Food freedom. In a world of diet culture where we’re all affected, at least a little bit, it’s hard to know what it feels like to eat normally, eat without micro analyzing whether or not it’s ‘healthy enough.’ But lately, the past month, eating has felt. um. normal, for the first time in a long time. And my soul and body and mind and heart is SOOO happy and thankful.
Honestly, I never thought I would come back to this point, because sometimes it seemed so unreachable, unattainable, impossible; however this past year has just taught me that God can do things SO far and beyond man’s abilities.
I was able to go to Panera and for the first time enjoy one of their pastries without much, if any, guilt over eating it. I truly enjoyed the normal eating of a pastry without over-thinking the calories or sugar or fat or carbs.
Normal eating to me is now:
Not thinking for more than 5-10 minutes about what you’re going to eat
Enjoying any food and not labeling any food ‘cheat’ or ‘junk’
Being Able to say yes to going out to eat or a new eating experience
Enjoying ice cream in the middle of the day without feeling like you can’t have dessert later
Eating what’s available and not obsessing over whether or not it’s ‘balanced’ enough
I just really want to thank the Lord. He has totally been my whole help and refuge in the midst of all of this, and I could not have grown as much as I have without Him enabling me by His power and grace in every single step.
Psalm 121:5-6, ‘The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.’
Now that I’m more along the lines of loving normal eating, I’m also trying to fill my mind with good social media, good blogs that promote that normal eating with no labels.
Some of my favorites continue to be:
Robyn – The Real Life RD
Sarah – Bucket List Tummy
Haley – Hungry Haley
Kat – Katalyst Health
Laura – Joy Food Sunshine
And some of my favorite Instagrammers:
Meg – She takes my mind off of obsessing over food with her cute, encouraging captions and pictures.
Lex – She TOTALLY reminds me of how normal eating is extremely simple an easy and why intuitive eating is worth it to pursue.
Rachel – I love how she talks through the fear food challenges she has and how she’s overcoming them.
Katie – Katie is one of my sweetest Christian mentors and such a faith filled woman who reminds me of the JOY of singly focusing on and following after Jesus. She always makes me smile with her pictures and adventures.
Normal eating. Regular eating is worth pursuing. It’s worth getting back to that childhood memory of eating that giant PB and J slathered with a thick layer of peanut butter and strawberry jelly without ever taking a second thought about it.
It’s also truly possible, because Jesus came to heal, to break chains, to pluck us out of the prisons of idolatry and obsession to Himself.
Normal eating: what does that look like to you?