Updated: Dec 4, 2020
to stop taking unhealthy or harmful foods, drinks, and other substances into your body for a period of time, in order to improve your health
Recently, I was so excited about starting a detox. I had my Bellytox detox teas and Bellytox vitamin b-12 energy patches from Decalo Weight Loss Center. I had my vegetables and berries. I was finally ready to properly begin a detox. My goal was to drink detox tea, water, eat leafy greens, berries, and nuts for five to seven days. I lasted for three and a half days. During that short period of time, I wasn’t feeling as sluggish as I normally felt. That's one good thing that happened. The following week arrived and I ate all of the junk that I initially intended to cleanse from my body.
I was disappointed in myself. I thought, “How could I let this happen again?”. As I was scrolling through my Instagram feed I saw various people who had successful weight loss transformations. Instead of being inspired and motivated, this time I felt worse. Has anyone else ever experienced that? I thought, “They had what it takes to stick with it. Why don’t I? What’s wrong with me?”.
After about a day of this pity party, I began to truly dig deep and search for the big roadblock that has kept me from being consistent in my wellness journey. I was focusing too much on the physical aspect of weight loss. You know- food and exercise. Nutrition and fitness are important, but I needed to find out why I wasn’t consistently making healthy decisions. I learned through a former health coach a few years ago that I did a lot of emotional eating. I was reminded of this while taking the time for much-needed self-reflection. In all of my efforts to make healthy decisions for my physical body, I wasn’t truly doing the work to care of myself emotionally.
At the height of eating unhealthy foods, I was extremely stressed out about various things. Food was my go-to comfort. Sometimes retail therapy was a part of it as well. Yes, I am blessed to have an amazing support system. I thank God for the many people in my life who truly love me. Unfortunately, for many years food has been my first choice as a source of stress relief.
I believe in the power of God’s word found in the Holy Bible and in the power of prayer. I got away from that. I’ve prayed to God about other situations in my life, but I never really came to him about stress. I never really asked Him to help me make healthy decisions. I left Him out of the equation.
God, being the loving and gracious Father that He is, recently reminded me of His goodness. He reminded me to take the time each day to receive and experience His goodness. Oh, what a difference that makes.
I’m going to do a detox again, but this time, I’m releasing emotional baggage too. This time I’m not doing it alone. God’s Holy Spirit is here, and was always here to help me. I just needed to quiet my soul and listen to Him.
If anyone else has struggled with emotional eating, know that I’m praying for you. Feel free to contact me and I’ll agree with you in prayer to overcome this obstacle (See Let's Connect below).
O taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man that trusteth in Him!” Psalm 34:8 KJV
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 4:6-7 ESV