God created our bodies to need fuel. Every part of our bodies are carefully crafted and designed for assimilating the nutrients we need each day, and I think that snacking has helped me appreciate that even more. I often took for granted that my body needed that snacking. I felt guilty snacking, because I thought I was ‘out of control.’
I took my body for granted before I struggled with an eating disorder. For years my body was the center of my life. Yet, as God so mercifully shifted my focus, I began to realize just how much God takes care of us and our bodies and how much we don’t realize it.
I used to be afraid of snacking. I thought, if I ate in between meals, I would get ‘fat.’ I thought I would go out of control and eat too much.
I’ve actually found that snacking prevents me from eating too much at a meal and helps me sleep better at night. It’s freeing not to go to bed hungry. The issue for me was an issue of control. I was so concerned that I would not be ‘controlling’ what I ate, but I missed the whole point of being a child of God.
GOD is in control of my body. God enables my body to process the fuel. God takes care of me everyday, by His incredible mercy. He doesn’t have to take care of me. God is God. He can do whatever He pleases, and I’m so humbled that God would take care of me and provide for me everyday and so many others around the world. He sends snow on the earth. He has healed my body so that I can seek HIS kingdom, not my kingdom. He has given me this fuel to LIVE in Him.
I am a new creature in Christ. This person of fear that I was, fearing things that I thought could ‘kill my body’ is no longer me. Because of Christ alone, I’m a new creature and I can enjoy EVERYTHING He has created GOOD and praise and thank Him for it.
Romans 6:6-11, ‘Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.’
If you have not had this kind of trail mix, I would declare that you are missing out. . . Yogurt covered raisins are pretty tasty. 🙂
How did I come to enjoy snacking after struggling with doing it for so many years?
1. I listened to my hunger signals. I started to ignore the voice that said, ‘Don’t snack… You’re not really hungry and you don’t really need it.’ Instead I started listening to the God given hunger signals I had, and I realized that I was hungry in between meals. God didn’t give us those signals for nothing…. He does it all for a reason!
2. I snacked when other people snacked. Eating likes company. God made us to be in relationship. God is a personal God, a loving Father, and He sent His Son to restore us to relationship with Him. Therefore, He also made us to be in relationship with other people, and eating a snack with someone else is so much more exciting than eating by yourself.
3. I stopped thinking. This might sound odd to you, but it’s the kind of thinking that makes the difference. I had to stop thinking on the lies that came into my head every time I would reach for a snack.
Philippians 4:8 says, ‘Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things arehonest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.’
Was it lovely to think that snacking is ‘bad?’ Was it true to think that I would ‘get fat’ if I ate when I was hungry (even it wasn’t a meal time?) No, none of those thoughts were true. What is true? God made me for His glory. God designed me for His name’s sake. And purposes for me will work out for good, because He is truth, love, righteousness, and life. AND, He made all of the food and called it very ‘good.’
Now, it’s time for some coffee to pry your eyelids open after that exposition on snacking.
Do you like snacking?
Have you ever been afraid of snacking?
What are your favorite go-to snacks? Any recommendations for me?