A flexible eater. I’m not an intermittent fasting eater. I’m not a vegetarian or vegan, although I don’t have any problem with those. But now, at this point in my life I am just that. A more flexible eater than I’ve ever been, and I owe that change in my heart, from obsession to freedom, idolatry to so much more peace and closeness in my relationship with Jesus.
Flexible eating is the way to go especially if you’re someone who has been obsessed with food for so long. It takes the complicated thinking out of food. It enables you to eat what’s in front of you instead of wanting something different to make you feel comfortable about what you’re eating.
Flexible eating situations have caused me to step out of my comfort zone and experience freedom to eat and freedom to be thankful for what I eat in so many ways.
I was up at a Christian camp this past week getting to wash dishes for the people attending along with 20+ other girls who helped cook, serve, and clean.
I was wondering about how the camp would go. Other years that I’ve gone I’ve coped with the feeling of being in uncomfortable situations around food by going:
On a run
Restricting food intake
Feeling really guilty
Body checking constantly
But this year felt sooo different.
I ate a huge cup of soft serve cause it sounded good.
I ate a huge salad the last day, and I did it because it sounded delicious, not because I thought anything else was unhealthy.
This isn’t from the weekend, but it makes me think of how food freedom is so sweet.
Being a flexible eater has taught me that it’s a GOOD thing to eat 3 desserts in a day if someone wants to out to icecream after you just ate a cookie.
Being a flexible eater is teaching me that it’s ok; in fact it’s a really wonderful thing to be able to go out to eat 5 times in a week, instead of holding yourself to a rigid standard of, ‘I must not eat out more than once or twice a month or a week.’
There is so much joy in being a flexible eater.
There is so much
This past weekend taught me more about being that flexible eater that doesn’t get worried or afraid when you aren’t eating the normal thing that you’re used to; now I’m not talking about allergies. I’m talking about the eating disordered thought that forces you into a rut and wants you to stay there.
This weekend my sisters and I went up to a retreat and helped do dishes, cook food, and clean up with 20+ other girls.
It was so good.
The meals were big and hearty.
The work was hard.
And my appetite was also hearty.
I ate the big hearty cup of soft serve I was craving.
I also ate the big salad I was craving on the last day.
There was homemade bread, saucy brisket, fajitas, taco salad with homemade fried chips.
And flexible eating meant:
Praising the Lord for each meal, not comparing my eating to any one else’s, and enjoying each bite.
Last but not least, flexible eating has enabled me to embrace looking around me and enjoying the scenery, God’s creation and handiwork in the morning sunrise and evening sunset paintings, and the people that are around me.
Flexible eating is hard, when you’ve put so much worth and value into what you eat for years.
I don’t want to tell you what flexible eating is, because I want you to find out what that looks like for you.
But I want to encourage you to:
Let go of control
Remember God is in control (not you)
Love others because God loved you (so you won’t be obsessed more over food than loving them)
Pray and Ask the Lord to help you be flexible, peaceful, and thankful when you’re eating food whatever it is.
Psalm 67:5-7, ‘Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.’
Tell me: would you consider yourself a flexible eater? What does flexible eating look like to you?