“The Lord is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in Him.” Lam 3:24
For me a healthy lifestyle was not at all encouraged growing up- mostly due to the lack of knowledge and money. I lived on highly processed and fast foods. I recall eating vegetables and fruit mostly at school and on occasion at home- out of a can, with syrup or with some sort of batter and fried in oil or drowned in butter.
Growing up with that type of lifestyle can take a toll on your body over time. And even more so after having a child. As a young adult my appearance was important to me so I focused on the number on the scale. I thought eating healthy was eating Healthy Choice, Weight Watchers from the freezer section and drinking diet soda. I also thought that the less you ate- the less you would weigh or that if I just exercised (did cardio) that would take care of any unwanted weight. I couldn’t figure out why it was getting harder and harder for the scale to tip in my favor. Then came the health issues and as you know that is what inspired me to learn about nutrition.
Being a Christian; adopting the Clean Eating lifestyle (if you can kill it or grow it- you can eat it), made sense to me. After all, God- The Creator of the human race and Creator of the environment in which we live, would not have placed us here on this earth without the provisions we would need to survive and flourish.
This way of thinking has been backed up with scripture- think back to the provisions that God gave Adam and Eve in the very beginning in Genesis. And how God provided His people with Manna from the sky while they were wondering through the wilderness Exodus.
And what about Daniel who was taken from his home and placed in prison to be a slave. Instead of the defiled foods demanded of the slaves, God had the guard show Daniel favor and feed him clean foods.
Then there are the birds in Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the sky: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren’t you worth much more than the birds?”
He is my provision! He is my portion!
I know that I can’t always trust what ‘man’ has put in my food. Remember Olestra/Olean? It is a fat substitute without the fat or added calories- a dieters dream. They used it in chips and had to take it off the market because it was causing gastrointestinal issues. What about artificial sweeteners? Studies have proven that these chemicals are toxic to the body. Why they are still on the market is beyond me.
We know that food in a bag or a box is typically higher in fat (and not the good kind), in calories, carbohydrates and sugar- which we now know is the leading cause of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and numerous other illnesses and disease.
A study was done in 2013 on the effects of processed high fat/high calorie foods. Mainly- Oreo’s. The study shows that Oreo’s are as addictive as Cocaine and Morphine. The ingredients and chemicals, combined, causes a reaction in the brain- overstimulates the brain creating a need for more. The need for more causes you to eat more and then you buy more. Which means more money in the manufacturers pocket.
I’m not saying that every man-made food is harmful. I am saying that I know I can put my trust in the provisions that God has given me beyond a shadow of a doubt. And I have to be cautious of the other things on the market. Even the foods that say “organic” or “all-natural”. Remember, this is a money craving world. Man’s intentions are not always pure. They may start off with good intentions- but so many times the ‘bottom line’ impacts quality and health.
But, I know I can put my faith in God and the provisions he has given me and continues to give me and that, my friend, IS ENOUGH!
Jesus, I pray over each and every woman on the other side of this screen- that we will put all of our hope in you- for all things. Let us come to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that You are our provision, You are enough. Give us the strength to combat any food addiction that we may have become a slave to- not with our own will power but by Your will and Your strength. Your Word tells us that no temptation will be allowed in our lives that we cannot overcome. Lord, equip us each and every day to handle the temptations that are placed in our paths. Give us knowledge to know what is good for us and the strength and power to overcome what isn’t. We praise your name. We thank you. In Jesus name, Amen!