Today I’m sharing about a topic that weighs on my heart when it comes to the conversation around eating disorders and ‘food.’ It even springs to my mind when I’m scrolling through Pinterest, and the term ‘guilt-free’ catches my eye. And… I really don’t like it.
This runs through my head often, especially when I’m tempted to judge other people or be down on myself for eating a certain food because it’s ‘bad,’ or it makes me feel guilty.
Why is there a guilt stigma around certain foods like a bread with butter vs. bread with no butter or a bread with sugar or a bread with honey?
Hmm… let’s talk about it.
In 1 Timothy 4, Paul warns Timothy about the people who are going to come into the church and try to deceive the brothers and sisters in the Christian church to go to the extreme about things like certain foods and marriage. He says,
‘Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.’
The thing that really stands out to me as I read that is that I often get ‘micro focused on the food’ when I forget about the awesome God who made the food.
God creates things good, because God is good. God is the essence of goodness in His being and person.
It’s just that man and woman, by nature, (including me) can often take these good gifts and abuse them. I did that in my my eating disorder, and I am still guilty of doing that.
I might eat food till I feel sick or I might say that it is sinful to eat certain foods because the internet says so.
But these things, in and of themselves are good, because the awesome Creator is good.
So then, should we label any food like sugar or chocolate as a ‘guilty pleasure?’
I know it’s just a cliche phrase, but I think it has really affected the way many look at things like butter or fat (for that matter). It’s affected the way we look at full fat yogurt vs. ‘reduced fat’ yogurt. I’m not going to get into the details, because I want to stay back to look at the general principle of the matter.
I do believe I’m guilty of sin, but I do believe that Jesus Christ the Savior came down to earth so that the condemnation, the guilt of my sin would be done away with.
So then why shouldn’t we label food as ‘guilty’ pleasures or ‘guilt-free?’
God made it good, and it is okay to enjoy God’s AMAZING gifts and His glory in the food that He has made!
Foods I Used to Associate with Guilt
High Calorie Bars – Now they’re one of my favorites…
What are your favorite hefty bars?
Peanut Butter that had more than just peanuts:
Have you ever tried this peanut butter from Trader Joes? IT is a TREAT! 🙂
The Scrapings of a Nut Butter Jar: I used to always look inside and think, ‘AAAH!!!! There is way too much. It’s going to make me
Wow. The mind is a powerful enemy in recovery, but in the might of Jesus Christ my mind has been renewed and is being changed more and more about these fear foods.
I’m so thankful that that list of fear foods is shrinking really rapidly, and an almost empty nut butter jar is usually not one of them anymore.
Now, let’s share the eats!
This pumpkin bread is actually Kat’s recipe, but I used pumpkin instead of sweet potato. Okay, so I probably should not have made the substitute because the bread didn’t quite look like Kat’s muffins.
But… I think the Lord uses these things to keep me humble and remind me that I can’t just ‘tweak’ recipes and expect them to be perfect. I get kind of cocky around recipes, and this was a good reminder to follow the recipe especially if I haven’t made it before.
Romans 8:28 came to mind when I was bemoaning that nobody else quite loved the bread like I did. ‘
‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.’
What did I learn?
1) There are a lot of patient recipe testers out there who have perfected these recipes, so you need to follow them as closely as possible…
2) Be humble if they don’t turn out like you wanted them to because God’s will always works out, and it always teaches you something good.
Go try Kat’s recipe, and tell me what you think. That gal is a GOOD cook and baker. I love every recipe I’ve tried from her especially when I um…. don’t change the recipe. *embarrassed face*
Another verse that fed my soul yesterday was this one from Isaiah 40:11, ‘He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.’
Lunch: I was pretty HUNGRY (again), so I enjoyed another thick slice of the PUMPKIN bread (mentioned above. . . I loved it. It was super doughy and thick and chocolatey) and some leftover omelet topped with spaghetti sauce.
This picture is kind of like my life. It’s not picture perfect, but it reminds me that the only way I am NEW and a NEW person is because of the quickening power and grace of God. He makes all dead things alive and puts the broken things back together.
Snack before Dinner: My sister and I got to listen to this awesome sermon from Acts 2 about what the Christian church is. Wow, this series of sermons is just really shifting my whole mindset that hasn’t been right in different ways about what the Christian life really is.
There is so much I don’t know y’all, and it’s so amazing to learn more.
This is the passage that he preached on:
Acts 2:42-47, ‘And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Dinner: Taco Tuesday! Did you celebrate Taco Tuesday or Toast Tuesday? :o)
And of course… dessert… Was it guilt filled? Not really. I’m thankful for dessert and that God’s blessings are TRULY infinite.
Linking up with my friend Laura, Arman, and Jenn for #WIAW, the ‘funnest’ foodie link-up of the week. 🙂 I’m also joining Amanda for the ‘Thinking out Loud‘ party. <3
Do you ever struggle with the ‘guilt label’ on foods?
Do you still have foods that you associate with guilt?
Would you agree that no ‘edible’ food should be associated with guilt?
What was the best thing you ate this week?
How have you seen God’s blessings and kindness and mercy this week?
Have you read these posts yet?