Read This If You Want The Truth About Health: Dispelling Lies and Proclaiming Truth about Health
While the time in my life when I was in the trenches of anorexia was definitely not the highlight of my life thus far, I would never wish it away. It made me who I am today. If I hadn’t gone through that, I wouldn’t have been forced through the fire to believe the truth.
The truth such as this:
Lie/negative thought: I can’t eat carbs or I’ll be unhealthy. TRUTH: Carbs are necessary and needed for my body to function. Without carbs, I would feel so tired. A lack of carbs can send a greater craving for sugar (see research here). Carbs are something that my (your) body needs. By eating carbs at every meal and snack, I am caring for myself and my body. I am fueling my body to do what Jesus calls me to do every day. I need energy to live my life and be used by Him, right? Jesus died so that I could live life abundantly. I can’t do that when I’m hangry, putting myself down for eating a certain food group (such as carbs), or stressing over calories or macros.
Lie/negative thought: If I eat sugar or chocolate, I’ll immediately gain weight or something awful will happen to me. Also, I might become addicted to it. TRUTH: Sugar and chocolate are not “bad”. All foods fit. If I want something sweet, I can eat it! I can eat it because my body knows what to do with it. My body digests it! That’s what its purpose is. Also, about the sugar “addiction” thing, there actually is no such thing. Rather, if I don’t allow myself to eat sugar or chocolate, my cravings will only drastically increase, making me feel crazy and uncontrollable around those foods. This article from The Real Life RD really encourages me with the actual scientific proof on this: read it here.
Lie/negative thought: I can’t eat when I’m hungry every time. TRUTH: My body is telling me something important when I’m hungry. When I have to pee, do I question my body then? Do I think, “Maybe I really don’t need to pee. It’s fine, I’ll just hold it in.” Nope, I don’t think that. Similarly, sometimes I have to pee way more at certain times of the day or other days more than others. Do I judge myself for that or question myself? No, I just pee haha. It’s the same thing with hunger. They are both bodily functions that my body knows what to tell my brain to do. I don’t need to freak out about it. It’s a part of being a human being. Furthermore, everyone has different bladder sizes and pees at different times (sorry if this is grossing you out). So, I can look at hunger in the same way. Rather than judging myself for eating more or feeling super hungry and feeling like I’m eating more than those around me, I can just embrace that and say to myself, “Cool. Every body is different.” So, to make that all more concise: My body is smart and I need to listen. Hunger is just another body signal...just like I listen to my body when I have to pee or when I’m thirsty. Would you ignore your need to pee? It’s no different for hunger!
Lie/negative thought: If I don’t eat something that culture deems “unhealthy” even though I want it, I am good. TRUTH: Food does not determine my morality. I can’t be “good” for what I ate. Do I become “good” for how and when I pee?? Jesus already paid for me. NOTHING and I mean literally nothing I could ever do could make me “good”. If I solved world hunger and created world peace, I would still not be “good”. I am a Daughter of Christ. When He looks at me, He sees His Son, Jesus. So, it does not matter what food I eat or how often I workout. That does not change the way Jesus sees me. And, think about this: Did you choose your friends because of their weight or their body size? No. Do you believe that your weight determines how many people like you? Well, remember the fact that YOU don’t judge based on weight. Often, we think people are noticing changes in our body when they are probably just thinking about themselves. I bet you they don’t notice.
So, what’s the key to an abundant and free life? Jesus. Yes, simple as that. In Jesus, you have your identity--an identity that is unchanging and not dependent on your jean size, body type, or relationship status. Repeat after me until you believe it: My beauty and identity is not dependent on the way that I look or the people that I please. I am already loved and found in Jesus.