If you struggle with eating to much, try these helpful spiritual tips.
Gluttony is an interesting sin, one that many of us commit in various ways. It is an inordinate love of food and drink, which can prompt us to either eat too much or too little.
Essentially, charity and moderation are thrown out the window with gluttony, and all we care about is the food, to the detriment of our own health or the well-being of our host. Food becomes our ultimate focus, which does damage to our soul, shifting our focus away from God.
Venerable Louis of Granada, a Dominican priest of the 16th century, gave his advice in a book rightly called The Sinner’s Guide. In it, he gives a step-by-step plan for sinners who want to start practicing virtue and be released from their slavery to sin.
He explains that one way to combat this vice is to remember the poor.
Think of the innumerable poor who are in need of bread; and at the sight of God’s liberality to you, blush to make the gifts of His bounty instruments of gluttony. To excite in your heart a salutary fear of this vice, recall to mind what is related in the Gospel of Lazarus, of his poverty, of his hunger which craved the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table, and how he was carried by angels to Abraham’s bosom; while the rich man, who fed upon delicacies and was clothed in purple and linen, [went to a place of great suffering].
Another way to curb your eating habits is to focus on the use of reason, and not impulses.