Going along with yesterday's post to round out my thoughts on food, I wanted to share some great advice I have received. I just found this on facebook:
Brittany commented when she feels the need to clean up her diet she focuses on whole foods. Avoiding processed foods helps to weed out the garbage without restricting her eating.
The truth is, I know how to eat healthy. I know what is good for my body, my mind and my soul. I know what will make me feel strong and well. I don't need to read another book or find another trend in the diet world to make me feel good. All I need is simple, whole foods ingredients and I will be on the track to better health and feeling better. More veggies, less cake. Simple.
This week I have made a commitment to make better eating decisions. For me it is about swapping out the "naughty" for the "nice." Many people don't want to label foods as good or bad, but let's be honest, there are some that are just better for you.
See, I know how to eat healthy...I have just fallen so far off the wagon. While something like a bagel or ice cream isn't bad for a once-in-a-while treat, I have come to rely on these simple sugars for my everyday eats. I crave them. And then I decide that I NEED them and then I feel like I am controlled by food. This is where my reliance on God will help to bring me back around. I don't NEED food, I need God and His unconditional love for me.
"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
about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." 2
Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
Other great resources that were recommended to me include
Made to Crave by Lisa Terkeurst
Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
We are actually headed to the library in a bit for story time so I think I will try to find these books and give them a look. I have been wanting to read Made to Crave for some time now. I occasionally peruse their online devotions and I love many of Lisa's other books and studies.
What are some of your healthy swaps?