The Importance of Self-Image in Sugar Addiction

Fit4God is all about fundamental lifestyle change. It is not a diet. It is not a short term fix. It is a way of eating, exercising, and living that is sustainable over the long haul. And to do that, it is critical that we purge old habits and allow new habits to take root in our hearts and minds.

God tells us “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:22-24).

Did you hear that? We need to put off the old self and put on a new self.

What is the “self” anyway? In the psychological literature, we understand that one way we develop a concept of self (who we are as a person) is by observing how others see us. My 3-year-old daughter has a Disney book about being polite as a princess. Every time she says “please” or “thank you,” I compliment her on being “polite as a princess.” She observes that I believe she is polite. She incorporates that into her sense of self, and thinks of herself as a polite girl. Because she thinks of herself as a polite girl, she behaves like a polite girl.

This is powerful stuff.

There are some interesting classic studies in which African American male college students are either shown a picture of a rough-looking African American street kid or a picture of a skilled, successful African American basketball player immediately before taking a test. The boys who saw the street kid incorporated the stereotype of African American males as threatening and unsuccessful into their own identity and subsequently performed poorly on the test. The boys who saw the basketball player incorporated the stereotype of African American males as powerful and strong into their own identity and performed very well on the test.

Just a few minutes of looking at a picture…a picture that wasn’t even of themselves…induced them to perform very differently.

The point is that the little things matter. The little things we tell ourselves (and that others tell us) all day long matter.

You can up your chances of succeeding with Fit4God through what you tell yourself (I am strong, I am a fit person), or you can sabotage your chances of succeeding (I am a weak, I always fail). Fit4God is for life.

You are making fundamental changes in how you eat and exercise that are impacting your ability to serve God. You are building a new identity as a person who is strong, fit, healthy, and disciplined. Tell yourself that throughout the day. Pretty soon you will believe it. And when you believe it, you will live it.

I am a strong person. I am a person who doesn’t give up. I can do anything I put my mind to. I am a friend of God. I am Christ-like. I am a healthy person. I am a fit person. I am a person who can say “no” to unhealthy things. I am a person who cares about myself. I wave my “freak flag” high and DON’T do what everyone else is doing! I do what I know is RIGHT and HEALTHY for my body!

Be healthy, be strong, be Fit4God! You CAN do it!!!

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  1. Hello

    When I heal my adrenal after a teo year period or so, can I then introduce intermittent fasting once a week?
    tnx.

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