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Interview with a Fellow Eden-Dieter
By Rita M.
Dr. Hancock: "This
month, I'm honored to interview my friend and co-Eden Dieter Debbie
C. Debbie runs the online Eden Diet Yahoo support group from her home
in Florida. Hi Debbie, welcome, and thanks for agreeing to share your
weight loss experience to help your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Debbie C: "I am humbled
that you have asked that I share my journey with your readers. I hope
that some of my journey will shed some light for others that struggle
with weight and the issues that are behind it as I do".
Dr. H: Tell me a little
about your history and the issue of your weight.
Debbie C: Through my
childhood and teen years I remember always being on a "diet." On
two separate occasions, I lost over 100 pounds by doing protein-supplemented
fasts (liquid diets). In 2005, I had gastric banding, which was useful
in putting a cap on my weight gain, but it didn't help me to lose
weight. Finally, a few years ago, I found a wonderful therapist and
began to deal with the underlying emotional issues that led to my weight
gain. I also found The Eden Diet and learned to use hunger pangs to
help guide my eating. Those latter things allowed me to go to the next
level in my quest to become healthy and whole in mind, body and spirit.
What is your opinion about regular, restrictive diets?
Debbie C: Diets don't
work because it's not about the food; it's about the deep-down reasons
why we eat when we're not hungry. We eat to mask pain, hurt, and to
stay in denial. We try to suppress childhood abuse, abandonment, loss
of a loved one, depression, anxiety, boredom, family dysfunction, divorce,
etc. For me, growing up, there were a lot of painful issues. I couldn't
control my environment. I couldn't control getting the human comfort
and love I needed. But I could try to control the food. It brought me
a sense of comfort at the time, and, yes, I will admit also defiance
at everyone else that was judging me.
What types of treatment and/or counseling have you explored to help
you address the underlying reasons why you ate?
Debbie C: I've undergone
various kinds of counseling, but the most effective type has dealt with
clearing Satan's lies that kept me in bondage and replacing those
lies with God's truth. In addition, through continued Bible study,
I've learned how to extend forgiveness to those who hurt me. The type
of therapy I underwent is a protocol using EMDR ("Eye Movement Desensitization
Reprocessing"), which is useful for people who have undergone serious
shock and trauma. The therapist who treated me was a Christian and modified
EMDR so that God was in the middle of the treatment. That wasn't exactly
the "standard" EMDR, but being Christian, it's what I wanted. This
is the way it works: if you were hurt by certain people in the past,
those hurts and those people might seem to continue to have power over
you. As a result of your hurt, you might believe that you are unlovable,
and that lie might lead you to eat. When you clear the lie and realize
that you are totally loved by God, it helps to decrease your desire
to eat and gives you an overall sense of peace. My therapist treats
people of all different religious backgrounds, however, she is a Christian
and our EMDR counseling sessions are Christ-centered. When she treats
others who aren't Christian, she sticks to the standard EMDR because
she tries to meet people where they are. Hopefully, they come around
to knowing the Lord, eventually. You just can't push those things
Why did addressing those underlying issues help the pounds begin to
come off more easily?
I am no longer looking to food for comfort or control. I no longer beat
myself up over making a poor food choice or turning to food, and that
leads to less guilt and shame. When I realize what I am doing, I ask
the Lord for forgiveness and for Him to reveal the true reason (or event)
as to why I have turned to food. Thank Goodness His grace is new every
How does a person know if he or she
I truly believe that deep down inside, you know. I knew it early on.
If you are overweight, there is a reason. When you are missing something
inside, you use food to fill a void, a hole, a gap in your heart. You
may be stuffing down a memory, a pain, a trauma, deep inside. But then,
those things continue to surface (exploding in anger, feeling of worthlessness,
crying, etc.) in some way in your life, until finally one day you realize
you need help and can't do it alone. I know people that think all
you need is God to heal. That is true; however, God put godly counselors
on this earth for a reason. That is to help His children get healed
so that they can serve Him here on earth more abundantly.
In your counseling sessions, did you uncover any
lies in your perceptions about being overweight?
Debbie: My weight was
many things to me. It was a wall to keep me safe. It was a way for me
to say to my family, "okay, try to ignore me now". Like the elephant
in the middle of the room....
How do you find a good Christian counselor?
First, ask around! Call your church and ask them about their counselors
and their qualifications. Many churches are now doing healing bible studies.
Also, I would highly recommend EMDR therapists as a starting point. I
have found that this has been the most incredible therapy that I have
ever done. If you go to yahoo or Google and put in a search for Christian
counselors in your city and state it should pop up a bunch of them in
the search engine.
Any advice for people who are afraid to go down that road?
1. Don't be afraid!
Before I started the journey, I was afraid, but that, too was a lie.
Remember fear stands for False Evidence Appearing Real! Face your fear
and the truth shall set you free! I can't express how wonderful it
feels to be released from those lies that led to my emotional eating.
2. Be patient! It is
not going to be an overnight fix or a 100 lb weight loss in 3 months.
Stay realistic and take it one day at a time.
3. Remember that
God loves us. He wants us out of bondage more than anything. It brings
Him so much pain to see us in bondage when He had Jesus die on that
cross to set us Free. Reach out and take His hand and receive the gift
that He longs to give you: freedom from shame, guilt, and condemnation
about your weight and all the other pain you carry around needlessly.
Dr. H: Thank you so
much, Debbie, for sharing your experience with others. May God continue
to bless you with continued spiritual, emotional, and physical healing.
You too! It was my pleasure.
A New Online Eden Diet Support Group
If you can't make it to any of our Support Groups that meet weekly, you may want to try our NEW bi-monthly online Eden Diet Support Group!
Designed to bring fellow Eden Dieters together to discuss struggles, triumphs, questions and encouragement, this forum can even help those who are currently in Support Groups during their days between groups!
Go to the link: EdensFreedomSisters to join!
(This is a Yahoo Health Online Support Group)
The Eden Diet Now at MARDEL'S!!
We are very excited to announce
that Mardel's has agreed to offer
The Eden Diet in their stores, nationwide!
On The Radio
Listen to Dr. Hancock's radio broadcasts on her website's news page:
Dr. Hancock was interviewed on KSBI TV News with Monicha Price on
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Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in your quest to 'thin-ness'.
May your QUEST be BLESSED!
Rita M. Hancock, M.D.