Eating when you’re sad is really hard, but for someone in recovery it’s often necessary. There is definitely a difference between fasting to seek the Lord more, fasting for faith reasons, and fasting because you’re overly emotional and sad. I’m learning that. These past few days, and many times over this past year, I’ve had days or weeks of just feeling sad. This time, I do actually have a reason for experiencing grief, and it’s been hard. The reason is a little boy in church, who has been struggling with complications of Downs Syndrome for about a year and a half.
Unless God wants to keep him here, by a miracle, little Charlie will go home to be with Jesus which is FAR better, but I’m still praying. I’m still hoping, just as David prayed for his little child. I know that God can heal Charlie either way; it would be healing from ALL of life’s suffering if he went to be with Jesus; it would be healing if God knitted his stomach back together here.
But how do you nourish your body when you know you need to keep going but eating is the very last thing you want to do?
I wanted to share 10 ways to keep nourishing yourself even when your emotions say, ‘No thank you.’
a. Don’t obligate yourself to eat all your veggies and fruits and stick to your meal plan. That just adds unnecessary stress.
b. Make meal time a quiet time. Don’t add work into the equation while you’re eating. Think. Pray. Sing. Talk with loved family and friends while you eat. And reminder to myself *put away the phone*.
c. Don’t isolate yourself from everybody… unless you need time to get into the Word of God to find comfort from the God of all comfort and rest your heart and soul in Him.
d. Focus on God’s strength.
‘I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.’ (Psalm 18:1-2)
e. Remember that even when there is darkness and hardship and sadness the LORD always brings the light.
‘For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.’ (Psalm 18:28-29)
f. Savor each gift. Don’t rush through things, even eating. If you’re not hungry just eat slowly, and don’t force yourself to eat more than you usually need.
g. Remember that God restores the years the locusts have eaten and that He promises that there will be a day with
No More Tears
No More Pain
No More Fears
and that day is what keeps you hoping, longing, and confident in His perfect plan, no matter what the circumstances say to you right now.
h. Don’t be hard on yourself for eating ice cream or more sugary, carby food that you might eat normally… Just roll with it. Don’t focus on the food. Just enjoy it. <3
i. Hug others. Cry with them. Ask someone to pray for you. <3
j. Be thankful. Each moment of eating. Each moment. Each breath is a gift. Don’t waste those moments worrying about food. <3
I love you all, each and every one of you. If you are ever really sad, grieving, hurting, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I want to lift you up to the Lord God for comfort, restoration, healing, and even forgiveness. <3 My email is always open: firstname.lastname@example.org
So what did I eat on this day of feeling sad, of being burdened with a heavier heart?
Breakfast was pictured above; one of my beloved Perfect Bars and a Honeycrisp apple.
Lunch Part I – I almost didn’t want to share this because my pictures turned out so ugly, but you know what? Let’s keep it real here, and I’ll just say that it tasted delicious. It was lettuce with snap peas, mozzarella cheese, artichoke hearts, and Italian dressing.
Lunch Part II was a Chobani Cherry Cup with My Favorite Indulgence Granola (I was sent a few bags to make delicious creations with on Instagram)
Afternoon Snack: Definitely trail mix… I ate trail mix, and I got to record a podcast episode with Alison! You are going to love it.
Dinner: Maybe something ‘Pi’ themed since it is Pi day?
Dessert: Apple pie.. (hopefully!)
Since I’m writing this in the middle of the day, I probably won’t take pictures of the rest of my food to upload, so instead I’ll share some dinners and desserts that I’ve enjoyed in the last couple days to finish off today’s WIAW with Arman, courtesty of Jenn!
These Delicious Turmeric (Yes turmeric) Chocolate Cookies From Ashley’s blog
Waffles With All The Toppings (Monday’s Dinner) + Sausage
Dessert: Siggi’s LOADED with Whole Me clusters (Have you entered my GIVEAWAY FOR THEM????!???)
Linking up with Amanda to think out loud . . . <3
How do you deal with feeling sad and nourishing yourself?