Miracle on Releasity Street

Have you seen the movie, “Miracle on 34th St.”?   My teacher, Miss Johnson, introduced me to it in the sixth grade and I’ve loved it ever since.  For two hours, I’m transported to New York City in the 1940’s and get to see ornate door frames, old school phones, clunky typewriters and tiny kitchens.  I also love how the “real Santa” went against the competitive commercialism of Christmas and referred Macy’s shoppers to other stores when he thought they could find a good deal elsewhere.

So, that’s what I’m doing for you today, my dear readers, as we wrap up a year and think about healthy living in 2017.  I’m sharing 10 of my favorite resources for overcoming overeating.  Please keep in mind that some of the folks on this list share my faith in Jesus while others do not.  All of them, however, offer really helpful insight into the bear of gluttony that we all face.  The Bible says “all truth is God’s truth”  so enjoy the truth that can be found by following these links.  May the truth set you free!

  1. Overeaters Anonymous – “No matter what your problem with food — compulsive overeating, under-eating, food addiction, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, or overexercising — we have a solution.”  I admit I was a bit freaked out when a friend/pastoral counselor encouraged me to visit this group but I’ve realized there’s no place more honest and grace-filled on earth than an “Anonymous” support group.  If you’re sick of your eating problem and ready for change, I encourage you to check out an OA meeting in your area.
  2. Intuitive Eating “Creating a healthy relationship with food, mind and body”.  This book helps you return to following your natural hunger/fullness cues to get away from obsessing with what you eat and don’t eat.  A lot of friends whom I respect have experienced freedom after reading this book.
  3. Geneen Roth – “Geneen Roth’s pioneering books were among the first to link compulsive eating and perpetual dieting with deeply personal and spiritual issues that go far beyond food, weight and body image. She believes that we eat the way we live, and that our relationship to food, money, love is an exact reflection of our deepest held beliefs about ourselves and the amount of joy, abundance, pain, scarcity we believe we have (or are allowed) to have in our lives.”  One of my favorite “Geneen books” is called When You Eat At The Refrigerator, Pull Up A Chair.  Enough said.
  4. Addition and Grace – My friend Katie and I backpacked through Italy over Christmas break in 2002 and this book was my third companion.  Katie was reading a book called “Seabiscuit” and I kept teasing her about the crazy title (her book went on to be a bestseller and I’m pretty sure the movie version won lots of awards).  She told me it wasn’t fair because she could hardly tease me for a book called  “Addiction and Grace”.  She was right.  It was so good.
  5. Idols of the Heart – This book might seem like a strange recommendation but it explains how we are going to food to get something that God wants to offer us.  We make food our god and, in turn, it becomes an idol for us.  “Elyse Fitzpatrick helps us to examine the idols of our hearts and, ultimately, to pursue godly lives free from the habitual sins that trap us.”
  6. Breaking Free – And, then, we have the diva of all Bible study authors, Beth Moore.  This workbook was really helpful in my journey of being set free from overeating.  It will take your time, focus and hard work but it is worth it.
  7. Barb Raveling – Christian Weight Loss Resources – I’ve discovered this on the internet in the past year and it appears to be a good option.
  8. Thin Within – A “Non-Diet, Grace-Based Approach” to weight loss.  This is another one I found on the internet over the past year that invites *a loving* God into the struggle with overeating.
  9. Celebrate Recovery – A Christ-Centered Recovery Program for various addictions – I visited this group once and got the book.  I admit I didn’t follow the program but I believe it has helped many.
  10. Kids’ Pick!  This one is actually for anyone who wants to help children not get into a long-term lifestyle of overeating.  It’s a book called, Your Child’s Weight: Helping Without Harming.   A friend shared it with me and I love how it works from a framework similar to Releasity. Since reading this book and putting some of its suggestions into practice, I’ve seen my children start to leave food behind on their plates and that, in itself, is a miracle!

Please let me know if you have any questions about these resources.  I’d love to hear if any of them are of benefit to you!

Here’s to a wonderful 2017!  Stay safe this evening and we will be in touch next year!

With love,

Joy

Steven Mast