Do Not Worry! 5 Truths to Peace With Food and Your Body.

Do Not Worry! 5 Truths to Peace With Food and Your Body.

Good morning!

“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? Matthew 6:25

When I was still in bondage, I used to read this verse and think to myself, “Much easier said than done!”

But it isn’t. Jesus is the one who made this statement. He is the one who said not to worry about what you eat or drink or about your body. So that should be the end of discussion right?

But that was thousands of years ago. Food is different now. Our food is genetically modified. We are surrounded by sugar. We have fast food restaurants on every corner. We have to worry now!

No.

If you believe in Christ, you know that He is God. That day that He spoke these words He knew that He would soon die on the cross for all of our sins. He knew that in forty years the temple would be destroyed and the new dwelling of God would be in all of the hearts of those who love Him. He knew every single event that would occur in the two thousand years after His resurrection and He knew every single person who would walk the earth. He knew you and He knew me. If he knew all of this, don’t think He knew what the food situation would be for Americans in 2018? Of course, he did!

So why didn’t Jesus say, “Do not worry about your life, what you eat or drink: or about your body right now. That is for the future generations to worry about.”?

He didn’t say that because we are NOT to worry about these things! At all! NO WORRYING.

So how do we do this? We have to know the truth in a world saturated in lies. Here are five steps.

#1 You Do Not Have Worry About What You Eat Or What You Drink Or About Your Body.

I am starting with this again because we do not believe it but we must believe it. The reason that this statement is really hard for us to believe is that we are constantly being bombarded by media telling us to worry about our food and our body. When we are told something by someone on a platform, we believe it to the point that we feel it. For years, I believed that there were “good foods” and “bad foods”. As long as I ate the “good foods” I actually felt really good. But when I ate the “bad foods” I felt terrible! I would literally feel fatter after I ate them! But I wasn’t fatter. I thought I was. I felt that I was. I believed that I was. But I wasn’t. It isn’t even possible for you to gain weight immediately after eating something. It was all in my head.

This is the same thing as when I was going through terrible postpartum anxiety. I would watch the news, see all the terrible things going on in the world, and then end up afraid to leave my house! But guess what happened when I would finally go to the grocery store? Nothing.

Test this, try a bite of something “bad”. What did it do? It didn’t do anything bad to you but you may feel guilt or anxiety.

Our feelings affecting out believes brings me to my second thought…

#2 Feelings Lie All The Time

Feelings feelings feelings!!!

We live in such a feelings driven society it is ridiculous. We have all got to wake up and stop it. Really. Feelings are not facts. Do not be quick to believe them. Just because you have a feeling about something does mean that is what you need to follow. I followed my feelings for years and look where they got me.

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It was when I looked like this, that I got more praise than ever from the world. I was obsessed with myself, binging and purging daily, and did not feel peace or contentment one time during this period. 

I felt fat when I ate too much so I threw up my food every day.

I felt good when I felt thin so I smoked cigarettes instead of eating.

I felt like my home environment and school life was too out of control to recover, so I dropped out, moved out and ended up in MANY bad places. Maybe I will tell you about them one day…when my parents are dead. Hopefully a LONG time from now.

I felt good when I received attention from men so I dressed provocatively and exhibited a flirtatious personality. Once again…more on this when my parents are not reading. Haha!

I felt good when I received praise for being in shape and beautiful so I made sure to keep those things at ALL costs.

So reading these, it is blatantly obvious that they are completely ridiculous thought processes. But friends, I am sharing these thoughts that I have had with you because I know that there are many of you out there still thinking these things or believing other lies similar.

They are lies. And our pride is feeding them.

Friend, pray to God to open your eyes. To expose these lies in your heart and show you the truth!

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8: 31-32

Once you are truly free, you will NEVER want to go back to bondage.

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#3 Realize What True Freedom Is.

In my bondage, I had all these food rules and exercise rules, rules rules RULES! I was actually afraid of food! I had even come to a point where I wasn’t binging and purging anymore so because life was better than it was, I thought that was freedom! It wasn’t.

When our brains sense that we are depriving ourselves, it goes into what I call “give me” mode. It’s just holding out for that day that you can forget the rules for a while and eat whatever you want without measuring without worrying and just enjoy. But if you are still in bondage, this is never enjoyable because your brain has been waiting for you to let your guard down is saying “Eat everything! We don’t know when we will do this again!”  So the all-encompassing binge urge sends you heading repeatedly to the pantry, stopping at multiple drive-thrus, and literally pushing food into your mouth even though you are FAR from hungry.

What to do: You must drop ALL food rules. You must drop ALL fear of food. You must NOT worry!

This sounds silly, right? To worry about food and our bodies. But we do it all the time? When is the last time that you had a dessert or “bad food” and didn’t feel the least bit of guilt?

Try this, choose something you really enjoy. Ice cream, cookie, brownie, pizza, whatever. Get it, sit with it. Forget everything that you have heard about sugar killing us, gluten tearing apart our insides, healthy treats, everything. Forget it all. And just eat it in the same amount that you would a “good food” and see what happens. You may feel guilty but remember that is just a feeling. There is nothing to feel guilty about and I bet nothing will bad will happen to you either. Enjoy!

#4 Know the Hard Truth That It Is Only Your Pride that Is Fueling These Actions.

Friends, I am telling you this out of love and experience so please receive this with love.

We are not killing ourselves in the gym and in the kitchen for the Lord, or for our husbands, or our children, or anyone or anything else that we are telling ourselves we are.

We are killing ourselves for US.

We are striving for unattainable bodies, we are making our diets and exercise our identities, we are pushing ourselves to the limit in all the wrong things! We don’t just strive to be healthy and able, we strive to be ripped and shredded and aesthetically pleasing.

All for our own glory.

This may not seem true but it is. Look at the truth and see the lies we tell ourselves.

Does the Lord want me to be not just healthy and able but skinny, ripped, and aesthetically pleasing to the world?

No. He says this…

“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? Matthew 6:25

Does my husband need me to be skinny or super fit?

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
Ephesians 5: 25-26

Nope.

Do we need to be in spectacular shape for our kids? We need to be a good example for them right?

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16

No again!

Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? We must open our eyes!

 #5 Live In Peace.

Easy right? Haha. But I’m telling you, once you are free from your bondage and have tasted true peace and joy you will NEVER want to return to your former way of life.

So what do you do?

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Mark 7:7

Ask God to save you from your sin. Pray that He opens your eyes to the truth and release you from bondage. Drop your pride and live in the peaceful pasture of the Lord.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:2-3 

This may take some time. But while you wait, continue to seek the Lord and I promise you will be different. Know that there is a reason it is taking a while.

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Hear me, the Lord DOES want us to be healthy and able to do the good works that He has created for us to do. But many of us treat our bodies as OUR temple, not the temple of the Holy Spirit. Be honest with yourself and ask God to change your heart and mind.

Friends, this is where peace is found.

Blessings,
Angela

 

 

3 thoughts on “Do Not Worry! 5 Truths to Peace With Food and Your Body.

  1. Nicely put Angela. I agree with Ritu, great advise. I’m going to take you up on this “sit with the Pizza” Challenge! When we obsess over our bodies and self image, we create idols in ourselves. You said to me A LONG LONG time ago that we are constantly chasing a fitness/body/personal best high. We are chasing our own personal best from the past. That’s a scary thought. For me anyways. What worked for us before may not work for us now for several reasons. Not just when it comes to food and body. Loving your blog right now FYI! LOVE you XO

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