I used to have certain ‘categories’ of food in my head. Icecream and chocolate and desserts were ‘unhealthy’ in my mind. And anything green or fruity or brown (if it was rice or bread) was ‘healthy.’
I love how Sarah and Robyn both often talk about how different foods can be healthy for your mind and body. These dietitians LIVE that food freedom out, and they are both some of my biggest inspirations for recovery.
No longer do I think of certain foods as healthy or unhealthy. It’s easy to categorize the:
Store Bought Baked Goods
Yummy Foods With Lots of Sugar or Salt
Salad Dressing from restaurants
as ‘unhealthy’, but I like to come from the place of appreciating each food as having its place. Each food is a gift from God. Each one serves a different purpose.
I’ve come to love eating so much more without obsessing over it with this attitude. I wanted to encourage you all that this is such a precious, freeing way to look at food.
Why am I encouraging us to look at food as neutral?
1. There isn’t really that much in Scripture that talks about a food being good or bad. It does talk about a land flowing with ‘milk and honey.’ It talks about grapes and wine and different kind of meats. It talks about tasting and seeing that the Lord is good. It talks about giving thanks in everything.
God is sooo desirous of seeing His children be thankful to overflowing for His precious gifts, that remind of us of Who our Father is and His abundance.
Philippians 4:19, ‘But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.’
He doesn’t want me setting up an idol of food. He wants me to worship Him, not an ‘ideal’ of food that consumes me.
2. There is SO much freedom in setting down your desires to eat a certain way to enjoy eating with other people, without being worried or afraid. I’ve realized that eating with my sisters, those delicious movie snacks is an incredible gift, and I wouldn’t trade that for a certain way of eating that doesn’t include those movie snacks like Cheez-its, potato chips, popcorn, or Oreos.
3. Food is made by God. I know that there are contestable ways of processing some foods, and honestly I don’t usually want all package foods. Some of my favorite snacks aren’t packed, and some of my favorite snacks are packed.
Bananas and peanut butter
Yogurt and fruit
carrots and peanut butter
Each one of these is food to me. Each one serves a different purpose, and I enjoy each one. I’m learning not to attach guilt to one or the other, and most of all I have to thank the Lord that I’m so much more thankful for food than ever before.
Two of my very FAVORITE bloggers have written so much on food and food freedom: (Their perspectives are both science based and from a place of gentleness and no obsession.) I’m going to conclude this post with links to some of their posts on food freedom.)
The Real Life RD Posts:
Behind the Scenes of Intuitive Eating – Robyn (I love how Robyn delves into the simplicity and beauty of eating what you’re craving.)
She even has some excellent post from other sweet ladies who work with her on the Nutshell Nutrition team.
Sarah’s (Bucket List Tummy) Posts on Food Freedom and Letting Go Food Guilt
This is my encouragement from the depths of my heart to you.
It is SO worth just eating, being thankful, and moving on through life without food chaining us down. I believe the devil wants our minds to live in bondage, but if Jesus sets us free we will be FREE INDEED.
And that freedom is so worth it.
Do you still have certain foods you want to see as neutral not as unhealthy?