I’m not doing a diet this year. I’m not doing a detox, and I don’t have a goal of weight loss. I almost feel a bit lost not having a ‘health related’ goal, but my health related goal and prayer for this year is to be more thankful, to be thankful for the gift of nourishment, to be thankful I can move my body, to be thankful for God’s mercies every day, to be thankful for my family, to be thankful for truly learning that health is much more than a size or an amount of calories. The only detoxes I want to participate in are detoxes from diet culture, detoxes from social media from time to time, detoxes from things so that I can grow in being mentally and physically and spiritually healthy.
That’s why I LOVE WIAW; it’s never made me feel like I need to go on a diet; it just makes me appreciate the variety of ‘ways of eating’ that God has created.
I don’t love the idea of detoxes, but I know that sometimes people need them, so I’m not going to say that I’m not going to do ANY detoxes, but I’m not planning on any detoxes that relate to eating. Why?
I’m still in recovery. I’m still learning to have the right relationship with food.
I’m learning that I don’t have to do detoxes to make my body feel good, and that’s what works for my body. My body needs nourishment, not restriction.
I’m learning that it’s ok to enjoy roasted veggies, and it’s ok to enjoy a salad. It’s ok to mix my veggies with cheese and it’s ok if I go a whole 24 hours without veggies.
Life isn’t about focusing on food.
It just isn’t; and I can’t afford to be MICRO focused on food.
Jesus Christ has redeemed me from that slavery to food, and I can REJOICE IN THAT! I can rejoice in God’s mercy to me in saving me from my sin, saving me from that idolatry.
We read this Psalm the other day, and I want these words to be my heart’s cry for this blog, for life this year in 2018.
‘The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.’ (Psalm 145:14-19)
So my goal is to:
Eat more chips.
Enjoy more veggies.
Enjoy days that I don’t have veggies.
Run for fun not for calories.
Eat more cookies in the middle of the day, not when it’s just ‘time for dessert.’
Meditate more on God’s love for me so I can LOVE others and tell them about Jesus.
I am hoping to do a ‘No Detoxes, No Diets’ giveaway sometime in the next month, so tell me:
What would you like to see in that giveaway?
Are you doing a detox or a diet from ‘diet culture?’ (That’s the only kind of diet I want to do this year. It’s a permanent diet)
Are there any fear foods or things surrounding ‘diet culture’ you want to conquer this year?