For Christmas, our 7 year old desperately wanted a diary, with a lock. As much as I didn’t want to get her one – because that means she’s edging dangerously close to tween instead of my baby girl – I know how it is. We got her one anyway. I always kept a diary or journal of sorts. Looking back, the purpose of my journaling wasn’t to devise a grand scheme against the universe or to conceal dark truths, I wrote as a way of organizing thoughts; planning; recording; reflecting. Those are all really good and constructive skills to have. Over the years, this very blog has acted as a journal of sorts and I’m thinking of adding a new (pictorial) chapter to it.
If you’ve been reading along with me a while now, you know I have a deep-seated struggle with using food as medication instead of nutrition. Some stress-inducing times ensued, recently, and I gained about 10lbs. I’ve come too far to do this and thankfully, I know how to turn this horse and buggy around. I’m not making any grandiose plans to cut dairy, gluten, wheat, fat, and all other sources of flavor. That’s unreasonable for me. I do know how to eat clean and the two items below will help me do just that…
1.) Grace. The Lord is bigger than any burden I have and when I have that urge to binge, I need to conscientiously PRAY and nourish my body with scriptural truths instead of a pixie stick.
2.) Accountability. I do SO much better when I have enlisted accountability folks asking how things are going; who are positive influences; and who will encourage me to continue on the right path – even if I don’t know them personally. It just helps to be part of a team. Accountability works! It’s why things like Weight Watchers; Advocare; Beach Body; and My FitnessPal thrive! These apps and groups all encourage you to write what you bite and work through your diet and exercise routines with friends/coaches.
To me, eating well isn’t just about being a few pounds lighter (anymore, anyways). It’s about properly caring for what God gave me. When we choose to abuse our bodies with food, drugs, or alcohol, we are really just incinerating the temples that God built especially for us to do His work. I wouldn’t burn a brick and mortar temple, would you? Why would we do that to our own bodies that were made for so much more than an inanimate building? We have work to do, believing friends, and we need to keep our minds and bodies healthy to do that work. Additionally, I’m not wasting my weaknesses. God gave me this weakness, sugar addiction; but, He also gave me a voice as a writer; I’m putting two and two together in hopes of reaching out to others. He casts light out of darkness – all. the. time.
SO, here’s the next chapter. I created a Pinterest board called “food journal in pictures.” I’m posting photos of every meal (I take photos of basically everything I eat anyway, ask anyone who follows me on social media). Please follow along for accountability AND for clean meal ideas. I’ll be posting everything – good and bad – but hopefully there are mostly good things there and you can get some clean eating ideas as well. 🙂 http://www.pinterest.com/dailyupsnpounds/food-journal-in-pictures/. Wishing you all a very healthy new year!
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, – I Cor 6:19 (ESV).