Don’t Sell Your Birthright: Overcome Food Cravings Today!

Overcoming Unhealthy Food Cravings

“Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal.”

~ Hebrews 12:16

We're told in the Book of Genesis that one day Isaac's son Esau returned home from a long hunting trip faint with hunger. When he saw that his brother Jacob was brewing some lentil stew he begged him for some, but Jacob (cunning as he was) took advantage of his brother's vulnerable position and offered him a deal:

“Sell me your birthright,” Jacob bartered, “And then I'll give you some stew.”

Esau, being the oldest son and rightful heir, reasoned to himself, “I am at the point of death, what good can this birthright do me?”

So he agreed, and Jacob gave him some bread and stew. After his hunger was satisfied, the Bible says that he got up and went along his way, “Scorning his birthright as beneath his notice.”

Hunger Can Cause us to Lose Restraint

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In the parable of the Prodigal Son, we are told that after the young man squandered his inheritance in wild living, he became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him.

Really, pig slop? Obviously at this point he was NOT in his right mind! And, oftentimes, neither are we when we let our hunger and food cravings get the best of us.

At the very core of these two stories is the sad description of two men who not only neglected to see past their noses (or stomachs), so to speak, it tells us something keen about hunger and food cravings:

They can be so strong that we toss aside self-control and common sense. And unless we overcome them, they may cause us to make completely irrational decisions.

Eating to Live, Not Living to Eat!

Case in point: We typically view people using deadly and addictive narcotics as not thinking rationally or even being out of their “right mind,” right? Yet, Americans justify eating over 150 pounds of sugar annually – which, according to Mark Hymen, MD, is 8 times more addictive than cocaine and has been linked to causing cancer, heart disease, ADHD and most illnesses seen today! Fact is, eating processed foods and sugar is arguably the #1 cause of death worldwide and no one seems to care.

Some experts claim that people are victims of their circumstances and have no hope of making the right decision. In the words of University of Connecticut researchers,

“High-fat/high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do. It may explain why some people can't resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them.”

However, this mentality takes away our ability to choose self-control and be empowered to live the Abundant Life. Truth is, it's not that people cannot resist harmful foods, some people choose NOT to resist them.

You are NOT a Victim!

I'm here to tell you that you are NOT a victim of food cravings and addictions. Don't sell your birthright! In Christ, you have been blessed with all that you need to overcome them and live the Abundant Life.

The Bible says that we have been given a spirit of self-control and, in fact, one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is “self-control!”

Since “all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen,” we can stand firm that we have all that we need to say “No” to unhealthy eating habits and choose to eat Abundant Life-giving food every day!

How have YOU overcome food cravings and addictions?

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This post currently has 24 comments.

  1. Carly
    June 14, 2017

    Thank you so much for this post and references. I really struggle with my sugar and carb cravings. I actually had Gastric Sleeve surgery in 2/2016 and did fantastic the first 3 months, but then started trying sugar and eating carbs again and my weight loss has completely stalled. I’ve never heard these bible references and it’s so empowering to hear that we can choose to eat to live and the Holy Ghost will help me say NO.

    Keep up the good work. You both are fantastic.

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    • Dr. Z
      June 19, 2017

      Amen, thanks, Carly!

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  2. Ronald Slyderink
    February 21, 2017

    Praise God, that he is showing us through your ministry, the abundant life IN CHRIST. What we are discovering and rediscovering is the importance of heeding God’s word, and being filled with his presence, with his Spirit, that in our own strength we falter and fall, we struggle to come to grips and overcome addictions. Today, more than ever we have the knowledge of how to live healthy lives but the missing piece is surrendering to Jesus Christ for him to reign in our hearts, minds and bodies. That’s how we overcome the sourge of addictions and give us the power of self-control.The stumbling block is ourselves, the solution is dying to self, living in and for Christ – being in Christ to the glory of God and benefit to us all.

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    • Dr. Z
      February 24, 2017

      Amen, well said!

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  3. Christie Papiani
    February 16, 2017

    Thank you for this. I’ve just recently eliminated a lot of bad foots, incorporating green smoothies twice a day. I am still struggling with eliminating coffee with cream and sugar. I can’t seem to let it go.

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    • B
      June 16, 2017

      Try using stevia in place of sugar. Then, in one-week intervals reduce the amount of stevia you use. Make your creamer heavy cream.
      I like to put my coffee in the blender and add 1tbsp grass-fed butter and 2 tbsp coconut oil. It ends up tasting like creamer is in it and I don’t eat breakfast because I’m satisfied.
      You can do it! Keep moving forward šŸ™‚

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  4. Dana DeBellis
    February 15, 2017

    Thank you you Dr Z for the mini bible study. Selling out your birth right! For a quick fix! wow When you look at it that way you can overcome sugar cravings through the help of the Holy Spirit, God wants us to run the race to the finish line, not dragging or crawling.

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  5. Lynda
    March 28, 2016

    Good article. Right to the point with no sugar coating! Ha ha
    No pun intended.

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    • Dr. Z
      March 30, 2016

      šŸ˜‰

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  6. Dolores Husfeld
    March 27, 2016

    It is so uplifting to hear that a professional like you gives credit and glory to God! I pray that He continues to bless your research and the fact that you are sharing your knowledge with people without ‘selling’ it. Please keep up the good work. I am continually referring people to your website about Cancer – most of the doctors are instilling nothing but fear in people when they tell them about cancer, instead of offering them hope with an alternative method. Again, a sign of how much control the pharma has over the doctors, and how much the doctors worship money.

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    • Dr. Z
      March 30, 2016

      Thanks Dolores. I’m a Christian (first), then a doctor. šŸ˜‰

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  7. Steph
    March 27, 2016

    Thank you so much! I needed that today!

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    • Dr. Z
      March 30, 2016

      Amen!

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  8. Becky
    January 17, 2016

    Thank you for a great article! Life just goes so much better when we follow biblical principles!

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    • Dr. Z
      January 18, 2016

      Amen! šŸ™‚

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    • Brigitte Crowder
      March 27, 2016

      Amen

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  9. Felicia
    October 13, 2015

    Thank you so much for this article. I have lost over 200 pounds by eliminating sugar and processed foods and by incorporating more fruits and vegetables and eating the way the bible tells us to.

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    • Dr. Z
      October 13, 2015

      That’s awesome!

      Thanks for sharing Felicia – so happy for you! Praise God!

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  10. Stacie Gavin
    October 13, 2015

    Thank you for another great article. I like how you relate biblical truth with health information. Keep up the great work!

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    • Dr. Z
      October 13, 2015

      You’re welcome Stacie! It’s my sincere pleasure & definitely what I’m here to do for the Lord.

      And thank YOU for your kind words and support!

      All my love in Christ!

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  11. Renee
    October 12, 2015

    In Gods strength, I view those foods that don’t have nourishment for my daily life as “poison”. It has truly given me strength.

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    • Dr. Z
      October 12, 2015

      Amen, me too!

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  12. Lorraine Holmes
    August 15, 2015

    This is so true. I succeeded in controlling cravings for sugar by ‘act of will “, After this time I didn’t even want to look at sugar!!

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    • Dr. Z
      August 17, 2015

      Praise God, Lorraine! That’s AWESOME!

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