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Food, Weight, and Faith with Jendayi Harris – The Fed and Fearless Podcast Episode 57

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Struggles with weight can take many forms, and there is often a lot of shame surrounding this topic. However, we can still take an approach to healthy and sustainable weight-loss with the goal of getting to the body’s natural healthy weight, even as we learn to respect and honor our body as a vessel for our spirit. Today’s inspiring guest helps people achieve their health goals by aligning them with their spiritual purpose.



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About Jendayi Harris

Jendayi Harris is a minister of practical advice on how to do life in Christ well. She’s a Licensed Professional Counselor (CO), Senior Productivity Consultant, Board-Certified Health Coach, and Board-Certified National Counselor. She believes the best thing we can do for our families and nation is to get healthy in body, soul, and spirit.

Jendayi speaks at Fortune 500 firms and churches alike. She has an affinity for coaching Christ-centered leaders to optimize their time, personality, priorities, and resources to powerfully impact the kingdom of God.


Finding Appreciation for Your Body

Jendayi works to help people appreciate their bodies, no matter what size they are. Looking at your body, not just physically, but with a spiritual approach, may very well lead to an inner revelation of what true health is. We discuss how feeling safe in our souls helps reveal the fullness of our identity. This is an important step in developing and maintaining healthy eating habits.


A Spiritual Approach to Dieting

Jendayi delves into the psychology of weight. Both eating and how we view our bodies are often mechanisms of self-protection. There are many threats and triggers that we have that lead to weight fluctuations. This is often why purely physical approaches to dieting often fail. However, when combined with inner spiritual work, we can identify and come to terms with the root causes of weight issues. Only then can meaningful and effective change occur.

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  • Discovering the connection between body, soul, and spirit when it comes to weight-loss challenges [4:50]
  • What Jendayi’s term “chubbology” means for our health as Christians [14:10]
  • How Christians can use their faith to avoid self-deception [20:30]
  • How weight and food issues affect our spiritual lives [31:20]
  • Freedom mindsets to adopt for the long-term [40:00]
  • How to love your body while striving to change it [48:15]



“We have to change our habits. But you do need to love your body. Just accepting it more; not pinching at it, tugging at it, demanding it be different, manipulating it to diet into starvation.” [11:06]

“Your happiness doesn’t have to do with your weight. It really has to do with who you’re being.” [20:01]

“When you really begin to understand the intention of the binge and the voice, it’s not actually you though it sounds like you, you can begin to dismantle that voice of addiction.” [47:32]



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