Shifting our Relationship with Food
We really have to start here, friend. How do we really think about food? Is it with anxiety? Fear? Dread?
Exhilaration? Is it a means to an end or does it bring warm fuzzies because it’s often enjoyed with friends and family?
Many of us have a history of, dare I say, baggage, when it comes to food. The way we look at it, address it, think about it, consume it, etc, stems from past experiences, perceptions, and even how we were taught. Some of us may even tie food to traumatic events.
No matter where you are on this spectrum, there’s a way to look at food in a whole new light, and one that will not only bring you more joy and peace, but is also a far healthier way to enjoy one of life’s pleasures that God has gifted us.
I shared on today’s podcast episode that I struggle immensely with rushing through my meal, so if you can relate to the first of our 4 P’s, you’re not alone! What I DON’T want you to hear today, is that we can never indulge in yummy treats. What I do want you to take away, is an honest evaluation and an open mind to a new approach to food so those indulgences are not the norm.
What I love about today’s topic is that it is immediately actionable. It may take time to really get the hang of it, but you can start practicing with your very next meal.
The 4 P’s:
- Patience – It’s all too common that in the midst of our hectic schedule, we are quite possibly rushing through our meals. One way to exhibit patience is to simply put fork down between bites, chew thoroughly, enjoy the food, and savor the flavors. By putting our fork down between bites and chewing thoroughly, we are better able to sit in gratitude for the nourishment and the hands that prepared it…even if they’re our own.
- Pause to Pray – We all get those cravings and those moments of “I need ______ in mah belly!” But if we will just take a moment when a “need” arises for a food before indulging and stop to ask God for strength, then we will be tapping into a power He has promised us, which is that of His own. We know we don’t “need” any food that we crave at that very moment, but we can often get swept away because we leap headlong into the chocolate souffle before we’ve even taken a moment to just stop and ask God for help. Pray in the moment for strength and that you would honor God with your nourishment. “The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8
- Practice discipline– you had no problem saying no to your kids, it’s time to tell the kid inside no when it’s appropriate. This isn’t deprivation, it’s determination and discipline. Self control is also one of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Because when we have the Holy Spirit we also have the fruit He imparted to us, we can count on Him to supply what we need to just say no.
- People – Make sure there are people in your life who are cheering you on. You must surround yourself with others who care about honoring their temple, as well. You’ve heard it a million times but we become the 5 people we hang out with most. If your community is not actively pursuing a healthy lifestyle, you must understand that, like any other human, you are likely to take on their same habits and thought patterns. “He who walks with the wise will become wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20
Let me take a moment to invite you into my amazing community of women who are there for one another, after the same goals, and the biggest cheerleaders and supporters you could ask for! The next round of my Faith Forward Age Backward program opens in February. Click HERE to get on the waitlist so you can get VIP priority!
I pray this blessed you and gives you something practical to immediately work towards in an effort to nourish both your body and soul!