Let’s talk about it.
Because, frankly, it’s time to bust open a can of #RealTalk about it.
But sift through the pictures of banana “Nice Cream” and Quest bars and you’ll begin to see that many of these beautiful warriors, are stuck…in a food rut.
Meticulously measured portions. Almonds to the exact number. Using the same plates or glasses as a means of a measuring tool. Snacks eaten at the precise minute. These are all remnants. Remnants of ED.
And, let me just be like this goose, and interject: I’d like to be 100% clear here: I am PROUD of you guys for sticking with your recovery and for nourishing yourselves, and trust me, I know how big of a #recoverywin it is to stay on your meal plan — believe me, I know.
But I wanted to just take a second here to throw you something to think about:
Food is a way that God shows us that He loves us.
Now before you just tune out or flip the channel, please just hear me out.
I know, this is a pretty strange thing to think about.
- 1) FOOD TASTES GOOD
Let’s face it: God could have made all food taste the same. I mean, think about it: If the sole purpose of food was to simply provide adequate nutrients and energy needed for survival, God could have just made some sort of sludge or pill, even, to get the job done. But no. He created all different types of foods with different tastes, flavors, and textures to be enjoyed and savored.
- 2) THE EARTH IS EXPLODING WITH FOOD CHOICES
Think about all the different plants and trees that produce food. All the fruit trees, and different vegetables. Seriously there are so. many. options. The earth is literally bursting with nourishment options. There are an abundance of different choices. He could have just made like, two. But no. He wanted us to enjoy the different tastes and foods.
And yes, enjoy is the correct word. No, it is not wrong to get really, really excited when you order the molten chocolate lava cake for dessert. 🙂
- 3) OUR BODIES WERE DESIGNED TO ENJOY FOOD
I mean, heck! Look at the human tongue — there are between 2,000 and 8,000 taste buds that recognize five different flavors — salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami. You look at that and tell me that God didn’t want us to enjoy food.
Come on — our tongues were literally designed to lick an ice cream cone.
But not only that, our bodies were wired to be attracted to delicious foods. Hunger signals aside, our eyes are drawn to the delicious and beautiful looking foods out there. I mean, how can you look at a juicy piece of watermelon and not have your mouth start watering.
Or how about coming home to cookies baking or dinner in the oven. Our noses send signals to our bellies that it’s time to get excited, because food is on the way.
So why am I saying this?
For a long time when I first started recovery, I was stuck in a food rut. Eating the same things over and over and over. Because they were safe. Because in a way, it was still a lingering aspect of control that ED had in my life.
But the main take away, is that food is a gift.
Food is a gift of love.
We didn’t have to have been given the abundance of options out there for nourishment, or given the bodies that were able to experience the tastes, textures, and smells of foods.
Now with all things good, we can abuse them: we can stray too far on one spectrum or the other, either in love, or in repulsion of food. But the key is moderation.
Maybe you’re stuck in a food rut, and don’t know how to get out, nor do you honestly really want to.
If that sounds familiar, first, I applaud you for staying in recovery and nourishing yourself. You’re a warrior and that’s amazing.
But I invite you to just think about this:
How could a gift from our Father, who wants only good for us, be a source of fear?
How could something that communicates God’s love for us, harm us?
There is nothing to fear.
Food communicates His love.