The other night, my husband Mike decided to make some cheese biscuits.
We’d received a gift card from a fellow church member to Red Lobster. Mike hadn’t been in years and loved the biscuits!
So he decided he wanted to make some.
My test was that he baked them after 7:00 pm, which is normally the time when I end my eating for the day.
I call the 3 hours before bedtime as my ”rest and digest’ period.
So, after he made the biscuits and had them sitting on the counter to cool, I went into the kitchen to get some water. My eyes wandered to the biscuits.
My mind whispered to me, ‘Go on and get one.’
Now I wasn’t hungry and hadn’t even been thinking about the biscuits until I saw them.
I took a deep breath.
Then I turned away from the biscuits and said to myself, ”Not right now.”
I shifted my attention to other things with those 3 little words.
He makes you have a ”get while the getting is good” mentality. That somehow if you don’t eat it now, you’ll never get the opportunity again.
Well, saying ”not right now” told the enemy a few things:
1. I don’t eat when my body does not require it.
2. I will eat when my body requires it.
3. Food does not control me.
4. Even if Mike ate all the biscuits and I didn’t get a chance to eat one, I would not die from ”biscuit deprivation.”
To me, this was an easy eating self control trick. I wasn’t telling myself I would never have biscuits again.
That wasn’t true because I like biscuits.
Saying “not right now” helps you combat against acting impulsively.
As it stood, the biscuits were still there in the morning. I divided them up into plastic bags and froze them.
However, I did leave 1 biscuit out to eat with my lunch. I pre-planned it.
It was pretty good. But one was enough. I know that eating more would have made me feel sluggish and I didn’t want to go there.
What was so funny about this whole thing is that after a couple of days of biscuits, Mike said to me, ”I need to lay off the bread.”
I asked him why.
He said, ”Because it is making me feel bloated.”
I didn’t say anything else. Just goes to show that you can eat anything, but you shouldn’t eat everything.
So try ”not right now” the next time temptation comes and see if that works for you too. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the Comments.
Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,
Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program
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