Hey there, food freedom seeker! Welcome to the very first episode of The Joy-Filled Eater Podcast. I'm Brittany Braswell, your food freedom and body image coach, and we're about to dive into a topic that's been a bit hush-hush: Gluttony. We're here to spill the beans and debunk some common misconceptions, so stick around.
You've probably heard some doozies about gluttony, like "You should eat to live, not live to eat" or "Gluttony is one of the 7 deadly sins" (which, by the way, isn't even in the Bible). And let's not forget the classic, "You should just have more self-control and willpower." But guess what? Those shame-inducing comments don't solve squat when it comes to your relationship with food.
Let me drop a truth bomb 💣. Gluttony isn't just about scarfing down too much grub. There's a myriad reasons why someone might eat a large amount of food or feel like they've lost control around certain foods. Take 'Sharon', for instance. She's been battling binge eating since the days of recess and lunchables. Her family's rigid food rules turned her into a secret snacker, sneaking into the kitchen when no one was looking.
As an adult, Sharon's body started morphing, and well-meaning folks started doling out compliments. But those kind words fueled the fire of her disordered eating, and her quest for the "perfect" body left her stressed, depressed, and more isolated than ever.
Let's set the record straight on gluttony vs. disordered eating. Gluttony isn't just about how much you chow down; it's about the intentions and motivations behind the food frenzy. To decode this, we're going back to the original Hebrew texts.
In the Old Testament, gluttony isn't a buffet brawl—it's all about heart posture. The Hebrew word "zalal" basically means being a 'wasteful, vile, or lavish squanderer'. It's more about your attitude than what's on your plate.
Proverbs 28:7 and 23:19-21 back this up, urging us to avoid vile behaviors that waste what we've got, not just when it comes to food, but in life.
If you've ever felt like food controls you, it might not be gluttony. There are 4 common culprits:
Now that we've served up some truth, it's your turn to take a bite. Here's what you can do:
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