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What is (and isn’t) Catholic self-care?

Three Types of Self-care for Catholics

Self-care is so badly explained, especially in Catholic circles.

Our secular culture tells us that self-care is mani-pedis, lush meals, expensive vacations.

Our Catholic faith tells us not to be greedy or gluttonous or neglect the poor.

Real self-care is less about self-indulgence and more about self-preservation. It’s the bare minimum of stuff we do and don’t do to keep ourselves functioning virtuously.

My experience tells me that authentic Catholic self-care manifests in three ways.

[Disclosure: This is a super-fast summary of a webinar I gave for the members of Catholic in Recovery+ in November of 2022.]

#1: Inclusive Self-care

Inclusive self-care is the stuff we do to keep ourselves living in virtue: hygiene, nourishing ourselves with food rather than numbing, regular reception of the sacraments, exercise not to punish ourselves but to live fully in the bodies God gave us.

#2: Exclusive Self-care

Exclusive self-care is the stuff we avoid in order to keep ourselves living in virtue: overindulgence, self-destructive thoughts, people who treat us badly and show no sign of repentence.

#3 Trinitarian Self-care

Trinitarian self-care is the stuff we do to cultivate nourishing relationships in our lives. God is a Trinity. God is infinite relationship. If we are made in God’s image and likeness, we can only thrive in thriving relationships. Pope Saint John Paul II put it best when he said, “Man becomes the image of God not so much in the moment of solitude as in the moment of communion.”

Which of these types of self-care is most difficult for you?

If you’ve been searching for a Catholic diet plan, Catholic spiritual weight loss program, or just been growing increasingly desperate for relief from emotional eating and compulsive food behaviors and want to lean on your Catholic faith as your path to a new way of eating with peace and joy, check out my course Filled with Good: Theology of the Body for Food Addicts.

Can prayer before meals help you lose weight?

Can Catholic prayer before meals help you lose weight?

It helped me lose 100 pounds… but maybe not prayer in the way that you think.

“Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts,” right?

Well, it was a little more than that

It also was a little simpler. A little more interactive. A little more conversational between me and God.

It’s called the POUR Tool. It’s the skill I teach at the heart of my course Filled with Good: Theology of the Body for Food Addicts.

Here’s a demo of how this conversational prayer tool works in the moment to derail my cravings for food that isn’t part of God’s plan for my physical reality.

If you’ve been searching for a Catholic diet plan, Catholic spiritual weight loss program, or just been growing increasingly desperate for relief from emotional eating and compulsive food behaviors and want to lean on your Catholic faith as your path to a new way of eating with peace and joy, check out my course Filled with Good: Theology of the Body for Food Addicts.

Theology of the Body for Food Addicts

Filled with Good: Theology of the Body for Food Addicts Provides Catholic Diet Tools, Catholic Weight Loss Program

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  • Catholic diet plan
  • Catholic spiritual weight loss program
  • Relief from emotional eating
  • Break from compulsive overeating

and you want to lean on your Catholic faith as your path to a new way of eating?

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Filled with Good:

Theology of the Body for Food Addicts.

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Is there a Catholic prayer to lose weight?

Here’s the Catholic prayer for weight loss that worked for me.

It still works.

Here’s the plain text of “The Get Hungry Prayer” we use in Filled with Good: Theology of the Body for Food Addicts.

Mary, gentle mother, 
you who have known nothing but total communion 
with the God of our beginning, 
our middle, 
and our end, 
we ask you to take us under your mantle. 
We pray the words you said to all of us
 through St. Luke the Evangelist: 

The hungry he has filled with good things. 

Mary, teach us how to be hungry 
as you knew how to be, 
so that we may be filled, 
as you are, with good things.
 In your precious son’s holy name, we pray.

Amen

If you’ve been searching for a Catholic diet plan, Catholic spiritual weight loss program, or just been growing increasingly desperate for relief from emotional eating and compulsive food behaviors and want to lean on your Catholic faith as your path to a new way of eating with peace and joy, check out my course Filled with Good: Theology of the Body for Food Addicts.