Recovery is a bit counter intuitive when a diet culture would tell you, ‘Eat less and move more.’ It’s tough to think that you will be eating more and moving less, but it’s also freeing in a way. I haven’t really come to embrace that as much until this year. Georgie’s post really made me think about this when it comes to recovery. I am no professional, but I actually found that recovery meant I needed to eat more and move less.
Eating more is hard, but it’s also fun, because it feels like you’re finally finding FREEDOM. You’re finding freedom to enjoy God’s gift of food, God’s bounty and beauty in food without scrutinizing each little calorie that goes in and out of you.
What are some of the benefits of eating more and obsessing less about doing enough exercise?
1) You get to spend more time enjoying the flavors of the food instead of worrying about each calories that you burn.
2) You get more time to bake your favorite foods instead of always having to get in a huge long workout.
3) You get more time to do recreational, fun, restful activities, and less time to watch the calories go up on your watch as you burn them.
I used to have only one recreational activity, and it was called exercise. But it was also an idol, and idols are like chains. It chained me up from truly realizing God’s incredible love and grace, the victory of Jesus in my life, and the beautiful gifts of LOVE, SLEEP, REST, and JOY that the Lord had given me.
Now I’ve realized that there are other activities that can be SO enjoyable and not obsessive. I still love to move happy, to exercise, but I also love:
Listening to Podcasts like GEORGIE’S new podcast!
Chatting with Friends on Facebook
Taking Dogs on Walks
Writing Blog posts
Burning a Candle
Sometimes you have to do less of something to enjoy something else more. Then when you come back to that activity you obsessed over before, you don’t want to be obsessed with it. You love it, but you do less of it to make time for more of other beautiful things.
Recovery Lesson? – It’s okay to enjoy eating more and exercising less. That’s why WIAW is always my favorite, fun link-up of the week. I honestly love sharing how I’ve come to enjoy eating as a gift, but it’s not a chain anymore.
God does miracles. Jesus heals the brokenhearted. He truly has set me free.
Well, I finally took pictures of most of my food from one day, and we’ll try to show all the deliciousness in one post. Make sure to check with Laura (and thank you to Jenn always as the inventor of this link-up) for the rest of the blogger’s eats for today’s link-up. I’m linking up with Amanda too to share these thoughts!
Lunch Part I: I accidentally deleted my picture but it was a really comforting, tummy safe meal with: Brown Rice, Homemade BBQ sauce, pickles, and cashews. It sounds odd, but it was really good!
Lunch Part II: An Irish apple cake slice with some Crazy Richards PB and Stonyfield Plain Yogurt. 🙂 The cake was a bit dry, but it still tastes really good with yogurt or ice cream. I got the recipe from a really cute cookbook we got from our trip to Ireland last year.
Afternoon Snack: My first taste of Nicole’s new mixes from Blissful Eats. I made the Chunky Monkey mix into muffins, and man, they are SO good. They are light, fluffy, chunky, and you would never guess that they are gluten and grain free. I think my dad and the rest of my family is going to love them.
Tuesday Dinner is ALWAYS Taco Tuesday: The avocados were just perfect, and then you just pile the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and other such goodies on top.
After Dinner Dessert: My sister made the BEST scones I have ever had with Ricotta and Bob’s Red Mill Flour. Seriously, I have never had better scones, and they tasted delicious with Dreyer’s icecream. Dreyer’s has the simplest, best ingredient list. When it’s 10 or less ingredients you KNOW it’s going to be good. 🙂 Simple = better (usually.)
I may … eat some cereal after I finish this post, but I’l leave you with a few of my favorite cereals to eat at night.
Blissful Eats Granola
Honey Bunches of Oats
General Mills Cheerios (They just came out with a Very Berry kind!)
Any kind of granola (Laura’s is d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s)
Frosted or Kashi Cinnamon Shredded Wheat
and I could go on, but I wanted to share a few encouraging and heart searching verses I’ve been thinking about this week.
And here are some verses that have been really on my heart this week to share.
John 8:12, ‘Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.’
1 Samuel 2:1-3, ‘And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.’
P.S. Did you get to hear Jamie’s recovery story on yesterday’s podcast? 🙂
Now for some questions for you:
Have you found that healing your body has been a combo of eating more and doing less movement?
Have you found happy activities that you love to do besides exercise?
Over the years, do you find that you obsess over exercise less?
Is eating more and doing less exercise hard for you when you know your body needs it?