Learning to eat EVERYTHING in recovery is not an easy thing. In some ways it actually feels almost impossible. But I want to share with you that it’s not impossible. I used to think that ice cream and cake would always seem scary, that M’n’m’s and spontaneous dinner dates would be absolutely terrifying for the rest of my life, but I was completely wrong about that, and for that I’m really grateful.
Yes, those white flour pancakes may seem scary now, but some day, you will be able to eat a stack of them with syrup again and butter.
Because life is not about … just food.
Food is a gift. It’s beautiful; it’s a gift from God, but our lives shouldn’t be controlled or mastered by it.
There will be a day when it’s okay in your mind to eat a piece of bread with chocolate peanut butter for breakfast, and you don’t stress out about not having fruit, because God made wheat and peanuts and chocolate too!
And you will wonder, wonder at how marvelous recovery is, and how you weren’t sure it was possible.
And there will be that day when you ate everything. You enjoyed:
and most of all God used those things to keep your body and mind going. You didn’t obsess over them. You didn’t hyper-focus on food; you just ate.
And you enjoyed the people, the precious souls that you enjoyed that meal with; you remembered the:
Tears Shed Together
And JOY ….
and you begin to taste freedom, the freedom wherein Christ Jesus has made us free. . .
Romans 6:17-18, ‘But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.’
Freedom is worth every step of the fight, and the Lord God has fought for me in every step of this journey to eating EVERYTHING; embracing food freedom with every ounce of my being.
It is worth it.
Every slice of pizza.
Eating everything at that table, not being afraid of the ice cream, the pizza, the cheese, and the friendship that comes along with eating with your beloved friends and family…. (those are gifts worth fighting for….)
Have you gotten to that point in recovery where you can eat almost everything you used to fear?
Do you like to try a little bit of everything when you go to a meal or a buffet? (just a fun question!)