A New Look at Food “Slip and Falls”

Do you have frequent food ‘slip and falls’?

Here’s a question to think about: Do you keep slipping in the same place?

The reason I asked is that when people have food slips, it’s usually in the same place!

It’s usually the same food or food types, plus the same trigger situations.

This reminds me of a painful “slip and fall” accident that happened to me about 15 years ago.

I was in a train station and I slipped on a water puddle on the stairs. I fell down the stairs and twisted my left knee and ankle.

I had to have knee surgery eventually to repair the torn knee ligaments. I spent weeks in recovery with physical therapy and having to move about on crutches.

Now imagine that my fall was not uncommon in this train station; for years, people had been slipping on water puddles and falling down the stairs.

What should the train station do about it? Proverbs 22:3 says,

“A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished.”

In this case, “hide” doesn’t mean cover your eyes and pretend like no problem exists; it means “protect yourself from harm.”

Here is how you can apply 3 lessons to food slips:

1.Accept responsibility

Would not that train station be responsible for their patrons’ injuries if they knew about the continual problem but did not protect the people from the water hazard?

The train station may have argued that the slip was an isolated incident.

However, if there was a track record of patrons’ injuries from slipping in the same spot, then the station must accept responsibility for the problem.

This assumes the patron wasn’t engaging in an irresponsible behavior, such as running down the stairs.

So, do you have a track record of slipping in the same place?

That means that you are on notice; this is an issue that must be addressed to avoid future injury.

2. Investigate the circumstances surrounding the slip.

An African proverb says, “Don’t look where you fell; look where you slipped.”

In the case of the train station, their reaction to the slip and fall incident was to launch an investigation into what happened.

Regarding food slips, we can benefit from the same approach!

Many people spend time condemning themselves for food slips but don’t examine the circumstances surrounding the slip.

If you never confront the issue, then you can’t conquer it.

So if this is an area where you continually slip regarding food, then consider the following for your investigation:

* What specific situation caused the slip (details about the food, the time of day, the circumstances)?

* What was your emotional state before the incident?

* Were their other people around you when the slip happened (witnesses or accomplices)?

* What were the environmental conditions, such as did you have foods in your environment that made it easy for you to slip?

3. Implement slip prevention tactics

In my case, the water I slipped on came from patrons tracking water in from the outside on a rainy day. So the station could have put up warning signs to alert patrons of the hazard or barriers to protect patrons from the hazard.

Regarding your slip prevention plan with food, I suggest taking the matter to the Lord in prayer first. Seek him for wisdom regarding how you should manage the circumstances you discovered in your investigation. You may also seek Godly counsel in the matter from someone who has been in your shoes.

You may have to test different strategies until you find one that works consistently, but be willing to go through that process.

After all, isn’t your future health worth the effort?

Be blessed with health, healing and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program

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About the author 

Kimberly Taylor

Kimberly Taylor is a certified Christian life coach and has a heart to help others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She lost 85 pounds as a result of implementing techniques to overcome emotional eating and binge eating disorder.

Kim is the author of "The Take Back Your Temple Program," which teaches Christians how to take control of their weight God's way and the books "The Weight Loss Scriptures" and "The Weight Loss Prayers."

Kim has been featured in Prevention Magazine, Charisma Magazine and on CBN’s 'The 700 Club' television program.

  • Thank you, Kimberly. I just had a counseling session – in which we discussed my abundance of “things” in my home…and ways to pare that down. I feel as though the principle you offer here applies to other issues we may be battling, too. When do those negative thoughts slip in? When do we lose our temper and behave or speak un-becomingly? What choices did we make that led to that unproductive day / morning? I appreciate the headlights shining on a topic that needs to be considered!

  • Thanks Kimberly … yes ‘food slips’!!! …I have just returned from a lovely holiday where I was able to sit back and be served for a whole 3 weeks .. not having to be concerned about the usual routine of menu planning or shopping or cooking and certainly not cleaning up after !! My food slips have ‘slippled in’ without me being consciously aware, until yesterday !!! so as usual, your encouragement comes just at the right time. I have forgotten to give it all back to Jesus … Thank you for the reminder to pray first 🙂 bless you .. Juanita

  • In my slip and fall accident, I was at fault because I was RUNNING down the stairs, which I should not have done on a sunny day, never mind a rainy day! I was trying to catch a train to work. Of course, with the fall, I didn’t make it into work so I would have been better off walking down the stairs and waiting for the next train 🙂

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