One thing I find incredibly disheartening in the health community is the condemnation, judgment and superiority people heap on others for their food choices. I hope to never do that.
My encouragement is for you is to be informed and choose the best you can in the season you are in.
There was a time I made all my own yogurt, sour cream, crème fraiche, kombucha, sourdough bread, etc. Also, we only at grass-fed, locally raised beef and chicken, organic produce, grains and beans.
While that may seem ‘ideal’, if it becomes bondage or one relies on their ‘righteous’ choices instead of relying on God, food has become an idol. There was a time in my life that I believe I was there, food and my ‘superior’ choices became an idol. It wasn’t until I became very ill and nothing I did with my food choices changed the situation, that I sensed perhaps there was more to health than just diet.
I still whole-heartedly believe in making wise choices with our food, but we must also balance it from a place of faith and trust in God.
I say it often. God knew exactly when I would be born. He knew exactly the amount of pesticides in the food, the amount of GMO products on the market, the poorly raised animals, etc. I do not think He is in the least bit surprised by the state of the world that I live in. Nor is He surprised by our financial situation. If our health and well being depending entirely on the quality of food we have access to, well, I’m afraid we would be doomed. We must rely on Him.
So, for the busy mama who can barely make ends meet, do the best you can. Buy the best store bought sour cream you can. Just buy a brand like Daisy, that has one ingredient. But wait, if money is super tight this month and Spartan brand sour cream is on sale, BUY it!
To the woman who works and chases her kids to soccer practice, guess wha,t grabbing an already cooked rotisserie chicken from Costco is not going to be the undoing of your health or that of your family.
If you can afford organic, grass-fed, locally raised beef, by all means, feed it to your family. But do so from a heart of gratitude and knowing while it is awesome that you can do that, it is in HIM we live and move and have our being.
My point is, I am more concerned with you getting in the proper amounts of protein, fats and carbs, in their most natural state, than I am the quality of each and every food choice. I am not saying that you should put junk in your body, there is no good, better, best Doritios and Coke, sorry, not going to support you in that one.
Eat real food, as close to the way God made it as you can and with as few of ingredients as you can afford. No condemnation, No judgment. We are all growing and learning on this journey.
Disclaimer: I cannot support you in a diet filled with non-real food, aka junk food. Chips, pop, cookies, boxed macaroni and cheese, rice a roni, etc. These, my friends, are not ‘real food’. Let me help you move more towards a diet of real food, it really is easy. And remember,
You are so worth it.
KarenFebruary 7, 2015 at 3:21 am (8 years ago)
This really touched my heart. It both encouraged me and convicted me. Thank you so much for all you do and for sharing what the Lord has taught you!