Before I jump
into today’s post,
I’d first like to ask you to join me over at MustLoveGod.
To take a moment
and think about
what kind of bee you are.
This was a lesson
the Lord brought to my attention last week
when my back was hurting.
I hope you will find it encouraging.
Today’s post has been difficult for me to write. I’ve started, stopped, and re-started. I learned in church this weekend that in Maine, the child food insecurity rate is nearly 1 in every 4 children. Maine ranks 1st in New England for child and senior food insecurity. A person is considered food insecure if they lack access to enough food to ensure adequate nutrition.
And here am I, about to write a blog about my “health and nutrition”.
I suddenly felt so overcome by inadequacy to write this post, I gave up and walked away, feeling there is nothing I have to offer to point to
God’s glory about my “Wellness Wednesday”.
Then I felt convicted as I walked away. Because God meets us where we are. He wants us where we are, so He can begin to transform us into who we are to be in Christ. This “Wellness Wednesday” is where God is meeting me, in my life, and transforming this area of my life. It’s part of my journey.
I made a commitment to complete a 30 day program, and I successfully completed it.
I can’t take credit for completing it, because the credit belongs to Christ. One of the most important things I learned during the 30 days is we cannot truly succeed apart from Christ. Even in something as simple and ordinary as how we eat.
I had made food an idol. I had a relationship with food. Turning to food for comfort and fulfillment instead of for nutrition and fueling my body. When emotionally “unhinged”, I would turn to the nearest “comfort food” and eat to the point of being physically sick, trying to fill the void. The biggest Praise I have for this 30 Days is that I learned to go to Christ in prayer First. He gave me everything I needed emotionally, so I could learn to take better care of myself Physically.
It does take an effort to eat healthier. Just like it takes an effort to get good grades, to train for a marathon, to learn how to be a better parent, to invest in a marriage, to make a scarf out of a ball of yarn.
The amazing thing is as you keep putting effort into making the scarf, it gets easier. The next scarf knits faster. You find yourself parenting better and loving your spouse better because as you make the effort to do so, you learn how to in a better way.
So it does take an effort to eat healthier, once you do, it gets much easier. Easier to shop. Easier to cook meals. Easier to make healthy fit into a budget.
Of the scary things I learned over the last 30 days, the most important one would be how much sugar we were eating before versus now. Not just natural sugars either, all of the added sugars, the chemical sugars. How much “non food” we were ingesting on a regular basis. Even when I thought I was eating “healthy”, I can now see why it wasn’t working. Because it still wasn’t very healthy.
My husband and I both saw very direct impacts of the Whole30. He was able to cut back dramatically on his diabetes medications (he is type II). He has cut back by over 75%. He also lost 7 to 8 pounds and REACHED the goal weight his doctor set for him at his last check in.
How did I fair?
Last Weigh In, January 30th: Today’s Weigh In:
Weight: 139.4 Weight: 134.0
Total Weight Loss since aiming for target weight: -16lbs
I got to this place back in September last year. Then I added back half the weight I’d lost. I “added back” due to my unhealthy relationship with food. Finally seeing it for what it really was, acknowledging food had become an idol in my life, and taking the steps to dethrone it through the power and strength of Christ, I found hope. Hope in Christ. Hope that is bleeding into other areas of my life I wasn’t even aware was in need of His hope.
I have also learned thankfulness this last 30 days. Thankfulness to live in a country where I can make healthier food choices. Thankful our Lord provides for us in such a way we can provide our son with food, so he never wonders if he’ll be able to eat today or not.
While I would recommend Whole30 to anyone who is struggling to learn healthier eating habits, wanting to dethrone food as an idol, or trying to take better physical care of their health, most importantly I encourage everyone to seek God first. Make Him a part of your physical health journey. Make Him the Most Important part of it. I’ve tried programs of every shape and size in the past, never completing them, never getting any healthier by them, never having enough will-power to make it through them. I’ve never tried one with the intention of putting Christ first. I believe doing that first, combining it with a genuinely fantastic program like Whole30, is what gave me the strength to be able to complete the program and gain healthier habits.
The only scary part in all this? I feel like He’s going to start revealing other idols to me I’m not yet aware I have…
The best part, we as a family have made a decision to take action about the hunger happening in our state, in our community. Sometimes I think that’s why the Lord lays conviction on our hearts, so that His Holy Spirit can call us to take action.
I’m linking up with Kim at Weigh in Wednesdays because I appreciate the encouragement and accountability this fantastic group of women provide for this journey to better health.
I’m also still linking up with IntoxicatedonLife for Wellness Wednesday. I love the energy and time they invest in sharing how to live a healthier life and the knowledge they offer towards that goal.
In Love & Faith,