I have something to break to you. I don’t like the ‘healthy label.’ This is not something I see any of my fellow bloggers doing, but it’s all over the ‘diet industry, the food labels, and the … dare I say… ‘Biggest Loser?’ People are ‘obsessed’ with health, for the sake of … health. Actually, I am incredibly thankful that God brought the healthy blogger community to me or brought me to it, because they have redefined for me, that healthy, does not look the same. They have taught me that ‘Health isn’t one size fits all.’
I’m also linking up with another one of my lovely blogger friends, Julia, who has helped me re-define healthy living in numerous ways during her own recovery journey for ‘Mental Health Monday’ because I’m hoping that the readers might be able to resonate with this.
Health is not a bad thing at all, but when a culture is obsessed with it, I don’t think it’s very ‘healthful’ in a lot of ways… They have this ‘healthy label’ that we should never dare venture outside of for fear of breaching the health label code.
Why isn’t it helpful? Because, any obsession becomes ‘stressful’ not ‘healthful.’ That’s what an ED did to me.
What is this ‘healthy label?’ It’s this label that puts ‘healthy living’ into one box that looks the same for everyone.
The Healthy Label as Defined by ‘Pop Culture’ (According to Emily:)
This is a personal opinion, so please take with a grain of salt… Health is a HUGE area of liberty, for which I am so thankful!
No cookies, ever, on a diet.
Always drink green juice, not too much fruit juice.
NO WHITE carbs
NO WHITE SUGAR
No bad fats (no donuts, no croissants, no icecream)
And if you go on vacation and … well, if you even eat too many cookie, you have to come home and … pay penance for eating too many cookies.
I guess I’m saying this, because these are all the ED, the obsessive thoughts that I went through for a long time. Life was ABOUT food. I would eat a cookie, but in my mind, it was ‘sinful’ to eat a cookie. I would feel intense guilt if I ate more than … one cookie.
What I didn’t think about?
I was actually sinning in making the cookie, the food, the salad I actually was eating, a ‘god.’
Then we go to Europe… and well if you’re on a budget and living in a ‘B&B’ room you really can’t make a salad everyday. It’s just not hugely feasible.
So you eat these things..
Looks pretty um… healthy, right?
Well, that’s not all.
There’s a tomato on there, but when I think of the ‘healthy label’ this plate probably wouldn’t … cut it.
But, the point is that life is not about food. It’s about seeking God’s kingdom first. God sent His Son to save me from idolizing other things above Him. He rescued this broken, bleeding, hungry, thirsty girl who really needed living water.
John 10:7-16, ‘Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.’
So then, Jesus Christ … He came to lay down His life for the broken persons like me, and that means that food, even the ‘healthy’ label doesn’t rule my life.
Sure, I LOVE eating carrots.
What is actual healthy eating? Well, it looks different for everyone, but here are some things I’m learning about what ‘healthy’ eating means for this girl.
#1 Thing: Eating with gratefulness… whether it’s a piece of chocolate or a HUGE salad that’s the size of your head.
#2 Thing: Eating with people. It’s just not as fun eating a cookie, eating numerous squares of European chocolate by yourself… We were made to be in community, created to eat and enjoy God’s awesome gifts in community with our precious people.
This Ireland trip hasn’t been about the eating, but we’ve been doing a lot of it.
And I’m not going to obsess over the amount of cookies or carrots that I ate tonight.
What has it been about? Well, first I’m going to DUMP so many awesome pictures on you to make you want to make Ireland the next place on your travel list and end with … some verbal thoughts. 🙂
Enter Ireland with me. Let’s go an adventure in this awesome place that God has created, just one of the many spots in the world that showcases a TASTE of His Glory, Beauty, and Majesty!
I love old church buildings, not so much because they ‘are the church.’ The church is the body of Christ, and it doesn’t matter where the body worships. We could worship in a field, or in a building, or in a school, but the thing I love about these churches is the significance that God’s purposes never fail. God’s constancy and faithfulness, despite the rise and fall of empires, is such an anchor for my frail soul in the midst of every storm and uncertainty.
You know? In the midst of us…the sin, the brokenness that sin produces, I see God redeeming everyday, in my life, in other’s lives, in His creation. That’s the promise, the solidity that Jesus Christ came to bring, the promise that keeps me going, that keeps me alive. It gives me so much hope. He redeems. He heals. He takes the broken. He makes them new. He takes the unhealthy and makes them truly healthy. That is the beauty of God’s love, and you can even see it when you walk through one of these Boo-ti-ful Irish gardens.
Early Morning Runs in little Irish towns… made me think. ‘Why am I getting to do this? I don’t deserve a nice beautiful vacation in Ireland. I don’t deserve this at all.’ That’s the wonder of God’s mercies, and it brought these verses to my mind.
Lamentations 3:22-24, ‘It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.’
Has it been a ‘healthy’ trip? Well, it hasn’t been perfect, but God has been teaching me about trust, about flexibility, about how I’m completely dependent on His mercy, about how it’s okay to eat… different food, because life isn’t about food. Life is about enjoying, working for Him, and serving others … 🙂
The food has been great because the mercies of God are AWESOME.
Gotta get that fiber in, right? 🙂
I’m also linking up with Katie for a ‘Marvelous Monday’ because I thought this might be a fun topic to start the week.
Ok, so do you agree with me about the ‘healthy’ label?
How should we redefine the ‘healthy’ label?
When you go on a vacation or at home what does ‘healthy’ look like for you?
Tell me: Have you ever dipped carrots in Sunbutter?
Did you notice the high consumption of Nuttzo in this post? Would you bring nut butter on a trip with you?