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Posted on 01-22-2015
Carbs and Proteins
The list of words that come to mind when I bring up a simple word like food is extensive. Here is just a small part of it. I myself struggle with the proper relationship with food. I have never been overweight, but I have not always made consistently healthy choices. Even if food has never ruled your life, it can be a thing that is keeping you from living your best life. For me, I endure more sluggish moments and brain fog more frequently because of the choices I make. I love carbs and sugar. I am slowly changing the way I look at food. All too often I reward myself with food and look (too) forward to my next indulgence. This week’s little adjustment—your One Thing for this week—is this:
Sweets are a special occasion, not an everyday occurrence.
By the end of 2014 and the end of the indulgent season of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, I was having treats every day and most of the time multiple times a day. The first of the year was when I chose to cleanse my body and get back on track. This came in the form of fasting from sugary treats (among other things) for the first three weeks of the year in order to get proper perspective of those things that were creeping into my daily routine that shouldn’t be there.
To be totally transparent, I coupled this with a time of prayer and fasting with our church. The spiritual component is important to me and I don’t like to pretend it’s not there. I have been able to grow in the area of food and over indulging with the help of my faith.
During the last month, our pastor actually shared a great perspective on our relationship with food altogether. He said, “Food is for fuel not fun.” This is such a great reminder that we need to look at food with its first and main purpose at the forefront. Of course there will be goodies and less healthy food that we still eat and enjoy. It is not about punishing yourself for the rest of your life. It is about seeing food with a great purpose and making the majority of our food choices with this concept being the driving influence. If I look at all I can choose to eat and I ask myself, “What will fuel my body best?” before I dive in; how will that perspective change what I choose?
Maybe sweets are just not your temptation, but put a bag of potato chips in your path, and look out! The idea behind the One Thing concept for the week is that indulgences don’t need to be every day. If you have a certain food you like to have often that you know isn’t a great choice, use the wonderful internet to research ways to make it healthier. For instance, I love sweets (I may have mentioned that a few times). I have learned that a frozen banana with a few different ingredients (other fruits, almond milk, peanut butter, etc) thrown into the blender makes a great ice cream! My kids love it too. Now it isn't the exact same as a little bowl of Breyer’s, but it satisfies the craving that I get more often than I should be having full-blown ice cream.
Let’s do this together! Comment below with some of your favorite cravings and let’s see if there is a healthy alternative that can be made.
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