Disclaimer: I’m not advocating going out and eating tons of candy after this post. This isn’t from a nutritional perspective. Instead I wanted to put a ‘balanced’, ‘moderate’ perspective to the topic of ‘junk food.’ Please don’t take this as nutritional advice. These are just a few of the things God has taught me about moderation and thankfulness as the idol of ‘food’ and ‘being healthy’ can no longer have a place in my life.
For a long time I felt like ‘junk food’ was in the category of ‘do not touch’ if I wanted to eat healthy. I know this is can be a touchy subject, and I also know that different people have different dietary needs and perspectives, so that’s why I love WIAW with Jenn! We can share our daily eats, without holding each other to a rigid standard. Instead we get to enjoy and create a community around intuitive eating, enjoying God’s good gifts, and fueling our bodies everyday. 🙂
Well this is why I’m not against ‘junk food.’
I know that some food is not as deliciously nutritious as other foods. I’m not going to come at this from a nutritional edge, because that’s not my expertise, so I’ll just give you a few other reasons, in my own humble opinion. 🙂
1. I like McDonald’s soft-serve cones. I just do. I know that it’s not the most high quality icecream, but I enjoy them, and I remind myself of the verse from 1 Corinthians 10:31, ‘So whether you eat or drink, do it all to the glory of God.’ If I can eat that cone to the glory of God, then I’ll eat it and be grateful for each bite.
2. I have friends who like to get candy and go to the theater to watch a movie or take it on a road trip. (Now, I like candy again and going to watch a movie or just sitting to read a book with my sister) If I sat in the car and ate my carrot sticks and apple slices, I can tell you that it just wouldn’t be as fun. I’ve been on the outside of watching other people eat what I used to deem ‘unhealthy’, and it’s not fun. Because I was so anxious about eating ‘junk food’ I missed out on many memorable moments. I didn’t listen to the exhortation from the Scriptures to ‘be anxious for nothing.’ My healthy eating wasn’t making me better than anyone. Instead it was making me judgmental, selfish, and worried.
I even missed out on eating ice cream with my family, because I was hyperventilating about the sugar. Instead, I ate my plain yogurt, but often, I wasn’t even grateful for my yogurt, because I was too busy thinking about what I would eat for my next meal.
Now I can eat ice cream, be satisfied, and finish a meal without my mind being absolutely consumed by thoughts of what I’m going to eat next, because I’m so hungry. I can’t say that I never ‘wanted ice cream’ when my family was eating it. Instead I looked at it longingly, but my mind said, ‘No, you can’t have it.’ I would listen to my idolatrous thoughts, and they always wore me down, instead of making me ‘healthier’ in mind, body, soul, and spirit.
3. I’m not against junk food, because I don’t think of it as ‘junk food.’ Instead I think of it as ‘sweeter food’ or ‘saltier food.’ I usually don’t want to eat sweet food all the time, but when I do, I’m learning to thank God for every piece and most of all, ENJOY the gift of being able to eat, to live, and to be grateful for the ability to LIVE in newness of life in Christ!
With that, here goes a ‘mostly balanced’ day of eats from this week… There’s a few leftovers in there. There is some cheese, chicken, vegetables, ice cream, and even some … PEANUT BUTTER! Are you surprised?
Breakfast was a loaded bowl of yogurt, a banana, almond butter (I got to scrape out the JAR!), and a handful of trail mix… I didn’t quite make it to breakfast before eating a ‘pre-breakfast’ snack.
Lunch was leftovers, but I thought they were kind of pretty leftovers (for the first time in a while), so I even shared a picture on Instagram. Of course, I have done some ugly ‘instagram’ food pictures too.
Salad + creamy dressing + cheese + chicken = filling. Of course, I did eat a Butterfinger cup and a banana and peanut butter later in the afternoon.
Snack #1 – (Snack #2 didn’t really get a picture before I ate it.)
Dinner was simple. We have a huge bag of the most delicious marinated chicken that came out of our freezer a couple days ago, and we’ve been using it for about 5 meals now. I think this was meal #3.
You can’t see it, but this chicken, dressing, artichoke dip O_O (yes I know that’s weird), and salsa are all sitting on top of a bed of tortilla chips.
More Eats from the week!
Tuesday’s Dinner. I made a Southwestern Chicken Cheesy Skillet ! Click on the link for the recipe. It was super quick to put together, and my family really loved it. The only down side, for me, was that the rice took forever to cook. Although God knows that I always need more patience, so He always uses new ways of teaching me this fruit of the Spirit. 🙂
This is what the skillet looked like while cooking in the …. um… skillet?
Ok, this isn’t a meal, but I did eat ice cream. 🙂 It was good. Thankful that God gave us such a sweet gift as ice cream. 🙂
You can never let a good dessert go to waste. I found this seven layer bar in the freezer from the conference we had at our house. I couldn’t let it go to waste, so my mom and I shared it along with the rest of the ice cream after dinner tonight.
What’s your favorite ‘sweeter’ food? My favorites are Reese’s pieces, Butterfingers, and any version of M’n’M’s. 🙂
What’s your favorite ‘saltier’ food? I really love fries. I also like potato chips. 🙂
What do you think about the term ‘junk food?’