As I have prayed about this issue in my life (which seems to be one of my biggest issues), God has recently led me to some new resources that are causing me to examine the real, root cause of this struggle in my life. Most of us do have food issues, and we think "If I just start exercising again, or just stop eating junk food or carbs, I will get back on track." It works for awhile, but then we go back to our old ways, because we haven't really dealt with the root of our struggles.
I was at a used bookstore two weeks ago and ran across this book called Thin Within by Judy Halliday for only $1.00. Every page I read seems to change my life a little more. This book is not a diet plan, but teaches you how to recognize when you are truly hungry (using through a hunger scale from 0-10), and eat until you are comfortable, not stuffed (a 3-5 on the scale). Whereas other plans sometimes use Scripture to make you feel as though you are sinning if you overeat, this is a "grace based" book that encourages simple observation and correction when you make a mistake. The entire book is full of loving encouragement and no condemnation or guilt-based theology. She does not tell you what to eat, and actually encourages you to throw away your diet books. This is definitely a new way of thinking for me.
I have not lost any sudden weight or feel as though I have finally overcome my issues. Yet these two books are opening my eyes to the deep-set beliefs and patterns that have been set in my life for years. I never really realized before that my true food issues have stemmed not from what I was eating, but from why I was eating. I look forward to seeing how God continues to work in my heart through these books and hope they encourage you too!