Happy Monday my lovely ones!
How is everyone? My prayer is that all reading this encounter Jesus today in simple ways that are truly extraordinary. He is 24/7 with you, embracing you, loving you, and yet may you encounter Him in a new way that affirms His Truth.
I wanna talk today about what paleo eating is, and what orthorexia is, and what these things have looked like in my life recently.
Paleo eating, to begin, is the eating of whole foods, one-ingredient foods, if you will. This is mainly how I eat. Think foods like fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, raw oats and other unrefined grains. Things like crackers, granola bars, cereals, sauces, aren’t whole foods, but have tons of added sugars that our bodies weren’t meant to consume.
Orthorexia, by dictionary definition, is an “obsession with eating only foods that one considers healthy. A medical condition in which the sufferer systematically avoids specific foods in the belief that they are harmful.”
I was diagnosed with this illness, it being my fourth eating disorder diagnosis, at the clinic midway through my recovery from anorexia. The eating disorder had manifested itself, upon realizing that I was benign forced to eat SOME sort of food, to obsessing over WHICH foods. My particular Ed favoured foods that were balanced in carb/fat/protein content. So far as that, when my mom had o feed me a night snack , I would beg and plead for it to be kidney beans. Who enjoys plain kidney means for an evening snack?
MATTHEW 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
All of the thoughts about food that CONSUME me, that TAKE AWAY from my focus on Christ, that attempt to drive out HIS work in me, are of the enemy. Whether that’s binging (yeears ago), purging (a few years ago), not eating (2 years ago), or only eating “safe” foods (still somewhat present in the enemy’s attempts), it is not right.
God has victory over all of my disordered thinking, and by His grace alone I can tap into that love. In that He has put on my heart that my passion for healthy food and clean eating, from God’s garden, is one that CAN be used for His glory and not that I am a slave to. I am excited and expectant of His work in continuing to fulfill what that means in my life, clean eating being my way solely because God has provided the bare bones of food we need, and for NOURISHMENT (praise Him for this blessing), not OBSESSION. A simple necessity for living on the earth that He has put us on for manifestation of His kingdom.
Are you obsessions enemy-driven and keeping you from your OBSESSION for Jesus Christ? Pray about these and I’ve them to Him, for He has won the battle for you and is always worthy to be praised.
God Bless now and always! xoxo