Finding full body and food freedom is a journey. It’s not instantaneous. It’s also hard in a diet culture that we swim in today, but it’s not impossible. It’s not automatic or easy, but it’s worth it. And often it can take what seems like a long time, but I am so encouraged to meet younger and older women who are in different stages of this journey. Galatians 5:1 says, ‘For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.’
That’s what this podcast is about; it’s not about bondage to a certain number or a mechanical bondage to exercise or food or a certain way of eating. It’s about different gal’s stories and their journeys into freedom.
That’s why I so love Marsha’s story. Just this past week she turned 46, and she is one of my biggest inspirations as an older woman in the food and fitness faith community. She promotes:
Doing exercise you love
Eating Lots of Good things like peanut butter and chocolate
Taking care of your body as the temple of the Holy Spirit.
She has been in the diet culture, and now she’s out of it, and she coaches other women through breaking free of those ‘should haves’ and guilt feelings associated with food and exercise, and her excitement about that freedom just flowed through the podcast.
In the podcast we talked about:
Food Freedom/Body Freedom/Happy Movement:
– Helping woman shut out the voices of diet culture and focus on what God says about our bodies
– Discovering when something like food and fitness becomes an idol in your life
– Marsha’s passion to see women live ‘fit and free.’
– Marsha’s journey all the way from middle school into her 40s with food
– Struggling with disordered eating habits until she turned 40 and the day that it changed for her
– What it looks like to renew our minds in the truth about who God made us to be and His love for variety
– Taking care of our bodies as temples
– Enjoying and not demonizing any sort of food
– Tuning in with your body and being aware of what makes your body feel good
– Not comparing the kind of movement you love with others
– The daily process of battling any negative feelings and thoughts you have about your body
– Why the scale can not and should not be defining our worth
– Why Marsha isn’t about a program but about a lifestyle of freedom
– Helping Women see that they don’t ‘HAVE’ To exercise for 30+ minutes but finding movement they love
Marsha blogs over at:
LINK TO Marsha’s Book:
And her instagram is:
Resource Marsha Recommended:
One thing that really stood out to me that I will take away and think about is something Marsha said about her transformation not being a huge ‘outward’ one but a mental transformation of getting rid of the scale, looking to the Lord Jesus for our identity, and walking daily in that freedom.
How have you found more full body and food freedom even in the midst of being bombarded by diet culture?
Who is someone in your life that has mentored you to a healthier free view of your body and food and exercise?
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