This isn’t easy to share, but this is a lesson that is being reinforced in my head and heart and mind the past 6-8 weeks especially. I learned on the trip to Europe that I wasn’t very good at truly honoring and listening to that hunger especially as I wrestled with fear over my digestion and losing control. It humbled me and actually helped me open up with some of those things, those battles in recovery that were kind of underneath the surface at home, but they came out during the trip. When I got home, I really learned especially from Victoria and Meg at the Nourishing Women Podcast that honoring your hunger with nourishment instead of hyper focusing on calories is WORTH it. It’s worth the mental freedom, the emotional freedom to focus on other things. So I’m in the midst of learning that lesson now in a big way.
God is such a Kind Father. His steadfast love in walking with me through each part of recovery is astounding to me, and I’m thankful I can share His faithfulness with you in this journey.
What have I learned about honoring hunger in the past couple weeks of being home?
#1) Sometimes honoring hunger looks like a giant salad, but it doesn’t always look like that.
#2) Sometimes hunger doesn’t include a piece of fruit for breakfast, but I can still thank God for the gift of pumpkin whipped cream, a KitKat, jam, and nut butter on toast for breakfast.
#3) At other times, hunger may all happen at one meal, and I might not be hungry for a snack. That doesn’t mean I HAVE to have a snack. It’s ok to eat big meals too.
#5) It is TOTALLY ok to honor hunger with a piece of pumpkin fudge and (extra unpictured chocolate) in your morning yogurt bowl.
Psalm 119:17, ‘Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.’
Naomi especially shared her story of learning to honor her hunger and honor her body’s need for rest and movement, and I think you would love her story that she shared on the podcast yesterday.
My heart is so thankful that God has provided so many people to write about food freedom, to write about honoring the hunger signals we were created with in a world that wants to control every part of our eating and health.
I’m learning that true health comes in freedom and freedom in Christ Jesus to honor Him and thank Him for every single gift of nourishment whether it be a piece of chocolate cake or a giant salad.
Galatians 5:1, ‘Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.’
I’m linking up with Amanda to share thoughts on this as it’s been often on my mind lately.
Honoring Hunger: Are you good at it?
What have you learned about honoring hunger lately?