The Pitfall: When I was a diet veteran, I often practiced “Last Supper” eating, also known as “Get while the getting is good.”
I was so used to going on diets that I told myself that I’d better eat up my favorite “goodie” because I wouldn’t be allowed to have it ever again once the diet started.
Because of that attitude, I ended up eating way more than normal in anticipation of diet deprivation.
The Way Out: I came to realize that last supper eating is a holdover from our ancestors. They did not have the abundance of food that we have.
When food was available, they had to take advantage of it because they didn’t know where their next meal was coming from.
But we know our next meal is coming from the grocery store or the restaurant down the street.
We aren’t denied of any food unless we want to be.
What a blessing from the Lord to have enough food to eat! Many people in other parts of the world do not.
The Change: I practice the principle of ‘No food is forbidden.’
I would remind myself that I can eat anything, but I shouldn’t eat everything.
Through personal experience, I discovered some foods are harmful to me in large amounts. So I chose to have those in small portions – enough to get a taste but not to fill up on.
This is different from not having a food because a diet told me not to eat it.
It was something I decided to do because of personal decision. And when you “choose” to do something, there is nothing to rebel against!
I found out there is no need for last supper eating so I could relax and enjoy my food.
Lastly, I also wanted to eat more of the foods that would help me. I took the following scripture to the Lord in prayer.
Psalm 103:5 says the Lord is He who:
Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
So I figured that the more I eat the foods that God designed for the human body and find satisfaction in those, the more my youth would be renewed.
That’s a tremendous blessing that money cannot buy!
Thank you i’ve practiced the last supper routine many times . Changing the mindset if there is a choice is something new for me. I don’t need to say this is the last time I will have this or have that so I should have it or When I am somewhere and I have the food pushers around telling me when was the last time you had this or that enjoying . I have a choice. And can I have a small piece
Exactly Denise and there is SO much freedom in doing that. God bless you on this journey, Sister!
Done. Was amazed at how much I actually thought about food. I actually got hungry, something I don’t do often.
That is good, Coleen – awareness is the first step of change.
Your insights are always a blessing, thank you Kimberly.
Thank you for that feedback, Janeen – God is good!
Awesome advise Kimberly
Thank you, Anu – God is good for sharing His wisdom with us 🙂
This is a PERFECT name for it- Last Supper Eating. I do this EVERY time I decide to diet and the go on a horrible binge of the foods I think I shouldn’t have! I do think about where my next bit of “foods that I love” will come from and how long will it be before I get it again. I always felt like I was alone with these thoughts! You mentioned something in here that made me think about the Bible verse that says that birds do not worry about their next meal because they know God will provide and man should do likewise. I needed this badly. Thanks!