12/12/07

Candy Canes for Cravings

The holiday season—from Thanksgiving through New Year’s—is a time of love, joy, and parties, but it’s also a time for caution when it comes to stuffing our faces. (In my mind right now, I’m hearing the TV show refrain, “Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!”) The holidays don’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition, however. Food is everywhere, but you can make some smart choices.

I receive a periodic newsletter from hungrygirl.com that encourages me in my weekly weight goals, especially during the holidays. One recent holiday tip-sheet suggested that I think before I chew, drinking lots of water, and … I love this … eat candy canes! Studies suggest that keeping mini candy canes nearby is a helpful trick to overcome cake/cookie/chocolate cravings during the holidays. (Three mini candy canes have roughly 70 fat-free calories.) This is an especially helpful tip for those who snack at the office. I’ve placed a pretty jar of candy canes on my desk—and some healthy snacks in the side drawer.

In the same way, it is easier to overcome spiritual temptations when some biblical alternatives are “nearby.” God says that He will make “a way of escape” for us (I Corinthians 10:13), and we need to be alert to that provision. But we also can prepare our hearts and minds to face any fleshly “cravings”—anything that would displease God and harm our walk with Him. We can, for example, place scripture verses in conspicuous places, fill our minds and hearts with His Word, create “signals” to remind us to pray, and substitute healthy, biblical activities for those that draw us away from God. We need to be proactive in dealing with temptation, and “make no provision for the flesh” (Romans 13:14).

Choose something today that will help you reduce or eliminate unworthy cravings. And buy some candy canes.

2 comments:

Kelly said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful holiday snack tip, what a tasty idea too. There are enough temptations out there for us, this is a great alternative. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.

Anonymous said...

So sweet! I was just asking the Lord today to help me stay in His Word and be satisfied in Him, instead of being distracted with all the world has to offer. Thanks for the encouragement! Love, Maggie