Bad eating habits are more than junk or unhealthy food habits.
Bad eating habits are habits of unhealthy eating behaviors we do without even thinking about it.
Habitually we find ourselves driving out of the drive-thru with a bag of fast food in our lap. Even when we are told that it is not good for our health but still we ignore that inner voice that is telling us to stay away. I’m in a hurry, I’ll do it tomorrow and one more time won’t hurt. We always have excuses and continue doing it, speeding up the inevitable . . . SICKNESS.
Whether we do it unconsciously or deliberately, a bad eating habit stops us from the ultimate in health that God desires for us.
“Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”
3 John 1:2
Why do We Develop Bad Eating Habits?
Understanding the reason why we acquired the bad habit and why we continue it is essential to breaking the habit.
As is the case with most unhealthy habits, there are a variety of factors that lead to bad eating habits:
Often times eating habits are a result of what we learn from our parents and culture. For example, Friday night fish-fry or all you can eat restaurants where many go because both parents work and everyone can eat as much as they want of what they like.
Other examples of bad eating habits that we may learn from the hectic schedule is eating too fast, heavy snacking, and the ‘need’ for daily sweets. In my case, my mother had to have dessert after each meal and was always snacking on something sweet.
We can ask the Lord to help us to un-learn these behaviors.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Lack of Knowledge
Many people, especially today’s kids and teens, can truthfully claim that they did not know their eating habits were bad.
“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.”
Lack of Discipline
Our lack of discipline can lead to many bad eating habits: eating too much, binge eating, choosing unhealthy food over healthy choices; not being able to pass a vending machine without buying a candy bar.
And, lack of discipline is one reason why we keep on doing what we know we shouldn’t!
We need to remember what the Bible says:
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
This is probably the major reason Americans have such poor dietary habits. Mind-numbing eating has become a popular and legal way to escape from the worries and stress in our life.
Stress is a huge factor in the ever-increasing problem of emotional eating.
The Bible tells us to:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Some unhealthy eating habits are just so convenient. Lack of time, lack of energy, lack of desire leads us to grab the fast food, eat while driving, or take the kids out to the pizza buffet because you just want to sit back and relax after a hard day’s work instead of cooking.
Food addiction, like addictions to drugs, alcohol or cigarettes, is a reality today. Processed food contains many chemical additives, which can lead to addiction.
People who are addicted to food tend to display many of the characteristics of drug addicts and alcoholics. Food addicts develop a physical, mental, emotional craving and chemical addiction to food.
Food addiction can lead to a strong desire to continued bad eating habits.
Common Bad Eating Habits
Some common unhealthy eating behaviors are:
- Always cleaning your plate
- Drinking too little water
- Eating before bed
- Eating too fast
- Going too long between meals
- ‘Hating’ anything healthy
- High-sugar desserts after each meal
- Lack of food variety due to strong food likes or dislikes
- Mindless eating
- Multi-tasking while eating
- Not eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables
- Overeating beyond feeling comfortably full
- Poor portion control
- Routinely eating junk or processed food
- Routinely helping yourself to second helpings
- Snacking too often
- Starving or skipping meals
- Unbalanced diets due to lack of nutritional knowledge
Changing Bad Eating Habits
The first step to changing any bad habit is recognizing that you have a bad habit. Read over the list above. Do you have any of these unhealthy eating behaviors?
Do you have other or different bad eating behaviors that are preventing you from claiming the health our loving God promises?
What healthy eating behaviors do you have? What areas do you need to improve?
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