Keep those entries coming for that Bliss Nut Butter’s Giveaway from last week!
I’m also linking up with Amanda for Janie to share her story!
Walking the road to recovery is not a walk in the park. That’s why today’s podcast is so special to me. It showcases that though recovery is REALLY indescribably hard, there is nothing too hard for God. Eating disorders are serious, but God’s healing is also seriously amazing. There may be days that recovery seems impossible. Some days are dark, hard, and you can’t quite see the light at the end of the tunnel. That leads me into a story. I met a friend, a friend who has suffered a lot; this girl is only 20 years old. She has gone through a surgery. She has gone through an eating disorder. She has gone through loneliness, depression, sadness, recovery, and victory in Jesus! This is Janie’s story, and I am so privileged, so excited, and so humbled to be able to tell it.
Beautiful Janie in New Zealand
This is crazy, because I remember following Janie as she went to New Zealand last year, and I thought, ‘Wow, it would be so neat to be friends with this girl.’ Little did I know that the Lord would gradually and naturally develop a friendship to where we could talk on the phone, and I could share her story with you.
I’ve been virtually ‘walking’ next to Janie on her Instagram for about a year or so, and this girl has amazed me. This girl had to give up running, one of my most beloved sports, yet she testified in this interview and reminded me that JESUS is everything, not running. Jesus is everything, not food.) Janie exudes strength and humility. Janie set aside an hour of her time to walk me through every part of her eating disorder. She shared the hard times of walking when she felt like she was alone, the catalyst to her initial desire for recovery, and how God has only drawn her closer to Himself through this walking through the valleys of the shadow of death.
Janie also is walking the road to becoming a registered R.D. She has the most beautiful Instagram account, and I love this girl showing all the variety of the most epic bowls of oatmeal (she does not skimp on the toppings); I know she also loves granola like me, a good icecream, and some yummy filet mignon. 🙂
There isn’t really words to describe the emotions I felt as I listened to Janie. She opened up, and she really bared herself and her story to all of us. She went through each detail of how she got addicted to exercise, seeing the number on the scale drop, and yet how she still felt sad and lonely despite the number on the scale going down and down.
Janie has a very sensitive heart to many of the struggles in recovery. She struggles herself still, so she provided such a balanced, sweet, gentle, and hopeful remind of how the Gospel of Jesus Christ applies to recovery.
Without further delay, I really want you to listen to Janie’s story yourself. Walking with her through the story will be one of the most encouraging uplifting parts of your day! <3
To give you an idea of the talking points we covered:
Janie’s Downward Spiral Into Losing More and More Weight
Janie’s Relationship with Running and Injury
The Person Who Pushed Janie Towards Recovery with Her Own Story
Janie’s Passion for Wholistic Nutrition and Truly Taking Care of Your Body
Janie’s Love for Jesus and Why Learning That Jesus Is Everything Has Helped Her Let Go of the things that her ED wanted to hold onto.
Those are just a few of them, and there are so many more throughout the podcast. I know you will smile so much listening to Janie opening up and walking with her through every step.
Quick Note: At one part you will hear crackling in the background. I must be totally transparent as I always try to be by God’s grace in me, but I had my dog in here and he needed some entertainment so he was chewing on something that crackles a lot. Don’t worry. I gave it to him.
Janie also has the cutest blog:
One of my very favorite posts that she has shared was called, ‘Finding My Own Healthy.’ She also shares the in depth story of her recovery here! This is just a snippet of what she writes at the end of her story.
“Not.Worth.Comparing. Bring on the suffering God — for it is GOOD! Use it to bring your children to you, God, and prepare us for the return of your Son. Come Lord Jesus, come quickly! Thanks for reading how God has been working in my life up until this point in my life! With this website I want to share my love of living an all around healthy lifestyle – living freely, eating healthily, and exercising to love and take care of yourself. I want you (reader) to know that health can be found at every size — there is no one size fits all when it comes to “healthy” or “healthy lifestyle.” It will look different for everyone. Also, healthy eating does not have to be complicated and uninteresting. Through my growing knowledge on nutrition, I have developed a huge passion for cooking and baking healthy foods, and I want everyone to realize that eating healthy is not all about low-calorie food and boring spinach salads galore like I once thought. Eating healthy is a wonderful way we, as human beings created by an awesome loving God, can care for our bodies as best we can by feeding ourselves wholesome foods to nourish, not to destroy our bodies.’
And her Instagram is: @LivehealthyandFree. . . Seriously also, you will want to get food inspo from her, because she always creates the most epic bowls of oats (can you tell I love oatmeal?) and she has a tremendously amazing nut butter collection. She is the one who got me hooked on Bhappy Peanut Butter.
What have been the hardest parts for you of walking through recovery?
Tell me, if you’ve listened to several episodes of the podcast, what your favorite one has been and why!