Love to Eat, Hate to Eat: Breaking the Bondage of Destructive Eating Habits

Love to Eat, Hate to Eat: Breaking the Bondage of Destructive Eating Habits

More than 80 percent of all Americans have been on a diet at some point in their lives. Low fat, low carb, high protein—you name it—they've tried it. Isn't there a better way to break the cycle in the battle of the bulge?After years of futile dieting, readers know there's more to weight control than what they eat. Having discovered the power that food has over...

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Title:Love to Eat, Hate to Eat: Breaking the Bondage of Destructive Eating Habits
Author:Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
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Love to Eat, Hate to Eat: Breaking the Bondage of Destructive Eating Habits Reviews

  • Mindi

    From the title you know the book is all about eating. Well, it is, but it's also about so much more. This helps you determine destructive eating habits and what causes them, even though you desire to be in control. If you truly struggle with food, this book takes the biblical approach to help you understand why food is such a big component of your life. Scriptures are provided throughout the book to help you along the way.

    You can really expect to be on the path to change once you begin reading

    From the title you know the book is all about eating. Well, it is, but it's also about so much more. This helps you determine destructive eating habits and what causes them, even though you desire to be in control. If you truly struggle with food, this book takes the biblical approach to help you understand why food is such a big component of your life. Scriptures are provided throughout the book to help you along the way.

    You can really expect to be on the path to change once you begin reading and as chapter one states, there is hope for you. As always, this change will not happen simply by reading this book, you have CLAIM the change and make it happen!

    For those who know the difficulties of struggling with weight issues, I think this is journey that can be shared. In some cases, you might prefer to take this spiritual journey alone. I did. I am on the path towards change and I know it! As long as I move forward, I am headed in the right direction.

  • Lindsay Hall

    I bought this book because I have trouble saying no to sweets. I was really hoping it would help to illuminate what goes on in my spirit when I indulge in emotional eating, and it did. Although I do not have an eating disorder, I greatly benefitted from the way Fitzpatrick broke down how patterns of eating can be sin. The Scripture she used and the common sense she used was really helpful in identifying my own eating patterns that are sinful, and she does a good job of offering practical help fo

    I bought this book because I have trouble saying no to sweets. I was really hoping it would help to illuminate what goes on in my spirit when I indulge in emotional eating, and it did. Although I do not have an eating disorder, I greatly benefitted from the way Fitzpatrick broke down how patterns of eating can be sin. The Scripture she used and the common sense she used was really helpful in identifying my own eating patterns that are sinful, and she does a good job of offering practical help for breaking those patterns without prescribing a dieting plan. For those who do have eating disorders, I recommend this book, and for those who don't but who have partiular eating habits they would like to break, I also recommend this book.

  • Jennifer Kalaydjiev

    Truly a fantastic, life-changing book. And that's not just merely when it comes to eating. In

    , Elyse Fitzpatrick approaches breaking the bondage of destructive eating habits by delving down into the core of the problems. Reshaping our thoughts and attitudes are a vital part of changing our eating habits and this book largely focuses on how to do that and on how to glorify and love God through the way we think of and treat food.

  • Alexis Neal

    Meaty, convicting, and hard hitting. Not sure whether I will actually have the discipline to put her principles into practice, but her analysis of the issues is spot-on. She keeps the gospel in view at all times and does a good job both challenging and encouraging the reader. The book targets women who struggle with sinful eating habits, but I would recommend this book to anyone--male OR female--who's ever wrestled with bringing any desire under the lordship of Christ.

  • Anna

    This was the first book selected for a woman's book club formed out of a small group I attended that was comprised of middle aged, stay at home moms with school-aged children. I wasn't that excited about reading this book, as I don't really have any "food issues" but went along.

    Wow, I was really convicted about idolatry! Even if food is not mine, I certainly have plenty. I ended up getting a lot out of how this book was written, by reading it in parallel to issues I may actually have rathe

    This was the first book selected for a woman's book club formed out of a small group I attended that was comprised of middle aged, stay at home moms with school-aged children. I wasn't that excited about reading this book, as I don't really have any "food issues" but went along.

    Wow, I was really convicted about idolatry! Even if food is not mine, I certainly have plenty. I ended up getting a lot out of how this book was written, by reading it in parallel to issues I may actually have rather than focusing on just food and our bodies.

    The author, Elyse Fitzpatrick, also wrote "Idols of the Heart" which which offers the same conviction on a more general level.

  • Ceira

    Yes this is a book on food and dieting, but no, it is not a diet book. The Author's focus is not on getting her readers to finally kick that extra weight, or obtain that body that you see advertized all over our culture. She instead addresses the far more important matter of pleasing God and why it is good to give care to the keeping of the temple He has chosen to live in. This book doesn't just make rules of what or how much to eat, but gives guidelines to determine whether or not our hearts ar

    Yes this is a book on food and dieting, but no, it is not a diet book. The Author's focus is not on getting her readers to finally kick that extra weight, or obtain that body that you see advertized all over our culture. She instead addresses the far more important matter of pleasing God and why it is good to give care to the keeping of the temple He has chosen to live in. This book doesn't just make rules of what or how much to eat, but gives guidelines to determine whether or not our hearts are striving after God.

    The general theme of seeking to have our hearts right before God, and especially her list of questions to run through when facing whether or not it is good to eat in each circumstance, will be tremendously helpful when applied to other areas of life and the temptations met in each of them.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who struggles with keeping tabs on eating, for those who want to do something to improve their figure, and for fitness nuts who have great and constant control over their weight, just to reassess whether you are having the right motive in the time and attention (either excess or lack thereof) you are giving your body.

  • Andrea

    I've had this book for quite some time but haven't gotten into it until now. It's an easy read and can be completed fairly quickly if you're just reading through it. However, there are questions in the back to go with each chapter as well as a variety of tools like a daily diary for tracking what you eat and other relevant disciplines (like drinking water, exercising, reading your Bible, etc.). There are also charts for evaluating your eating habits against a list of unhealthy motivations (the D

    I've had this book for quite some time but haven't gotten into it until now. It's an easy read and can be completed fairly quickly if you're just reading through it. However, there are questions in the back to go with each chapter as well as a variety of tools like a daily diary for tracking what you eat and other relevant disciplines (like drinking water, exercising, reading your Bible, etc.). There are also charts for evaluating your eating habits against a list of unhealthy motivations (the D-I-S-C-I-P-L-I-N-E-D Eating acrostic) and against the criteria in Philippians 4:8 (whatever is true, honorable, right, etc.). Much time could be spent going through the chapters carefully and referencing them regularly as you apply the teaching.

    The author spends a few chapters at the beginning writing about a renewed focus, then moves on to establishing our identity and then finishes with the bulk of the material about "embracing God's methods for change." Along the way she highlights stories and examples from women with whom she has worked and from her own life.

    Having a healthy attitude toward eating and exercise has been a struggle for years. A couple different times I was able to lose a lot of weight but I've always gained it back and, looking back, my motivation for losing weight was pretty much a mixed bag of selfish, prideful reasons. I wanted to read this book because I feel convicted about making healthier choices for God's glory (not my own) and I thought it would help me with that goal. It did! I don't really connect with Elyse Fitzpatrick's style of writing (I read her book Idols of the Heart earlier this year and felt the same way). She has good material, but it comes together in kind of choppy, basic sentences that rarely really hit me in any sort of profound way. There were several thoughts that I underlined, though, and you can't really go wrong with just rehearsing the truth that she brings from the Bible. I think she does a good job of sort of compiling and organizing biblical truth into helpful categories and she presents it in an encouraging, loving manner even if it doesn't feel particularly insightful.

    I really appreciated her emphasis that the Holy Spirit is "the most effective agent of change in all of creation" and that God wants us to change and glorify Him even more than we do and has devoted all the resources we need to that end. We work

    God when we seek to honor him and he is faithful to help us. Her discussion about habits was helpful (that habits help us not spend energy/resources on continuously relearning the same things) and it was encouraging to hear that we shouldn't get impatient with the process because there's nothing more important to be working on at any given time than allowing God to change us. She points out that godly people are those that

    the truth that they received and has some helpful tools for diagnosing idolatries (when are we sinning against God and when are we "sinning" against our own idols and their "laws"). She writes, "Your own thoughts about how to make your life livable will not bring the comfort, peace, or joy you long for." We need to be diligent to conform our thoughts, emotions and behaviors to the truth of God's word. There's also a brief section in the back called "How You Can Know if You're a Christian" in which she outlines the Gospel which I always like seeing.

    The book feels a little basic and sort of outdated (although it's hard to pinpoint why it feels that way), but I do think that it has a lot of good teaching and encouragement. I think I'd get the most out of it by reading it with someone else or in a small group that could offer accountability for the things taught. The chapters in Part Three, in particular, about methods of change will be helpful for future reference and I can see myself using some of her charts/diagnostic tools. Overall, it's helpful book for anyone that struggles to balance the physical demands/desires of the body with biblical truth.

  • Emmie

    I started reading this book with a few Sisters from church, and it has been incredibly encouraging. Elyse does an excellent job of bringing home the reality of food and sin for all people. She does speak to eating disorders specifically in one chapter, but as a whole she speaks to the heart of where we are as humans who tend to worship food. She does not mince words, but still speaks in a way that is kind and gracious. It is a very practical book whose principles can be applied to many areas of

    I started reading this book with a few Sisters from church, and it has been incredibly encouraging. Elyse does an excellent job of bringing home the reality of food and sin for all people. She does speak to eating disorders specifically in one chapter, but as a whole she speaks to the heart of where we are as humans who tend to worship food. She does not mince words, but still speaks in a way that is kind and gracious. It is a very practical book whose principles can be applied to many areas of life, not just food, but also gives direct application in how to battle sin with food. I also greatly appreciate how Biblical this book is. It is filled with Scripture and encourages you to hide God's word in your heart. Elyse does a great job of giving you principles to follow without giving you a five-step program, which doesn't work nor is it how we are instructed in Scripture. There is so much I appreciate about this book.

    The biggest downside of this book is the repetitiveness. I really like that she is trying to emphasis truths, but there were several times that the exact same phrase was used multiple times unnecessarily. This would not keep me from recommending this book or from rereading it, it's just a quirk of mine.

    This book is also directed at women as it is written by a woman. I feel like men could benefit from this book as well and would recommend it to men and figure out how to read it from whatever sins they struggle with regarding food.

    I highly recommend this book and encourage everyone to read it.

    4.5 stars for this book

  • Rachel

    This book is written for anyone who has a difficult relationship with food (it is especially relevant for those who struggle with overeating & constant dieting, though it applies to those with clinical eating disorders as well)

    The author writes from personal experience with overeating / using food for comfort, pleasure, etc.

    While I don't relate to her specific struggles (I struggle with anorexic behavior), the underlying truth and wisdom of this book was still quite relevan

    This book is written for anyone who has a difficult relationship with food (it is especially relevant for those who struggle with overeating & constant dieting, though it applies to those with clinical eating disorders as well)

    The author writes from personal experience with overeating / using food for comfort, pleasure, etc.

    While I don't relate to her specific struggles (I struggle with anorexic behavior), the underlying truth and wisdom of this book was still quite relevant to my heart.

    Some of the practical applications may or may not be helpful to you, depending on your personal struggles. (I took some of her disciplined eating strategies that are designed for those who overeat and "flipped" them to apply to me) If you are able to take what is helpful & disregard what does not apply to you, then it's a Biblically sound, hopeful resource!

  • Kristin O.

    I accidentally smeared a wee bit of peanut butter on page 67 and guffawed at myself over the irony of it all.

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