Recovery is not a pretty thing or an easy walk in the park; I have often wished that I could be like the people who just put calorie counting behind them, don’t worry about exercise, and they recover in what seems to be a short time. But what you and I don’t see behind the scenes are the difficult thoughts, the challenges that come up day by day.
What are some of these challenges? Why is it hard to say, ‘I’m recovered?’
– We have so much input from the culture around us. – The culture is constantly coming out with new diets or making you feel like you should be trying this new way of eating because everybody else is doing it. This happens to me when people do the Whole 30. I don’t condemn them at all, but I know just where my head would go if I did it. However, I find myself questioning my own food choices when I see people hop on the Whole 30 in January. I wonder, ‘Am I eating really ‘unhealthy’ if I’m not eating the Whole 30 way?’
And I have to remind myself. This is the journey of freedom that God has taken me on; I’m in a peaceful place with my body, and I don’t want to change or manipulate it any more.
– We have mirrors around us. – I know this sounds almost silly, but sometimes we look in the mirror still, and we don’t like what we see, because somewhere in the back of our mind, we still might have that niggling fear that ‘health’ looks a certain way, and my body doesn’t look that way.
Solution to this: We have to SPEAK the truth. So often in the Bible, God talks about the inner man of the heart, transforming the heart, changing people’s hearts, giving them a new heart. There is even the reminder in Proverbs 31 that “Charm is deceitful, Beauty is vain, but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.”
Fear of the Lord isn’t a brand of makeup. It’s that awe, love, honor for our Holy God, who loves us so much, that He gave His Only Begotten Son for us.
fear of the Lord isn’t valued by our culture, but it’s valued by the Lord, and it produces such beauty that a certain body size or a certain brand of makeup or clothing could never produce.
And that’s what this week’s podcast is all about:
– Recovery isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.
– Fighting the daily thoughts and temptations to fall back into eating disordered thoughts especially in January
– Not feeling like we are ‘healthy’ because we aren’t doing the Whole 30 (this is nothing personal against Whole 30)
– The ups and downs of a hard day with body image
– My favorite bloggers and influencers who really keep the balance on gentle nutrition that plays into intuitive eating
– what gentle nutrition looks like next to obsessive nutrition
– why recovery isn’t glamorous but restriction is far more hurtful
– what to do when thoughts of restriction come up
– why the thought of abundance can be HARD to swallow when you’re used to restriction
– why it’s GOOD to be thankful for abundance and praising God for it
Recovery: was it easy for you? Was it hard?
What are the hard parts of recovery, not so pretty parts?