What is a Food Tightwad? (part 2)

You are invited to join me, beginning on May 1, for a 30-day food challenge!

Today, let’s review the definition of a Food Tightwad with three tips on how to be one.  Then we will make the connection between money management and practicing self-control with food.

A Food Tightwad is someone who cheerfully and systematically chooses when to eat or not to eat food in order to meet a physical goal.

What practical steps do I employ to practice self-control with food in my own home?   How do I encourage young women to develop skills in this area?  I am striving after the goal of self-control with food management because I desire to please God in this area, to lead a healthy and productive life, and to serve others.  Here are three practical tips for becoming a Food Tightwad:

contentment

1. Study Contentment – The dictionary defines “content” as satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.  Christians are instructed in Hebrews 13:5 to be “content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.”  When Paul described his contented state in Philippians 4:11, he wrote that he had learned to be content in whatever circumstances, including being filled and going hungry, so we too can learn this godly attitude.  Other Bible verses to study include 1 Timothy 6:8 and 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.  Now it’s your turn to practice contentment by praying with thanksgiving for provision, serving others with a food ministry, personally repenting for the sin of gluttony, and satisfying your stomach with less food and satisfying your soul by feasting on the Word of God.

food budget

2. Study Your Own (Food) Budget – Do you have any idea how much food you eat throughout the day?  Are you eating a well-balanced diet for energy and nutrition?  Do you know what motivates you to eat what you do, when you do?  Do you know how to cook or are you relying on packaged convenience foods and eating out at restaurants?  Before you can set goals and choose your tactics, you must know what you eat.  Keep a food log with me for the month of May.  Here is a free download of my Count Your Carbs Log that I use.  One perk of keeping a food log is that sometimes you will choose not to eat as much since you know you have to write it down.

diet food

3. Study Food Management – Seek wisdom from wise counselors (Proverbs 1:5; Proverbs 12:15; Proverbs 19:20) within your church family as well as professional dietitians who implement Christian principles.  Accountability is so important, so ask your spouse for help or find a friend who has already experienced victory over gluttony or will jump in the battle with you.  Find creative, new ways to help you reach your goals, including counting carbs, exercising more, taking a cooking class or borrowing cookbooks from the library for inspiration.

Dear friends, building self-control with food is just like building self-control with money; it takes time and effort, and God’s Word provides wisdom and encouragement in this area.  So how can you get started today?

  1. Pray to God for wisdom, then spend some time reading your Bible.  Pray to God and ask Him for your daily bread, enough for today, then thank Him when you get it.  Pray to God and repent from gluttony if necessary.
  2. Do without, cheerfully.  What can you say NO to eating just for today?  Take a walk instead of eating a snack this afternoon.  Can you pack up those remaining home-baked cookies to deliver to a neighbor?
  3. Get to work diligently!  Get busy serving your family and other people.  Cook at home instead of turning to convenience food.  Exercise.  Work should build up a healthy appetite.

I admit that it can be easier to write and talk about money than bad eating habits  because it seems less personal, but I took the challenge to write about gluttony in my Christian fiction novel, “Elephant in the Room.”  Check out a preview or purchase the book in print or e-book format from Dove Christian Publishers or on Amazon.

When we sin with money or food, and when we suffer the consequences of bad choices, God offers forgiveness through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  For believers, God makes this promise in 1 John 1:9, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, let me share the good news of the gospel with you today.  Click HERE for the good news.

Are you thinking about joining me on May 1 for my 30-day food challenge, when we will log our food intake, count our carbohydrates, and make healthy changes?  Please click HERE for more information about the food challenge.

 

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