I did receive cereal from ‘Mix Your Cereal’ for this post. All opinions are my own.
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This is going to be random, because my mind is in a million different places, but that’s the wonderful part about Thinking Out Loud Thursday. It’s okay to be random. I’ve been thinking about stress and how it affects recovery, food guilt, fireworks, and macro-nutrients.
How’s that for random?
Let’s begin… First let’s talk about the fireworks on the 4th.
Let’s go with fireworks first… The fireworks on the 4th of July were absolutely beautiful. We went to an outdoor amphitheater in Lone Tree and watched the Colorado Symphony Orchestra perform pieces from some of my very favorite movies/movie composers including:
The conductor was from Australia, and boy, he was amazing to watch. He put so much passion and joy and energy into his conducting, and it left me just thanking God so much for the beautiful gift of music. What would the world be like without music?
The sky was absolutely glorious that night, and although it sprinkled a little bit, God mercifully held the rain off until we got back in our cars. It was actually kind of neat looking up at the sky and seeing the dark clouds gather. It gave the amphitheater a bit of a cozy feeling with that sky of clouds.
And if all that amazing movie soundtrack music wasn’t enough, they played John Phillip Sousa’s ‘Stars and Stripes Forever.’
Guys and Gals, that song made me grateful once again for the great heritage and gift of freedom we have here in this country!
I don’t quite have an amazing I-phone camera, so the I-pod didn’t quite capture the glory of these fireworks.
#2) Stress and Recovery
I’ve been thinking about stress a good bit, because well, I struggle with being stressed. I’m a generally optimistic person, but the struggle with stress is real. It’s like my brain knows that God is in control and that I don’t have to know everything or work everything out, but I still find myself getting stressed over all the little details.
Stress seriously affects recovery. It affects my cycle big time. It’s not that I’m walking around the house yelling at people, but… I hide stress really well. However, I do want you to know that I am not a human being who is never stressed, because that wouldn’t be honest.
However, I’m also learning that it’s not okay to be anxious, and so I need to set some limits for myself when it comes to stress.
I actually listened to a podcast from Balanced Bites on stress and adrenal fatigue which was really interesting, and it added more fuel to the fire for this post.
What are the new de-stress standards that I’m trying to keep in mind?
A) Reminding myself of God’s grace . . Keeping this verse in mind from 2 Corinthians 12:9 is one of the reminders that keeps my mind off of all the little details knowing that God’s infinite strength covers my finite weakness.
‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.’
B) Knowing My Limits
Sometimes I’m just going to have to say, ‘No’ because I’m not God and I can’t do everything for everybody. It’s not that I don’t want to do things for others, but I’m not a fountain of infinite strength, and if I act like that I’m going to kill myself.
Meanwhile, I can go to bed and meditate on Isaiah 40:28-29, ‘Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.’
He doesn’t sleep, because He has infinite strength, so I don’t need to be awake all hours of the night or go to every single social gathering.
C) Doing Relaxing Things
Some of my favorite relaxing things to do are:
Doing a workout
Baking just to bake
Watching Casey Neistat’s Vlogs
Listening to Scripture
Laying on the Ground looking up at the stars
#3) Food Guilt
Man, where did all this food guilt come from on the internet? Why are some things ‘guilt free’ and some things ‘rich and sinful?’ Is it sinful to eat chocolate or a brownie?
The thing I’ve learned is that it’s sinful if it becomes an idol, so salad could be an idol or a brownie could be an idol, but it’s not because food is bad. An amazing chocolate cheesecake bar like Christina’s or a Buddha Bowl from Emilie’s site can be just as ‘good’ for your mental and physical health. We aren’t just a body. Stress or anxiety or fear is talked of more in the Bible than not eating chocolate. In fact, there isn’t a mention of not eating chocolate, but the big principle?
Nehemiah 8:10 says about feasting, ‘Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”’
Go eat your omelets and your brownies, and enjoy them for me, ok? 🙂
Eating Dad’s leftover omelets is one of my favorite things especially when I’m super ‘hangry.’
#4) Making your own cereal from Make Your Own Cereal is pretty epic.
Talk about the coolest thing ever, when you are browsing through Instagram, and by God’s providence, I find this Instagram called ‘My Cereal Mix.’ I go onto their website, and they literally have the place for the toppings queen that I am (especially with cereal and icecream and yogurt.)
They have everything from bee pollen to dried goji berries to dried bananas and strawberries..
It starts with the base which would be:
Rolled Grain Cereal … and more
Then you can add the fruits, nuts, sweeteners, and other toppings of your choice.
It’s pretty sweet, so I reached out to My Cereal Mix, and asked if they would want me to do a blog review. They said, ‘Yes’ so I ordered it, and the cereal I came out with is the one that has everything from bee pollen to cashews and rice crisps. The cereal, by itself, was a bit of a dry mix (but I have myself to thank for that), and it tastes really delicious on top of yogurt.
#5) Macro Nutrients…
A high protein diet doesn’t keep me full. Is that weird? I think my body does really thrive on balance. Too many carrots don’t make my stomach happy, but I couldn’t live on ice cream and cake.
It’s pretty awesome how God designed our bodies to reveal His glory. They are amazing.
#6) Workout Guilt
Do you ever get that workout guilt when doing a workout video if you can’t complete an exercise or feel super lame?
I was doing this ‘Millionaire Hoy‘ video yesterday, and I loved it, but I had to let go of the workout guilt when I couldn’t quite complete the burnout round at the end.
Exercise isn’t my life anymore. I love it, because it’s fun to move and sweat, but it’s okay if I don’t finish a workout cause I’m not Super Woman. I’m weak, and I’m okay admitting weakness, cause it keeps me humble.
#7) Health Issues and Looking Beyond the Surface
Emily wrote this post yesterday, and it got me to thinking.
We really don’t look beyond the surface when it comes to health issues including recovery.
There are parts of recovery that aren’t easy to understand, and you have to be SO careful not to cast quick judgment.
What are some of the parts of recovery that are hard to understand?
Recovery is not about someone’s weight. It’s a mindset, and that’s not something you see right away.
Recovery is not about the food you eat. Some recovering people may eat more veggies. Some are vegans, some are pescatarians, some are everything-e-tarians. You can’t say someone is disordered if they don’t eat ice cream. You have to know the reasoning behind the decision.
Recovery is not dependent on time. Don’t set a time frame for it, but don’t GIVE UP, because EVERY SINGLE LIFE is precious.
Every life matters, no matter whether you are a precious baby formed in the womb to an elderly woman or man who is nearing the end of their life, because you were made in the image of the glorious God.
Do not think that someone who is in recovery who posts a despairing caption on their Instagram is hopeless. I believe that God does amazing things, and He can work miracles, just like the Red Sea or Jericho or Gideon. When the Egyptians were SO close to the Israelites, God swallowed them up with the Red Sea, doing what seemed impossible with man.
This verse in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 comes to mind whenever I see another Christian who is struggling, ‘We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed…’
Don’t let a one time struggle define you or one of your friends. Encourage them. Lift them up and do not ever give up on them.
I don’t want to ever give up on others, because God didn’t give up on me.
In fact God’s love is far greater than mine. Jeremiah 31:3 says, ‘The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.’
If God’s love is everlasting for me why would I ever give up on others?
I don’t know exactly how this happened but I was blessed with not one but two giveaways for you guys and gals.
If you haven’t entered them yet, one ends in 3 days, and the other ends in about a week, so … you have a chance to win either some nut butter or some bars.
Here they are:
And lest we get too long winded, I’ll leave you with a few food pictures to drool over of some of the crazy baking I’ve done this week. Having blogger friends is pretty A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
Chocolate Banana Scones from Christina – The best scones ever!
Flourless S’mores Cups from Ashley – They weren’t nearly as beautiful as hers, but they were all gone after the church potluck, so I’m guessing everybody liked them.
Creamy Sweet Potato Salad – Athletic Avocado – I like this better than potato salad… It appeals to my sweet tooth big time.
Last but not least I have a few links for extra reading, because they were just so good. These girls have amazing perspectives on food and eating and what really living and really eating and really being healthy is, and these posts had me ‘nodding my head’ at a rapid pace in agreement.
What Healthy Eating Means to Me – Katalyst Health
Doing What Works When It Comes to Eating – Running with Spoons
What are you thinking about today?
How do you deal with stress?
Do you thrive on a diet with balanced macros or are you more of a protein or carb or fat sort of an eater? What works for you?