Thus begins a series of posts wrapping up 2017. This is the first of one of the recovery lessons God taught me in 2017 that I wanted to share with you. (Linking up with Amanda a little bit late to think out loud!)
Sugar. I’ve written a few posts about it, and I am no nutritional expert. Yet I was thankful for Haley addressing sugar and the sugar detox (especially if you’ve had an ED) on her Instagram stories yesterday. It fueled the thinking behind this post and something I’ve learned in 2017.
Now. I am not judging you if you need to do a sugar detox, but mentally for me, that wouldn’t be a good place to go. I’ve done them before out of a restrictive mindset, and it wasn’t good for me. I looked at sugar as an enemy, and I had these thoughts of, ‘If I eat a second dessert will I die earlier?’ I didn’t think about how every step of my life is guided by the Lord. YES! I should take care of my body as God’s temple (1 Corinthians 6), but I am NOT to worry (Philippians 4).
I’ve learned that they affect me MORE than sugar.
Sugar doesn’t really affect me, because I don’t crave it all the time. I love cookies and icecream. I’ve eaten pie and hot fudge sauce and peanut butter and all the yummy Christmas candies, but I haven’t eaten them all day long, because I honestly don’t want it.
However, I don’t worry about my sugar consumption as much as I used to, and I’ve noticed a few things.
Less Stomach Aches
God is working miracles, and I really didn’t realize just how much stress and anxiety and ‘overwhelm’ affects me until the past year of learning to let go of those ‘food rules’ I had for myself. I don’t really want to change my body or tone up more this year.
I feel free. And there is nothing better than realizing that when JESUS makes you free you shall be free indeed.
It’s a LONG battle, and I know that the battle in the Christian life doesn’t end here, but I am so grateful for increasing victory over these fears of foods and sugars and fats and carbs and cookies and candies.
Life is TOO short on this earth to worry about sugar. Jesus came to bring ETERNAL life, joy, eternity, hope in heaven, and why would I spend my time worrying about ‘likes on Instagram’, grams of sugar, servings of veggies? I LOVE veggies, but I can’t spend my life obsessed with my nutrition; I love nutrition. I love nourishment, but I don’t want to spend my life so immersed in it that I forget the beauty, the gift of food, the gift of God.
Others might take a different approach to this. Others might find that it is more helpful to eliminate the sugar; that eliminating sugar might eliminate stress on your body, and I do not fault you for that at all. God designed each one of differently.
But this is the road of freedom that God has given me. My body might change over time, and I’m grateful for the changes, for the growth, for the flux, and for the fact that God never changes, that the Word of the Lord remains the same.
Food Freedom is Worth it.
Not Obsessing over Food is Worth It.
Enjoying Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls With Your Fam Without Stress Is Worth It.
I don’t want to paint this as a pretty picture that means I never struggle anymore, because I do. I ate delicious amounts of caramel corn and chocolate last night, and I struggled with some guilt. But God directed my mind into His love.
For those of you who are struggling and wrestling with this too, this is my prayer for you, that you would know the love of God, that love that is unconditional, that isn’t based on what our body looks like or the food we eat, but on the LOVE He has for us, because He wants us to glorify Him.
2 Thessalonians 3:5, ‘And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.’
Do you find that stress affects you a lot?
What’s your favorite candy or Christmas goodie that you’re still enjoying? (I LOVE pie and some of the chocolates and definitely the ice cream and … more.)
Stay tuned tomorrow for a FUN podcast talking about learning to ‘Be Still’, one of the biggest lessons I learned in 2017.