Disclaimer: Victoria agreed to give me a 10% discount on the program in exchange for a blog post series reviewing my experience with her! Of course, I will be 100% honest with you on the whole process.
There are a few foods I call ‘happy’ foods because I have a bit of a wonky digestive system, possibly a part of my genetics, possibly a part of me not being kind to it for a number of years with restriction. A few of those happy foods are peanut butter and bananas and chocolate. Why am I telling you this; because it leads me into one of the biggest things that has hindered my recovery. That is my …. digestion.
Yet, I am grateful, because God is so gracious, and there is GOOD news.
I’m starting something, because I want to deal with and confront this struggle that has hindered recovery for a while. Nope it’s not a diet, because this girl is over fad diets (forever, by Christ’s power in me!)
Well, I should say, that someone has been brought into my life, and I hope I can be just as much of a blessing to her as she has been to me.
Her name is Victoria, and this sweet gal blogs at the Die Hard Foodie.
For a while I noticed that Victoria was blogging about healing and working with your digestive health, and that stood out to me. She didn’t promote a ‘certain’ kind of eating for everybody, but she did promote taking care of your gut, and I loved that.
I’m still very weak and easily triggered (sadly) when people eat certain ways, even though I know they have the freedom to eat how they need to eat for their body, and Victoria was a huge gift from God.
Then Victoria and her partner Meg opened Nourishing Minds Nutrition a few weeks ago. I also saw that she had a 6 month digestive healing program.
And I reached out to Victoria, asking, if she would be open to providing a further discount on top of her initial 30% discount if I signed up for working with her.
She said, ‘YES!!!!’ It just felt right after praying about it for a week or so, and I couldn’t wait to sign up. I signed up for the 6 month plan last week, and when you’re reading this I will have done the first appointment with her.
Why am I doing this?
1) I really want to take care of my body as the temple of the Lord. God gave me this body, and I don’t want to just trash it or think that I’m invincible and that all my problems will just … go away if I ignore them.
2) I really desire and hope and pray that this might enable even more food freedom. I don’t know the outcome, but if the Lord wills. If my digestive system gets some time to repair and heal, I won’t feel fear around foods that I honestly do love (but they do make my stomach hurt sometimes.)
3) I think I’ve taken my gut for granted for a long time, and I really would like to be gentle on it and be able to share the experience with others in recovery who struggle with the same issues. I think, maybe, I’ve hindered my recovery by ignoring some of the in-built signals I’ve been created with, to tell me that maybe my body needs some time for healing and restoration.
4) Because it’s teaching me to trust God more about my health. For a long time I’ve been too scared of jumping into something like this because:
I’ve never really gone to a doctor regularly. (And …. for a wrong reason, I took pride in that)
I don’t want to be told what’s wrong with my body…
5) But in order to work out a solution, you need to find the root of a problem, and that’s why I love the wholistic doctors I’ve encountered, the dietitians and nutritionists that I’ve run into. They don’t stop until they’ve asked lots of questions and truly delved into the root behind the symptoms.
6) I think this will be humbling? (which is a bit scary also to me) because this girl has SO MUCH pride that she needs crushed about being ‘recovered’ and ‘healthy.’ I want to really learn about the body I’ve been given, and I want to learn about how God can heal and fix the body through different foods and different things He’s given us.
7) Last but not least, I know that this is not the last body I’ll get, but I want to take care of my body so I can follow Jesus and serve Jesus and serve others with more energy and more joy and not be … in the bathroom when I could be with others.
and… I feel like this was a ‘super rambling’ post.
Last of all, would you pray for me? Would you pray for faith, for trust in God in this journey, for healing, and for contentment in God’s will no matter what happens?
‘Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
‘who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.’ (Philippians 3:21)
I’m just a little bit excited and scared about this so I would love to hear your stories about digestion, healing, recovery!
1) Have you had gut issues? What did you do or what are you doing to work with healing your gut?
2) Have any health problems hindered your recovery?
3) Do you have some things you’ve learned about gut health, recovery, or digestion?