't a verse from the Bible. Rather, in Matthew 11:28, Jesus talks about giving you rest when you're weary.
But what does it look like to find rest? This may come as a surprise, but it doesn't necessarily look like sitting or lying down or even sleeping. Those things rest only the physical body, which is important, but they don't rest the soul or spirit.
Maybe you can already see…Continue
Added by Rita Hancock on December 5, 2012 at 8:33pm — No Comments
A few months ago, my brother and I took our mother to a family wedding in Toronto. The interesting thing about this wedding was that it was the most "ethnic" event that I had been to in at least twenty years. Probably, three quarters of the guests were either old school Italian or old school Portuguese.
You can only imagine the food at a wedding like that. It was a five-course sit-down dinner with dessert with flowing wine and fancy Italian bottled water. But, then, as if that wasn’t…Continue
Added by Rita Hancock on November 28, 2012 at 10:19pm — No Comments
If you read The Eden Diet, you know that different people have different dietary needs, such as if they're lactose or gluten intolerant or diabetic or have high blood pressure or heart or kidney disease, so there isn't one universal diet that's right for everybody. However, as you might have already figured out, I'm not very interested in writing about those special diet topics. The only part of the field of nutrition that I'm passionate enough to write about is how our…Continue
Last week, I wrote a blog article entitled "A Good Measure," in which I talked about the danger of drawing comparisons between yourself and other people. Today, I feel like writing an article called "An Even Better Measure." I was inspired by Scripture, which I read this morning:
"Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A…Continue
Do you ever compare yourself to other people to discern your value? I used to do that, some times. "Am I as skinny as she is?" "Who is smarter, me or her?" It made me either feel prideful or demoralized, depending on whether I won or lost the competition.
Not only should we refrain from judging each other, we should also stop judging ourselves. We're not qualified to be judges, compared to God. We don't see ourselves the way He sees us.
That's why we need to ask God for help,…Continue
Added by Rita Hancock on November 7, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments
This morning, a sentence jumped out of Scripture and got my attention. It's "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love" (1 John 4:18). The part that really got my attention was "fear has to do with punishment."
Even though Jesus told us we needed to be like little children to get into Heaven, in some cases, it can be a bad thing when we become like little children. It's like we…Continue
Added by Rita Hancock on October 31, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
Some time ago, as I wrote "The Eden Diet," God helped me understand why I used to weigh myself so often. I was looking to define my identity. "Who am I? Am I skinny or fat? Am I good or bad [based on how much I weigh]?" I think most of us are like that, though we tend to measure our worth in different ways.
Whether we measure ourselves through our appearance, our accomplishments, our possessions, or through the accomplishments of our children, we still measure ourselves. We long for…Continue
Added by Rita Hancock on October 24, 2012 at 5:18pm — No Comments
If your prayers for weight loss have gone unanswered, or if you feel shameful, lost, and/or alone in your struggle, it’s not by God’s choice. Though there can be many reasons why you've had trouble, a common reason could be that something is wrong with your belief system. Maybe you believe lies about yourself, about God, or about what food is meant for. And your false beliefs may be preventing you from receiving the truth that is right in front of you.
God never abandons you, no…Continue
Added by Rita Hancock on October 17, 2012 at 8:20am — No Comments
A while back, my pastor, Craig Groeschel, gave a sermon about "rest." He broke it down into three steps. Interestingly, none of his steps involved resting the physical body. Mostly, he talked about resting in non-physical ways.
First, Pastor Craig said we should make time to "Be still." In this crazy day and age, where we have so much technology, we need to quiet our minds and meditate and contemplate on God. We don't always have to be productive!
In Psalm 131:2, David was…Continue
Added by Rita Hancock on October 10, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
Many people eat reflexively, in response to fear. When things happen that threaten their egos [make them feel stupid, lowly, worthless, unwanted, guilty, shameful, etc.], they’re triggered to feel out-of-control, weak, or vulnerable. In response to those anxious feelings, they reach for some kind of food to soothe their emotions. Are you one of those people?
Perhaps you don’t think you are one of those people. I wouldn’t be surprised. The emotions I’m talking about are often subtle…Continue
Added by Rita Hancock on October 3, 2012 at 5:13pm — No Comments
One time, at a church meeting, I met a lady who accepted Christ but didn’t believe she was saved because she didn’t in some way “hear” or “feel” God. She said she knew lots of Christians who could “hear” and “feel” God, and she figured because she couldn’t, there was something wrong with her. She wondered if maybe she wasn’t really saved.
Deep down, she longed for that passionate zeal that she saw others as having. She wanted to feel goose bumps in church. She wanted to be slain in…Continue
Added by Rita Hancock on September 26, 2012 at 9:07pm — No Comments
After they sinned, Adam and Eve felt shame, and that's why they hid from God. Much in the same way, we feel shame (due to our weight problems and other things, like lies that we believe about ourselves from childhood, shame from our past sins, etc), so we hide, in a way, too, through denial.
Not only do we hide from God; we hide from ourselves. We bury our painful memories like ostriches that bury their heads in the sand. We think that if we don't consciously acknowledge the…Continue
Added by Rita Hancock on September 19, 2012 at 8:35am — No Comments
Just yesterday, I watched a documentary on TV that talked about the Berlin Wall and showed President Reagan's famous speech about bringing down the Soviet walls of communism. The program made me think of the self-protective walls we put up in terms of weight control. We use these “walls” as psychological defense mechanisms.
One way in which we use self-protective walls is to not face the deep down reasons why we eat when we aren't physically hungry. Rather, we focus on the superficial…Continue
Added by Rita Hancock on September 12, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
Have you seen one of the latest Special K cereal commercials? Once again, the world of advertising has proved its intent to deceive and manipulate consumers for the sake of money.
The central message of this commercial reinforces the wrong way that most roller-coaster dieters think, "It's 9pm and you need a chocolate fix. Eat Special K 'so you won't un-do your whole day." I paraphrased the first part, but the announcer literally said, "so you won't un-do your whole day.'"
Added by Rita Hancock on September 5, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments